Sunday, September 30, 2012

Wildenhain Exhibit: Analysis Exercise 4

I was somewhat disappointed with the set up at the Wildenhain exhibit. When entering you immediately feel a sense of absence or a lack of presence. None of the placements seem to make sense or allow your eye movement travel through the exhibit "smoothly." What most upset me is what you see in the image above. Helmers would agree that, It's hard to understand the artist/exhibitors "manifest content." It is not immediately evident of where they want us to look. To me this line up says; "look at this blank wall behind these cool pots..." It's dry and somewhat boring for such beautiful work.

According to Helmers Ch 2. step 6 "Our memories of similar images combine with the present image in order for an image to have an effect on our emotional state (in other words, in order for us to be angered or interested)."  I believe my preferences come from my mom being an art and photo teacher. I've been taught over and over that an image or space has to lead your eyes through the entire "frame." This must be why I am not content with the layout of the Wildenhain exhibit. Such beautiful pottery should allow the audience to be drawn to each piece in the gallery.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Growth & Youth Symbolism: Analysis Exercise 3

While this image doesn't do this piece of artwork any justice, "Growth and Youth" by Josef Albers stands tall in the Eastman Building on campus at RIT. Josef is a famous artist who did these color studies with various colors, hues and tones of the entire spectrum. He was an artist who loved to experiment. What color looks good with what? What color vibrates off of this color? What color represents this idea? What placement represents this story?

You wonder how can a bunch of squares be symbolic? Helmers would consider this piece to be abstract symbolism. Helmers states that "Abstract information is reduced to elemental components such as geometry, line, and color. Symbolic information takes the form of conventional systems of communication in which humans have constructed signs and attached meaning to them." So how do these abstract forms symbolize Growth and Youth? In my opinion, The color palette represents, the sun, the center of the world. For many parents, they claim that their child is the "center of their world." Next, the placement of these forms from bottom to top represents growth. We all talk about "growing up" never "growing down." Overall these squares symbolically and genuinely represent the Growth and youth of us RIT college students who have left our parents arms to grow within this experience and school/.

Graphic Designer Burton Kramer: Analysis Exercise 2: Part 2

 "Line Dance 5A" Burton Kramer

Hey everyone!
Sorry this took so long, I finally got a chance to get to the Burton Kramer exhibit! Can I just start by saying how incredible it was, I am truly impressed that he brought his design knowledge into a hand painted series. Looking at all of the pieces got me to question what these lines mean? And why he gave it the title that went with each piece? What is the significance of these pieces to Kramer?

The piece I chose from his show is called "Line Dance 5A." It is plain to see the love Kramer has for geometric shapes in this design as well as in most of his designs. I chose this piece mainly because of the title and also because of the color palette. The title caught my attention because I go line dancing almost every week and plan to teach it one day. In viewing the piece after observing the title I began to question how these shapes relate to line dancing or if I was simply taking the title too literally. After looking at it again and again I went to "describe it in detail." The color palette is cool and has a pastel feel to it. The values of the cool blue tones vary in even tones. The lines vary in position, but most of the lighter weight lines are horizontal. The shape of the overall canvas is a long thin rectangle while the shapes within vary from triangle, to square, line to box, ect.... Along with the the texture of the image is very flat and mono-toned. Last but not least, the space between these forms vary.

Overall, in a literal analysis, I think all of the details in the image describe line dancing as a form of music/dance that contains various people who participate and various forms of music that go along with it. The color palette says that line dancing is traditionally a more low key dance form. The position of the lines show the movements in the dance (wall to wall style). And the flatness of the texture can say that the dances themselves are very flat and sometimes boring but still beautiful to look at. This image can have many different opinions but this is what I personally got out of his creation "Line Dance 5A."

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Graphic Designer Burton Kramer: Analysis Exercise 2

This week we attended a presentation with Burton Kramer, famous graphic designer. While I had never heard of him prior to the presentation I can now see how he, "became a driving force behind that city's reputation as a lively, modernist environment," in Toronto. His enthusiasm and eye for design is astonishing. What I found most interesting in his presentation was his love of geometric shapes, those which are commonly overlooked. I found it amazing that he created such gorgeous, unique and unexpectedly interesting holiday greeting cards from simply shapes. I will certainly keep that in mind for my next graphic design project!

Along with listening to him talk of his work RIT also has an exhibit of his up in the University Gallery. I wasn't able to fit in a visit with my busy schedule so I researched some of his work to analyze and I plan to post another analysis after I visit his exhibit on Monday. I chose Kramer's "Canada's 28th Parliament" design as my piece to analyze. I chose this piece because it has a simple color scheme, lines of various weights, the way an image is formed through the colors and lines, the texture that is created by the varying line weights. Along with these literal elements comes the way Kramer arranged each individual piece of the work in order to subtly show the Canadian leaf symbol. It illustrates the pride Canada has within itself by the arrangement and composition of the lines and the image it portrays. Helmers mentions that "Ideas are also conveyed to an audience through balance, proportion, pattern, and contrast." and this piece by Kramer has all of those values in order to make it a well done graphic design.

-Andrea Warren

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A New Home: Analysis Exercise 1

A New Home

Recently, I went through a major change in my life. I decided to bring my horse, Emma, to college with me. Along with the responsibility of owning horse came the challenge of finding her a new home in the Rochester area. To make a long story short, through Craigslist I found a little farm that seemed like it would be a good fit for her and I. Pictures can only show so much and the pictures I received of the place aided my decision to move to this barn. Upon our arrival at this new place my visual stimulation convinced that this was the right place to be.

I jumped out of the truck, looked around for a minute and my initial impression of this new place was; "Wow." I analyzed the place after my horse had settled in. I was impressed with the neatness of the barn, the work that clearly was put into it to keep it updated, looking good and clean. The landscaping was clearly well planned according to each horses' needs and to the land's disposition. Overall it was a good initial reaction to the landscape of the place I had chosen.

In spending time at the barn and with the owner I could easily put the image of this place in context. The previous owner, her neighbor, created the image and landscaping of the place. It was originally the only barn on the land until the previous owner decided to expand the place. The intended original audience was for the owner of the land and than for the boarders (people who rent out space for their horses). The image is created from a variety of landscaping, architecture and placement. The title of the barn "Greenway Pastures" put the image in my head of what the place would be like. The overall subject of the image/place is the beautiful horse barn on her land. Last but not least, the original purpose of creating this environment was to provide her horses with a nice home.

Overall, choosing a new home for my horse was an important thing for me to be able to see to be satisfied with. The end result of seeing and analyzing this new place with my own eyes, judgement and knowledge and landscape was a good overall impression for my horse and I.

This is picture I was sent before arriving at the barn. It looked like a great place but you never know until you get to see it with you're own eyes!

This was our first day at the barn. I knew I chose the right place after eeing the place with my own eyes and seeing my horse happy in her new environment.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

About me!

Hello Everyone!

My name is Andrea Warren. I am a third year Visual Media major at RIT and I am from Addison County, Vermont. I find most of my inspiration from my hometown, the Green Mountains, spectacular views and the people and animals surrounding me at home. Not only am I an artist but I am a farmer as well. I work on the farm with approx. 50 dairy cows, a bunch of chickens and 3 horses (one of which is mine).

Another interesting fact about me is that I just bought my own horse, Her name is Emma and she is a rescue horse and she's my world (cheesy I know). I had been training her and caring for her in the previous years but I finally bought her and saved up to bring her to school with me. So far it's been a good decision for the both of us!

I truly look forward to learning more and more about Visual Communication, after all it is part of my major! Hope I didn't bore anyone with my little blurb. See you all soon!

-Andrea Warren