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Blog Prompt #4

Ken Lum uses many forms of media to make art that addresses contemporary life. He uses photography, text, sculpture, and ideas about language. His use of text in his artwork enhances his work, for example his piece “Midway Shopping Plaza” is a sign with all Vietnamese-owned shops. What the viewer doesn’t know directly is that all the “shop” names have to do with the Vietnam War. “Phan Thi Kim Phuc Pharmacy, references Phan Thi Kim Phuc, the young girl whose image was captured by AP photographer Nick Ut as she ran, burned & screaming, from a napalm attack.” With this sort of play he has hidden politics in his art. Another piece that caught my attention was “Untitled (Language Painting)” In this piece the letters are all quite mixed up & you get this sense of confusion and frustration. Ken Lum wanted the viewer to be in the shoes of an immigrant who is overwhelmed by a language that is incomprehensible. His work has underlying meaning to it ,and I find that mysterious and very intriguing. I like art that makes you think and that makes it interactive in a way.

My idea for this project stemmed from Abelardo Morell, I was very inspired from his Camera Obscura work. I was most intrigued by his technique & the work he put into his photography. His images came out very beautiful & the change of components used (rooms & location image coming through window) made them all very interesting. I wanted to do something along those lines. My idea kept changing as I worked on my project. I wanted to see what a variety of images looked like on people. 

My process for this project began with photographing anything. I shot film and digital, color and black & white. I then went online to find some portrait images. I instantly found amazing portraits by Robert Mapplethorpe. I layered my digital image or scanned negative on top of the portrait photo. Then had to warp the image to the faces so it didn’t look to flat, I wanted it to look as if the image was almost painted on there. The eraser tool was my best friend, also my enemy. I worked on each image for a long time since I was very careful not to erase part of the image I wanted. I also photographed with film, I set my film camera on a tripod in my darkroom. I put a negative in my enlarger and projected it onto my wall. Self timer in my camera and tried to focus where I would be standing. Since this was color film I and it processed. Then I scanned the negative. I didn’t edit anything in the image. When writing how I accomplished this project it seems & sounds easy, but it wasn’t to me. I like to challenge myself, even if there are easier ways to do this. I hope to keep this idea going and photograph my own portraits of people and use significant personal images projected on them. This something I will probably continue working on.

Photograph 1: Robert Mapplethorpe 

http://inspirationhut.net/inspiration/world-famous-robert-mapplethorpe-portrait-photographer-genius/

Photograph 2: Robert Mapplethorpe

http://wertical.com/daily-2/robert-mapplethorpe/

Photograph 3: Robert Mapplethorpe

http://alongtheabstractway.blogspot.com/2011/04/chapter-54-robert-mapplethorpe.html

Photograph 4: Sanna R By Anton Östlund 

http://www.fashiongonerogue.com/fresh-face-sanna-anton-ostlund/

Camera Obscura-Abelardo Morell

"I made my first picture using camera obscura techniques in my darkened living room in 1991. In setting up a room to make this kind of photograph, I cover all windows with black plastic in order to achieve total darkness. Then, I cut a small hole in the material I use to cover the windows. This opening allows an inverted image of the view outside to flood onto the back walls of the room. Typically then I focused my large-format camera on the incoming image on the wall then make a camera exposure on film. In the beginning, exposures took from five to ten hours.

Over time, this project has taken me from my living room to all sorts of interiors around the world. One of the satisfactions I get from making this imagery comes from my seeing the weird and yet natural marriage of the inside and outside.

A few years ago, in order to push the visual potential of this process, I began to use color film and positioned a lens over the hole in the window plastic in order to add to the overall sharpness and brightness of the incoming image. Now, I often use a prism to make the projection come in right side up. I have also been able to shorten my exposures considerably thanks to digital technology, which in turn makes it possible to capture more momentary light. I love the increased sense of reality that the outdoor has in these new works .The marriage of the outside and the inside is now made up of more equal partners.”

Blog Prompt #3 Narrrative and Nonnarrative

ski-idm:

Read pg 342-365

In your blog response define narrative and nonnarrative as they pertain to art-making, and share how your raster project will be utilizing this/these methods.

Narrative is storytelling. There are steps to follow such as discussed in the reading that a traditional narrative “the first event causes the second, which results in the third, and so on until the conclusion is reached.” They are mostly character driven, and dependent on interplay between cause and effect. There is usually conflict. Non-narrative is made of categorical, rhetorical, and sequential. Categorial is based on exploration of a single concept, action or emotion. In rhetorical sequential images are used to present argument. Sequential art may purely be abstract. “In a well-designed book or film, changes in color, shape, texture, and movement can provide all the information needed for a compelling piece.” I am still unsure where I am going with my project, I have many ideas, there are some surreal ideas. I am undecided what exactly I want to portray.

Manhattan Look West 96-Abelardo Morell 
http://www.abelardomorell.net/posts/camera-obscura/
I was inspired by Abelardo Morell, I love black & white film photography so I really wanted to do something along the lines of camera obscura art. Instead of using furniture & bedroom scenes as Abelardo does, I want to work with the human body. I don’t have a clear vision of what my project will be but something along these lines. 

Manhattan Look West 96-Abelardo Morell 

http://www.abelardomorell.net/posts/camera-obscura/

I was inspired by Abelardo Morell, I love black & white film photography so I really wanted to do something along the lines of camera obscura art. Instead of using furniture & bedroom scenes as Abelardo does, I want to work with the human body. I don’t have a clear vision of what my project will be but something along these lines. 

Blog Reading Response

The capability to invade images and create invisible alterations to photographs, thereby undermining its accepted “truth,” authority, and authenticity through a seamless process of retouching and editing is a destabilization of the image. It has created a crisis of belief which has political implications. We can no longer rely on the old system of “truth in images.”  Art in the age of digital simulation. Pg 155

I think this sentence pertains a lot to what we have already been discussing about truth in photography. To me it means that by altering the image we are changing the truth to it. The new technology we have makes it so that the slightest to most extreme alteration is not noticed. Some images are created to tell truth with manipulation. An example of this is where an image of Saddam Hussein was changed so that he had a mustache like Hitler’s, the image was created into a poster & was on wall streets. There is a lot of this sort of image manipulation being used.  With technology advancing its hard to believe any image is without alteration since its no longer the days of black & white film photography.

Truth & Photography

ski-idm:

Find an image that you think really challenges the idea of “Truth and Photography”

Photo: Nigel Tomm

Intro to Digital Media Class-Sammy Nieto

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