I thought this was really neat!
Andy Warhol Museum by Olive
My first impression of this piece was that it is enormous. It nearly takes up the whole wall. The scale really makes a difference. I don’t think it would’ve made quite an impact on me if the piece was of average size. Warhol did quite a few variations of this image, but this one was my favorites. I’m really drawn the the color scheme he used. The intense lighting works to this piece’s advantage because they give it a dark, ominous mood, even though Warhol used bright, happy colors. The piece is very asymmetrical and I think it works, because of the simplicity of the image. If it was perfectly symmetrical it would be as interesting. The fact that this piece was the only thing hung on this wall is nice because it is such a large piece and it needs as much space as it can get with nothing else fighting for the viewer’s attention.
AVAM response from Molly
I was drawn to Debbie and Mike Shramer’s fairy house immediately, despite its Thomas Kincaid-esqu appearance. There were two scale models of “fairy mansions” made from natural materials and made to look vibrant and whimsical. I really appreciated the attention to detail paid to each room in the houses, especially since each room had an obvious purpose, like a “mud room” or a child’s bedroom, and even a tiny artist’s studio. I think what drew me in for these pieces were how much they reminded me of the Winterthur Museum(/Garden/Library), a beautiful mansion in Delaware where my Grammy used to take me around Christmas time when they display and sell tiny crafts made from nature. At Winterthur, the garden is made to look like a fairy garden, where ordinarily small objects are made to look huge compared to the guests to give the illusion that you are tiny; What appealed most to me about Debbie and Mike’s work was that it had that same feel of wonder and whimsy and childhood, and I can tell a lot of love was put into making everything perfect. It may not seem all that “fine art” but sometimes you just need a little break from the gritty realness of foundation year at art school, and to just look at something saccharine and smile.
Applewood Figure by Anonymous
When visiting the American Visionary Art Museum I found the permanent collection they had on show to be the most fascinating to view and read. In particular, the bizarre and looming applewood figure in the back of the room caught my eye immediately. I thought it very strange and it was only when I read the heart breaking description that I really connected with it. It was carved by an English mental patient who had never been interested in making art before. He, in fact, died with this figure as the only work of art to his name (which was omitted or lost). The carving’s most obvious feature is the concave and oddly shaped chest. This was apparently meant to make the piece a self portrait because the patient had been afflicted with a nasty and lengthly case of tuberculosis which left his actual chest concave and mangled looking. Two years after leaving the hospital where he had carved this slightly morose self portrait, the artist committed suicide. I found the art work interesting, but not half as interesting as its back story.
I became filled with a sense of joy after watching the film Objectified. It’s exciting to think that the future lies on the shoulders of designers.
There were a few major ideas demonstrated in the film that helped me open my mind.
1. Think outside the box; dismantle the archetype. Why do we need to keep revisiting the archetype? Why do digital cameras still resemble cameras originally designed to use film?
2. Design with the environment in mind. Become aware that your product will eventually be discarded.
3. Design products with the idea that they will get better with use. Products should be worn-in not worn-out Create something where the emotional relationship is more satisfying over time.
4. Cater to the majority rather than the minority.
5. Become aware of the way we interact with a product and relate it to how the product should look.
6. Apple is King.
7. Think of ways to integrate many services into one. Give the user the benefit of skipping a step.
This is what I got from the film, and it made me very excited to know that I will be doing something like this one day.
Objectified: Abagail Bleakney
I really enjoyed this film and found it very interesting. I was interested in hearing peoples opinions on what good design is, what it means to be a designer, and the thoughts that go into a design. I also found the portion of the video on the potato peeler interesting since it showed all the steps it took to design the handle, as well as the simple inspiration for the handle came from an everyday object. It is as if good design can be taking two common but different objects and bringing them together to serve one function. Finally, I learned about the big design companies and was surprised to find apple was receiving such high praise, but I never realized besides their products simplified interactions they also have simplified parts.