Artist Blog- Kelli Connell

Kelli Connell lives in Chicago and her work is extensive in photography. Connell’s specific work “Double Life” features self portraits wherein a woman appears more then once in the photo. In this work, Connell portrays the life of a couple which at the same time challenges gender roles since the photos only capture one woman (multiple times within the same image of course). Connell tries to express her personality through her photography, even if not using herself as a model. Though her work is similar to Cindy Sherman, who also does self portraits.

I really enjoyed Connell’s photographs for the simple fact that in some of them you could tell that the subject was the same in the picture, just doubled. Yet in some photos, you could not tell that the woman was the same in the picture. The idea seems simple; to depict a couple in intimate settings. But Connell takes a brilliant step to multiply one singular person, as if they’re in a relationship with themselves. And the beauty behind knowing instantly that it’s the same person, and other times having to just understand that it is, was wonderful to ponder through.

 

Hers and Hers

In this photo, you can’t immediately tell that its the same woman. Especially with the addition of the head towels. But the fact that they are the same color, suggests to the viewer that they are the same woman. Especially since the viewer would also know the background behind this series.

Sunroom

Again, another photo where you’re almost unsure if this is the same woman in the photo.

Lakeside

This picture instantly showed that the woman is completely the same, which I really loved. She even matches with her clothing and styled hair.

Project 3- Collage

For this collage I wanted to create something with a social issue as the main focus. The social issue I choose was the issue of negative stigma towards public breastfeeding. To show this issue, I choose to make the main focus women breastfeeding surrounded by beauty and nature. The flowers I choose immediately surrounding the breastfeeding women are flowers that represent fertility. I wanted the breastfeeding women to be surrounded by everything natural because breastfeeding is natural. Next, the butterflies are supposed to represent change, specifically a change in thought. That’s why they’re in between the breastfeeding women and the angry crowd. I choose to include an angry crowd that was displeased to show the objection and negative stigma towards public breastfeeding. I wanted them to be in black and white to show that this was an unpleasing part of the collage.

Here is my end result:

Artist blog- Rashaad Newsome

Rashaad Newsome is a very accomplished artist. He uses collage, sculpture, video, music, computer programming, and performance to express his ideas of intersectionality and popular culture. Among his most famous works are his collections of collages that show an opposition to cultural essentialisms. Newsome’s work has been showcased in many museums including The National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C., Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and MUSA in Vienna, Austria.

I was immediately absorbed into Newsome’s collages. I was enamored with the intricacy of the images and the gaudy vibe to everything. All the images were grand and lavish, with colors like gold and silver being a forefront. The use of human qualities and characteristics built with nonhuman objects was really stunning and appealing to the eye. It was really hard for me to only pick three pieces to include in this post, so I added a couple more. I really enjoyed this artist because of the reasoning behind his art as well as the exquisite imaging he creates.

Akosua 2017

Efua 2017

The Coming 2013

Tunnel 2013

BAAAAAAAM! 2016

 

Artist blog – Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel majored in Music Technology and currently lives in Norway. He was born in New York and still commutes back and forth from both places. Arcangel tends to use the gradient tool in Photoshop for a lot of his pieces. He sells pieces that he makes into “IRL” objects on his website. He also has a section on his website that lets everyone know that they are allowed to edit and play around with any of his work that has the code with it.

I really can’t make up my mind with this artist. While I think he might be a genuinely cool dude, I really don’t find myself attracted to his art. It seems so simple and that no effort was put into it. I was hoping to be dazzled by something extraordinary, but instead I just seemed to find simple art pieces that I feel I could have made myself. Yet, I totally give him props for encouraging others to edit his pieces if they have the code with them. That is a really cool thing to do, and he even gave examples of other artists who have manipulated his pieces. I found three pieces that I thought were generally appealing, but not that impressive.

“Blue, red, yellow”

 

“Grey Value Stripes”

“Spectrum”

 

http://www.coryarcangel.com/things-i-made/category/prints

https://twitter.com/cory_arcangel?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.coryarcangel.com%2F

 

Project 2 – One Tool

For my first One Tool art piece, I used the Healing Tool. I choose this picture of a dog behind a fence and decided to free him from it.

I only removed the fence on his face so it gave it an almost 3D look, as if the dog was poking through a broken fence. This was my result.

The second tool I used was the art history brush. I wanted to use a picture that I had taken myself, so I choose one from my trip to Austria. Here is the original.

I wanted to use this brush only for the areas surrounding the two people (my mom and friend) so that they were more pronounced. It almost looks like they’re walking into an art piece or something mystical. I really enjoyed that effect.

Artist Blog- David McLeod

David McLeod is a digital artist concentrated in 3D digital illustration. His work mainly consists of experiments with CGI illustration, bespoke typography, and lettering. McLeod has commissioned work for companies like Canon, Greenpeace, and Toyota, among others.

My first reaction: wow. This is totally what I’m drawn to and I didn’t even realize it until looking at McLeod’s art. The lettering. It’s amazing. I love typography, calligraphy, and lettering so looking at McLeod’s manipulation of these things on a digital format blew my mind. I have seen styles like this before, but it still amazes me every time I see this type of art. It looks so realistic and tangible, and yet my brain fights with its imagination and intangibility. It’s like I have an internal battle with myself while looking at his art because I want to believe it exists but at the same time my reasonable side says to reject it. What a wonderful confusion.

You can’t tell me that you want this right amongst all your other pillows on your bed RIGHT NOW. The detail in the fur is absolutely stunning and I can just imagine the wind blowing it around and how my fingers would feel running through it.

Inspiration of the week for sure. The tilt of words adds such a realistic element when coming together with the shading and texture. I could imagine this just hanging on a wall in a cool professor’s office.

This piece brings so much nostalgia of being a wonder filled child. I just want to reach into this picture and feel each item. The softness of the blue ball, the ridges of the large pink one. Every texture is so detailed.

Sources:

https://www.behance.net/davidmcleod

http://davidmcleod.com/gallery/

Logo

For this assignment, I choose not to make a logo for myself but instead for a project I started last semester. The project I created was actually more of a movement called The Breast Choice. My vision with this was to create a symbol that could be put into the windows of stores and restaurants to notify families that it was safe to breastfeed their children inside their establishment. I knew that I needed the perfect symbol for both this public display and also the multiple accounts I created for this movement; Facebook page, Twitter account, Instagram account, Gmail, and website.

The idea that I had in my head was something very simple because I believe that its better to have a symbol that makes a person wonder about it so they decide to explore it online. Which in doing so would lead them to my various accounts on the movement. I decided to keep a central theme between all three symbols, but to vary the face, writing, and color.

The first symbol I created was…

For this first one I wanted something that appealed to an “artsier” side with the font choice, color, and the two sided face structure.

The second symbol I created was…

For this second symbol I wanted to make it a little more defined and gaudy almost. Still keeping simple lines and actually simplifying it even more with closed eyes, one eye for the baby, and only “TBC” as the text. But I have to admit this was my least favorite symbol because it was a little too chunky.

The third symbol I created was…

This was my favorite symbol because it combined the color from the first symbol and the simplicity of the second. I really enjoyed the lips I created for this symbol and also really like the slight cross of lines in the wrapped up baby.

Robert Beatty – Artist Post 1

The digital artist Robert Beatty uses Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop to create a sort of psychedelic sort of digital art. Beatty, from Kentucky, has created a collection of album artwork for various musicians and is actually a musician himself. His work can be seen featured in albums by Tame Impala, Neon Indian, Tokyo Hotel, his own work, and many others.

The first thing that captured my interest by Robert Beatty was finding out that Tame Impala used his artwork for the cover and album art of their album Currents.

I’ve listened to Tame Impala for quite awhile so it was comforting to find out something that I already had a connection with, with this artist.

When I scrolled through his website (http://www.robertbeattyart.com), his artwork reminded me of the stereotypic artwork produced by someone who takes psychedelic drugs because of the intricate colors and shapes creating images that are hard to understand. Then as I was reading an article in The Rolling Stone I found a perfect quote from Robert Beatty. He said “It’s weird, I love psychedelic art, but I’ve never taken psychedelic drugs.” (https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/lists/the-hot-list-2017-people-and-trends-were-talking-about-w510732/hot-album-artist-robert-beatty-w510856) So, he completely shattered my stereotype which was sort of refreshing at the same time. It blows my mind that an artist who has not taken these drugs can come up with artwork like…

… with just his mind and imagination within it. These types of images remind me of the album covers of a lot of obscure bands that only play at underground locations and think they are just super hipster. Which sounds like I’m devaluing Beatty’s art, but I’m really not. I love that aesthetic and the mysterious elements I experience when I pick up an obscure band with album art such as this. And then when I found out that Beatty is also a musician, it really made sense to me. I listened to a few of his pieces and it was truly out there, with lots of digital sounds and blending. It seemed to fit wonderfully with his artwork and how I imagined his artwork would collaborate with music.

Alright, then I got even more excited when I saw that Beatty also did art for the band Neon Indian. I love this band and its work, so it was also great to be able to connect another band I enjoy with Beatty’s art. The style of music that both Tame Impala and Neon Indian produce definitely seems to vibe well with Beatty’s art and I can definitely understand why they chose to collaborate with each other.

Blog Post 1 for Digital Art

How do you define digital art?

I would define digital art as artwork composed on a computer, but could have elements of photography or hand worked art included. Overall, digital art should have an ultimate theme of being constructed or manipulated on a computer program.

 

What are the defining features, advantages, and limitations that make digital art unique from other forms of visual expression?

Some defining features of digital art is the ability to manipulate images to achieve a desired effect. This can be different than other forms of visual expression because there really isn’t a limit to the absurdity or imagination that can go into digital art.

 

Provide 3 examples (images, videos or gifs) of digital art that speak to your personal aesthetic and briefly describe why you chose it. At least one of these examples should be a piece that you discovered through researching this blog post.

This first piece I found was created by Michael Oswald. The site that I found this piece (https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/the-incredible-digital-art-of-michael-oswald–psd-15616) included a long list of other projects he’s completed. This one in particular stood out to me because of the name “Trophy Wife” and I really enjoyed his take on the subject. Most of his work contains women with some sort of twist behind their enthralling looks.

 

This second piece is by Nancy Fouts found on her website (http://www.nancyfouts.com/work-1/#/2015/). I looked through quite a few of her pieces before settling on this one. Her art is very abstract but usually just has one central image with a blank background. I chose this piece because it particularly confused me how she was able to make it seem like real ducks were smushed into that small space.

 

This last piece I chose was by Robert Romanowicz (https://www.behance.net/gallery/60116725/For-fun). I was drawn to this art because I really enjoyed the playfulness of each piece. Each picture had some old and seemingly ruined object in it, but it was brought to life with facial additions.

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Here is my story about the childhood fear of haircuts. But I’m not talking about getting haircuts as a child, I’m going to talk about how my little brother thought we was being kidnapped after our dad got a haircut.

So, it all started off as a normal day as my dad packed my 5 year old brother into the back seat of the car. They drove over to the barber shop in town, my dad rolled the back window down, and in goes my dad to the shop without my brother. He sits there waiting patiently for our dad to return, when after about ten minutes a bald man opens the driver’s side door and sits down.

My brother was frozen in panic, his little 5 year old brain trying to comprehend who this bald man was and why he was getting into his dad’s car. The only thing logical for him to do was, well, cry. And cry he did. My dad turned around to face my brother at this point and tried to calm him down. He spent at least five minutes convincing my brother that he was in fact my dad and not someone trying to steal him.

My brother still remembers that day, fondly now. But at the time it wasn’t so funny since my dad walked in the barber shop with hair and walked out without any at all. Thankfully, the hair has stayed off and the only scary thing that could happen now is if it came back!