Archive for November, 2012

Old West Tires for Sale

Posted: November 28, 2012 in Fund. Visual Literacy

Using different Artistic Styles can be fun and rewarding depending on what you are wanting to accomplish. I used an old west advertisement for a sewing machine to ad in a tire. Now the ad shows a modern day car tire in the style of the old west original ad.



Building a House of Eames

Posted: November 28, 2012 in Fund. Visual Literacy

Building a house of cards is a delicate process, which is why the Eames brothers decided to make the process easier by putting slits into the cards. By putting two slits on the top and bottom and a slit in the other two sides a sturdy house of cards is a cinch to create, plus stylish with the different designs available and the ability to create your own with blanks.

Just as the image shows of the house of Eames cards there is a different design on each card. You can go even further by putting a design on both the front and the back. I am going to make a series of ten cards doing just so.

My cards will have and opposites theme to it. The image on the front of the card will be the opposite of the image on the back of the card. To keep it simple and more cohesive I will narrow down my images to those of a Wizard of Oz theme. Being one of my favorite memories as a little girl I really want to use the Wizard of Oz for my Eames card designs.

The opposites from the Wizard of Oz I plan to use are:

Glinda, The Witch of the North VS Wicked Witch of the East

Munchkins VS Monkey Demons

Tin Man VS Water

Scarecrow VS Fire

Lion VS Loud noises

I have not gotten any of my sketches down on paper for what my brain has concocted, but the plan is the update the classical images of the iconic movie through a contemporary, modern, pop art feel. I am going to use bold colors and mix in a use of lines.

Teri Horton went to a thrift store one day to get a present for her friend and saw this ugly painting for sale. Originally for $8, she talked the owner down to $5 for what she saw as an ugly piece of work. Later, at a garage sale trying to get rid of the thing an art teacher tells them she thinks what they were trying to get rid of could possibly be an authentic Jackson Pollock. All Teri Horton could think was “Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?”. The thought of having bought a painting possibly worth millions for only $5 is something I personally do not know how I could handle. There is pressure behind finding the truth behind the painting and whether it really is worth the millions it could be.

During the film “Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?” the filmmaker compares Teri Horton and Jackson Pollock in different ways. Teri Horton is a very headstrong woman who has a determination and belief in her chances of the painting being an authentic Jackson Pollock. I understand where her determination comes from. In the beginning she tries to get people in the art world to just consider the idea of a Jackson Pollock showing up in a thrift store and to look at the painting. As a 73-year-old during the filming she is very passionately in her quest to prove the painting is real. If the art world would have taken her serious from the beginning and humored her by sending someone to examine the painting, this film could possibly have never been made. Her passion and determination came from being turned down so fast. She admits to not knowing a lot about the art world, but she was told her painting could possibly be a Jackson Pollock and she just wanted to have it looked into. Being turned down only made it a requirement to find the truth.

The experts who finally did look into the matter of whether this $5 thrift store painting could be an authentic Jackson Pollock worth millions, varied in what they believed. Thomas Hoving, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and art connoisseur, examined the painting. Then and still he believes the painting to be a fake for different reasons, from the type of canvas to the amount of acrylic paint used. Montreal-based forensic art expert, Peter Paul Biro, used his forensic skills to find a fingerprint match though Jackson Pollock was never fingerprinted during his life. I am not an expert on Jackson Pollock paintings so I cannot say whether the painting is real or fake. I could not help but feel for Teri Horton as the film progressed and wanted to believe the painting is real. I may not know myself whether the painting is real, but I believe in her determination and passion.

When it comes time for an infant to start learning to speak there is a fight between the parents for which word should be the child’s first: mama or dada? The first word is a movement into the direction of coherent speech. Dada is one of the two words with another purpose to it though. Dada is a “movement” or “non-movement” in the direction of non-coherent representation of nothing and everything. This movement is not just an art form, but a form of rebellion against the normal, opposite to the normalcy of getting an infant to speak its first words and join a speaking society.

Dadaism made itself first know in 1916 at the beginning of WWI at the opening of  Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, Switzerland with this group of people: Hugo Ball, Emily Hennings, Tristan Tzara, Marcel and Georges Janco, Jean Arp, and Richard Heulsenbeck. The purpose of this “non-movement” was to rebel against anything the group felt caused the war they saw as senseless. Any kind of -ism out there was mocked and metaphorically humiliated. This picture by Marcel Duchamp is of a urinal labeled as a “Fountain”.

The rules of Dadaism were easy; there were no rules to this “movement”. As long as it sparked repugnance in the public it was acceptable to be labeled a piece of Dadaism. To achieve this was an encouragement to the members of the “non-movement”. Dadaism was a punch toward the ideals of traditionalists. It was a very short lived “non-movement” art form. It self-destructed once it began to become accepted in 1923. Though short lived it was the main basis behind the introduction of Surrealism.

Dadaism sounds ridiculous when you hear the name, which was the purpose when the name was formulated by the founding group. It sounds crazy, but I found when doing my research it was quite an impressive art form. Here are a bunch of examples I found to be interesting.

Untitled (Mask, Portrait of Tzara), 1919

Untitled (Schadograph no. 4), 1919

 Cut with the Kitchen Knife through …, 1919-1920

L.H.O.O.Q., 1919