Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Data Visualization

This is a concept that I think I have always been aware of, but I never considered it in this context. I am personally a visual learner and a Biology major so when I am reading a research paper one of the first things I do is look for a graph or picture representation. But if you really think about it, what I am looking at is a visualization of the words on the page and I am drawn more and more engaged to the research now. This is what the video was saying. People are more interested when a visual is involved. They are able to understand and interpret better.

I really liked the cartography. The map of flight pattern was really cool because it looked like an outline of the United States, but it technically was not.

I also really liked how the data looked like it was moving. It looked like it was actually telling a story and made you want to learn more and look at it more. It does not look like it all has meaning, but when you put it into context it allows the viewer to really experience.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


This is a white plastic bag in front of a white wall. The first image is just the regular overhead light. Seeing the 2 whites in this it is apparent that the bag looks a lot brighter while the wall almost looks cream. The second picture I added the flash of my phone and it made the wrinkles in the bag more noticeable while making the wall look even more of a cream.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Ways of Seeing

It is really interesting to think of how much the invention of the camera has changed the idea and need for other types of art. Paintings were so important to be able to capture moments, however these moments are not organic. They have to be forced and posed while a photo can be more candid. A painting can really only be in one place at one time, but a camera can reproduce a photo in all different types of ways and sizes. Photos completely changed the way people see art and paintings. A paining can now be circulated all over the world. It kind of makes a painting lose its appeal and lure. 
You can also think about the idea of the photo circulating a painting as making the painting more relatable. Like the video says, we are looking at these paintings in our own world and our own setting. It makes something that was not meant to be relatable, relatable. 

It is actually a little sad to think about a piece of art completely losing its meaning after the invention of a camera. You no longer have to go to the art. The art now comes to you. In some ways it is no longer about the art. It is more about proving that the art is authentic. Because a camera made a piece of art reproducible, some of the magic is lost. But, for me, there is nothing like seeing a painting you have seen a picture of in person. I spent an entire year studying a painting in Spanish class in high school and when I got the opportunity to study abroad in Spain I got to see this art piece in person and it was such a different experience. I have seen it on paper 100 times, but when I saw the giant painting on the wall for the first time it was amazing.

Unlike what the video has said, I really do not think that the experience of art has been ruined by the camera. It was said that the meaning of art is now lost with the invention of the camera and it is unable to give the same affect it was originally intended to, but I think it has only enhanced the ability for people to be exposed to its meaning. Without painting replications there would be no way for someone to take an Art History class. You would be confined to your location. If you are not able to get to these places where the original paintings are hung there would be no way to study and apriciate a painting in a classroom setting. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Baltimore Museum of Art

Last week we were lucky enough to take a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art. While there we got t see a wide variety of 2D and 3D art pieces from many perspectives and eras of art. Usually. when I go to art museums I am drawn to more impressionist work like Monet, however this time I was more drawn to modern and more "crude" art pieces.  

 Chur by Sascha Braunig

This piece was in a room of a lot of other works that all seemed strange and like they did not really make a ton of sense, but art can be different to everyone. This kind of brings me back to this weeks lesson about lines. This is a bunch of lines that pattern out and make a brain in the middle. This is definitely more of a modern piece that I would not usually be drawn to, but I really liked this.

 View Overlooking Ceret by Chaim Soutine

This was one of the first paintings I saw when I was walking around that really caught my eye. I really like the thick lines and bright colors. I like that you don't really know what you are looking at and it takes a minute to actually understand. This is a landscape. At the top you have the dark sky, the middle is a group of zig zagged mountains, and the bottom is a river the goes through the mountain. At first glance you could probably argue that anyone could just throw some paint on a canvas and get this result, but I really like the little details and intricacies that make this so powerful. 
Still Life with Lemons by Georges Braque

I really liked this painting because of the lemons. They look so 3D even with the thick black line around the yellow. I like how simple the idea is and how lifelike the execution. I am also a big fan of the shading. Realism is not usually something I like because if is just like taking a picture, but I like this because their seemed to be an angle that made it more then just a bowl of lemons. These lemons are leaping off the page.

All in all, I really enjoyed the museum and I like that I found different styles interesting to me. I would definitely want to go back or branch out and try other museums and see other pieces that I have never seen. 

Monday, January 23, 2017


I am not sure if I am interpreting this correctly, but I think Italo Calvino is trying to get across the notion that all things can be summed up into images. when you read something or hear something or even see something you can create an image in your mind that represents that to you. We are all born with an imagination. We have original thought and ideas and we all dream. All of this is images that we think about. In class we discussed our weeks. And we said that when we think about something in our past a flash of pictures of soundless scenes come to our mind. This is our mind showing us through images everything we can remember. This is an idea Calvino was talking about. This "real" recall could be mixed in with the imagination that Calvino discusses. Our imagination can warp and change and mold things into what we want them to be. Maybe you did not have the best week, but it does not mean that your mind cannot imagine a better one. You can also imagine a future and set goals. This ca all be stored in your mind as images. The imagination is a really interesting thing to have and can be the basis of a lot of thought processes in this course in creating some interesting art pieces.


I attended the Essentia gallery in the student center. It was pretty cool to see what some of our peers have been working so hard on. I had never been to a gallery before, but I really appreciated being able to see there work and possibly be a source of inspiration for me since I haven't been in an art class in a really long time.

I really liked this piece by Rachel Yuhas. It sort of falls pretty well in line with what we are doing in class. Dots are the the most basic levels of art. This takes that notion to a whole other level. Her goal was to complete a circle with us coming from the stars and us wanting to go back to that. Each "dot" is a sort of planet in the universe. I really liked her thought process and how she really used the space she was given. Like the universe it looks never ending.