Monday, December 14, 2015

Artist talks and exhibits

  • Exhibit in the Sheppard Gallery: Emily Arthur had an exhibit display named Endangered where she displayed some of her art work that had to do with birds. They were print makings of  gnatcatchers that are birds that soar across the United States. The point of this exhibition was to display the endanger Native American culture is in. I think she did a really good job displaying her art work in print. It is definitely something I never expected to be displayed in that way. The only thing I could say is that the repetitiveness of the art was too much. She could've displayed other ways by changing the scene in which these birds looked like or where they were flying through. Overall, Arthur did a good job giving out her message about what the Native American culture is going through.
  • Exhibit in the Sheppard Gallery: Joe Allen also displayed some of his work and named his exhibit Tule Duck Decoy Maker. His work displayed some duck decoy art work. He is from Fallon and part of the Paiute community in that area. Allen made his ducks out of tule reeds and cattail. The way he designed these ducks were very exact and shaped like a duck. I really like how he made these ducks out of natural resources and related it to his culture and community. These ducks are used by hunters to lure fowl into natural pools and marshlands, as it is described in his statement. Overall, his gallery is well put and displayed his ducks very well. 
  • Mary Flanagan "Digital Media Artist" lecture: Mary is a digital media artist who is currently working on teaching middle school girls a little about computer programming and gaming. This was mentioned in the beginning of the lecture and right then and there, that caught my attention. I personally think it is very important to teach girls these skills because this is a woman's world as well. Our society is just shaped to think that men are mostly the programmers and to have someone like Flanagan teaching girls about it, it is something very empowering. I also really like how she touches bases on scientific process and art process and how these are similar but are never "noticed". Throughout the year, I have attended different talks and exhibits and most of the artists have to do with experimental and scientific process but in an artistic way and are put together very well. This is something I would consider in the next project I take on. Flanagan also described what digital media is and how it could be artistic. She explained how digital artists go through different medias and programs for their art work and really, this is what it really is like to be a digital media artist. It is all about programming and using the right tools. This is something she uses with her students, she starts them off with the physical and then goes into the digital aspect of it. She is very passionate of what she does and it is very interesting how she started her lecture with the history of digital artists and see where she used this in her art work. Overall, her lecture is very informative because she focused on the past, her present, and the things she wants to do.
  • Corey Arcangel "Digital Media Artist" lecture: In this lecture, Chris talks about "recycling codes" and how he does this strategy in his work. He uses codes and programming from different past things and reuses them in his art work. An example would be his lecture presentation. He designed his talk in Netscape. He reused this because he thought it would be genius to reuse the old program in the future. Another example his the Data Diarires where he would go through the previous data that a local computer would go through (emails, notes, etc.). This was for his personal enjoyment but somehow found a way to make it into art. I think that Arcangel is good at reusing old stuff and using it. I like old stuff and will always find a way to make use of it again and I can definitely relate to him when he reuses things. Overall, his lecture is very informative and technical and I could use some of his pointers he mentioned in this lecture for my future.

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