Monday, January 31, 2011
For materials I used a 1 inch thick piece of foam core board, a piece of 1/2 inch foam core board, and semi- gloss house paint.
After measuring, I cut the pieces for the plate part of the switch out of the 1 inch foam board. I then cut the pieces for the switch itself from the smaller foam board. I used a hot glue gun to assemble the pieces together, because the edges were pretty rough, I used painter's tape to smooth out the edges. I then mixed a batch of paper mache' paste and cut strips of newspaper which I put on two small water balloons. I set these aside to dry.
Then next step was to cut the center hole for the switch. I glued the switch in place, and then painted the entire piece using semi-gloss house paint. It took three coats of paint to get a uniform finish. When the paper mache' was dry, I measured and cut out the screw heads and hot glued them into place. I then painted them using the semi-gloss paint for the main body, and acrylic paint for the screw divot.
The problems that I had with this project were that the inch thick foam core board, was very hard to cut. Even with a utility knife and a good straight edge, it was difficult to get perfectly straight lines. The biggest problem was the corners. the outside edges of the light switch plate are curved, and I really struggled to get the corners right. They still are not perfect, but I did the best I could.
Overall this was a pretty fun project.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Last night I attended the Monday Night Lecture where Mark Allen was the guest speaker. He runs a nonprofit, artist collaborative called Machine Project where he provides a space in Echo Park in Los Angeles for events and workshops and also collaborates with his group for shows in museums. His shows are mostly participatory where he uses music, performance art, media and other exploratory methods to study interaction in museums.
Although I don’t know very much about performance art, I admire Mark Allen for 2 things that I think he has accomplished as an artist. He is able to create whimsical and lighthearted art that has a purpose and well thought meaning behind it that people are interested in. I thought his art was shallow entertainment at first and even stifled my laughter at his wacky projects of educating kids on auto theft and holding dog operas in his gallery space. But as he began to describe the meaning behind his work and his thought process, I began to be inspired by his creativity and how he allowed his imagination to run wild but translate it into art. He created paper mache replicas of the art in the LACMA and tried to reverse smuggle them back in to imply that antiquities are always being recreated. He held a plant vacation at the Hammer Museum where he allowed plants to stay overnight to experience a cultural experience to explore how different audiences experiences are subjective and varied.
I think his second accomplishment is translating his art to experiences that museums would be interested in without compromising the nature of his art. The Machine Project came from a small community project with unique methods of producing art and Mark Allen explores the museum space and the museum experience and tries to solve problems within the museum while still preserving these methods. He still holds synthesizer and other random workshops in museums and tailors his performance pieces towards small intimate audiences. By replicating an ancient arch from the LACMA and holding a metal concert outside underneath it, he was able to create his art in a creative way while still working under the constraints of the museum. I was definitely inspired by his unreined imagination and ability to turn it into lighthearted but meaningful art.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Photograph the object next to/near its original inspiration. Observe & document how the public reacts. Bring it to class on Jan 31st for a critique, along with the documentation posted to the blog.
Attention to detail/craftspersonship
Changing meaning & function through material use & play in scale
What kind of playfulness (or lack thereof) does a particular medium/scale embody?
(Almost) any material is welcome, so if you have questions, let me know, and I can demonstrate.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
I found and purchased the blank covers. Then I spray painted them a flat color. Then I put vinyl cutouts of different shapes onto them and spray painted them again, peeled off the vinyl and then used ink, acrylic and collaged stickers that I had into the completed covers. For future refererence though vinyl pulls up spray tape pretty easily so if you don't want the appearance to be rough and uneven when you tear off that layer, maybe some other material might be better to use.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Please meet a few minutes before 9am this Wednesday, January 19, in NH 255- we will walk together to the wood shop so we can have a comprehensive demo. You are then free to use the shop whenever you want- a great resource! There are always people to help, too.
Next we'll go over the next project, and work in our notebooks if there is time.
Please be sure to bring your notebooks in- I will be checking.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
- Draw out a board shape with your pencil and paper.
- Once you find a design you like, use chalk and draw your design on the grip tape of the skateboard deck.
- Next, use your jigsaw to cut out your board design.
- Once your design is cut, peel off the grip tape from the top of the board (it may help to use a blow dryer to loosen up the grip tape).
- Next, use your sander to round edges and take off the bottom graphic.
- Use your spray paint to create your board graphic.
- Apply a new sheet of grip tape, and you have your very own custom cruiser!