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TIME STUDIO ASSIGNMENT 10

VIDEO / PER-FORM

Synopsis:

In this assignment we were asked to explore time through performance. Skateboarding has always been a really big part of my life. Everything in skateboarding is a process. You have to learn the basics and even after that there is so much to learn. The process of trial and error from skateboarding has really molded me into the person I’ve become today. So, when told I had to film a performance piece I was definitely going to incorporate skateboarding. Yet, this video is bigger than just skateboarding, it’s about false pre-misconceptions, gender labels, and contradiction.

Four wheels, four nuts, and an adjustable wrench sit on the table Greta’s kneeled in front of. We placed a camera above her with a tripod filming down on the table as well as a tripod placed in front of the table. A white backdrop was used as well as a white foam board for the floor. The tone set in the beginning of the video is just what I wanted. Contradictory. She’s wearing a pink shirt with attached fake nails putting wheels on a skateboard. Yet, as she is putting the wheels on the board, she is still human. I was able to capture her flaws in a beautiful, cinematographic, manner. She continues to build the board after her failure. 

It’s such a simple allusion. 

Just like with skateboarding, Greta after failing continues until the process until it’s completely properly and successfully. 

— 6 months ago
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TIME STUDIO ASSIGNMENT 9
MAKING TIME
Synopsis:
For this assignment we were asked to explore the systems of making as a record of time. The work could’ve been made of found material, material that is worked, man-made or natural material, or even the human body in a per-formative construction. I decided to focus more so upon creating a worked material. That process being a chaotic, distressed one.I thought it would be an inventive idea to rework a painting I had created with one of my friends outside of class time. The painting was actually possible to be created due to left over materials in itself. I was getting paper cut for my Surface Studio class and was left with a fair amount to work with.
After the painting was created initially, added numerous layers of black and red paint triangles to the board. Triangle by definition in science represents change. I felt that most of the time, time is a result of change, or vise versa. The assignment specifically asked for for a three-dimensional work, so I had to adjust the illustration board once more. I decided to cut the board into four equal squares. I painted the back of the squares either red or black. After doing so, I attempted to apply wood glue for a more rushed process. The messy, foaming, drippy nature added to the overall structure of the work. After applying said wood glue, I removed the panels from their almost glued state and added duck tape. This was to further implicate the idea of being rushed, being pressed, and holding on for dear life. I wanted to use two different colors of duck tape as if I was really scrounging for supplies. Depending on how you view the piece, you either see the aggressive patterning being displayed all throughout your viewing area, or you see a combination of black and red backs with the pattern. 
Ultimately, I’m expecting what would be negative feedback. The craft on this project would not be what many considered refined or thought-provoked, but there really is a method behind the madness.








 

TIME STUDIO ASSIGNMENT 9

MAKING TIME

Synopsis:

For this assignment we were asked to explore the systems of making as a record of time. The work could’ve been made of found material, material that is worked, man-made or natural material, or even the human body in a per-formative construction. I decided to focus more so upon creating a worked material. That process being a chaotic, distressed one.I thought it would be an inventive idea to rework a painting I had created with one of my friends outside of class time. The painting was actually possible to be created due to left over materials in itself. I was getting paper cut for my Surface Studio class and was left with a fair amount to work with.

After the painting was created initially, added numerous layers of black and red paint triangles to the board. Triangle by definition in science represents change. I felt that most of the time, time is a result of change, or vise versa. The assignment specifically asked for for a three-dimensional work, so I had to adjust the illustration board once more. I decided to cut the board into four equal squares. I painted the back of the squares either red or black. After doing so, I attempted to apply wood glue for a more rushed process. The messy, foaming, drippy nature added to the overall structure of the work. After applying said wood glue, I removed the panels from their almost glued state and added duck tape. This was to further implicate the idea of being rushed, being pressed, and holding on for dear life. I wanted to use two different colors of duck tape as if I was really scrounging for supplies. Depending on how you view the piece, you either see the aggressive patterning being displayed all throughout your viewing area, or you see a combination of black and red backs with the pattern. 

Ultimately, I’m expecting what would be negative feedback. The craft on this project would not be what many considered refined or thought-provoked, but there really is a method behind the madness.

 

— 6 months ago
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TIME STUDIO ASSIGNMENT 8

VIDEO POSTCARD

Synopsis:

In this assignment,  we were told to “think of a place; locally, that which you would like to send to someone. Pay attention to point of view, focus, exposure, material and sound levels. But more specifically, what is your position?” Personally, I don’t really know too many places I would care to send somebody in Clifton & I interpreted the entire assignment as a position piece. The video itself is filmed in the clifton area, yes, but it’s not citing a specific place. Greta Thomas & I wanted to focus on the idea of how within our current society we are always being watched. Rarely can we find ourselves a location in which we can be free from any sort of technology or evade the eye of a security camera’s lens. 

In order to achieve the feel of what the person doing is all the watching is doing, we primarily focused on aerial shots. This is due to security camera being place high up to cover a larger surface area. Also incorporated, was a consistent filter throughout the film. I edited the video that we had filmed and added the horizontal lines to make this idea of surveillance come full circle. There is a point in the beginning where there are two groups of people, the scene switches when both parties exit the scene. This to represent the fact that it does not matter whether you are alone, dressed a certain way, or doing a certain action; you will be watched until you can’t be anymore.  The scene switches to an empty hallway with blips of a female walking. The blipping of her presence is to further instill that to whoever we are be watched by, we are just pixels. We will come and go, our story, unimportant. At the end of the video cars are displayed going in backwards in time to really question, is this the life we really live? Does any of this really make sense?..  

— 6 months ago
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TIME STUDIO ASSIGNMENT 7

SOUND

Synopsis:

For this assignment we were asked to collect sounds that were representational for ten given terms. The terms were: a reflection, a birds point of view, a recording in low sound, an extreme close up, a shot from a moving platform. movement, zoom in to call attention, a smooth pan, hard space / soft space, & a recording with one thing in focus and another out of focus / layers of sound. After collecting sounds to effectively represent the terms we were to organize the sounds into an actual work in itself.

The finalized work was edited quite a bit from the initial collection of sounds that was presented. Not all the sounds were required to form what I believed was an effective work. Initially, I planned on forming an some type of hip-hop instrumental with all these non-typical sounds I recorded. Instead, I decided I wanted to create almost a simple story with sound. There is a consistent layer of sound in the background that was recorded accidentally during my initial process of recording. I wanted to capture the silence of a morning. An almost empty feeling, the beginning of a day, what will become of the day is however you decide to fill it.

— 6 months ago
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TIME STUDIO ASSIGNMENT 6

MAKING A SCENE

Synopsis:

The concept I wanted to make the focal point of this series of images was time. The objects presented in the prior assignments were a representation of a specified time; my items were items that were of great importance as a child. Now as a young man, dinosaur figurines and Mardi Gras masks aren’t as important as they used to be. I wanted to show decreased amount of relevancy in a set list of photos by spinning a pair of maracas I have in a circular motion. In essence, the centrifugal movement results in a circular shape, which represents time. I’m spinning, the world is spinning, and the maraca is spinning, just like everything else does. The still image of me holding the objects at my hip suggests I’m going somewhere. Physically and mentally we are always going somewhere. Am I taking these past items back to cupboard they were kept in? Am I using them for art? I want the viewer to have their own interpretation of where these objects are being taken.

Formal and technical choices were made throughout this project. A technical choice would be the use of flash. Flash makes the lights lighter and the darks darker. More contrast can be a powerful thing if done correctly. So, I took photos with and without flash. A formal choice would be how the objects were presented. Their angle, how they are presented on the page in a compositional manner, what clothes should be worn, and what backdrop or area should these images be taken. I wanted to wear red to highlight the red on the wooden maraca. I also wanted to stand behind a wooden door to make the maraca blend in more so while it was spinning.

— 6 months ago
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TIME STUDIO ASSIGNMENT 5

CORNELL BOX

Synopsis:

For this assignment we were asked to “explore time through image collage”. Ultimately, we were asked to create a scene in which we could display objects we thought best fit our story. Whether this story was representative of our whole story as a human or a particular time was for the artist to decide. This project was largely influenced by an artist by the name of Joseph Cornell. He specializes in photographing these scenes, capturing a vibe from objects, and ultimately telling a story. 

A specific time period in my life I wanted to focus upon was my childhood. So many small random items used to be the most important things to us our younger lives. The simplicity behind the fascination upon these random objects intrigued me to create my box out of my desk drawer from home. Inside the drawer that was used were many childhood objects, objects such as: photographs, medals, figurines, trophies, etc.

A Mardi-Gras mask I made for a project in 6th grade hangs down from above the desk drawer displaying an assortment of feathers and a three-color-block design on the mask. Hanging next to the mask is a medal received for playing basketball as a youngin’. A set of maracas diagonally is displayed that I received when I was in the Bahamas. Standing on top of those same maracas is a dinosaur figurine because what kid didn’t love dinosaurs? The connection is made with a surfer mobile due to my sixteen years of going to the New Jersey shore. To the left of the bus displays a cubscout badge inside of a boyscout loop. The morals and structure that those two programs instilled into me are a huge factor upon my childhood as well as my life. Finally, in the bottom left corner is an individual trophy I was awarded for playing soccer as a five year. Though it may not be a large trophy, it goes cycles back to the overall message of the box itself; the purity of a child. As children we are ridiculously honest and get excited about even the smallest things. That energy was what I wanted to portray within this box.

— 6 months ago
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TIME STUDIO ASSIGNMENT 4

Synopsis:

For this assignment we were asked “to explore time in motion”. So, I wanted to capture something that was physically moving, but something that moves without a form, or a sense of time. Smoke seemed to be the perfect focal point for a project focusing on “time in motion”. To achieve the photographs presented above, a whole lot of experimentation was done. Lighting smoke seemed to exhibit challenges never presented before in doing work. We went to photograph in a bedroom with the blinds closed and a light placed on the ground shooting up, the results were not what was needed or wanted. I decided to ask my friend if we could go down to his basement. The basement was incredibly dark, cold, eery. I set his desk lamp we had been using upstairs on the ground with the back of the lamp against one wall, the light being displayed on the other side. It was far entirely too much light. I took my black cotton t-shirt and placed it over the lamp so just a little light shot out.

Perfect.

I had my friend blow smoke from the right side of the scene. This was to eliminate how we read from left to right. As the smoke is moving left you’re looking at it as it passes. I decided to use smoke to represent process for this assignment due to the motion smoke exhibits. It elegantly floats and is moved by the slightest gust. Almost like a ghost, the smoke passes by, unharmed and unnoticed. 

— 6 months ago
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TIME STUDIO ASSIGNMENT 3
Synopsis:
In this assignment we were asked “to explore the systems of the photographic image as a record of examination to record instances of reality in time capture”. What better way to record examine time than with a human? It happened to be my Grandmother’s 90th birthday. The placement of people in this photograph is essential to the story of the image. There is a whole family in this image. The focal point of the image is my Grandmother, to the right of her is my Poppa/Grandfather (her husband). To the left of my Grandmother (barely peaking her arm out) is my mother. In the foreground are my aunt and uncle/ my mom’s brother and sister/ my Grandparent’s children. Where compositionally this photo may lack a wonderful composition, the story is the more important chunk of this piece. There weren’t any formal or technical aspects to this work. I love the raw nature of the process. Simply, taking a picture for the memory or for the “instance”. That’s what I felt what this assignment was asking me to fulfill in terms of energy and I did just that.

TIME STUDIO ASSIGNMENT 3

Synopsis:

In this assignment we were asked “to explore the systems of the photographic image as a record of examination to record instances of reality in time capture”. What better way to record examine time than with a human? It happened to be my Grandmother’s 90th birthday. The placement of people in this photograph is essential to the story of the image. There is a whole family in this image. The focal point of the image is my Grandmother, to the right of her is my Poppa/Grandfather (her husband). To the left of my Grandmother (barely peaking her arm out) is my mother. In the foreground are my aunt and uncle/ my mom’s brother and sister/ my Grandparent’s children. Where compositionally this photo may lack a wonderful composition, the story is the more important chunk of this piece. There weren’t any formal or technical aspects to this work. I love the raw nature of the process. Simply, taking a picture for the memory or for the “instance”. That’s what I felt what this assignment was asking me to fulfill in terms of energy and I did just that.

— 6 months ago
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TIME STUDIO ASSIGNMENT 2

GOOGLE DRAWING - SUBJECTIVE VS. OBJECTIVE

Synopsis:

For this assignment we were asked to create five spreads of images. Each spread was to be representative of one term from a set list of words given to us. From said terms each student had to dive into the vast search engine that is Google to find images we personally thought were reflective of the term chosen.The terms I personally choose were :

sound, set, time, moving image, & happenings.

These words were chosen specifically due to the fact that I thought I had the ability to choose images that represented the terms properly. Upon looking at the collection of images in their entirety, the work presents a very simplistic and understood presence. In order to exercise some sort of unity throughout all the pieces, I used only 3 images per spread except for one. The photos selected for each spread were a combination of what my brain initially created visually as well as images that were found due to more research for said term. Compositionally, my favorite works out of the series are TIME 1 HAPPENINGS 1. Something about slapping an old television over a cheetah possesses this wonderful contradictory/humorous quality to me. HAPPENINGS 3 grabs my eye due to how the three images are presented. The placement of the Olympic rings immediately bring me in to further analyze Jimi Hendrix performing below & a performative piece above. 

— 6 months ago
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