Tuesday, February 19, 2019
For this project, my original concept was a ring. However, as time went on, the logistics got in the way a bit, and we adjusted to accommodate for a large bracelet, one that is not necessarily wearable (although I can fit it on my wrist), but more a statement. To begin with, I wanted the shape to resemble rough rocks, very unlike the polished beads and diamonds of normal bracelets. As the project went on, I decided I wanted something even more out there, and the juxtaposition of the natural feel of the shapes with the factory colors and shapes of assorted stickers made me want to combine the two, to create a piece that was just so weird that you couldn't help but want to take a closer look.
Sunday, January 20, 2019
I wanted to try to make a boho-type ring with stones that aren't all clear cut and faceted diamonds, but more like the ones you pick up in the little velvet bags at gift shops in the zoo or at theme parks. To do this I made a torus, measured out how big the average women's ring is, and made several little spheres and edited them under form to give them an organic feel without taking away the smoothness. Then I copied them and reflected, which took a lot longer for me to figure out than it probably should have.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
In each of the articles and video, one of the main points of discussion is the revolutionary potential of 3D printing. In "Materializing Information: 3D Printing and Social Change," both Matt Ratto and Robert Lee discuss the merits of 3D printing, stating that the current climate surrounding it is both too grand and not grand enough, as claims suggest a complete revolution, but often ignore the subtleties and implications of 3D printing, especially socially and politically. The next article, however, discusses how 3D printing is affecting the world right now, rather than in the future. It showcases example images, such as a filigreed skull sculpture made from a printer. With such technology, it could make sculpture readily available and accessible to those who want it. In a similar way to which we can download a piece of art and make a print, we will be able to download a file of a sculpture and print it.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
In his article, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” Walter Benjamin discusses the essence of art and how it relates to the modern era post-industrial revolution of replication and mass distribution. His most compelling argument lies in his distinction between art produced through time, with care and precision, and art that can be mass produced. Benjamin believes that a canvas or drawing board, or any artistic medium, possessed a certain quality, or aura, because of the circumstances under which it was constructed. Modernly, although the original artwork may possess these same qualities, any given reproduction will lack a certain soul that Benjamin believes is necessary for originality, in essence. Benjamin also compares traditional artwork, and even traditional reproduction, to that of photography. While a photograph can capture images instantly and truly, they only need the eye, and perhaps some editing, to come alive, which is a much different, and in his opinion, lesser, process than traditional methods. Benjamin also reflects on the loss of personalization in work; rather than creating something worth being seen for you, it can be created with other people’s visions in mind. He also comments on the politics of reproduced artwork, remarking that while art has been used in political propaganda for a long time, it is especially prevalent, and readily reproducible, in the modern world. Ultimately, Benjamin believes that the reproduction of art at the rates with which we are going could lead to the decline of capitalism as we know it.