Sunday, February 21, 2010

Film Still Visualization

The concept behind this piece is one of lost love. The seaside setting with the female figure calls to mind, the iconic wife waiting for her seafaring husband to return home. The absent look of the figure suggests hopelessness, but as she turns her head, she thinks for a moment she heard something out on the water. The viewer looks through broken glass into bereavement.

Images for Compositing in Film Still Visualization

This first image I took down the street from my
home is of the Delaware Bay in Cape May. After the first snowstorm the sand was thickly
coated in powdery snow, and seemed to be glowing white.

The view of this image looks out from a broken
window. Taken at my home, it is the result of my
sister's house party. A happy accident for my
artwork, although my parents weren't particularly thrilled.

Human Interaction
I took this photograph last, not sure what I wanted from the scene. I shot my friend, Manette, standing in the snow, dressed in white. I prompted her with different scenarios to elicit emotions, but I like this distant, preoccupied, mournful gaze.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Monday, February 1, 2010

My thoughts on others' thoughts on the 4 Artists

My fellow classmates probably had the least to say about Teun Hocks. His humor is appreciated by all. Most agree that his works are surreal and dreamy, and are not so dark conceptually, as say, Crewdson or Wall.

Many students appreciated Cindy Sherman's images for being B&W, claiming that it did not detract from her images, but rather strengthened  them. Many commented on a cinematic feel, as if each image were a scene from an old movie, but I particularly like Adriana's observation that they reminded her of a b-movie. I agree with Katie's assertion that although Sherman's images feature herself, they are not self portraits, but instead are portraits of womankind or the concept of woman. 

Crewdson seems to be the most thoroughly discussed artist. A few said Crewdson's works were peaceful, but most agreed on an unsettling feeling. Amy thought his works evoked anxiety, isolation, and fear. Many of us agree that the perspective Crewdson uses, is the driving force in creating a "cinematic" (Katie), and a vacant feel (Andrew).  His work is a snapshot of a moment; as Adriana puts it, he gives you the "crucial instance of an unspoken overarching story-line."

Andrew commented that Jeff Wall's images speak of themes of urban decay. Many commented on the tension in the images, and that being equated to societal tensions. Bryan and Brittney, among others, appreciated the insight that the artist offers into his works, through his lengthy descriptions of both the image and the concept behind it. 

Oops: Addendum to previous post

Jeff Wall creates large scenes reminiscent of film stills. The viewer feels this way about the image not by chance; the artist poses actors and photographs them in the action. There is apparent tension between figures in his works. Sometimes the tension is angry or just uncomfortable, but it is always active, balancing and counter-balancing, teetering and tottering back and forth.