Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Discussion Q&A Shellie and Alex

Woody on Aesthetic Appreciation

1. After reading this article analyzing Woody’s work do you feel like his movies mock how contemporary art classes approach talking about art? Why?

I don't think he was mocking contemporary art classes.

2. Do you ever feel surrounded by people that you need to impress/fake being overly excited or emotional about your work? If you do ever fake these emotions, why?

I think that is really weird to fake being excited about your own work.  I think that would be hard to do, and would benefit no one.

3. Would you say you art leans more towards needing emotional or intellectual appreciation? Does this relate to the aesthetics?

I think that the things I make require an intellectual and emotional appreciating.

4. Do you care about how your work looks while your creating it? Do you ever step back and move something around just because it looks bad? Does the work become less intellectual if this happens? Explain.

Usually when I am making something, I feel like I have a goal.  Sometimes that goal changes and the method changes too, but I think when I change something, it is because I made the intellectual decision to do so.

5. When you view my art do you have any intellectual response? If not does this mean my work has no aesthetic value based on what the chapter requires for a meaningful aesthetic response.

I think that it is impossible to separate emotion from intellect completely.

6. Where is your fulcrum between intellect and emotion when creating your work on a scale of 1-10. 1 leaning more towards intellect and 10 being more towards emotion. Where is mine?

5 and 5

7. Why do you think I tend to reject intellectualizing art?
I really don't know.

8. I would consider my work to be relaxing to the viewer. Do you agree/why?
Yes, they are calming images.


An Artful Environmental Impact Statement

1.  How important is the process of destroying something ( personal object/ mental image/photograph)  to create a piece of work that is abstract?
I don't think it is necessary, but it can be cool.

2.  In your own work, how do you feel that the medium that you choose best expresses your meaning, message & own truth?
I think that using sound, I can make a spacious, and subtle experience.

3.  In your opinion, why do you think that the Gerald Peters Gallery mainly selected Fair's photos for their abstract impact? (not showing the photographs of the smokestacks & factories).  Do you believe that these particular abstract photos were selected because of an "over-all" sense of platonic beauty? Do you believe that the GP Gallery wanted to appeal to the "masses" in order to  make a better sale?

From what we discussed in class, I guess what you are saying is accurate.

4.  What are the similarities between art & documentation?

Generally, art is the original and documentation is a recreation of the original.

5.  In my own work, do you feel that i convey a sense of environment & mood?


6.  Do you feel that the process & materials that i use, best expresses my message in my paintings?  If not, then please explain what materials would work  best for the execution & final outcome of my work.


7.  How important is the use of scale in your own work? And do you believe that i use an appropriate size & scale for my paintings?

I use a scale that relates to the human form, specifically furniture and clothing sizes. 

8.  What do you think of my color palette for my paintings?  What colors do you think I should use in my next painting.

This is a really strange question that I do not know how to answer.  How about red-orange, and blue.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Discussion Q&A Chris, Jen


1. What is meant by a poor image?
According to the article, it is an image that usually has a low resolution and is not the original.

2. What is meant by the contemporary hierarchy of images?
Low quality vs. high quality is one hierarchy that exists.

3. What qualifies a work as experimental?
Something is experimental when it has no predetermined outcome.

4. Do you agree that poor images are poor because they are not assigned any vale from the class society of images?
I think that author is trying to describe a hierarchy of images that exists.  I do not think that because an image has a low resolution it is a less valuable image. 

5. What relevance does this have to painting?
Painting is a way to create an original image.  Painting seems to value the original.

6. How do we measure the quality of image?
I would measure the quality of the content, and whether or not i find it interesting.

7. Do you consider these qualities when constructing work?

8. What role does the human condition or the "everyday" have in your work?
I think the materials I choose are relatively "everyday."


1. What are your political concerns? Is there anything happening in the world beyond your self, that still effects you directly? Does this come into your work?

I don't really participate in political activism.  I try to be knowledgeable and bypass things I don't agree with.  I think that this comes into my work because i am trying to learn how to build things that are usually manufactured.

2. What insights should artists provide? Do you agree that poets(artists) are "uniquely suited" to "speak publicly and morally about human aspirations"?
I think that there are all different kinds of artists, and they are not all morally apt.

3. Are any artists that you know or are currently looking at, critiquing our cultural or political systems through their work? Please elaborate on why you think these people are able or aren't able to make these works…
I recently heard about the Yes Men, and they are obviously straightforwardly political.  I think because it is a collaborative effort, they can get away with more.

4. What does it mean to be politically active?
I think political activity is broad.  I think it can be anything that relates to taking a position or an opinion about something.

5. Are you able to relate to the work that I've made this year? What work? Do you relate it to any other artists or movements?
I related to your performance when you looped information on top of itself. 

6. What do you think would make my work better?
I think you have experimented a lot and have tried new things, but I think you might benefit from sticking with one thing for an extended period.

7. Do you think some of my work can be political, even if I don't say it is, or take a specific position? Is this an effective way of discussing work?
I think art is political no matter what. 

8. Does my work provide any insight?
It offers insight into the details of your everyday life.