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Remix Art

Moonlight Sonata with a Christmas Jingle
Moonlight Sonata with a Trap Tune
Moonlight Sonata but every other beat is skipped

I think that the internet obviously has had more pros than cons when it comes down to freedom and expression. With the rise of the internet, it is now easier than ever to access information such as artworks, or spread your opinion on things. However, there are always entities that will try and abuse this system to their own gain, and with the access to everything, they can have a whole new set of victims. Internet culture has, in my opinion, overall decreased the productivity of the human species.

When it comes to copyright claims, I think that the original intention of copyrights was a great idea; it protects intellectual property for 28 years and promotes the generation of new ideas rather than the repeat of the same thing over and over again in a short period of time. However, this time limit has extended to the author’s lifetime plus nearly 70 years. This time limit bars the works of these creative artists from re-visioning or adaptation to a new culture, possibly for more than a millennia. Even worse, most of the copyrights belong to companies, which then hold copyright power over up and coming artists. CGP Grey, one of my favorite youtubers has a really good video on this here.

As moonlight sonata is SOMEHOW still copyrighted, I had to go with a standard youtube license on all of the music that I uploaded today. As for remixing, I felt like it was interesting, but not for me. I respect people who can create art in this format, but I found it difficult and not very rewarding in the end.

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Artist Conversation #5: Kiyomi Fukui

Artist Information:
Name: Kiyomi Fukui
Media: Interactive Art
Gallery: Own Website
Social Media: Website

About the Artist:
Kiyomi Fukui is an independent artist who is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach with a Masters in Printmaking.

Formal Analysis:
These set of interaction exhibitions feature an artistic tea set, surrounded by green vegetation in a white room, with four blue cushions surrounding the tea table. The main source of light appears to be sunlight coming through open areas. The majority of colors featured in these pictures are white and blue, with a decent amount of green in the final picture.

Content Analysis:
The main inspiration behind a lot of Fukui’s works is the exploration of the temporary nature of life and it’s impermanence, and this piece, “Tea at 3307”, is no different. The exhibition itself is divided into two concepts of impermanence, active and passive. The area surrounding the main tea area is covered with plants, which as living things have a finite life, and often times will never return to the state they were yesterday. This imbues the exhibit with a small sense of the passage and finality of time. The main attraction, however is the tea exhibit. With drinking tea being a temporary action that consumes resource to proceed, it strikes at the core of lasting a short time. Fukui has in the past referenced the idea that as humans, we seek permanence as it presents us with a sense of stability. In this art exhibit with it’s display of green and blue, the outer edge of the tea circle, covered with vegetation, represents the earth: the plants are slowly dying, but most likely, they will outlast the activities that we humans will carry out within it. Meanwhile, the tea activity itself, with it at most lasting a couple hours, represents the fragility of human life, and how quickly time passes around us.

Synthesis:
The most interesting part of this exhibit to me is the idea that actions can be displayed in an art exhibit as art. Art to me has always seemed like a result of actions that is displayable on it’s own, like the Mona Lisa, or even Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s maintenance art. However, this tea activity implies an interpretation of life in the very action itself. While hardly the point of this exhibit, this is what drew me most to this specific art piece.

Graffiti Art

Graffiti Art of My Name in Bubble Letters

Wherever you go, if you are in an urban area, and even in some residential or suburban areas, you can find graffiti on the walls, on floors and sidewalks, and sometimes even underneath bridge overpasses.

Taking part in some sort of graffiti event is something that I never thought I would be doing, as I saw it mostly as vandalism. But there is also a feeling of lasting, as, especially in urban areas, I see a lot of graffiti that seems to last for decades at a time. Similar to last week’s project, there is a sense of lasting with graffiti, in the face of the rapidly changing society around us.

Of course, with the coronavirus crisis at hand, this activity got somewhat nerfed in regard to what experiences it could have offered. However, I think that I actually prefer it this way; by preserving it on paper, this “graffiti” art is a lot easier to keep, and therefore preserve for a long time.

I think an aspect of graffiti art, though, is the somewhat illegal nature of it, and that this project doesn’t really capture the small sense of anarchy that comes with committing to it. Especially in urban areas, graffiti, in my opinion, is often a cry against an established order that governs these areas.

Sustainable Art: Fruit art!

My idea was to stick to something natural, and so I knew I wanted to make art of animals through some form of medium. I got the idea of fruit art from looking at the art attached to the assignment, but also from watching my sister eat oranges after dinner. I think using fruit for this assignment, especially in forming living things reflects the temporal aspect of life and nature, and how everything changes constantly. In my mind, there are two types of art: art to last, and art to remember. The first is meant as a display of skill and mastery, and these includes works such as Mona Lisa, or the Statue of David, whereas the other type of art is meant to be more self-reflective. These pieces of art are often more abstract, like the banana taped to a wall, and oftentimes have a particular emphasis on time. Rather than calling attention to the artist’s skill, it instead focuses on the observer, and lets them wonder about how this art can be reflective of themselves.

I think from a consumer standpoint, its very important to have sustainable and renewable water, air, and land, but from an artistic standpoint, the lack of something tends to make us appreciate it more. However, we should also try and spread this appreciation to as many as we can, and so preserving nature and these resources are of utmost importance.

When it comes to climate change, and what one person can do, I think its worth it to try your best to be as green as possible. While your change might not seem to make a big difference, when coupled with other people, the effect can be enormous. A single arrow may not seem to be a big deal, but a hundred can defeat whole armies.

Digital Art Gallery Presents: Quarantined Appreciations!

With everyone stuck at home and dozens of countries around the world mandating a stay at home policy for their citizens, all of humanity suddenly has one more thing in common. While stuck in this quarantine, some people lose motivation, get bored, or lounge around, others focus on hobbies or introspection. Still others focus on preserving and appreciating what they had access to before the quarantine, and work to digitize it for all the internet to see. In the gallery are digital artist renditions of each of these activities: @kanekoshake focuses on the relaxing and boring part of quarantined life with their vivid and relatable illustrations, @stephaniepriscilla focus on the downtime that quarantine has given us not only to focus on hobbies but also ourselves, and @8pxl_ digitizes landscapes that we have long taken for granted, so that we may appreciate them more.

Kanekoshake’s art is often times more stylized and fantastical than it is realistic, but the cartoon-like drawings nevertheless elicit a sense of relatability between the observer and those featured in their art. Whether it be lounging around on your bed waiting for the day to pass, working online with a sibling or child bothering you, or just relaxing with your family on the couch, the use of vivid colors and bubbly features draws attention to every little detail included in each picture. The use of calming colors like blues, grays and warm browns works to relax the observer, tuning them into the same mindset as the people featured in the above artworks.

Where Kanekoshake’s art is more stylized, Stephaniepriscilla focuses more on a realistic side of art, in both her renditions of people, and the situations around them. From left to right, the art pieces increasingly become introspective. In the first image, similar to kanekoshake’s the warm colors and relatable situation draws us to connect with the subject of the piece. The second piece draws more distinctive contrasts with it’s clashing red and blue color scheme, drawing attention mainly to the girl pictured, but also the item in her arms, and her explored hobby of the guitar. The facemask and this exploration allows the observer to relate to their possible hobby exploration during this time where facemasks are increasingly mandatory. Finally, the picture on the right has a mostly gray tone, with low focus on the background, and the main focus of the piece being on a realistic representation of a person, and their artistic counterpart, illustrating the introspection that occurs when we forget about the things around us.
Furthermore, as each piece progresses from left to right, the subject of the piece turns more and more toward the observer, first from facing away, then to a side glance, then to a full look. And as more detail is focused on the person, they become more and more realistic, until the last picture is a blend of reality and fantasy; a personification of a human’s creativity.

Finally, 8pxl_ focuses on appreciation of the nature that we have missed out on all around us. Especially in the United States, and even moreso in California, where beaches and national parks are closed for safety concerns, these views become increasingly restricted for average citizens. Despite these limitations, artists like 8pxl_ try to preserve just a small piece of those views for everyone to enjoy what we have taken for granted. The use of radical colors for these color schemes, such as red/purple or blue/yellow only serves to highlight the mystical-ness of the world that many of us have missed out on, and are now restricted from.

Vlogging!

Vlog!


My goal with this vlog was to just try and capture the most interesting part of one of my days of the week, and I think I did a decent job of it with how the activity is portrayed. If I were to do it again, I would probably change the camera angle and try to go for a more top down view, as to get an even better picture of what was going on. (Kind of like Tasty videos). However, I don’t think I will vlog again, as it really isn’t my style of content creation. My favorite Youtuber is Taste, the Chinese Recipe Show, as the production value is really nice, and they always have comprehensive coverage and very good asthetics. I tried to go for a similar feeling, though seeing my skill level compared to theirs, I had to not only speed up what I was doing, but also take into account that I was only able to get one angle, as well as not have as good editing software.

Authenticity I think is based solely on the intent of someone to do something; the result that they want is the true gauge to authenticity, and usually for authentic-ness, there is an altruistic goal, something that isn’t self serving.

Performance and Authenticity aren’t opposites I would say, as performance is just a tool that people can use. Just as a hammer can’t be inherently good or evil, performance can’t either. I think both of the clips included in the assignment window are authentic, just with differing goals on each one, the first one wanting to maintain a more professional image, whereas the second one is just very relaxed.

Artist Converation #4: The Expected (Mahsa Soroudi)

The Expected

Artist Information:
Name: Mahsa Soroudi
Media: Photography
Gallery: Own Website
Social Media: Website

About the Artist:
Mahsa Soroudi is an independent artist who graduated from the Azad Art and Architecture University in Tehran with a BFA in Visual Communication.

Formal Analysis:
This photograph is of the top of a house through the trees and window of another house. The main source of color is the background features, with the foreground featuring only a set of blackened blinds. The colors that are present are realistic, as it is a photograph. There are three sets of blinds, which separate the picture into four parts. In the photograph, it appears to be the season of fall or winter, as the trees are somewhat barren in appearance and empty of life.

Content Analysis:
One of Mahsa’s core passions is to introduce the community to new and up-and-coming artists who have previously been disregarded. This art piece symbolizes that in the division foreground and background in the photo. In the foreground, the object that draws attention the most is the tree that primarily occupies the top and second to top sections, a withered tree laid low by winter. This tree symbolizes the overexposed artists who currently lay at the top of the food chain, and as a result are missing their leaves and color from all the attention. However, in the background stands several evergreen-like trees that stand vibrant yet out of focus. Those trees represent the contemporary artists who have been passed over by critics and art reviewers, while offering up both color and life. This contrast is what Soroudi might have been trying to capture, as fits her passion.

Synthesis:
The most interesting part of this art display to me had to have been the blinds that frame the entire picture. To me, this is very similar to the in class activity we had, where we found a place to put up a tape picture frame, and drew attention to certain objects from certain angles. Often times in my Literature class in high school, my teacher would quote the phrase “Art imitates life, and life imitates Art”, and I think that that quote accurately reflects this photograph, as this photograph is that of life itself, distilled into an art form, and yet that life is somehow also a commentary on Art as a whole. And to me its the blinds that draw attention to this distinction.

(sushi on the head)(Artist Conversation #3)

Artist Information:
Name: Sienna Browne
Media: Painting
Gallery: In-Class Presentation
Social Media: @siennabrowneart

About the Artist:
Sienna is currently a 4th year undergraduate at LBSU, pursuing a BFA in the School of Art’s Drawing and Painting Program.

Formal Analysis:
This painting is of a man who is balancing a plate of sushi on his head, painted on a piece of paper. The color content of the piece is primarily using blue and black to outline all the shapes. These colors are not meant, however, to be cold and uncomfortable. The plate on which the pieces of sushi is resting on is tilted at an angle, and spilling a few pieces of the food off the edge, and the man is looking worryingly at it, which provides a sort of humorous tone, despite the piece describing the imbalance of having a eating disorder.

Content Analysis: This piece was originally made in a series of pieces on balancing food on various people’s head, however, during the process, the artist realized the true nature of the piece that it commentates on the effects of an eating disorder. Firstly, the imbalance of the plate on the man’s head symbolizes the equilibrium in eating habits, and the fact that it is tilted is meant to symbolize the imbalance of having an eating disorder in itself. The sushi rolling off from the bottom seems to emblem-ize the domino effect of having this disorder, and the distress of the man is what the work really concentrates on, as the Browne tried to capture the worry of someone who might be suffering from this disorder.

Synthesis: I think the most interesting part of this piece is the fact that it seems almost comical, which could be referencing how certain disorders are portrayed on media such as movies and TV shows, with unrealistic and clear cut signs. What also drew me in was the fact that Browne specifically only used blue and black to draw the piece, which can be attributed to the general mood that a food disorder might impose on a person. Finally, I think this piece is one of the most expressive pieces in her collection, as not only does it speak to something that the artist experienced herself, but might also give a voice and a method of expression to others going through the same situation.

Romantic Pop Song

“Mythodic” Love

And I’ve heard these stories,
Just a thousand times.
But I never thought “I’d live through them all”,
Yet I live them all the same.

Cause your gaze turned my heart to stone,
Caused my wax wings to fold,
And I know, my mind makes things sensational
Feels like I’m living through those stories that I hold,

And, oh, we are,
Like Percy and Medusa.
And, oh, we are
Like Icarus and the sun.
That’s all we are,
Rivals from a distance, locked together in an
Endless fight.
Feelings on repeat.

(Instrumental break)

I’m still here hoping.
Hoping that there’s something left for us.
But we haven’t been right for years.

So we go, eternally just fighting.
I bury all my tears when I sing,
So we go, I should’ve seen this long before,
My life is just a journey, ending where I start
.

So stand here close to me,
We’ll die out slowly,
I’ll turn around for you,
Like Orpheus and Eurydice.

Oh it means nothing to you, you don’t know of my love.
I’m just trying to be all that you’re dreaming of
The world betrays me, so do all those above.
But I’m still yearning.
Yeah, I’m still yearning
.

And, oh, we are
Like Percy and Medusa
And, oh, we are
Like icarus and the sun
Thats all we are,
Rivals from a distance, locked together in an
Endless fight

Til the last days that we see.

What were you trying to think about in your song?
I was trying to encapsulate someone in love with someone else, but has a semi-strained relationship with them, constantly arguing and and fighting with them, and how they could see their relationship as the endless fights between the heroes and villians in greek mythology; hence “Mythodic”, a combination of methodic and mythologic, referencing both the myths themselves and the repetitive nature of the relationship.

What was your process for writing your song?
Writing the song was actually really hard, but I think it got easier as just listened to music and tried to come up with certain lyrics. It took a total of about 4 hours, honestly longer than I expected.

I don’t think my song is very good, it is very surface level and shallow, and I don’t think I’ll try my hand at writing another song unless I have a really good reason to. I think if I were to write another song though, it would also be about the nature of relationships.

Counter-Factual Identity

This assignment was definitely one of the harder ones for me to do. I had only brought a limited amount of clothing with me, so changing my identity based off of that was a little rough. However, seeing as how I usually dress conservatively, I decided to go for a sporty look and ditch my glasses to see if that could change other’s perception of me.

For this assignment, I mostly hung out around lower campus, near the bottom floor of the USU, near the CBA, and near the Rec Center. Of the people that I approached and interviewed, I don’t think my appearance had an effect on name guesses, as there was no repeating trends. I got Brians, Davids, and all sort of other names.

However, for major, I had a large amount of people guess Kinesiology, I’m guessing based off of this sporty look. There were also a fair amount of people that guessed that I was sort of some engineering major, which, being a Comp Sci Major, was pretty close.

I think if I had more choice in wardrobe, I would have tried it out, especially if I was able to do multiple outfits. Other than that, I found it pretty interesting how people decided your interests based on how you dressed, it had never crossed my mind before.