This lecture was very interesting and full of wonderful new insights on how art, culture, and belief systems are fundamental to the building of an empire. The most interesting points I learned about in this presentation were the concept of creating microcosms in textiles and the concept of the ceque system. In fact, I was so intrigued by the ceque system that was covered briefly on the presentation that I decided to do some further research on what exactly it is and how it functions. The complexity of the system is astounding to me and it offers a new perspective on the capabilities of humans. The microcosms were also something I found to be very interesting, as well as something I would definitely consider in future works. I love the idea that you can create a whole world on a simple piece of fabric. The process of creating these pieces only adds more to the complexity of their meaning. What i found to be the most influential detail of these microcosms on my future work is the amount of symbolism involved. Though the ideas may not be fully understood yet, the fact that there is a whole new world created through symbols is something that I will definitely think about when planning my future works. These ideas brought to me a whole new perspective on what it is to create art. I also really enjoyed the part when we talked about “camay”, which meant essence, force, or power, connotation the process of bringing something extant into being through the energizing of existing matter. (creating, manifesting, embody, etc.) There is a beauty to that word in relation to art, as that is what I feel it means to create art. Whether the existing matter represents an idea or actual material, we artists are always working to bring something new into the world using that matter.
Overall, I was very impressed with this lecture. A good friend of mine actually recently gifted me a notebook from peru which I now feel like I can truly appreciate. It contains examples of the symbols of the incan cities, pictures of inti (the incan sun god), and pieces of the woven textile that I now understand the complexities of.
I took a day or two to take some photos and figure out which one was best compositionally for this project. I decided for this project, I wanted to follow the theme that seemed to emerge with my last few pieces and paint someone doing a hobby/something they enjoy. This one will be writing. So far, I have painted a basic background and outlined a vague composition. The next few classes I will spend painting the skin tones and figuring out how I want to incorperate writing into the painting (if at all). I was thinking I might try to do so with the background but I haven't settled on an idea that I think will fit best.
Basketball, 2017, oil on panel, 36"x48"
O'Neil Scott was born in Philadelphia and is a self-taught portrait artist. In school, he was always fascinated with art and drawing people, both real and fictional. However, when he got to college, he was awarded a scholarship for football and could not continue his studio education as he had to focus on practice. He first attended Syracuse University, where he played football and majored in information technology. He later earned his MBA at University of Delaware, but he still did art in his free time, never losing passion for painting to express himself. Originally, he used acrylic paints to create his portraits, but a few years ago he started to expeiment with oil paints, which he was taken by and started painting more often. His paintings are inspired by and portray issues that Scott holds close to his heart, such as social justice, climate change, police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement. His work is meant to inspire change and provoke mindfulness for the situations that have terrorized our country for many years. "Injustice for some Americans is an injustice for all Americans."
I really like the subject of Scott's paintings as well as the realism in the textures of the skin and hair. In his painting "Favors the Bold", the woman's arms almost look like they were photographed, with details like the veins and the hair on the arms so intricately ad accurately painted on. All of Scott's paintings have lots of different values and contrast in lighting that really make the figures and their expressions stand out. I have been trying to work on my skills with both photographing figures with great contrast in values and painting these values more realistically, so looking at Scott's paintings is very inspiring, especially knowing he is self-taught in the subject.
This lecture was very interesting and it covered a lot of very helpful information that I feel like I will carry with me in almost all aspects of my life. The concepts of Wabi, Sabi, and Yugen were interesting to learn about and I really love these ideas behind the subject of beauty. I am very excited to see how I might incorporate them in my future artwork as well as my life in general. What I found to be the most interesting concept of the three was the idea of Sabi. I like the idea of a lonely beauty, characterized by melancholy. The thought that there is beauty in fleeting emotions and impermanent ideas is something I totally understand and I think it would be interesting to incorporate this into art somehow. Another part of the lecture that I really enjoyed learning about was the book "In Praise of Shadows" by Jun'ichiro Tanizaki. I have read a few pages of the book since hearing about it and I really enjoyed it. The concepts of beauty being found in shadows, literally and figuratively is something that I think would be interesting to explore artistically. I would love to find out more about the Japanese aesthetic and continue to read the book because I think that the ideas presented in the lecture are something I can both relate to and want to further understand.
I took a very low quality process video of my at home project just for fun! I am not sure if I'm completely finished with the project yet as I feel like it's missing something (and not just the wheels :)).
Goals for this next week: add more motion in the hands, correct the knuckle shading and finetune the background to improve craft
Architects play an important role in our society. They are in charge of planning the creation of the structures that make up our cities and they hold a variety of responsibilities. Overall they are in charge of designing structures such as houses, apartment complexes, shopping centers, office buildings, factories, etc. In doing so, they must consider both the physical appearance, and their functionality. Safety and economics are also important factors that play a role in the design of a building, so architects also have to have knowledge in these areas. One of the really important areas of responsibility that an architect has is meeting the the needs and desires of the people who use/commission these structures. What some people don't consider when thinking about a career in architecture is that the ability to connect and work with clients (customer service) is really important, as architects are like the artists of buildings, so they are commissioned by non-architects and are ultimately in service to their clients and must meet their requests.