Archive for January, 2011

Day 7- Art 200

Sustainable/sustainability/sustainable art and design….all are words or phrases which I had no idea what were on the first day of class.  Throughout the past three weeks, I have come to find that sustainability is the art of reusing or preserving in order to make a change.  Before this class, I probably would have never thought about the word or how it is used, but when thinking about my future I can see sustainability being incorporated.  As of this spring my field of study is going to be business and administration, and I think there should be plenty of opportunities for sustainability.  I could be sustainable in such ways as recycling paper and then finding another reuse of them (when I picture I business I think of tons of wasted paper) or even possibly having my own business in which the building is built to be fully sustainable.  Sustainability is everywhere….we just have to know what it means!

Day 6- Trip to the Landfill

Today in class we ventured off to the landfill to see how and where all the trash from Maryville, Alcoa, and Blount County is stored.  As we all know, our trip became quite interesting during our last stop when our van managed to get stuck in the mud (haha)!  So, Adrienne asked us to blog about what the environmental impacts or connections are that exist based on the way we, as a Western society, deal with our waste.  Well, first thing that comes to my mind is the fact that if we as a society don’t try to control our waste that we will run out of landfill space way too quickly.  Also, properly dealing with waste is important.  What if we just threw out our trash as we drove down the road?  First of all we could get fined for it, but more importantly it harms our environment; so, it’s crucial that we do deal with our waste correctly.

Artist Review- Angelo Filomeno

Hello all!  Well, this is the final artist review for J-Term.  I can’t believe how fast these 3 weeks have flown by!  Anyways, this week for my artist review I decided to look into Angelo Filomeno, who Adrienne actually suggested I may like after reviewing Wim Delvoye.  According to the Gering and Lopez Gallery website, Angelo Filomeno was born in Ostuni, Italy in 1963, and lives and works within New York City.  The New York Times says that the subject of Filomeno’s artwork is “life-and-death images,” which is apparently inspired by the loss of both of his parents at an early age.  After reviewing his work, a lot of it seems to consist of skulls and insects, which I find pretty interesting.  I also find it interesting that Filomeno has a focus in sewing and embroidering.  Not that that is odd or anything, but it’s pretty amazing some of the pieces he can put together.  The following is a picture of an embroidery on silk shaunting stretched over linen done by Angelo Filomeno and is placed in the Galerie Lelong in New York:

 

He has some very beautiful, interesting artwork that I would recommend looking at on google.  In the mean time, here are a few images that particularly stuck out to me:

                                                 

Citations:

Gering, Sandra; Lopez, Javier.  Angelo Filomeno.  Gering and Lopez Gallery.  Retrieved January 18, 2011 from http://www.geringlopez.com/artists/.

Cotter, Holland. (2001. November 23).  Art in Review; Angelo Filomeno.  The New York Times.  Retrieved January 18, 2011 from

         http://www.nytimes.com/2001/11/23/arts/art-in-review-angelo-filomeno.html.

Ratings:

Quality of creative process: 5

Sustainable aspects achieved: 5

Impact to social change: 4

Personal interest: 5

Artist Review- Richard Long

Hello everyone!  This week for my artist review I wanted to find someone similar to Andy Goldsworthy because I loved watching the documentary on him and seeing his art.  So, I came across a man by the name of Richard Long, who was born in Bristol, England.  Looking through Richard’s artwork, I see many similarities to Goldsworthy’s work as far as the shape of his structures–he too is inspired by circles and the idea of making things “flow.”  The following is a quote I found on Wikipedia regarding Long’s perspective on circles: 

“I think circles have belonged in some way or other to all people at all times. They are universal and timeless, like the image of a human hand. For me, that is part of their emotional power, although there is nothing symbolic or mystical in my work.” 

Another way in which Long’s work reminds me of Goldsworthy’s is that he uses many natural materials, and not necessarily all of his scultpors are built to last.  While doing some research I found it interesting to find that Long is the only artists to be nominated for the Turner Prize, which is a prize presented to a British visual artist under the age of 50, four times.  He ended up winning the prize in 1989, and surprisingly is said to have refused the prize in 1984.    In a sense different from Goldsworthy, I find Richard Long interesting because he is sort of known for taking these epic walks from which his sculptors are created.  On his website there is a tab labeled “Textworks” in which I believe each of his walks are documented, and it appears he has done this in numerous areas of the world.  For those interested, check out his website or even look under google images to see his artworks.  They’re pretty amazing!

The following are a few examples of Richard Long’s work:

  

 

Sources:

http://www.richardlong.org/biography.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Long_(artist)

Ratings:

Quality of creative process: 5

Sustainable aspects achieved: 5

Impact to social change: 4

Personal interest: 5

Citations:

Richard Long Official Website.  Steve Jackson.  13 January 2011. http://www.richardlong.org/biography.html.

Wikipedia.  Richard Long (Artist).  13 January 2011. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Long_(artist).

Day 5- Eco-Artist Role Scenerios

Hello all!  So, today in class each of our groups were given a specific scenerio to work towards creating a solution for.  Below was my group’s scenerio:

Scenario 5: Air Quality, Urban Sprawl/Traffic Congestion
Location: Atlanta, GA

Problem:  In the city of Atlanta, Georgia in the 1990s, population grew by 13% and land development increased by over 50%.  Today, Atlanta’s growth rate is at 38.9%.  This rapid and continued growth has contributed to air pollution from traffic congestion in which Atlanta is 6th in metropolitan city ozone pollution.   This air quality has contributed to an increase of 37% of hospital admissions for respiratory distress (with asthmatic problems in children increasing by 1/3).  What would a sustainist, restorationist and an eco-feminist create as an artistic solution to this problem?

Each of us took part in a different character.  I was the restorationist, Emily was the sustainist, and Sara played the eco-feminist.  Together we came up with an idea to sort of clear out an area in Atlanta, such as a suburb area, and to build fully sustainable living spaces to accomodate single families, or possibly even single adults.  By doing this, we could create living spaces that are more community-based, and hopefully in a way reduce the pollution caused from cars.  As the restorationist, my main goal was to get things back to the way they used to be (before street ways and buildings took over) and to create more green space.  So, my idea would be to have more gardens within some of the areas that had been cleared for the fully sustainable living spaces, have rooftop gardens on top of the fully sustainable buildings, and also plant trees and different greeneries along sidewalks going to and from different sustainable buildings.  As the eco-feminist, Sara’s main concern was within the children, which the scenerio shows are having asthmatic problems due to the air quality.  So, by providing the previous suggestions from the sustainist and the restorationist, the eco-feminist is fully satisfied by the fact that air pollution may be reduced, and less and less children’s health will be in harm’s way.  The eco-feminist’ view is sort of from a mother’s perspective, so she is definitely concerned with the health of the children.  As far as reducing the traffic within Atlanta, we thought we could put more emphasis towards MARTA, which is one of the main public transit’s running through Atlanta.  In order to put more emphasis on that, we had the idea that celebrities who live or are from Atlanta might help promote the idea of using a public transit more often than driving everywhere, and since people tend to really look after their favorite artists, whether they realize it or not, we hope they might pick up on the trend.

Which role would I consider myself to fall under?  I can actually see myself as the eco-feminist.  As far as a personal perspective that the world views women to be the “stay-at-home” type, I don’t consider myself to be that person, but I would certainly have the qualities from a “mother’s perspective” as far as caring for children’s health.  I LOVE kids, and although health is essential to all beings, I find it crucial to the younger generations as they are growing up in a more treacherous habitats.

Day 4- Rivers and Tides

Rivers and Tides, a documentary film on Andy Goldsworthy, was very entertaining today.  I know all artists get into their work, but he was especially attached to what he does.  I think he even mentioned in the beginning something along the lines of he lives for what he does.  Pertaining to the six principles of sustainable design, I can see a few of those coming through Goldsworthy’s work.  The most prominent one I noticed was the respect for energy and natural resources, or the conservation principle.  I thought this one was most prominent because every work of art that he did was made from natural resources, such as the sculptor he made out of ice, the snake-like figure that floated down the river made of lilly pads (I think), and even the walls that he was building out of stone.  As Adrienne mentioned, he also uses his body in different ways to help put his artwork together (such as using his teeth to break apart the icicles).  Another principle I noticed to an extent was respect for people, or human vitality principle.  Not so much that he was building habitats fit for people or anything, but by using the idea of sense of place.  Along with that, also, (most of) his artwork was not built to last, and he knew that.  I think that was what fascinated him so much.  So, does he fit in with our definition of sustainability?  I would say yes because he doesn’t seem to use anything but natural materials that he finds on the spot, and his completed artworks require no energy or anything of that sort, so no harm is being done to the environment.  I find him very interesting!

Day 3- The 11th Hour & Post-Archetype Assignment

The 11th Hour:

The 11th Hour was a new film to me.  I had never heard of it or anything, but it was definitely touching.  The main focus out of it was our impacts on earth and how we are affecting global warming.  It is crazy to think how much human beings do actually destruct our own environment.  I think that art connects with this by people such as architects coming together to try to create new ways of constructing buildings so that there is little or no destruction being done.  The film showed one particular architect who was discussing his ideas, and it’s interesting to think if those ideas can/will ever be brought together.

Post Archetype Assingment:

One item on my daily list was brushing my teeth.  I don’t know how many other people fall into this category, but I am bad about keeping the water running as I’m brushing my teeth.  Now, I know what you’re thinking….what a waste of water, and it really is!  Maybe getting in the habbit of turning the water off while I’m brushing should be part of my new year’s resolution this year.  Keeping the water running is not only wasted water, but it is also water that could be going towards something more usefeul, such as a purifier in order to have water to drink.  I think this is something I will definitely work towards, along with taking shorter showers.

Artist Review- Wim Delvoye

Hello all!  Okay, so I chose to research Wim Delvoye for my artist review this week.  I know he seems slightly odd with his Cloaca invention, but I find his uniqueness quite interesting.  According to Wikipedia, Delvoye’s work focuses “on the body” which is pretty evident from our short reading on him in Environmentalities.  I’m amazed by the fact that someone could think of such an invention.  I mean, how many people would actually want to recreate feces?  If you actually go to Wim Delvoye’s website, it is also of interest.  Although I found myself a little confused trying to maze through it at first, I came to the conclusion that it fits him perfectly.  To me, he is a very unique, mysterious person, and I think his website represents him well. 

So, what’s the deal with this Cloaca machine he has going on, anyways?  Essentially, he has come up with the idea to create a machine which perfectly immitates human digestion. Is it different? Yes, but it is also fascinating.  While browsing his site I also found that he does “gothic” style artwork…almost all of which actually include human skeletons, bones, and what look like internal organs (referring back to his focus on the body).  Click hereto view some of this syle artwork.  Also included are numerous types of x-rays, which I believe he is fascinated by. 

Full Citations:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wim_Delvoye

http://www.wimdelvoye.be/

http://www.wimdelvoye.be/gothicworks.php

Ratings:

Quality of creative process: 5

Sustainable aspects achieved: 4

Impact to social change: 3

My interest in the work: 5

In case anyone else was wondering what the man behind the art looked like…here he is!  With what appears to be a tattooed pig…

Day 2- Archtype Assignment & Chris Jordan

Definitions:

cataloguer- identifies and categorizes perceptions and sensations; aspect of being human; cultivate their ability to tabulate and organize

engineer- people who manage the environment; 5 principles: to originate, plan, design, orchestrate, and construct (according to Leonardo)

worshipper- align nature’s attributes with miracles; prefer mystery; adore

consumer- consumerism characterizes contemporary market economies; utilize

A typical day in my shoes usually consists of waking up, brushing my teeth, showering, eating, going to class, working, watching some tv, then back to sleep.  I found it sort of difficult assigning an archtype to some of these activities, but my conclusions are that eating may fall in with consumerism since you purchase the food that you are eating, watching tv may fall in with worshipper because they sort of prefer mystery (such as in watching a television series and excitedly awaiting for the next episode to air) and adore things (things that may be seen on tv), then finally working/doing homework might possibly go with cataloguer because I know I personally stay organized and on top of things when both working and doing homework, and that seems to be what cataloguers are good at. 

I find myself to be most aligned with the cataloguer archtype because they are sort of the organizers/namers.  The book gave an example on page 58 of a waterfall that said the cataloguers would be the ones to name the waterfall and it’s tributaries, and I find myself right along with that.  I love to be the identifier/organizer; it’s mysterious and exciting for me.  At the same time though, I also consider myself to be a worshipper…the one who would be gazing upon the waterfall.

Instances in life where I find nature to be:

Various- it has various process from weather change to maintaining a lifestyle for plants, animals, and people

Useful- nature is useful to us in our everyday lives; it provides our way of living

Awesome- I personally find season changes to be awesome…such as leaves falling from the trees in the fall, or snow falling in the winter

Desireable- nature is in all ways desireable….my favorite example is Mark Dion moving the hemlock tree into the city and showing the people that it’s very hard to try replicating what nature does just naturally on its own

I align myself most with Wendy Tremayne from the readings so far because she sees an overall problem and acts in a unique way to try solving it; much like I could see myself doing.  I also find Wendy to fit best with our definition of sustainable so far mainly because she seems to be the artist who is sustaining items by encouraging this “swap” of unneeded/unwanted clothing, small items, gifts, ect. and using those items to add to the people’s contribution.  Her Swap-O-Rama-Rama is completely free, and the people are supplied with all materials to sew, knit, fix, repair, etc.  All the clothing and little items are in a way being recycled…not just destroyed or thrown into the dumpster.

As for Chris Jordan, I love his artwork!  It’s so inspiring to see how someone can put together form and content in such creative ways in order to bring awareness to different issues/concerns.  I found myself literally saying “wow” as I was zooming in and out of each of his pictures, and the little things such as using barbie dolls to depict an image for the number of breast augmentations is just so fascinating…..those are the things I wish I could think of on my own!

Day 1

Hello everyone! First of all, this class is entirely new to me, so I’ve found most of it to be quite interesting so far.  I definitely want to comment on the video we watched today.  Although they all seemed a little crazy, I think the first lady, who I’ll refer to as the “cedar lady” was the most interesting to me.  I really loved her work…it was very unique.  However, I also enjoyed Mark Dion and his moving of the hemlock tree to try to show just how complicated it is to try doing what nature can do.  So, maybe this idea of sustainability is starting to piece together for me, and I’m catching on to the idea of environmental art. 

To my group members- any ideas/suggestions for the project? Maybe we can plan to meet before or after class one day this week… 🙂