|"Humor (is) the process that allows one to brush reality aside when it becomes too distressing." - Andre Breton
Comment by Lauren Trangmar: I thought it was cool how it played with the unexpected as well as what is considered 'beauty' especially in the context of the contemporary world which is filled with idealistic magazines and photoshop. I agree with the others that more magazines would be an improvement, I also think it would be interesting to put them in a store and see how people react, maybe one day you could do whole magazine. It reminds me of Adbusters/subvertisements/culture jamming stuff
More images under post in Methods/Materials. -Kevin
Comment by Lauren Trangmar: Making an app is pretty impressive. I thought it was a clever idea, I often wonder how things are done, I think often people don't think about how much time and resources go into everyday things, especially art and I think this can be seen as a way to get people to actually think about it/be aware. I think if you actually made it people would be into it! One point of critique is I think you would have to be careful about researching the information and make sure it is correct and succinct without leaving out too much whilst editing the information enough to for people to understand and grasp quickly (I'm not sure quite how you actually did that cos I only saw it quickly but it would be something to think about which no doubt you probably found out while making it already)
Comment by Lauren Trangmar: I liked this; I know you were worried about it but I thought it turned out fine! The craft was good and I think the form is very interesting. I enjoyed sitting under there. I think the concept was interesting-it totally engages with contemporary issues which are actually quite tragic. It makes you contemplate what is going on while sitting there. For improvement it think it would be cool to have a pod thing for each seat at the table but I know that is what you originally kind of wanted to do given the time.
Comment by Lauren Trangmar: I loved this! Such a good idea, I can't go in the elevator anymore without being sad that its boring with no art, music or random snacks! I think it would be cool to keep doing it every once and while (I feel like we all create so much stuff and rarely get to share it with people outside the class its made in, this provided a nice opportunity for people to show and see others work that would otherwise not be seen outside the classroom). I think it was a good and usual use of the space by playing with what is expected/unexpected in the context of certain and everyday spaces. An elevator is kind of a wierd inbetween space anyway, its like some wierd moving room you just awkwardly stand in with other people usually to get from up and down the building, this made the trip more enjoyable, and less awkward, possibly even created a social space instead.
I Cough so He...Icosohedron
The shapes of these are icosahedrons
I was sick for a week with a cough, hence, the punny name
Comment by Lauren Trangmar: I love the folding on these, its really beautiful; who wouldve known a paper plate could be so beautiful! I appreciate the research and effort that went into these in terms form, function and then having to catch the roaches! The glowing sticks were a nice addition to. I think it would be amazing if you could actually find a way to make them roll around when a roach is caught-that would be hilarious
Comment by Lauren trangmar: I was also impressed at how well you captured the form of the gorilla at that scale. I like the obstruction aspect, for people that didn't know about it and the class and just came out of the elevator wouldve gotten quite a shock especially with it butt in their face! I think it would be cool if you made it in something really heavy so it cant be moved which would make it more of a public nuisance
Comment by Lauren Trangmar: I think was your best piece so far, I can see the effort and time you spent to make it along with the consideration of how to make the paper and then use it. I think the idea of making a tree out of a material that has been through a lot of man made processes back into a tree is interesting, it makes you question what is going on in the world and what is necessary and what is wasteful. Its funny how when you wore it you kind of match! The personal and identity aspect of the concept was interesting, I wonder how this could be taken out in public to add their identities and establish connections with other people
As we have been doing more and public art pieces/installations it has led me to think a lot about ownership, technology and public space. I see people taking photos and talking about the pieces, even pieces being stolen. I recently learnt of my moss piece being on instagram, someone using a picture of Sofia's piece as part of another project and I am sure other peoples work was also documented by others. It seems flattering that people like the pieces enough to take photos etc but then it also makes you think "hey thats mine!" ... yet if it is in public space you lose control of it and whose then does it really become? If you keep it locked away in your portfolio no one would see it or appreciate it yet no one could really steal it, copy it or do things to you it without you knowing. It makes you wonder doesn't it? I
Post by Lauren Trangmar
In quite a few of our discussions we talked about what art is and who decides if something is art. Many of us felt as though it is up to each and everyone of us to decide what art is, but at the same time recognized that there is a "higher power" or a select few that have the final say in what should be considered art and what kind of art should be viewed by the public. However, because taxpayer money is sometimes used to fund art programs and agencies, should that not affect how much say the public has in deciding what gets funded and what doesn't, and therefore ultimately helps decide what art is? In 1989-1990 a political battle between the art world and the general public broke out when public money was used to fund exhibitions displaying controversial works such as Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ", which the people refused to accept as art. Although the public was not able to keep museums from showing these works and "promoting" them as art, they did not accept them as fine art either, so is this not evidence that although there are people with the power to make final decisions on what should be presented to the public as art, we all still have at least a day in whether we believe it or not?
Posting by Sofia Mustelin