My museum visit from 2012 (lol)

So this week I’ve been busy with a housing issue. Long story short after two weeks of appointments at houses and spending way to much time on the phone I resigned my lease where I’m already at… Seriously the most stressful two weeks of my life. but on the bright side I found a place to live like 2 days before I’d get kicked out of the place I’m at now.

because of this, I was unfortunately not able to go to a museum during museum week D:

So.. I’m gonna talk about my trip to the Musée d’Orsay in paris. (I know it’s not the same but I didn’t have much of a choice)

ANYWAYS. This is a museum south of the La Seine river in Paris, France. I went in the summer of 2012 with some friends and on our second day we passed by this museum and decided to check it out. As a big doctor who fan I realized this was from an episode I’d previously seen. This was a beautiful building with a huge glass ceiling letting in a ton of natural light. I did take pictures at the time but they are on a hard drive formatted for mac and I don’t have a mac computer anymore.

sidebar, is there any point in keeping my old photos if they are on a drive my computer can’t even read?

The two pieces I want to compare are the sculpture ‘David’ by Antonin Mercié

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and the painting ‘The Shepherd Paris’ by Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Desmarais

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These two works of art were made about a century apart. The reason I wanted to compare these are because they both have their time’s views of the human body.

The ‘David’ is interesting because It shows him sheathing a sword and standing on the Goliath head. which is odd because I’m pretty sure David shot a rock at him. LOL
either way I’m not very good at history.

‘The Shepard Paris’ shows a man that’s very cut and muscular, with his dog, presumably because he’s a Shepard.

The biggest difference between these is how they portrayed Man. ‘David’ is much more realistic, a small man that’s fit wearing his head-wrap. The other is more like when men were portrayed like gods. Both of these although very different give an intimidating feeling to the viewer. Both are men that look like or have slain monsters and taken down gods. So although both are completely different they both succeed in doing the same thing.

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Janet Cardiff and her Walks

I’ve been waiting for a video artist like this for a while. Janet Cardiff makes videos and audio tracks that take you on a “tour” through an area. It sounds simple but she’s done it in a very thought out way that makes her works amazing. Her walks take you on a journey through not just your time but her time recording and even her memories in that area. She perfectly stacks 3 different timezones into a work of art worthy of fame

This was the video posted for my class. She has 25 works on her website to view also. I like how in this video A man played her video at the same time as recording his, giving people at home a way to see what watching her tour is like. She has a very interesting way of guiding the viewer. She sounds very relaxed and she walks to each point. She also doesn’t wait for you to catch up. It’s the opposite of a traditional tour, making it feel personal and strong.

She also talks about memories or, like in the above video, she points herself out and talks about the night before. Memories seem to be a reoccurring thing in her work. when you think about it, if you’ve every showed somebody around somewhere you always say something along the lines of, “Oh yeah and this is where I did that one thing.” She talks to YOU the viewer and nobody else.

As I said above, she’s about to match different times together. What I meant by that is the time you are there with the time she was recording with the time in her memories. She is able to combine these but still make a Walk that is calming and intriguing.

I think what’s the greatest part of what she does is that it makes you think in your free time. A couple other students talked about how they walked somewhere and thought of her work like would it be like if she did a walk here. what would it look like or sound like. This is great. I believe that the greatest thing to do is to watch things and to see things from your own and someone else’s view, because if you change your perspective, you change your understanding.
Enough cliche for now, The point is she might see of feel certain things that you wouldn’t see on your own.

Side note: This kind of reminds me of when I was in Rome. After the tour I was on ended at a pub, a friend and I had a little too much booze with the tour guide and went back into the city. She talked about the monuments and sculptures in a way that was phenomenal. She talked about the merchants in that area and the places people would walk and hang out. I don’t know if any of what she said was true but while she was extremely hammered, she was able to paint pictures in our brains of what it was like to live in Rome during it’s prime.

In other news, I realized that watching anime in the background is a terrible idea, for two reasons.

1. I get distracted easily, but silence in annoying so….

2. I don’t understand Japanese very well so I miss half of what they are saying.

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This week’s activity, to make an activity.

As a person in love with tech, im ironically really bad at Snapchat. I never really use it other than short chats with friends, which is why I didn’t want to post my Snapchat name in the roster.

Anyways, as a total noob to this app I think I have figured out the way to use it.

So as a college student in a shitty apartment I also have a pretty shitty view. I decided to vamp it up a bit. I added neighbors, colorful houses and trees

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I’m sure there is an easier way to draw because it is damn hard to draw with my thumbs. hahaha I even put red likes flying off of a car that’s most definitely speeding (happens a lot here, the speed limit is 35 and people often think its 60 for some reason).

So in short, my idea is to take where you live(view or street etc.) and make it as colorful and exciting as you feel necessary. I actually got the idea of this from my friend Ty who takes pictures of things and draws all over them, like street-snapchat graffiti; his phone has a stylus so its easier for him. I think Snapchat art is interesting. To make something artistic that isn’t archived and is only enjoyed for 24 hours by a group of people that happened to see it. Interesting.

If anyone knows an easier way to do this please update me. haha

heres the before:

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in other news, I’m a little late to this week’s homework because I binge watched a couple seasons of this anime.

… and by a couple seasons I mean 6 haha.

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Nikki S. Lee and how she broke identity down

This artist is amazing. I watched an hour long interview with her about how she started.

She is a Korean photographer born in 1970. She received a bachelors and masters degree in photography in New York. She started to wonder about her own identity and decided to do these projects where she explored other peoples lives. This idea became huge and she became a famous photographer.

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Her idea was spending time with people from a completely different life as her and form into them, even her look, and she takes pictures with them. She isn’t the person taking the picture, she’s the subject similar to Victorine Meurent. In an interview She said she would spend about a month with her subjects but no longer because that identity would become too real.

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She has done many projects like the Lesbian project, the Yuppie project, the Tourist project, and the Hip Hop project. Although her idea didn’t start out to make a message, just her trying to explore identity, it showed that a person’s identity isn’t black and white and can flow like sexuality.

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Like other students mentioned, the picture style was also unique. Her photos are posed in a way that a normal person would take the picture. That further puts her in that identity. Regular people taking regular photos in their regular environment. It was genius.

In other news, in class we talked about 19th century artists and as a big fan of Vincent van Gogh it reminded me of this scene in Doctor Who. When I visited this museum it was awesome because I’ve been wanting to go since I saw this episode.

…not going to lie I might have cried a bit ahhahahahha

Redesigning Redding

So I’ve decided to redesign Redding,Ca. I’m not home this week so ill work on the town I’m in. I lived around Redding for 10 years before I lived in long beach so I still consider this home. This city its in the extreme north of California about 100 miles south of the Oregon border.

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Now the reason I want to redesign this ENTIRE city and not just a neighborhood is because it has the worst layout imaginable. The city is so spread out that it takes a good 20 minutes at freeway speeds to get from one side of the city to the other.
According to google, Redding has a population of 91,000 and a size of 61 sqmi. If you compare that to Long Beach,for example, it has a population of 469,000 and a size of 51 sqmi. That is almost 5 times as spread out. I went to the tallest place around redding to try to get an aerial view and this is what I got.
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As you can see it is so spread out all you can see is trees. Don’t get me wrong, I love trees, I think it should be the city of trees instead of Sacramento. I feel like most people have never lived in a city where trees outnumber people and that’s actually really bad. The problem that Redding has is there is 1 main road called Cypress Ave. going East/West. and I5 going north/south. For a city with this many people that isn’t enough and since it is so spread everyone uses those roads. The traffic is terrible there.

If this city was designed closer together many positives would come out of it. Travel time would get cut down. Gas would be less used. People might even walk to work.

To redesign this city I used a game I’ve been playing for a while. Its called City Skylines. Why design a city when I can study it’s layout down to things like traffic problems, recreation, even garbage routes.

A circle style city, its perfect. Everything exactly where you need it in the shortest possible route.

i attempted to recreate the photo above

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almost 190,000 population even a lake like in Redding. The original idea of the Atoll style city was designed by a guy named Drizzle on steam.

In other news, the city ended up going bankrupt and crime rate skyrocketed. Interesting really.

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Victorine Meurent: Painter, Model.

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This woman well, Is an artist. Yes, it’s a little odd for an artist to be the person in the art but that was her style. Let me make a metaphor. When you watch a commercial for a sports car drifting a corner at high speed. The slow motion slots of smoke pouring from the tires and sun reflecting off the hood, that is the ad for the car company itself. But, There’s a driver also, and you never saw the drivers name. That car was pushed and controlled at that limit by the driver and not the car. Her painter was Édouard Manet.

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She was also a painter. She was born in 1844 in France. She was the model in the well known masterpieces of Manet. It is interesting that modeling was a thing back then. As a young woman she was depicted in his art and became famous. She has had her personal art and art of her featured in exhibits. She was painted many.many times. If you google her name you can see her painted doing almost anything. That is what I find interesting. A lot of credit of her paintings were given to her even though she was the subject. I feel like she gave off a feeling that the artist couldn’t give alone. This combination is what made these works famous.

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As one of the other students in my class mentioned. Nudes were always gods and goddesses. She didn’t seem to care about that. Many nudes are drawn of her and in all her paintings you see her confidence in who she is. She’s not a goddess but was as good as one. I read a report by someone who mentioned that when the first painting of her was on exhibit it was laughed at or ignored because she was nude and then visited later; people at the time didn’t want to admit that it was art. I also agree with the similarities between titanic and the nude of her laying on the bed.
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Look what i drew while I was procrastinating homework. It took like 3 whole sharpies. I find it important to have more than one thing going on at the same time. As a person with ADD its really hard for me to just do something. right now I’m writing this, re-watching doctor who, looking at computer parts and drawing my villain picture. I like completing things, I love it. I honestly, and i hate it but have come to terms with it, forget sentences while I’m saying them. Working on a bunch of things at once gives me the ability to hop back and forth and finish things.

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So I painted on cardboard today.

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I couldn’t exactly figure out where I was going with this. so, i decided to drown the cardboard as much as possible hahah
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I’ve never used spray paint to paint pictures before. I’ve only ever used it to paint things that needed to be painted. This is new to me. It was almost difficult to purposely make the paint run and stay wet. I enjoyed it though. I should have went to Venice.

I definitely need more space, I was thinking about redoing this on my computer and putting it on a wall somewhere famous with google earth hahahha.

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In other news I had a piece of cardboard that was bigger and i taped it to my wall to paint on it. I left for a bit to get food and came back and it was gone. I’m assuming it flew off of my balcony. I live on a 3rd floor apartment so someone downstairs got a free piece of cardboard i suppose…

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Joseph Cornell and his Boxes

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This man is Joseph Cornell. He grew up in New York taking care of his brother in a small house. I enjoyed this class lecture. As said in the video he is a self trained artist who made his art in boxes. These boxes were an “adventure” in a box; each one specifically made with a theme and design.


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After doing further research of him i have found that he is an interesting person. He lived in a quaint little house devoting his life to take care of his brother. His brother had Cerebral Palsy so he was home most of the time, and weary of strangers he was always alone. Even though he was alone I feel like his mind was exploding with ideas for his art. I feel like living in his little house is what inspired him to make these boxes. He found art in thing people might not even consider art and he turned it into an experience.

This art, locked behind glass, was his way of giving us an experience. The story told to us about his neighbor that used to borrow these boxes from him is the best example. I would have loved to have handled one of these with absolute care. I really enjoy art that has a physical essence to it;something you can enjoy with more than just your eyes.

In the meantime, I’m catching up on the 4th season of Torchwood. I’ve been out of town lately because of a wedding and I’m finally at a house with internet so that’s cool.  I enjoyed being out of wifi and cell service the last week. It felt great to be off the grid.

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3d chairs and my pet squid.

Screenshot (1)So this weeks activity is was to make a chair in 3D. I’m not allowed to use my old sac state ID to log onto their server and use solid works, so I’m super glad I can use Minecraft for this. I’m obviously not very good with Minecraft however lol.

this is what my main inspiration :

imagesOddly, curves are really weird with cubes. hahah.
This was interesting for me. ususally when I used to play minecraft with my friends I was just trying to survive but building certain objects was fun. I think I might get back into minecraft.

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Screenshot (4)Here’s some more views of my chair. I made it all out of cotton so I feel like it’s really comfortable. I put it it in the middle of the water pointing west so you can watch the sunset over my minecraft world.

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And this is my squid Steve who hung out with me as I built him a cotton chair.

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Allan Kaprow and my old job

So far this class I’m in has been in session for 2 days and it already changed what I once considered art.

Allan Kaprow has changed art as definition, I said before that he defined art as a verb and I didn’t explain it. Mostly because this is my blog and I want to explain that here. After searching his images on Google all you see are his happenings. The noun art is one thing but TO art(verb) is different. He’s made it into a thing he does,until his move, and gained followers and fame. I also like how Dr.Glenn talked about his attention to detail. The pic below looks as if it is just a messy room of tires but I am not doubt sure that it is a meticulously thought out piece.

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Gotta love a nice whitewall though.

I kinda feel like relating these lessons to my life,

So i said in a slack post that it reminded me of an old job I had at a tire place. At the end of the day we’d stack the old tires in the truck like so, called lacing. And to us working there, it was art and pride. If you worked mon-thurs, you made damn sure your laces looked better than the guy working fri-sat.

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And damn was it a freaking workout. lol

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ps: you can use my art 110 gif if you want, or, if you want your own or anything sure, I made it in C4D and premiere.