Do I Exist?

I made “Do I Exist??” now I’ve made “Do I Exist?”. Totally different question. In this second installation, I removed the filters I used because I wanted to take away the separation between audience and viewer. I’m very pleased with how it came out. I still was unable to prove to myself that I exist, but I had a lot more fun trying with this attempt, which is why I’d say it was successful.

Ghost 1

This is my lookbook for either the Ghost of Christmas Past, or just a normal festive stylish ghost. He fun to make. I made a really simple red slip and painted the face on (I cannot see inside). The jacket came to be when I found the fabric. It put down roots in my brain and coerced me to buy two yards. It was was much harder to work with than the red ghost sheet. I pretty much made the pattern as I went along, then added the ribbon harness to tighten and loosen the coat. The ribbons weren’t all on correctly in these photos, because I couldn’t see when I put it on. Nevertheless, I love how it turned out. I hope to one day look like this when I am a ghost.

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Lime Wire

This is my first neon sign! It was damn hard to make. My class really wanted to attach a political message to it, which is their right as observers of art. However, let the record show I owe Texas no ill will.

My train of thought follows thusly: I wanted to create a state outline because I think they’re graphic and patriotic, I landed on Texas for its clout and visual interest. I wanted to flip it backwards to mimic the shape of Australia, so I wrote Au: as an abbreviation in the middle. Why not just make the outline of Australia? As if anyone really knows the shape of Australia off hand. Besides, nothing in art is that straightforward. I chose red neon gas because its the brightest. It looks great in my room and I’m replacing all my lightbulbs with red ones.

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Fender

This was a very big scale project compared to my previous school work. Our assignment was to create a shrine to a found object. I chose a Fender guitar pic, which in my imaginary land saved humanity with the power of music. I made elements of this with ceramics (lil vases inside), wood (general structure), welding and fabric (roof), and acrylic. It was really fun to make this tiny world.

Andy Warhol @ the Whitney

From A to B and Back Again, (named for Warhol’s so-called auto-biography), is the largest collection of Warhol’s work since I believe 1989.

I loved the show. I noticed that my personal favorite Warhol, Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) was missing from the show, something not surprising as I had actually seen that piece a few weeks previous at the Wadsworth in Hartford. Most notable to me was the portrait room, the mural size works, and the more sculptural displays that showed off such iconic pieces as the brillo boxes. The gallery didn’t have much work to do in the way of a message, Warhol’s philosophy has saturated American minds now, decades later, and his pieces speak for themselves. Any exhibit putting two Warhol’s next to one another would accomplish enough in the way of his philosophy.

The mural size pieces are breathtaking in person, and fantastic feats of painting in my opinion. I wanted a lot more out of the show in terms of 3d displays, Warhol left behind so many artifacts that would have been fascinating to see in person. Overall, the show was clearly more for instagram opportunities and gawking at these massive paintings than actually