Tuesday, April 12, 2011

R&T Rachel & Trevor.


1.) Yes i believe that certain ideas in the video were quite possible. I also thought that some of the ideas were quite far fetched. In my opinion it was split right down the middle. But all the ideas were extremely interesting.
2.) I make art in various states of mind. I feel as though my most successful pieces are created when my mind is in a relaxed state.
3.) I think that extra terrestrials would more than likely not have a need for art. I would like to fantasize about the fact that some form of distant being would be highly intelligent. I would imagine them to have a utopian society, in which art would not be necessary. 
4.) I think that some sort of solid correlation might be able to be formed one day between the two, but I do not believe that they are similar in this day and age.
5.) Most definitely. My favorite part of your drawings involve the destruction of human beings.
7.) I can relate to your drawings on many levels. When viewing them I experience a high level of nostalgia. I feel as though your drawings relate to a culture that I was raised on. 
8.) I think that the DNA passing on code would be the natural form of drawing. As in it was set in to motion by something, but that does not necessarily make it art. Art is generally associated with the high levels of thought that human beings are capable of.


1.)  I have no idea if I would want to live forever or not. It is such a scary thought to tackle. This life is painful, and death is painful, and I have not idea of what will happen afterwards. If I could live forever I imagine that it would be highly painful as the universe is collapsing upon itself. One day you billions of years from now you would more than likely experience the inner workings of a black hole.
2.) I do think that one day humans will be able to instill consciousness into a machine.  They have been able to reproduce nearly every other aspect of human life with machines. I think that consciousness is the next step, and it is not that far away.
3.) I believe that his predictions might be somewhere in between completely crazy and completely sane.
4.) Most definitely. The faster that humans make advancements in technology, the faster they will find cures for diseases. There will also be improvements in many other aspects of life with the improvement of technology.
5.) I do believe that it is extremely important for an artist to utilize technology in this day and age. The reference that comes to mind would be the importance of fire to the caveman in creating the cave murals thousands of years ago. The utilization of as many technological advancements available at the time would be extremely important to the documentation of that era. 
6.) Most definitely. I believe that you use many cutting edge technological advancements that are highly complicated when you create your art.
7.) Predictions about the future of technological advancements may help the actual advancement of the technology. While I cannot make an educated statement about the matter, I do believe that it is important to make predictions. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


1.) Learning from my mistakes and not attempting to make them again has been a large form of gaining positive growth in my work. Attempting to realize certain mistakes has also been a big hurdle for myself.
2.) I suppose to me this artist would be dennis oppenheim. I attempt to make work that goes beyond who we are as humans. Work that attempts to personify the notion that we are not and extension of an ape, and that art is just a complicated for of mimicry. So therefore when thinking of my work such an artist would be fitting.
3.) I like for people to view my work as I do care wether or not my work is as beautiful to others as it is to me.
4.)I believe that the work is more satisfying. 
5.) Your work most definitely is informing of your views on the world around you. I see lots of expression in your marks, the color choices, and even the speed at which you were creating the piece.
6.)Most definitely. As I stated in the previous question it is almost as if I am re-hashing the experience with you.
7.)No self criticism is not really viewable in your work. But than again I more than likely have only seen pieces that you deem successful.


1.) I think that the fashion world and art world are separate entities that blend together on various occasions. I also think that they are highly influential to one another.
2.)I think that for something that is fashion oriented to be considered art the judgement would lie in the intention of the creator. Judgement of such things would be bestowed upon it  by people educated in the field of art.
3.)Yes I do think that fashion could be displayed as a sculpture even if it is wearable. The extreme evidence of this would be in the Black Acid coop that displayed their work at deitch. They silk screened shirts and put them in a bodega type setting. This also could have been viewed as a commentary on fashion and art.
4.)I cannot think of a reason why using tissue in your dresses would make you more of a feminist artist.
5.)This question feels like a riddle. If a dress was not wearable what would make them? I am guessing the answer would be a human would make them? I have not seen these dresses as I am guessing that they have not been made yet as you phrased the question in such a manner, so I must say that i cannot answer this question.
6.)If you wanted a dress to be less fashionable i am guessing you could smear it with ugly colors, or possibly feces of some sort.
7.)I would look at a mans suit the same way that I would look at a dress. I do not think that people would view it differently.


1.) I do not think that I would be very happy if a performance I had done became an internet meme.
2.) There is no informing, nor is there dismantling of the work. I still believe that they are making a parody of it.
3.)I suppose I would applaud. I would applaud to give thanks to the performer. The only reason I would not applaud would be if I was offended.
4.) I really do not know how to answer such a question.
5.)I don't know why a term would make me afraid of putting work online.
6.)I suppose not only could the artist recover, but also possibly use it to their advantage? I do not think things like these matter to the art world.
7.) I do not know wether you are conscious of, nor do I know if you care about, the attention from an audience that views your work.
8.)I felt as though the article was completely unrelated to the making of actual art.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


The Reading for Alex Plemmons

1.) I do not know if destruction is crucial to abstracting an object, image, or idea. The viewer of a painting will more than likely search for the image as they can relate to it within an abstract painting. A good of this is the Kazimir Malevich painting below entitled "Landscape with Yellow House." After analyzing the painting for a minute or so the viewer would not search for what has been removed from the landscape, but rather what remains of it. They will attempt to see the house as opposed to viewing what is left of it.
2.) I do not wish to discuss such things. I do believe that my medium is fitting to my work. But these are things that will change over time. Everything is always changing, even the ideas. I do not believe that one medium will be constantly fitting to my ideas. 
3.) I believe that the photos selected were selected due to their marketability. I do not believe there was, or could, have been any other reasoning behind it. The artist was extremely bland. To attempt to pull such ideas out of such a situation is pushing the envelope.
4.) There are similarities between art and documentation... In some cases the art can be documentation... And so on and so forth.
5.) I saw many similarities between the work that you make, and the art created by the artist in the article that you presented us. To use words like environment and mood is hard for me. It is hard for me to pull emotions from "abstract landscape" paintings. I believe that they are successful in their own right. It is hard for me to put a level of success upon a painting of this category as well. I feel as though that is like telling your child that he ran the bases wrong during a tee-ball game. These are things that are by no means necessary no matter what the situation.
6.) I am not quite sure, nor have I been informed of, the message in your paintings. I was told that they were aerial views of landscapes. Once again I am baffled at how I am supposed to answer a question like this. I want to say that you should take your own photos to use as reference, but statements like these are not for me to make. 
7.) I believe scale is extremely important to a piece of work. I have posted an ideal situation below in which scale became a necessary factor to the success of the concept within the piece.

8.) I am once again confused when you ask the question of my thoughts on your color palette. I do not think about the color palette when I view your paintings. I suppose for your next painting I would suggest using colors that makes energy visible. A concept that Pollock used for a chunk of his career, and it seemed pretty successful.

The reading for Shellie
1.) I definitely think that there is quite a bit of satire that could be used in reference to modern art school when dealing with the work of Woody Allen. The conversation of the size of a painting was one of the first things that came to mind when reading the article.
2.) I do not feel as though i am surrounded by people that feel the need to fake liking my work. If I were to think such a thing I would be disgusted with myself. I would also feel as though I was being paranoid. Even if people were faking emotions with my work, they can fuck off. Who would need to do such a thing? This question has my mind completely baffled. To say the least I do not feel as though I have ever faked such emotions.
3.) I feel as though art can swing to either side of such a fence. It depends on the person making it, and what they were feeling or going through at the time. This can relate to the aesthetics involved with an art piece.
4.) I put an extreme amount of care into my work when I am creating it. The work I have been making is done when it is done. Recently I did have to have a piece fixed in a certain part due to the fact that the vinyl was not put on correctly.
5.) I do have an intellectual response when I view your work.
6.) ME-5 YOU-5
7.) I have no idea why you would tend to reject intellectualizing art. To do so would be ignorant. To Intellectualize are is one of the many qualities that differentiates us from our distant cousin the Ape. To reject the intellectualization of art would be to rob yourself of culture.
8.)Your art is most definitely relaxing to the viewer. I find your work to be calming. I find the same soothing qualities in your work that I find in viewing the way that nature is portrayed in many older Japanese prints.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


      My political concerns are directly related to the internal condition of the United States of America. Many events that happen in this world beyond myself carry many consequences that have a direct affect on my life. I do not believe that these consequences are visible in my work, but do indirectly shape ideas that are evident in my body of work.
     Artists should provide any insight that they deem pertinent to their current situation. I am not educated enough in the field of poetry to answer wether or not poets are uniquely suited to speak publicly about human aspirations. Therefore I choose not to answer such a question. Many artists that I view, and have viewed, throughout the years have been known to make commentaries on various political situations.
    To be politically active one must have a hand in changing the political situation that surrounds them.
    I do not know if I can relate to the work that you have made this year. I do read the New York times in the morning, I believe that might be the extent of it.

    I do not know what would make your work "better." Maybe get a "hype man?" I have no idea how one would begin to answer such a question?

    Well you do trace the covers of various New York Times newspapers. I believe that the standpoints of that specific newspaper would be considered liberal? I really have no idea...

    When I read the New York Times it gives me various insights into world events. So maybe that piece would give me insight into various world events?


The poor image is a "copy in motion." Other ideas were expressed on the true definition of a poor image, but that gives the most concise answer to the question.

There are various classifications that categorize an image by its "quality."  An example of this would be the differences between low resolution images, and high resolution images.

Experimental work would be work that has broken boundaries that were previously placed on work similar to it.

Painting has many direct assoctiations with the quality of an image. This affect was evident when the camera was invented.

I do consider the measure of quality that an image contains when making work. For one not to consider such things would be foolish. The human condition also plays a large part in nearly every artists body of work.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


I felt as though both articles read in succession to one another were extremely pertinent to my life as an American citizen. The collective subconscious of the American psyche is an extremely dangerous, and apathetic, entity. This apathy found in our minds is a direct result of the greed that capitalism instills upon our every day lives. A small notion of optimism was placed instilled in my mind after reading the articles based on the ideas of Thoreau. The only attempt one can make to fix this sick machine, comprised of our American psyche, is to abandon our greedy aspirations placed upon us by the capitalist machine. These machines, that Thoreau speaks of, will more than likely continue to function successfully as a whole well beyond my years on this Earth. The notion of rectifying this extremely flawed machine is not an option in my mind. The only success that one can experience when dealing with this machine is to completely detach themselves from it. I truly believe that once you have detached yourself from this large mechanical apparatus you will find complete gratification, as opposed to half contentedness.


1.) Albert Fish met Grace Budd by chance.
2.)A long series of random and strange events, including a letter that had a certain recognizable embossing, led to the incarceration of Albert Fish.
3.)There was a long history of mental illness that ran in the male bloodline of previous generations.
4.)The taking of communion in a Roman Catholic church was compared to his cannibalism.
5.)I think that rituals involved in my art making are not necesarily where they should be at this moment in time. In time I ope to hone the rituals that are involved in the various processes in which I make things. I believe that the rituals involved in the creation of your art are honed, and skillful in nature.
6.)I believe that the various gains we make by knowing peoples motivations are extremely varied from person to person.
7.) I believe that the answer to the question of number seven can be answered by my previous answer, in which I had answered in number six.
8.)I do believe that more importance is placed on certain pieces of art, or maybe even perhaps an artist. I believe this is true due to the fact that I believe that it is possible to create extremely "bad" art. As humans we are one, but we are not the same.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011


     While the article remained slightly over a page in length, and attempted to cover an authors entire life of work, it was still extremely successful.The idea of predestination being challenged at that time was an extremely daring thought. The idea of this shook the very idea of organized religion, and essentially religion as a notion, to its core. The main idea that Sartre conveys was dumbed down by the articles author. The idea that your existence precedes and defines your essence. While the notion of this was simplified, it does convey the ideas that Sartre was attempting to explain with his literary works. In my work there has been a huge influence some ideas that were contemplated in this writing. The main idea that has influenced my work would be the thought that one day your essence will  simply cease to exist. Dealing with thoughts like these are a daily battle in my life. While i do believe that early french existentialist authors are generally full of swill, I thoroughly enjoyed an author dumbing down his simple form of philosophy. 

     I do not agree that the Ehow article provided a good example of conceptual art. The fact that there is an Ehow article on conceptual art does not change the way that I think about conceptual art by any means. There is one large difference between the Ehow article and the Bob Ross painting show, the fact that Bob Ross could paint beautiful shrubbery. It is possible that high art can survive in the modern world, and will more than likely continue to do so for many years.  

Adrian Piper/Therese 
     I do not feel as though I would like to discuss what stereotypes that I may or may not fit into. I suppose that I feel most masculine when I am taking a trip to the store to by cologne made for men, or perhaps being fitted for a suit. I do not generally ever feel feminine, nor do I have any desire to. You may not take a video of either of my actions. I do not know how to feel about Adrian Piper being put on a suspicious traveler list as the article did not provide enough information about the event. There was not enough information provided in the article for me to form an opinion on her work. 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Michelle Grabner artist talk?USF

So tonight I attended an artist talk by Michelle Grabner at USF in Tampa. The talk was extremely interesting. A large portion of her talk concentrated on an exhibition space that she has started out of her home in Chicago called "Suburban".The artists and work that she has shown thus far in the "Suburban" exhibition space are extremely interesting, and most definitely worth paying attention to.The requirements for artists that show at Suburban are fairly loose, the main rule being that the artists may not be from Chicago. The last rule is that the work shown within the space are not for sale, therefore the exhibition space is a non for profit entity. She also has an exhibition space called the poor house in a small rural town outside of Chicago. Here are links to the two various spaces that she owns and runs, as well as some notes that I took during her talk. 

as well as an article on her exhibition space the poor house

Robert Smithson/entropy

     I did not realize,until many days after I had read the article, that the author was the creator of the sculpture "Spiral Jetty." I feel as though the role that he played in the earth art movement plays a crucial role in the opinions that are conveyed throughout the text. The notion of entropy being something that can occur on a social scale was a new concept at that time. In this current day and age people can use the term on a personal scale.
    The term extropy was not coined until 1984. The author refers to extropy as "reverse entropy" throughout the article. Smithson also mentions that actions like recycling contain "reverse entropic" properties. In this day and age extropy has been stretched to other ideas and actions that pertain to the maximization of human life. A strong example of such a thing would be a drug that prevents, or slows down, aging within humans.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


     After finishing page three of the article, I had to walk to the library desk and ask the librarian for a hi-liter. The article jumped between so many ideas and examples within the first three pages alone. I felt as though a prescription of Ritalin might have been more beneficial than attempting to root through muck of ideas that the author is bringing in to play. I did enjoy the comparison of the I-pod design flowing into the design of many everyday things. The author makes the claim that his neighborhood has succumbed to the i-pod design invasion.
     "Optional environments, optional creatures. Made for each other." This statement was made after the author made a paragraph rant about some of the more important advancements humans have made over the past fifty or so years. The amalgamation of all these things into one possible entity is a scary and formidable thought. The supreme example of this idea is accredited to the example of a quadriplegic whose paralytic state has been "cured" by connecting him so a large amount of wires, which enable him to control a computer mouse. This literary representation of the crippled man serves as a puppet to make claims that the meshing of human life and technology is more than likely going to advance to more bizzare, and macabre, states in the near future.