Monday, April 25, 2011

In class today I mentioned the videos of Stan Brakhage, and I thought I would provide a reference for people who don't know his work. What I really like about his films is the fast-moving static in the shots because it creates a kind of tension and chaos in the frames. He creates it without using an overabundance of color or fast cuts. I've been experimenting with this idea in my video by adding an "earthquake" effect to all my shots (I'm not nearly as sophisticated as Brakhage). Here is a video, called "Mothlight."

Mothlight- Stan Brakhage

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


So this week I got to use a giant(!) scanner that in Science Hall. It fit my entire 13X13 album cover on it, so I am pretty pumped. There it is, up there...I didn't edit it in Photoshop or anything so the colors may be a bit dull, and I don't think it will upload on here much larger than it did in my last post, but at least nothing is cut off.

Along with getting to use a giant scanner this week, I've been researching the work of Christian Marclay. Marclay was popular in the 80s because of his weird collag-y type work that incorporated music a lot of the time. 
I don't really want to say much about his work right now other than that I am fascinated by the way he combines art and music and blurs the lines between the two. He has even recorded "albums" that focus on this concept, such as an album that he released where he placed thousands of vinyls on the ground of an art exhibit and then let people walk on them, the scratches from the walking becoming the music. He is really fascinating and I hope to write my research paper on him.

Monday, April 11, 2011

First attempt

Nice, highlighting the similarities between collage and sampling will bring cohesion.
I enjoyed looking at Agnes Montgomery's work--are there other collage artist's that you're drawn to?
Will your album cover and poster be done by hand or digitally?
Also, something to think about--what kind of role will these things you mentioned in the post--beauty, chaos, and order--have in your work, conceptually and aesthetically?

This weekend I took a shot at making my own collage. To answer Annie's question, there is another collage artist that I'm drawn to, Kurt Schwitters, particularly the Merzbild series from the MERZ exhibition in 1972, shown here:


I like his work, because of, to allude to Annie's question again,  how he conveys very solid concepts using abstraction. This particular series was revealed to be about his "artistic, private, and public concerns during the inflationary period in Germany that followed World War I" ("Collage: Critical Views" by Katherine Hoffman, p. 226). What he did for this series was " 'paste up pictures and drawings so that sentences should be read in them,' " but what I was really drawn to in his work was the way he develops a sense of frustration using seemingly unrelated sources and combining them to make cohesion. His use of sentences and words as an almost subliminal messaging system is a bit too obvious for me, but I like his basic philosophy. I also like the scattered, seemingly disorganized image that came out of this combining of random sources. While most of the other collage artists I have looked at were using very solid images of people or flowers or boats or eyeballs, Schwitters uses different patterns and shapes that aren't necessarily recognizable. It is beautiful because it looks like there is no cohesion, but really it is all trying to convey one single message.

When making my collage, like Schwitters was trying to convey a message about inflation, I was trying to convey a message about my boyfriend's band's music. Here is what I came up with:


(I can't find a scanner big enough to fit the entire 13x13 image on, so some is cut off of the bottom.) It's made entirely out of a J. Crew catalog, and what I kept in mind while making it was using different colors and shapes that create an emotion. I noticed that in a lot of Schwitters' work there were triangular shapes, so I used this shape as I was cutting the pieces out of the magazine. It creates a sharp, sort of splintered feeling. The thing I like most about the collage is that, although it is very colorful, I only incorporated ONE word on the entire thing: BLACK. You might not be able to see it at this small scale, but it is on the black part. I used Schwitters' word idea, but not in such an obvious way. I guess, if I could summarize the idea for this collage it would be beauty out of chaos using colors and shapes from different sources to create one cohesive piece of art. Maybe that's redundant but I felt I needed to summarize it somehow, haha.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Album art that I find pertains more to what I'm trying to make....

I recently discovered another album artist off of sleevage.com whose art is PERFECT for what I am trying to make for Perennial. Agnes Montgomery is a collage artist, so literally only uses glue and scissors and paper in his work. I like his images because they are made up of images from elsewhere to create beautiful new images.


This is a lot like what my boyfriend's band does when creating their music. They take music from other places and combine it and distort it and edit it to make an entirely new, beautiful sound. The random yet organized effect created by Montgomery's images is exactly what I envision for a Perennial cover. However, in my eyes I don't have as many obvious images, but more of a chaotic assortment of colors and shapes taken from images. We will see, I just have to play around with this idea.

Agnes Montgomery's website