The Timely Dissent of a Vietnam War-Themed Show

A show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum called “Artists Respond” is a political exhibition of artists reactions, thoughts, and opinions on the Vietnam war. This piece, “Vietnam Garden” by artist Judith Bernstein, mentioned by the article caught my interest, described as depicting “erect penises with military tombstones flying US flags” that fuse displeasure with…

Human Sensor

http://www.kasiamolga.net/ This is an amazing wearable data visualization by artist Kaisa Molga, who constructed this visualization to represent light-up patterns on the piece as the wearer breathes in the air quality of the current environment. I thought it was really inspiring the method by which the artist addressed the environmental problem of decreasing air quality…

mermaid tails emerge from washing machines at a laundromat in LA

https://www.designboom.com/art/olivia-erlanger-mermaid-tails-ida-los-angeles-09-27-2018/ I found and really enjoyed this public art work by artist Olivia Erlanger, who installed mermaid tails protruding from washing machines in public laundromats. This work is whimsical and beautiful but still carries some deeper meaning- when mermaids are ‘presented as female’, they evoke controversies of physical and self-expressive capability.

Layering Vintage Slides to Create Strange New Narratives

https://hyperallergic.com/487095/strange-histories-a-bizarre-collaboration-ian-trask/ The artist Ian Trask produced a series of fascinating photomanipulated images, which I thought might be relevant inspiration since we are working in Photoshop right now. The photos used were obtained from a large collection of vintage 35mm slides from years and years of random strangers’ histories. By juxtaposing various photos together, Trask has…

Over 1,400 Hand-Painted and Drawn Frames Create a Maze of Emotion in a New Music Video for Mitski

https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2019/03/pearl-music-video/ This animation was created from 3D renderings as well as traditional tools (charcoal, paint, dry pastel, oil pastel, ink, and colored pencils). It follows a figure falling their way through the video. While watching this video I thought about the idea of camera angles having content- the wide-framed shot with the figure occupying a…

“Myth and Reality” by Photographer Jeremy Jude Lee

I find these photographs fascinating because of the way they carry a complex narrative with a series of carefully crafted, but nonetheless still images. The narrative conveyed is of a young Asian boy’s coming of age surrounded by white actors in the roles in coming of age media that he was ‘supposed to identify with’….

Fiction (and curatorial statement): THEY’RE MADE OUT OF MEAT

Terry Bisson’s short story, “They’re Made Out of Meat”, is the inspiration for an exhibition of quirky, unsettling works by various artists. The story is basically a conversation between two aliens that are shocked to discover that humans are sentient beings made from ‘meat’. I thought it was interesting that a visual collection of works…

The Hyperrealistic Works of Young Sung Kim

Young Sung Kim has been one of my favorite artists since I saw his works exhibited at an arts convention in Seoul when I was in high school. Although we are currently working with abstraction, I think it’s cool to appreciate the other side of the creative spectrum, representational hyperrealism. Apparently, he paints from 9am…