S’all Greek to Me…ha..ha…. ^^;

To verify for whomever may be reading this that isn’t in our IB Visual Arts class, I just finished my research last night on my ‘era’ (we all had to choose a time period out of a list), which is Greek Art’s Classical Period; the “Golden Age” of Greek Art, 480 BCE to 323 BCE (directly quoted from the list).

For the project after this research, we have to ‘recreate’ a piece from the chosen time period. I had quite a hard time, at first, trying to pick one, and find a way to recreate it, while still following the guidelines (“… using your research as a guide reinterpret some meaningful piece of the past, in a way that resonates with your own life or views as an artist.”)

After a while, thought, I came across two pieces, each which caught my attention in a manner of wanted to replicate it in some form. First was “Aphrodite”, which was when the nude female form was introduced. The second was “Nike Adjusting Her Sandal”.

Aphrodite caught my attention from simple the basic and elegant form in which it was carved (I also have this thing with the nude human body, it’s an amazing thing). I was unsure of how I could recreate this, though. My mind went to photography, my passion, but I have only one friend who would stand mostly unclothed for me, like Aphrodite is, for a photo and not be disturbed with it. And even then, it might end up being a little awkward for that person depending on who saw said photo. So there are complications, in short (location being one…. it’d be hard to explain to my mum ^^; ). This means I basically put this on the back burner; I’d love to do it, but… yah. -_-

Nike Adjusting Her Sandal just jumped right out at me in the means that it was just so quirky! Such a casual pose of someone quickly fixing their shoe as they walked. I got an idea not long after for this; again, more of a photo shoot to get this one done. For a modern feel, modern clothing and setting. But, to add my own personality to it, the ‘model’ would be dressed in quite unconventional clothing (such as how I dress most days, hah) with a strange look to it, but the pose would be the same.

The second one I have a better chance of accomplishing (though I may need to hit a few fabric sales beforehand), and for the first, too many people wouldn’t understand if they walked in on a half naked person, and a second person with a camera; it would just be too difficult to explain. But the idea will be done at some point, maybe a little more down the road, as with more age in years there are less questions in this area, it seems.

Anyway, that ends my little spiel about this latest art project. I shall post the end result when it is completed^^

Tara, olive.

More than just Graffiti~

I know we did something similar to this in class before, but I really liked this video, so I thought I’d share.

A friend just showed me this video (you have to follow the link embedded, the video won’t insert here) and I knew this would be great to stick up here for you guys to watch.

It is on this guy who started off doing Graffiti, and even shows some other things he does (I’ll let you find out by watching). It is almost like an autobiography of sorts.

I think his works shown in the video are quite amazing, and this guy isn’t even famous (his face is blurred out…graffiti is still illegal, of course), though I think he could easily be if he wanted.

Obviously there is and will be plenty of controversy over this (it’s good/ bad, it’s wanted/unwanted, only some is good/bad, and the rest is bad/good; etc.), but that’s another reason why I put it up. How would you react to one of these on your wall or in your town? Whether it is the detailed ‘art’ (which some people called the more attractive pieces) or whether it is a simple tag, would you want to see it around? Would it be better if he stuck to canvas, or are old buildings just as free game for painting over?

Well that’s it for this time. I hope you all enjoy the video.

*shock* We’re prudes?

During March Break I took a great trip mainly to Paris, Athens, and the Greek Islands. We got to see many great ruins, sights, and even a few ‘wonders of the modern world’.

One thing that surprised me just a bit was the museums(especially the Louvre)…and the works in them. I, myself, are not, and never will be offended by nudity or the naked form and it’s…gatherings (it’s a mystery, ugly and beautiful of itself), but hearing some comments from other goers (from our school, and other tourists, young and old) was quite funny, and the number of unclothed statues and paintings was staggering, *especially* in comparison to here in Canada, let alone our little ole sandbar we call home. What a culture shock.

One sculpture. And another.

It kind of goes to show how moving a little furthur on the globe can be such a change. Here in Pei, we have few to no (and I’m betting on low) nude pieces on display, and in Canada itself it isn’t nearly as common.

And it wasn’t just the museums…. the advertising showed a decent amount of skin as well. (I cannot find any examples of the ads I’ve seen, unfortunately. I shall check my own photos and get back to you on that^^;) This is an advert that was simply more ‘personal’ that I saw.

…and I won’t even touch on vast number of the more ‘intimate’ shops that were there.

But, in short, the culture shock wasn’t a great shock to me, but to some things I’ve heard (‘Oh my gosh!’ or ‘Why is it right in your face?! They should cover up!’) from some people, it’s apparent that, with a simple change in culture, there is a great variety in the standards of what can or cannot be shown in public areas, art or not.

Self Portrait

I thought it’d be most appropriate to get my first and only self portrait up here first. It doesn’t go with the artist’s statement, this was done beforehand, so it doesn’t overly follow much other than me ^^;

And there’s the first addition to my gallery, and I hope I shall have more up soon.

(This is me apologising for bad photo-quality, I shall update this at some point in the near future with a higher-quality)

-Olive

Patient Paper Projects

I came across this artist, Charles Clary, a week or two ago, and (now that I can work this blog><)  I chose to talk about his…. unique work.

Clary Makes 3-D sculptures out of simply paper, using only a dremel tool; no lasers or hack saws used to make these giant works, simply hours of cutting and (I would assume) plenty of patience. His sculptures are inspired by sound waves and micro-organisms.

I find this almost sentimental mself, seeing a chlidhood thing like coloured paper being used to construct something so intricate and complex.

There’s a site with more pictures of his crazy sculptures, and another with an article about him as well. (those are my fancy embedded links right there^^)

Just a thought to leave you reader with: first, do you yourselves think you would take the time to cut every single one of these pieces and stick ‘em together? And would you ever plan to do something like this yourself? Or would the paper-cuts make you quit after only a few hours?

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