I chose to read the chapter titled Augmented Reality in which the author talks about what augmented reality is, which basically boils down to being able to have things in your own reality that shouldn’t actually be there. These things would also have sensory data that corresponds to the thing you are seeing, feeling, hearing or tasting. Although there is virtual reality today, it really is not satisfying enough and a user will still know that the headset they are wearing is supplying them with this data. Augmented reality, however, would seem very real to the user, although a lot of work would have to be put into it. This relates to StoryCorps as it is basically talking about what could come in the future, whereas StoryCorps is mainly reflecting on the past. At the same time, augmented reality could also show things that have happened in the past, such as the example that was included in the chapter about the Underground Railroad. In the StoryCorps intro, the father’s story is shown in the video but as animation. With augmented reality, it may be possible to see the story firsthand, meaning you would be supplied with sensory data to create a feeling of complete immersion. With that, I lead into who I would like to interview and what I would like to interview them about. Originally, I was thinking that I would talk to my grandma about musical storage/playing devices such as a record player and its records, and an iPod with its songs. However, I have realized that my grandma is not very familiar with an iPod. I have decided that by talking to my mother instead, I would be able to get a better notion of how these two devices were used and maintained. The themes I will be focusing on are music, money, and access. I am interested in the differences of going out to buy records versus collecting music online. With that being said, I am looking forward to meeting with my mom to learn more about her life and her perspective of technology.
Going to the Art museum was super interesting a lot of different form of arts in a different types of medium we saw videos, sculptures, and art work. I think that all the different medium and arts have a message behind them , going off of that i think it’s cool because people have a voices and speak up for what they believe if that is civil rights gender equality whatever it is we have a voice. I think that people in today society uses their platform on social media and I think that some people that uses their platform in the artsy way are very rare qualities. I think that its super beneficial for these artists to stand up for what they believe in. So the Piece I chose in the art museum is by KEN CHU because he speaks about a heated debate in the world and that’s about LGBTQ he specifically targets a certain group of people which is gay asian people. In today society we don’t really see that as too much the group of people is caucasian or African American people. I think that when Ken Chu made this artwork i think that people were necessarily shock but have to accept who these people are.
The font for this Chinese man is DON KAO its in super huge font I think the reason why CHU did this is because the font is very eye popping and its very attention grabbing . also going off of the text and the images i really like the Stars because it just goes with the image and I also think that displaying the information about these asian americas is showing the world how these people have lived there lives. I think that putting these items on display in the museum is putting the world on notice. what I mean by putting the world on notice is by showing the world who these people are and that who cares like what they believe in the bottom line is this treat them like a human being because they are people too. that the artist believes in these people and plus the text and font are eye popping so the patron will have a easy time looking at the picture.
The work I chose to evaluate from the WSU museum was the art titled, “I Beseech You” by Carrie Mae Weems. The work was published in 1996 but the photograph Weems used was originally from a French photographer in the 18th century. Therefore, the old-fashioned feeling the black and white photograph creates is a realistic effect on the viewers because it appears that the original retro styled film photography was used within this piece of art. However, Weems added a text layered on top of the image in order to create a different emotion from the viewers. Weems combined old-fashioned aspect of the photograph and combined it with a relevant text to ovelay it in order to create a modern mood. For example, although this image was created in 1996 it reminds me of Tumblr or Facebook posts from the past decade. Ultimately, Weems was ahead of her time and definitely set a trend for moody text over moody photographs in order to create emotion in the audience of the artwork. The combination of elements ressembles a collage where new and old pieces are put together to create something new with a whole new meaning. This was mentioned in the Timothy Samara reading for class.
The text is black and centered in the middle of the work. Therefore, the words blend well with the colors of the image making the viewers really work to notice that there is small text in the center of the image. The artwork frame was medium-to-small sized in comparison to others in the museum so it was difficult to notice the words and entirety of the artwork until you looked closer. When I finally noticed the text I saw that the text was in a san serifs font.
This is a relevant example for me personally because within the text there is a thick darker part at the base of each letter and then a lighter part on other ends which reflects my idea of having a thicker and more dominant part in conjunction with a lighter and reliable part of the letters. In addition, the soothing and subtle nature of the image creates a relatable mood to my source of inspiration of the special bond between a daughter and a mother. A point in the poem Woolf mentions the morning cries of her newborn daughter and I feel like this image directly reflects the same mood of the sun rising and the quiet atmosphere of dawn hours. Therefore, this artwork is an important reference piece for me as I am finishing up my letters and moving towards the completed poster.
During the visit to the WSU art museum, I found Robert Rauschenberg’s Autobiography, to be the most interesting. It features three large lithograph prints that tell a narrative of his life. The first image is of his astrological birth chart overlaying an x-ray of himself. It also features images of a bike and an umbrella which are commonly seen in many of his pieces. The second piece is of him on a boat as a child, with circles of text surrounding it. The text seems to be excerpts from his life The third piece, is a photograph of his 1963 performance piece, Pelican. It also features a nautical map of the area surrounding the Gulf of Mexico.
Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, 1968
Taken by Peyton Taffe at WSU Art Museum
Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, 1968
Taken by Peyton Taffe at WSU Art Museum
Robert Rauschenberg, Autobiography, 1968
Taken by Peyton Taffe at WSU Art Museum
I found this piece to be interesting because I’ve never thought of an autobiography to be told over illustrations. I think that the combination of text in all three images helps convey what the artist wanted you to know about his life. In this case, the medium is the message in many ways. An autobiography told over pictures is completely different than one in a book and shows that he was a visual artist. The decision to make some of the images into a collage, as mainly shown in the first piece, forces the viewer to add a degree of meaning to a piece. He uses a mix of photography, drawn text, and printed text in the pieces to also add another degree of meaning.
For my project, I found this piece to be relevant and helpful because it shows how by using different types of media, it can add a lot more meaning to the piece. Next, it showed me how font choice really makes a difference as all of the pieces have different fonts and therefor convey a different meaning. Lastly, I noticed how even though the viewer sometimes has to work to read the text, it can still be successful. It will influence my ideas for the typeface project by influencing me to play with how my illustration and text can really interact.
I think that this piece by Jenny Holzer holds a lot of power, the use of all capitalizations
by Jenny Holzer
and the close proximity by each letter brings the text together to create almost an image of a book of poetry. The two pages being placed next to each other and on the ground almost creates a relaxed and “homie” aesthetic in comparison to if they had been hung high on the wall. Personally, I really like this piece, but I don’t think it will influence my own design as much as I would have thought. I used this piece for this blog post because I was interested in the content and the alphabetized statements, in addition to the overall composition of the two pages together. However, I do not think that the composition of the individual pages will inform my own; their simplicity can be informative, yet I think it had moved me in a direction away from the content. There is not really any form alteration or an abstraction like Timothy Samara mentions, other than the text being all capitalized and left-aligned there is little change.
It seems as though Holzer focused on the content of what the words would specifically say in comparison to the overall placement, there might be an inference in that the viewer could possibly see their reflection in words. Perhaps, this is a comment on the hypocrisy of societal norms that are held within the words of the piece. For example, how would one feel if you saw your reflection and then the first line within the piece that you say would have been “Stupid people shouldn’t breed” vs. “It’s good to give extra money to charity,” this piece most definitely creates a different experience for each viewer. With my idea for my design, I want it to be very clear, no matter who is looking at it, what it means.
Artist: Nancy Spero WSU Art Museum
WSU Art Museum
One of the pieces in the art museum that stuck out the most to me was “ We Are Pro-Choice” by Nancy Spero. Nancy Spero used stylized representational images to touch on the darker subjects of humankind. I find this piece engaging because of the way the text and images go together. These two elements create something else. I think the text and words bring out the images and help tell a story. To me, the text kind of looks hand written and that it could maybe be something seen on a protesters sign. Once I though about that, I noticed that all of the women in the piece look like they could be protesting about something especially this subject. The illustration style for this piece is a screen print. Screen prints always look like paintings to me because they are always so colorful and leave room for imagination. I would say that this piece is a mixture between abstract and realistic. It is realistic because it is representing a real event that is still happening today, but the screen print itself looks abstract. Also, some of the women look very real and what a woman actually looks like, but some of the women look abstract. This style is appropriate to the subject matter because it looks like a protest poster, which theoretically could be what people used it for. The words and images feel visually integrated. The text looks a bit like cursive because the letters are attached but not all the way. Some of the images are overlapping each other. I think the artist is trying to communicate that women should stick together to stand up for what they believe in. That is why some of the elements are connected to one another.
The piece I ended up choosing was the Tong Zhi/Comrade : Out of Asia America. There was many different reasons I went with this piece, one of the most prominent is related to the modern society issue in the Asian LGBTQ+ communities. I have seen some of my closest friend be affected and have their lives flipped when they felt safe and confident to come out. So to me it really is powerful to use societies least accepted groups and plaster them for attention and making them the center. The post does a great job achieving it goal due to the slight difference in the pressed letters. As well as the ability to capture so many different stories and create a uniform style is some thing I really liked. The style seemed as if it was a more uniform cutout letter then the example provided in our reading by Timothy Samara. It has a feeling of letter “blocks” but is much more aligned. The style of this piece is similar to what I have in mind for the poster but with much less smaller text at the bottom.
Photo by Sanna Wright, November 2018
“Unalphabetic #1 (Unabashed)” Pat Boas (1932)
The work I chose was “Unalpabetic #1 (unabashed)” by Pat Boas. This work is the word ‘Unabashed’ with each letter painted over the other, in various sizes, colors, weights, and cases. The text here makes the image, the letters become the image, it would be impossible to separate the two from each other without compromising the composition of the piece. Each portion of the stacked text adds to the painting, it actually creates the composition. At a quick glance one might not even notice that the painting is made up of stacked letters, and when realized people will see different letter first, or not even be able to discern all of the letters.
This piece is rather symbolic and abstract. The word written is “Unabashed”, a word that is defined as, “not embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed, bold.” The word choice here is purposeful, the painting is unafraid to be bold, unabashed – The meaning of the word is reflected in the painting itself. It is purposefully chaotic, the idea is to “confuse the at of reading and looking.” The chaos and playfulness of each letter form is purposeful. Each letter is used to create composition and visual flow. The overlapping curves and edges of the letters create shapes in themselves. The viewer sees the lines and movement created by each brush stroke and can find meaning in the space between the letters, before even realizing that there are letters. This begs the question, ” is this a word, or an abstract thought.”
Pat Boas was attempting to play with the idea of language and letter-form. To purposefully distort the perception of a piece to play with legibility. A viewer can decipher letters and portions of the piece, but as a whole it remains a mystery. The meaning is in the chaos, hard to decipher.
“I Beseech You” by Carrie Mae Weems, 1996
The art from the museum I have chosen is called “I Beseech You” by Carrie Mae Weems in 1996. The photograph is in black and white and appears to be very dated as it was actually taken by a 19th century French photographer. The words were later added as a political statement. I think the combination of the words and the photo make it have a different meaning. The coloring of the words against the coloring of the image makes it hard to read the words, and you have to look at it up close to read it. If it was just the words, and no image, I would know that it was something political easier. If it was only the photograph, I would never guess that it was making a political statement. I think the phrase “cast it to the wind” really resonates with the photo because the sail boat and the idea of sailing away into the wind. I think the medium is this message in this case because the photo is showing the idea in a certain way that would change if it was a different medium. For example if it was a drawing instead of a photograph you wouldn’t get the same sense of realness. A drawing could make it look many different ways that would all convey something different than the photograph. The typography of the letters are very formal looking and has very large serifs. The photograph gives is a “realness” that other forms can’t, because you already trust that it is real, and don’t have to be convinced. I think the words and the photograph are visually integrated because they both have that same color tone. The color of the text matches the darkness in the photogrpah where it feels like it is part of it and engrained into the photo. The type matches the same kind of tone as the photograph which I think is important for my project. The type and the rest of the poster should seem to go together as one and not be two separate things put together. I think the colors as well as how they integrate together is important to remember for my own project.
When we visited the Art Museum on Washington State University’s campus, I felt that this particular graphic was the one that reached out to me, and related to me the most. The photo on the far left explains the man’s body, an outline of his actual skeleton. It also has his coordinates of his horoscopes. I thought this was interesting because it conveyed him as a bare, vulnerable person, expressing his insides and exposing himself as an individual. The next photo, looked like a thumb print to me. The artist was intending this, and around his thumb print was a writing of his life’s experiences. I thought that this was so inspiring to use text in this way. To use a serif font, in a matter to create another figure into something bigger. The text in this photograph also inspired me on my own font that I have been creating. On the far left photo, you can see how it is hand drawn, and clearly created by sketching. I thought this was inspiring to create my personal font, because it is something that I am creating with my calligraphy pen, that I am sure he used as well to create his art piece.