Monday, November 18, 2013

Collection Reflection

In class we have been taking a look at an art form called collecting. So naturally, in the classroom, we have created our own collection. We voted on a color scheme everything had to be and the winner was blue. For me, this seems to show that you never really think about what the color of something is until you're asked about it. When I had to come home and find two blue things I thought it would  be hard but after looking around my house there was a multitude of blue things I never really thought about. Yeah they're blue, so what? Also looking back on it the things that were collected were all old frequently used items. It made me think of the movie Wall-e with all the old stuff that was dead kind of like the people. It seems like people use people like items and when they are done with them they "throw them away". But by collecting them back up again, to me, it seems like we are giving them another chance to be loved, a chance to be seen as a work of art and just feel appreciated. I think that says a lot about the time we live in to, the age of if it doesn't please me get a new one and throw the old one out. A lot of this stuff actually does seem to reflect my own interests. Cleaning, going to the movies, drinking water, ironing, getting called down to the office, bouncy balls, nail polish, and belts are all things I'm very familiar with and can absolutely relate too. The other great thing is that many other people can too and that is whats great about art.

Collecting Artists

All of the people on the list are collecting artists, which is using large amounts of different, or the same things, to create one great work of art. Some people without the "artistic eye" don't quite get it, its just a bunch of stuff in one place... why does anyone care? Depending on the artist, materials used, how they're placed and the end product is how it would be determined if it is art or junk. For example it would be more likely for a well known artist such as Andy Warhol to put a bunch of random stuff together into a work of art and have it be called art than say me, a random kid in New Jersey. Then the subject of hoarding comes up with some collecting artists such as Karsten Bott, a man who intends to collect one of everything. Could this be hoarding? Sure. Could this be art? Absolutely! [ in my personal opinion anything can be art if you try hard enough and really want to say something (: ] Now, I don't know about you but when I think of hoarding, I think of an unlivable home space where all different things are never thrown away and the person involved is just obsessed with not getting rid of anything because it all has meaning to them. When I think of collecting I think of something that has a meaning to the person collecting, its a lot of the same things in some cases, and the collection isn't threatening their life. Just a few things to think about. The next time you see a pile of stuff, take a picture of it and see if it gets famous. :) <3

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Compare And Contrast

Personally drawing with the graphite pencils was not fun for me. It was very smeary and fuzzy because I erased a lot because I'm a huge perfectionist. The process was not fun, but the pride I felt when it was done was great. I didn't think it was going to look good but for me I'm very proud of it, I just didn't know if I'd be able to pull it off. The color shading however was much easier for me because I am more used to working with colors as a finished product instead of just empty black and white. The shading is also more comfortable because the pencils feel like cleaner movements than the graphite and you can layer multiple colors for your end result. One issue with the colored pencils is that they don sharpen very well.

Candy Jar Drawing

I am not quite finished my candy jar drawing yet. It has been incredibly more fun. I have always been a fan of coloring, it was something that you could do all your own, you choose whatever colors you want, you choose where they go, its great. The candy jar drawing is not exactly that, but it comes very close. The process that has been most effective for me is lots and lots of layering. With the candy jar drawing it is more strict because you have to draw what you see, but shading with color. I think I'm finding the candy jar more fun because color is so much more expressive than a black and white drawing. I think it captures more of the playful soul and the real depth behind the subject matter.

Bike Drawing

I personally express a particular interest in drawing. I cant really tell if I'm good at it or not, especially since I'm my own worst critic. This drawing was very challenging for me. I think I am better at designs/ cartoons than realistic art, especially something as complicated as a bike. My process was honestly going along each piece of the bike and drawing it little by little. For me the shading was the hardest part because I have never needed to shade any drawing correctly before and I had also never been taught how to. Overall I am super pleased with the end product and am extremely proud of myself for drawing the same thing everyday for a long period of time because if i were alone it definitely wouldn't have come out as good as I think it did.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Hi Everyone!

Hi, Im Sophia Loeber and this whole blogging thing is new to me, so I'm going to try and take it slow. I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I'm going to. This is a blog for my creative arts class but I think I might become a bit addicted to posting. Pictures of the work will be coming soon, be patient! Please enjoy and feedback is encouraged so feel free to comment on anything you want.
                   -Sophia Loeber