Week 1

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?

One Hundred Live and Die 1984

This artwork is framed by the usage of four columns, creating a border, containing 100 words relating life and death with different actions, emotions, and colors. It can be interpreted as poetic and vulgar. The artist uses framing to bring light to different aspects of life that may be overlooked. Also by framing these words and using the fluorescent signs the artist could be making commentary on the popularization and exploitation of tragic or pleasant human experiences. A take on perspective dependent on a viewer’s perception.

Violent Incident 1986

Bruce Nauman frames his artwork, here in two ways, first by using the physical framework of the TV as well as the framing of each scene being filmed within the TV. The use of framing in this art work determines what the audience will see which may act as a constraint of some sort. The viewer can only see what the artist wants them to see, forcing them to cue in on a particular image and emotion.

Framing of his artworks sets a particular tone and controlled message, that being the validity and purpose of each artwork in their own unique ways. 

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.

Drawing boundaries is problematic when dealing with conceptual art because how do we validate abstract art and determine what can or can’t be considered art. In respect to Onos’ artworks in this video, I would personally draw the boundaries on art that is possibly untransferable/personal, “watch the sunset, and feel the ground move.” This idea could be a starting point idea, but I would say it needs to be more explored and developed. Some artworks described in the video are performative, and others are “personal”/ experiential. Ono challenges the viewer by questioning boundaries of art, if there is a meaning to all art and should there be for it to be considered art. They are also challenging the viewer by making the art connected to a personal challenge. I enjoyed the concept- work where there is a numbered list of sadness and stones corresponding to the numbers of sorrows. I appreciated this concept as the stone’s beauty replaces the idea and correlation it had with sadness. Potentially, the viewer can create connections in their light and understand the importance of balance between negativity and positivity. 

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 is an exciting artist as he challenges the meaning of what art and an artist is. Do the artist themselves and their hand need to be involved in the physical making of an artwork’s final form or make the idea more important? It is evident in Sol Lewitt that the process is more important than the final work. The notion that “the idea is the machine that makes the art” in his work is expressed by making the artwork’s map, blueprint and formula. By drawing out the recipe, so to speak, shape, colour (by abbreviation) and structure can form by the hands of others but initiated by his own hand. The concept of his art acts as the machine since it enables the production.  

I have represented a kilometre throughout text, more precisely by then length of a standard white sheet of paper.  1km = 100 000 cm, and a standard white paper is 28cm in length, therefore 1km thought text is 3571 pages as represented in the document “A Short Story”. Enjoy!

Click to access A-Short-Story.pdf

Personal notes 1

Week 2

personal Notes

Week 3

Personal Notes

Week 4

Social Distancing Video 

Portrait 1 (strengthening bonds edition)


“I work as a research assistant at the University of Guelph and so fortunately I was able to keep my job. I haven’t gone out at all this year and so my routine is quite repetitive and underwhelming at times. Also this year I realized who’s really important to me, that being said it’s those who check up on each other no matter what.”


“Personally it has been a very hard year. I was unemployed for the start of the pandemic which was challenging. My mental health has taken a hard hit this year as I constantly feel more and more isolated from the world. Although on a more positive note, I have never felt more supported or comfortable with my roommate Monica. We’re able to connect more on a personal level since were been quarantining together for months. This is a friendship, experience and bond i’ll never forget.” 


Music/Sound Design by Brigitte Dajczer Hal’s Heart

The two people I observed were roommates out on a walk. After listening to both their perspectives on the pandemic and how it effect their relationship, it was interesting to think about how they were yet again spending more time bonding while on a walk together. One of the roommates was more fortunate in being able to stay employed while the other didn’t. Regardless of the situation they both understood and cared for each others issues. This portrait witnesses’ how the pandemic challenged peoples relationship some for the better and others for the worse. The social distancing videos brings out various perspectives that one may have never thought about before. It also allows people to find comfort in shared experiences/struggles. 

Turns out the format of the video i posted early is not supported by word press and so here a MP4 version which should be accessible!



Personal Notes

What other artists have explored the concept of the effects the pandemic has had on society. 

  • Distancing Bench by Kimberly A Kelzer (also looking at the change of human interaction)
  • Portraits of health care workers – Tim Okamura

How did art change during the pandemic

  • does not permit performance art and the use of close /raw interaction 
  • how we view art is different (more social media presence)

Things to think about when finding who i will be recording as well as the reasonings for it and pose.

Would be great if I could catch someone in the act of providing groceries. 

Want a natural yet posed video. Something/ a pose that is applicable to the strangers experience. Make the pose uncomfortable? Comfortable? 

How can a singular (solo) person different from a pair of people? 

Is there a different level of personalization? Selfishness? Perception of caring? 

Two strangers vs two people who know each other?

Strangers would be interesting to find but also the framing the artist uses may not be possible. Would be interesting to create a interactionles interaction. (is this safe?) 

Make the person pose in a particular way or allow them to pose themselves? 

4 thoughts on “Oriana

  1. Hi Oriana,
    W1: Notes on Sol Lewitt, Yoko Ono, Nauman complete and thoughtful, Kilometre image and description- is it the notes/drawing? not clear – missing description.
    W2: Image of Abramovic/Stillness gesture, and description – amazing – in the dryer! Glad you were safe and really found an unusual site, and pushed yourself. Good engagement with the film.
    W3: 6 conceptual sentences great, Defenestration image and description – good – I appreciate the idea of throwing the dishes out the window – wish it were clearer that this was happening, and how it might have felt – sometimes you need to talk many pictures from multiple perspectives to get an undistracted view, and an interesting composition, and a sense of the action.
    W4: 1 Distancing video portrait, and description great – and real understanding of the Hannah, but the videos are missing – wish I could see them!

    Overall, good evidence of curiosity and full engagement with material, and level of understanding of critical ideas at play, keep improving technical investment and effort, and keep seeing how far you might go with experimentation (not knowing what might happen) and adventurousness – for example taking some ambitious risks, extending things out beyond familiar zones, increasing scale etc.

    Thank you for the attendance and engagement in class, and 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 the optional contact hours: Thursdays 11:30-2:30.

    And you can show up to a zoom meeting with Nathan anytime during these hours to ask your questions, and get tech support for using software and finishing your projects:
    Mondays and Thursdays 11:30-4pm.

  2. Thank you for your comments and feed back, I will most definitely try to push the boundaries for future projects as well as dive deeper in my personal notes. Regarding the video I posted two, one of which does not load but the second one seems to be working and I’m confused as to why your unable to view it. I will be emailing Nathan and maybe I could repost it as a YouTube link? Hopefully that would be accessible to you. Let me know if this would be okay.

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