Friday, May 6, 2011

Lecture Survey

What is your favorite color?
How important is the appearance or design of the following products in your decision to purchase the product?
new car:      *very      
underwear:  *somewhat
tv set:       * somewhat
winter coat:       *somewhat
What is your 2nd favorite color?
"When you select pictures, photographs, or other pieces of art for your home, do you find you lean more toward modern or more toward traditional styles?"
"If you had to choose from the following list, which type of art would you say you prefer?"
Which of the following statements applies to you more?
* "When choosing pictures, photographs, or other art for my home, I focus on whether or not I like the piece"
Would you say you prefer older objects or newer objects to collect or decorate you home?
*Older and newer
"Would you say that you prefer seing paintings of wild animals, like lions, giraffes, or deer, or that you prefer seeing paintings of domestic animals, like dogs, cats or other pets?"
*wild animals
"In general, would you rather see paintings of outdoor scenes or would you rather see paintings of indoor scenes?"
Which of the following outdoor scenes appeals to you the most?
Paintings of:
Which season would you most like to see depicted in a painting?

Which of the following types of indoor scenes appeals to you most?
still life paintings of/domestic scenes with:

*household objects
Do you tend to prefer paintings that are related to religion or those that are not related to religion?

* Both
Which of the following statements is closest to your view?
*"Paintings don't necessarily have to teach us any lessons, but can just be something a person likes to look at."
Which of the following statements is closest to your view?
*"I prefer paintings that are different-looking if they're very realistic, I might as well be looking at a photography"
"Do you prefer paintings that exaggerate the dimensions or reality of objects we already know, or ones that feature imaginary objects which have no connection to everyday life?"

"Do you prefer seeing bold, stark designs or more playful, whimsical designs?"

*Playful, whimsical desings.
Do you tend to favor paintings with sharp angles or ones with soft curves?

* sharp angles
"Which patterns do you like better: geometric patterns or more random uneven patterns?"

* Random

"Do you like to see expressive brush-strokes on the canvas, or do you prefer that the surface of the canvas be smooth, more like a photograph?"

Do you like to see colors blend into each other or do you like it when different colors are kept apart?
"Every color has a wide range of shades. Take the color blue, for example. An artist can use a bright, vibrant shade of blue, like a royal blue, a pale, muted shade of blue, like light blue, or a darker tone of blue, like dark or midnight blue. In general, which would you say that you prefer? when the artist uses more vibrant shades, paler shades, or darker shades of color?"
*Paler shades
"In general, do you enjoy paintings that have a more serious or a more festive mood?"
"And how about the painting itself - do you like it to be busy and contain lots of people or objects, or do you like it to be as simple as possible?"
*Simple as possible
How about the size of paintings: do you prefer larger paintings or smaller paintings?
*"19"" television"
"Some paintings are of famous historical figures and others are of more ordinary people. Do you generally prefer paintings of famous people, or ones of more ordinary paintings."
"If you prefer famous people, do you prefer figures from a long time ago, like Lincoln or Jesus, or more recent figures, like John F. Kennedy or Elvis Presley?"
*Long time ago celebs
"Do you prefer paintings which are predominantly of children, of women, or of men, or doesn't it matter?"
* does not matter
"Thinking back to the paintings of people that you have like in the past, for the most part were the figure working, at leisure, or were they posed portraits?"
"Which do you think you like better, a painting of one person or of a group of people?"
"And from what you've seen, would you say that you prefer paintings in which the person or people are nude, partially clothed or fully clothed?"
If you were given the choice of a gift - a sum of money or a piece of art that you genuinely like and which was of equal value to the money, which would you choose?
Which one of the following would be most important to you in deciding how much money you would spend on a painting?
*the degree to which you like the painting
What is the most amount of money you would consider spending on a piece of art you really like?
* not 1000
"For each of the following names, indicate if your impressions of that artist's work are very favorable, favorable, or very unfavorable. Some of these artists are not very well known, so if you have never heard of someone, or don't know enough about their work to have an opinion, just say so."
Pablo Picasso
Norman Rockwell
Jackson Pollock
Salvador Dali
Leroy Neiman
Claude Monet
Andy Warhol
Georgia O'Keefe
"If you could pick one type of person you'd most enjoy having dinner with, would you choose an artist, a television or movie actor, an author, or a sports star?"
*movie actor
"How often, on average, would you say that you go to art museums - more than two times a year, one or two times a year, less than once a year, or not at all?
*Once a year
The following are some reasons people have given in the past as to why they do not go to art museums more often. For each reason, please tell whether it is a major reason why you do not go to musuems more often, a minor reason, or not a reason at all:
1. there is not an art museum in my area: * major
2. I do not have enough spare time: * minor 
3. I don't feel comfortable in art museums because I don't know alot about art:  *not a reason
4. the cost of admission is too expensive: *not a reason
5. I simply don't enjoy looking at art:*not a reason
Would you favor or oppose spending more money in federal taxes than we do on the arts?
Some works of art are displayed in public places. Do you think that average citizens should or should not have a say in determining which works of art are appropriate to be displayed in public?
* should
"When it comes to most political issues, do you think of yourself as a liberal, a conservative, or a moderate? If moderate, do you think of yourself as being closer to being liberal or being conservative?"
Which of the following income categories includes your total family income in 1992 before taxes?
What is your gender?


(Better picutres will be on here after Monday)

Finished Product:

Process Pictures:


Octopus Inflatable:

Some of the Inketes:

Free Koolaid: 

The inflatable octopus was built using basic geometric shapes such as a horse shoe like shape for the head and wave/curve shapes for the tentacles. As we cut we made sure to leave enough space for the melting. Luckily, the iron a team mate had did not require the use of aluminum foil so the process of fusing the piece began to get quicker. Last, we turned the pieces inside out to add a natural clean and curvy shape to each piece, then, with a tool that our group made, we just lay the structure down and melted all the pieces together till the octopus was complete. Problems encountered was knowing what area of the octopus we were working on due to general size (huge). Also, there were many pieces to the structure, so keeping track of it all was very tedious. To our disadvantage, the wind was very strong. So even though our project had no problem inflating, the wind would overpower the structure and blow it down. Also, due to the increase of heat both inside and outside, hole would begin to form and would have to be patched up if it got to server. The process of making the octopus had one major struggle that was able to be solved by two of our team mates, it was making the head top (head) round instead of bulky and pointy. The happy accidents that occurred was the wind blew the tentacles creating a nice visual, it was if the tentacles were flaying around in panic because the octopus lacked water. When we created the skirt we expected it to be completely flat but it was not and helped add to the circular shape of the octopus’s head. Lastly, for the majority of the project assembling it together was fairly easy and simple.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Survival Research Laboratories. (Lecture 8. 4/8)

The world is full of fantasies; people have sunny happy ones, or dark evil ones. The Survival Research Laboratories are way beyond these. These people are wild. They fulfill the fantasy of destructive pyromaniacs. While watching their videos, all I heard was, BOOM, BANG, and CHEERS. Now I’m all for watching things blow up, but their shows don’t seem safe enough for me to be in attendance. My fantasy is to make things explode from a safe distance away. The audience that attends their events feels like they just hit the lottery. Some live for Survival Research Laboratories, while others would die to get away from it.
               Survival Research Laboratories reminds me of Monster Jam. Monster Jam is the event with the huge monster trucks that will crush a building flat in 4.2 seconds. The trucks race each other to see which monster is the fastest, and then they have freestyle round where they obliterate everything in sight. Cars, buses, and vans are all victims during this event. Survival Research Laboratories and Monster Jam are similar because during the whole show it’s pure 100% destruction that takes place. The only main difference between the two is that the Monster Jam seats are located so high that audience members are less likely to get hurt. With Survival Research Laboratories, the seats are so close to the action that anything is liable to happen at anytime and that is not my type of fantasy.
            “Yanks with tanks” is the perfect term used to describe the people that run Survival Research Laboratories. All of their work promote mechanized violence because they make it ok for others to go out and create and destroy. Many people across the world attend their show and or watch them on YouTube. Out of that crowd, I know that at least half of them came up with a bright idea to create a monster. Out of that few; I know that at least half that actually blew something up.
            Just like I stated in the beginning, Survival Research Laboratories main audience members are destructive pyromaniacs. These people feed off of these events. This isn’t a hobby for them; it’s a way of life. I believe that they choose to host their events in Amsterdam because their rules are less strict than other places and much safer. The other places are war torn countries. That wouldn’t be a very smart idea to host the type of work that they do in those countries for the simple fact that a lot of people can be harmed at their event. SRL wake up to blow up, and go to sleep to do it all over again.  

The Big Idea. Final Project:)

7 Proposals: 
1. Mark Making on a canvas.  Word will be decay.
2. Mark Making on canvas.  Word will be influence.
3. Mark Making on canvas.  Word will be radiate
4. Mark Making on canvas.  Word will be trust.
5. Life Mapping.  Use a glass hollow head i found, and put a few items inside that resemble stages in my life.
6. A Modular Madness Project. Using Pingpong balls.
7. A Modular Madness Project.  Using Tooth floss.

Sketches coming.

Color Project

Hole Punches

Tearing Project


Friday, April 15, 2011

Inflatatopia Model Critique

with the Inketes

Our group took a look at all the octopus models we made and decided to fuse the different ideas to get one giant octopus.  Me and Danielle created the head with 4 geometric shapes (triangles rounded at the top).  Then we took the way Krystal made the tentacles.  We are going to add suction cups on the flat bottom of the tentacles.  The face will be decorated with 2 eyes and a mouth.  The mouth will be an opening for people to go inside.  Inside will be dark purple koolaid to drink.  And ink to play in.  We are also going to make sweet octopus costumes....get ready.