Terry’s Work

Week 8:

I’m layering sounds of pen on paper. I wanted to capture movement with the use of patterns and lines.

ASMR inspires my audio piece. I limited myself to using items from my desk area. I’m inspired by Janet Cardiff and overlapped my sounds to create something new, rather than simple ASMR. I am also inspired by Pipes in “C,” Anna Ripmeester. She takes a sound and manipulates it by adding another tone. It almost sounds like music, which is what I am trying to represent in my audio.

Week 7:

Janet Cardiff’s ‘The Forty Part Motet’    

This audio installation consisted of forty speakers, which has different sounds from different singers and compositors—Mainly from the choir and a piece of music from the 15th century. I’m interested in this work because it is a conventional piece of music, but they are all playing together to create brand-new audio. I enjoyed the part where the choir had their microphones on when they weren’t singing. It makes the experience seem real, and the listeners are there at the time. The audience engaged with the sounds by listening to each speaker and hearing coughing, breathing, and laughing. Etc. Janet incorporates old sounds and new sounds. Even choirs singing old songs give it a new meaning and make it enjoyable!

Justina M. Basement Bass

I enjoyed how simple it looks—a moving circle. When I understand what it was about, I thought it was interesting. Using the floor into a bass speaker allows a whole new experience than just simply listening to it. The person can feel the vibration of the noise when they sit, stand or lay down. The artist recorded her basement with humming air vents, gurgling and spurting water of the boiler system, and fans’ sounds. It sounds like a piece of composited music from a movie where something terrible is going to happen. Having it rotate makes it feel real, which creates a different atmosphere and allows an interesting interactive piece.

Johnathan Monk, My Mother Cleaning My Father’s Piano

Johnathan Monk’s audio piece consists of a series of sounds of his mother cleaning his father piano. I enjoyed this work because it sounds like the viewer is in the space, listening to their conversation and the piano’s random sounds. I think it’s a successful audio piece because it’s unpredictable; the piano keys and audio are random. It is a home-made audio piece rather than a scoring piece of audio, making it more personal.

Proposal:

  • Want to do something similar to Janet Cardiff
  • Overlapping different sounds
  • Incorporating daily sounds/familiar sounds
  • Weird noises in my house (around 10)
  • Overlaping different noises
  • Car noises (everytime I drive around/What noises do I hear when driving)

Week 6:

In the article Steinke says: When I look at masked people my brain still feels like its malfunctioning, a skipping sensation, a tenuous connection is reached for and missed.” Describe a situation from your recent experience where not seeing faces has caused significant misunderstanding, confusion, or grief.

I dealt with a thief situation at my job where a woman was printing photos in the photo lab when her purse got snatched from the cart and didn’t notice until a few minutes later. She came up to me and asked me if I’ve seen someone grabbing her purse; I didn’t, and if I did, how would I recognize this person? Probably by their clothes, weight, height etc. If I saw this person, and the police asked me to describe them, I wouldn’t be able to.

Maurizio Cattelan Super Us, 1998, made me think how difficult it must be to identify someone. The police relied on specific information on Cattelan facial features to create an accurate sketch, but if we don’t have that anymore, how do they do it? 

I don’t think wearing a mask changes us in any way. I can easily recognize friends and family; however, it would be difficult in a situation where it was crucial to see a person’s face. Fortunately, cameras caught a man at a nearby store purchasing items from the lady’s stolen debit card. His face masked.

Which of the faces discussed in the text were of particular interest to you and your experience? How do you think about these faces? Who are you without your face? How is your experience different without your face in public? Can you imagine new ways to face the world?

I enjoyed the text where they described different cultures, using masks to connect with the spirit world. For example, Inuit tribes wearing them to become unified with their ancestors and the animals they hunt, while West African tribes using masks to connect with spirits. I think it is interesting to associate themselves with a mask, rather than their face. People recognize others, mostly by their faces, especially loved ones, but I find it interesting that most cultures mask their features to contact their loved ones.

The text describes, “When they are barely forty years old they come to their last one… it is worn… has many holes in it, is in many places as thin as paper, and then little by little the lining shows through, the non-face and they walk around with that one.” What interests me is the obsession with looking good and being blamed for allowing natural ageing. Women are hiding their beauty to live up to society’s standards. Because of Covid, it’s easy to mask our identity, especially in public; I think it stops any form of judgement.  

Maurizio Cattelan

Super Us, 1998, amazes me because these police sketch artists work on a verbal description of someone’s features and end up looking like one person easily recognized by family and friends. He quotes, “The drawings really looked like me, but at the same time they were like cartoons.” The expectation is to create a realistic face to capture their human qualities; however, the cartoon drawings allow a different interpretation, but it’s the same person, confusing yet intriguing.

Janine Antoni

I’m interested in her work because she uses her body as a tool for her work, which tends to be unusual, but I find it fascinating. I like how she converts each parent in Mom and Dad, 1994, to almost portraying a new character. The features are so different; I didn’t recognize who they were.

Gillian Wearing

I found her work to be exciting and can relate it to the article. It describes the process of women covering up their faces in a mask to allow them to be more desirable to men. This artist uses her face as a mask. Instead of hiding her features, she’s showing them.

Ana Mendieta

I like this work because it challenges the standards of beauty in society.

Society expects women to look a certain way, and if they don’t, they become judged. Ana Mendieta’s work reminds me of the bearded lady, Annie Jones, who was identified as a “freak” and “not a real woman” because she naturally grew a beard.

Erwin Wurm

His works are people posing as objects such as chairs and tables. He morphs the human body into still objects, which gives them life. It’s interesting when he adds items to the human face when it doesn’t belong. It transforms them into something new.

Cindy Sherman

Her work focuses on distorting femininity. She states, “I like making images that from a distance seem king of seductive, colourful, luscious and engaging, and then you realize what you’re looking at is something totally opposite.” I like how she distorts her subject’s face to get a new interpretation of the human face.

Jackie Nickerson

Her work is eerie and often covers the face of her subjects. Her photographs are called ‘Field Test,’ where she believes humans impact the world around them and how their surroundings shape who they are. The figures seem isolated and almost trapped. I’m into creepy work so, this is something I enjoy!

Nina Katchadourian

I enjoy how she uses simple, ordinary objects, in this case, a toilet seat cover. The images are of low quality and wildly imaginative, and I like how its captured with a phone rather than a professional camera or proper lighting. The artist references 15th-century Flemish portraiture using a dark background to incorporate all the elements into her photos. She’s masking herself into this portraiture, which mimics other famous paintings. I like the creativity that went into this.

Jan Hakon Erichsen

These photographs that have the words on the actual image called “How-to survive a deadly global virus” use everyday objects to pose as a mask. Most of the photos are considered a joke, but I think it can relate to people who think wearing a mesh mask will protect you from the virus.

Exercise: Post 3 new faces with brief descriptions

I wanted to do something different with my photos and decided to move around while taking them.

For the photo above, I used a fake painted plant. I wanted to capture movement and beauty by waving it around the front of my camera to get an interesting effect.

I have these masks that I made last year on Halloween. I wanted to use it because it lights up different colours, and I wanted to experiment with the movement of myself and what effects I could make by incorporating the lights.  

The last image incorporates a large flower. I had to move it around in a quick motion to capture these photos.

Week 4:

Handheld Case Study:

Illusion, performance, and movement are shown to the viewer by a pair of hands holding different colour balls. The article talks about the performance of motion through photographs, which is a challenging thing to accomplish. Adad can create endless compositions.

Adad Hannah: Social Distancing portraits 2020:

Adad Hannah’s shows a variety of people. It mostly focuses on people performing or getting ready to do something. For example, walking, sitting, dancing, acting, etc. He uses a similar composition of placing the person in the middle of the frame. There is no planning in Hannah’s photos, which makes the image more interesting. Usually, the artist plans their composition, lighting, etc., but Hannah is not focusing on that but instead captures a single moment in a person’s life. In the article, he goes up to random people and asks them to take their photo. He has no idea who will be in his pictures, and that is the exciting part.

I love it. It is a different concept. Most artists plan their work, but this is so simple yet effective because it captures 2020 in a simple image—people social distancing, participating in important events and protests.

I’m interested in the black lives matter movement photo. It captures a critical event that is happening during this time. It also brings awareness, and it creates a powerful message.

Assignment:

I decided to include a photo of my mom because she is an essential person in my life, and being stuck at home doing homework, and social distancing, makes me feel a lot better when she’s around. Family makes it more enjoyable.

Question: What were your thoughts while sitting there for 1 minute?

Her quote:

“This experience was enjoyable. Even though it was only a minute, I was able to focus on my thoughts.”

Week 3:

Lee Walton: Placing or moving objects where they do not belong.

He is invading people’s personal space by sitting directly beside them.

Jon Sasaki, Ladder Climb: Jon Sasaki is climbing up a ladder that is not supported by anything.

Dead end, Eastern Market, Detroit: A man is turning around a van in a narrow alleyway.

Lenka Clayton: A child is dressed in red and is walking along a path.

Yuula Benevolski: ASMR video of a woman opening up a package of a book, then flipping through it.

I decided to throw a Kleenex in the air because it resembles an unpredictable object that can move in any direction it wants. I’m interested in how it can almost be its living object in a way because of how it moves and alters its appearance, like a bird. I posted a few screenshots to show how a wide range of shapes it has.

Unfortunately, I could not open up the screen door, so I decided to throw it in the air.  

Week 2:

Be still for one hour.

Thinking about this project allowed me to determine which areas in my home were strange and unusual. As soon as I looked into my closet, I know how odd it is to have a dresser in a closet and decided this was the perfect place to perform my 1 hour of stillness.

I held a position of crossing my legs for around 30 mins before deciding to better position myself in a comfier position, this resulted in my thinking about how uncomfortable I was for half the time. The top part of my dresser is narrow so, I decided to challenge myself to see how long I could keep my legs crossed. The door in my closet won’t stay open (It shuts by itself) so, it ended being very dark which altered my experience to become claustrophobic and eerie. I give Abramovic so much credit for being able to perform her work in 17 hours. It is hard to sit still for an hour and I was always focused on time. I’m wondering what she was thinking about during her performances. Overall, this was a fun and challenging experience.

Not part of the assignment:

Looking back at my photos, I thought the concept was exciting, so I decided to edit the photo and create a new image representing how I felt during this exercise.

Week 1:

Questions:

How does Sol Lewitt express the notion that “the idea is the machine that makes the art” in his work? What does the artist’s actual hand have to do with the final work in a conceptual art context?

Sol Lewitt expresses the notion that “the idea is the machine that makes the art” through his artwork called “Paragraphs on Conceptual.” He maps out his work by using specific colours but does not produce the final piece. His map references paint by numbers, allowing people to create, rather than artistic decisions. Conceptual art does not always have to be done by the artist’s actual hand, and Sol Lewitt is an excellent example of the idea being the main focus rather than the final image.

Where do you draw the boundaries around the artworks in this video? What are the artworks? What strategies and tools does Ono use to challenge the viewer? Do you like any of these concept-works? Discuss.

The boundaries that I draw around the artwork in this video are using materials that I do not have access to, such as putting wishes on the wish tree. The painting Ono describes are touching the earth with your bare feet, count all the words in the book without reading them, count all the objects in the room without classifying them, and arrange your space the way your mind would be. Ono mostly uses oneself as a tool rather than actual objects. She finds ways to connect the audience as the primary focus rather than materials. I think Ono has exciting ideas that I want to see completed. She describes the process of avoiding negativity for three days for 45 days and three months. It does not feel like a performance piece, but rather something everyone should do in their daily lives.

I think Ono uniquely approaches art by addressing simple instructions that anyone can complete.

Describe two works by Bruce Nauman (include images) where he frames every day actions (non-heroic, banal) as art. How are they “framed” as art, and what does the framing do to our understanding and experience of the actions?

Two works by Bruce Nauman called “Playing a note on the violin while I walk” and “Coffee spilled because the cup was too hot,” are framed by allowing the viewer to become engaged in everyday activities like spilling coffee on the floor. He uses bold colours to draw attention to his images, rather than using real-life tons and values. Bruce Nauman expresses art through performance, bold colours and text to express everyday activities creatively, which challenges the viewer to think about what this artist is trying to achieve.

‘‘Playing a note on the violin while I walk” is an everyday activity. Nauman frames this by walking around while playing the instrument. Typically, people sit down while playing the violin, which alters how we view the subject.

Title: A kilometere in my shoes

I decided to create a kilometre by taking a video of me walking around and performing daily activities. I wanted to focus on this because I’ve been at my job (Walmart) for almost four years, and it feels like a receptive cycle that never changes. I decided to film this perspective because I wanted to show as little information as possible. The viewer can grasp only 5 to 10  seconds of the clip because it gets cut off and starts a new one. The video clips are in order from the start of my shift to the end, and the focus is me walking, allowing the viewer to guess what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.

It takes approximately 10 to 12 minutes for someone to walk a kilometre. I was able to calculate this by filming, which added up to about 10 minutes. I used a clip that was 3:14 to show all the places I went from the start to the end of my shift.

I’ve included some stills as well as the full video.

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2 thoughts on “Terry’s Work

  1. Terry:
    W1:
    Good notes on Sol Lewitt, Yoko Ono, Nauman , shows evidence of curiosity and engagement with material.
    Kilometre video and description – really good thinking and idea to document your day-job and the walking you do as a KM, but also how you found a surprising point of view to express distance, using the shot of your feet and measuring it by time.
    W2: Image of Abramovic/Stillness gesture, and description is ok, I appreciate you made yourself uncomfortable/challenged and found an unusual site– and kept things simple– showing the inside of your domestic space in a new way, and describing your own body/form according to its limits – like Abramovic does. Wish there were a few more notes and thinking through Abramovic’s projects, and a sense of engagement with the Artist is Present.
    W3: 6 conceptual sentences are complete and definitely get the idea – to write the simple formula for actions in each piece, as opposed to broader themes. Defenestration images are missing.
    W4: Good Distancing video, your mom’s performance of stillness is very real, I like how she is doing something she normally does in the house where we are confined, as if caught in the middle of a moment of a real, reflective moment. I wish the quote was less about the 1 minute performance and more about being in the house, in the historical moment to broaden the ideas expressed in the video. Good research and thinking through Hannah’s work.
    Good effort on class work, references and these pieces, I would love to show more of your works in class if you post them in time. So good to have you in the class!

  2. If you would like to talk with me about your work in progress, readings, exercises, one-on-one comments on your work, and grades – send me an email in the morning to book a 15 minute appointment during my office hours: Thursdays 1:30-3
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