Playing Off the Unexpected

In thinking about our last project on public art, I was trying to find some interesting examples and came across an artist named Nina Saunders, who makes really interesting sculptures. She takes normal household items – armchairs, pianos, etc. – and turns them into dripping art pieces. She places them in exhibits but also public…

DVF

When doing our data visualization through Processing, and looking at some of the artists mentioned our readings, Diane Von Furstenberg came to mind. Diane is known for introducing an iconic design into the fashion world — the wrap dress. She is also known for her prints. The graphic, repetitive quality of some of these prints…

Ellsworth Kelly

One of the artists that came to mind while we were discussing data visualization was Ellsworth Kelly. Although he doesn’t translate data in his artwork, I think his work still has a quality about it that resembles the process of data visualization. I saw a collection of his work from when he lived in Paris…

Jasper Johns at the PMA

I recently visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and I was very intrigued by one particular artists’ work: Jasper Johns. The collection that is currently at the PMA is a curation of some of Jasper’s work since 1974. A few of the pieces are pictured below. What intrigued me most about his work is how…

ASL as Art

I am currently enrolled in American Sign Language here at Penn. It has been a very interesting and enlightening experience. ASL is such an expressive language, and completely different from spoken language in its structure and grammar. Obviously, sign language is a very visual language. Every idea that is portrayed must be seen and understood…

Heavenly Bodies

I finally made it to The Met’s new fashion exhibit, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination this past weekend. It was beautiful. The Catholics don’t mess around when it comes to dress, and neither do the designers who were inspired by them. The exhibit (which closes this week) was separated into two sections within the…

More On Animation

Fitting to our discussion in today’s class, and to our upcoming project, Colossal recently posted about an animated music video made by Daniel Zvereff. The animation is made up of simple sketches of faces, objects (such as animals and planets), and abstract shapes. What makes the animation particularly interesting is the way that negative space…

The Sound of Beach House

Beach House is one of my favorite bands, and I’ve always thought of their music as sort of abstract and ethereal. Our class discussions about composition, the meaning behind composition, and how to use composition to convey abstract ideas has had me thinking of Beach House in a new light. I’ve been listening to one…

Selam Fessahaye

For those of us who love fashion, Vogue has blessed us with a wonderful app called Vogue Runway, where all designer collections for every season are posted in real time. I was recently perusing the Spring 2019 shows and fell in love with Selam Fessahaye’s collection. The collection is full of looks that are all…

Cool Yarn Art

  Art itself is abstract. It is abstract in that it can be found in things that are not intrinsically “art.” Material (such as thread or clay) or objects (such as tables and chairs) are not typically thought of as art in themselves. But when arranged strategically they can become a work of art. Vera…