I was freaking out about graduation coming up so quickly but I might be so exhausted by the time its all over that I won’t be too crazy.
I have two big shows coming up. One is next Friday “Pie in the Sky” a large scale installation exhibition held outside in the middle of an intersection. My particular piece is a video installation within a big white tent. I have so much to do for it but I did shoot my video last week.
For this particular video I used the RED Dragon and set up a scene with a golden rotisserie chicken and candles. I used a 50 mm and 100mm lens and panned across the scene to keep a flowing and continuous movement.
I will be editing this video and creating a sound piece to go with it in the next week.
I’ve been listening to this non-stop lately ever since I watched the Oscars.
After traveling to Cedar Key to collect underwater sounds for my latest project, I re-discovered that mixing audio is very difficult. I was able to salvage some of the sounds off the dock which precariously held my laptop but overall I had to do a lot of mixing with found sounds and the like.
I decided to change the aspect ratio of the video since I wanted it to create a panoramic feel and have the viewer truly not feel where the horizon begins and ends. With this idea in mind, the video is quite a bit longer than what I usually produce so the viewer feels the absence and gets immersed within the image.
The semester is in full force and it being my final one I’m having minor panic attacks every other week. I am producing what I think is pretty neat work.
One of my studios is screenprinting, and it is pretty great. I recently just finished a print that I am very happy with involving a series of collaged images that I found. Many revolve around darker tones (tarot cards and Goya prints) but i printed it in a monochrome of pink so contrast. I definitely think I will be making a make shift screen printing kit for when I’m out of college.
It’s been a really chaotic week with bursts of fun and minor panics, but I’m almost finished with Fall semester and it feels wonderful.
In this I have finished three projects and re-wrote a short story for my creative writing class. I feel actually very productive and am waiting for that moment where it’ll hit me that I am done. Soon I hope.
The first project I completed was a second iteration of my previous project involving arduino and such. For this version we decided to put our false breasts into a body pillow and create a space that implied comfort. Inside the body pillow was a light that would pulse as well as a stepper motor that we programmed to sound and feel like a heartbeat. We had people lay on the pillow within a space and the response we received was mainly that it was comforting in a strange way. Here are some pictures of the piece in the space. It looked oddly like a funerary piece but we liked that in a way.
The second project is still speaking of my last post and my final video project. I finished editing the piece last night. It turned out beautiful I’m hoping for a good critique. Here is the video below. Enjoy!
My final project is for scene design. The final play we went through was Next to Normal. It is actually a really amazing musical and I really enjoyed listening to it (you can on YouTube.) I decided to make my set about facades and barriers and so I created these screens that can be projected on as well as platforms that the characters can walk on and stand based on the placement within the play itself. Here are two photos of the model. One is before I added the screens and one is after.
I was actually really happy with the results. I am also happy that the semester is coming to a close. It’s been quite a roller coaster but I think I’ve made some great art.
I’ve been hard at work on my final video for my Experimental Cinematography class. It’s a reiteration of my last project but more finished and more put together. As always I used our RED camera and lots of glitter.
Before I started I planned my shots with the use of digital collage. Which from looking at the footage, it pretty spot on to my vision. I was very happy with the shoot and the various shots I was able to create. I shot in 60fps and used a 24mm lens and a macro lens to create interesting shots that showcase glamour. Using RED CineX, I made the color on the footage gorgeous. I won’t be humble because it is beautiful.
Recently I have finished the first iteration of a collaborative project.
Through the use of the uncanny we wanted to push the idea of the body and the desire for touch. Through Arduino we have control of electronics to make our concept even more clear.
Above is the set-up we used for the piece. We constructed the LED lamp and wired to to a proximity sensor so that as the person approached the piece, the lights would begin to turn off one line at a time. The person would continue forward and the lights would continue to turn off until the room was completely dark. The piece looks almost medical because of the LED lighting and the shadows create interesting shapes over the whole piece.
The sensor is located below the breasts, thus the viewer does not realize immediately how the light knows they are there.
I have also been working on a few other projects. Scene design has been a struggle but I finally finished my model for Glengarry Glen Ross.
This was a struggle because I wasn’t a huge fan of the play and I had to be more practical than my previous model with MacBeth. I am not a fan of making tiny furniture but somehow I managed to pull it all together working twelve hours on a Saturday.
Scene Design continually kicks my ass. There is always so much do in short periods of time and the class itself is at 7:25am. But it is pretty neat to see what I can accomplish. Especially in comparison to the theatre majors. Definitely interesting to see art major vs. theatre major.
The latest project we’ve had is for MacBeth.
Basically we had to come up with a conceptual idea about what we think MacBeth is about. When I read MacBeth the word obsession stuck out to me. Obsession with the throne is within a few of the characters including MacBeth and Lady MacBeth. In class we discussed a shrine, thus I decided to make a religious/voodoo-esque shrine covered in wax so that it was one mass to look up at. There is a curtain that is sheer so that the shrine can be seen when the curtain is closed. The curtain is open in acts where the characters who obsess with the throne are on.
Here is my render of the set via watercolor. It looks a little like satan’s throne but I like it.
After we did the rendering for the scene, we had to make a model in 1/4 scale. I’m not very good at models since I’m kind of messy and really quite terrible at cutting foam board but, below is my finished model.
I feel like it is a pretty good crossover. I had some mishaps, but I think two layers of wax and gold spray paint really work wonders. Luckily my style crosses over into most things I do. Including my slight obsession with wax.
More to come on the other projects I’ve been working on. I will be praying to the Arduino gods until then.