Sunday, March 9, 2014

Exploring Rhizome.org

Today I spent an hour exploring Rhizome.org.  I read a couple articles, and went on a couple rabbit trails.  Here's one article and trail I found interesting:

http://rhizome.org/editorial/2014/feb/14/shia-laboeuf/

I'm not really a Shia LaBeouf fan, I'm pretty dis-interested in his career.  However, I was interested to know more about why and how he was involved in performance art, it seemed pretty random.

I was interested to know more about "the piece," so I searched google with "I'm not famous anymore Shia Labeouf."  This is what I found:
http://perezhilton.com/2014-02-12-shia-labeouf-imsorry-los-angeles-last-person-gave-us-the-i-am-not-famous-anymore-bag#sthash.gVVeoklo.dpbs

I learned the piece is actually titled #IAMSORRY.  I wasn't surprised to read that others felt his performance piece was shockingly similar to Marina Abromovic's "The Artist Is In," that was the first thing that popped into my head when I read about #IAMSORRY.

I, however, was surprised to read that he has been accused of plagiarism before, so I looked that up:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jordanzakarin/shia-labeouf-rip-off-daniel-clowes-howard-cantour

All-in-all it was a very interesting exploration.  I did not expect to post about Shia LaBeouf, but it was a fun adventure.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

24 Project "Mobile Distraction": Reflection


Mobile Distraction
Date of Project: 2/27/14 9AM- 2/28/14 9AM

Reflection

                When I began this project my goal was clear: document every time I used my phone.  The purpose of my experiment was to learn how dependent of my phone I really am.  I expected to use it often to check the time, and to listen to music when I painted, but I was curious to discover how often I idled away my day on facebook and other social media apps.  Honestly, I was surprised it was so little.  Even though I did not document how long I stayed on each app, I was much more (and painfully) aware of how long it had been since I last changed to (and screen-captured) a new app.
                The day I chose was a Thursday, I decided to start at 9am because that's usually when I try to wake up.  I have a 12:30-4:20pm class that day this semester.  You'll be interested to see I shamefully went on my phone a couple times during that period.  In general it was not a bother to document my day, although I was worried I would be forced to capture an embarrassing text or song choice.  I felt a little anxiety about what people would think when they viewed the documentation of my day.  Ultimately, I feel my project has revealed to me my own vices in regard to my phone, and even now (a few days later), I am much more aware of how often I, and the people around me, use our little mobile distraction.

Gutai: Splendid Playground

http://web.guggenheim.org/exhibitions/gutai/

               After visiting the Guggenheim website's page on the Gutai exhibition, I came upon this piece by Sadamasa Motonaga called Work.  I think it's beautiful.  The caption explained that he was inspired by children's artwork and how they see the world in a pure and simplified way.  I thought the way he handled color and how he filled the picture plane were equally beautiful and unique.




Work, 1955
by Sadamasa Motonaga

                     "Throughout their careers, many Gutai artists, including Motonaga, were deeply involved in teaching and writing about children’s art. With their irreverent attitudes towards social and artistic conventions, children shaped Gutai’s ideas about art as a means to arrive at original ways of seeing the everyday. This series of works evoking landscapes and composed of elemental forms and colors was inspired by Motonaga’s work with children." - http://web.guggenheim.org/exhibitions/gutai/

               I also enjoyed Gutai Card Box (Gutai Art Association, 1962).  I thought it was a beautiful way to expose how society is so used to things being automated.