And the…

ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb
And they all go marching down around the town

I am almost finished with the cube project.  So far the finished two match up PERFECTLY!  I jumped up and down when I found the matching sides.  It was like I had discovered a new planet, I was so very excited.  The cubes should go in order from Ants in their ant hill, to the grassy ground, to the picnic blanket.  They are on a mission and that mission is food.  They can all stand alone, but together makes them a master piece!  I am looking forward to the critique tomorrow, but  I still have a ways to go before I am satisfied with the final project.  I have spent at least 20 hours this past week outside of class making these cubes.  Each ant is an individual layer.  I counted at one point and had 102 layers going at once.  I am surprised my computer didn’t implode on itself.

I will post the final templates when I am done.  It might be fun to print other peoples cubes and assemble them to get a neat cube collection going!

As a side note, working with the ants makes me noticeably itchy!  I always feel like little bugs are crawling on me.  Gross.  Next time I will pick something less creepy crawly.


Cubes continued

I didn’t get to work on the ants cube during spring break like I wanted to, but now that I have one cube down and done, the next two should be relatively easy.

I am always finding interesting images on the internet that were created in photoshop or something similar.  I love this particular image, terrariums are very neat.

Ants Ants Ants

I have decided to do my cubes with marching ants!  The first one will have ants marching along a dirt path.  The second will be them marching along a picnic setup.  The third will be them marching through branches in a tree.  I sort of want to have 4 cubes total, but I have not come up with a 4th idea…yet.  The worlds won’t be super detailed, but I would like to find a way to make ALL of them connect if they were put side by side.  For example, the dirt path on one side would connect into a grape stem on the picnic blanket.  Then a leaf on the blanket might turn into a leaf on the tree.  I would have to do this AND connect all six sides of the cube.  It would be an interesting challenge, but it would look great if I could pull it off.

Reading Response #2

The piece The Golden Calf by Jeffrey Shaw pushes the human perception of space through virtual reality (95).  Space is a complex concept that humans deal with on an every day basis.  Whether it is through the spaces humans live in, the negative space of something like a window, or the space an object takes up.  It even becomes a more abstract idea when people start talking about outer space and cyberspace.

Shaw plays with the idea that the human brain can distinguish between a flat image and a 3-Dimensional object.  He takes a golden calf and virtually places it on a pedestal.  He has a flat screen placed on a real pedestal.  The audience can then pick up the screen and move it around the pedestal.  When the person moves the screen, it acts as a window to the calf sculpture, as if the calf was on the actual pedestal.  In order to make the 2-Dimensional image even more realistic, he used photographs to reflect images of the room on the calf itself (95).  The viewer is to get the sense that the sculpture is actually there.  Once they set down the device, the calf is gone and so is the alternate reality.  Shaw uses virtual reality, or a type of cyberspace to connect physical reality to a digital art world that only exists within the electronic device.

Without the viewers’ interaction, the piece cannot exist to its fullest intent.  It requires that a person move around the empty pedestal with the small monitor.  If the viewer is clever enough, or imaginative enough, they can get the sense that the calf is truly right in front of them.  The brain could perceive that it exists within the physical space, and the only thing that would disprove the virtual reality is to actually touch the sculpture.  In which case, the brain would correct this illusion and only feel a flat screen.  The viewers’ perception is what brings this cyberspace piece into its full meaning.

Final Project: Near Reality

I am very happy with my final result.  I said I was going for “Where’s Waldo” and “Alice in Wonderland” and that is EXACTLY what people thought it was in the critique.

Disaster Averted

Realizing that I had limited myself greatly within my image, I had to make some drastic changes.  My original “near reality” image contained a very neat knot garden.  I really liked this element, but I didn’t have the complete knot, so it filled nearly a third of the landscape.  I could not wrap anything around the side of the knot like a path or a waterway, so I felt very limited in what I could do with.  Starting almost from scratch, I decided to use multiple hedges from many garden scenes to recreate my own unique “Alice” garden.

This project has also made me realize what a wonderful resource I have at the library.  The internet is a great tool, but when it comes to finding quality images, nothing compares to photographs.

Also, I did a photo shoot with a friend who posed as Alice for me.  She was great.  We decided to have her pose in ways that little girls might as they run around a new, exciting place.  We curled her hair and put her in a great little frock that was not exactly an Alice replica, but close enough to hint at that idea.  We had her sit cross legged, she had bad posture, and was very whimsical and lackadaisical.  I photographed her in front of a white background in order to be able to cut her out easier.  I do not plan on making her the dominant subject within the image.  I almost want it to be a “Where’s Waldo” feel.  She is going to pop up in random places throughout the image, as if she is searching for something.  I am really excited for how this is going to turn out, but I still have a very long way to go.

I Am Higher Education

Hi Everyone,
Our education is at risk.  Colorado is officially 50th in the nation when it comes to
funding for Higher Education.  At the end of the 2010 Fiscal year,
federal funding for higher education will cease.  Colorado is
considering cutting our funding even more to make up for this
shortfall.  This could mean the end of the Colorado Opportunity Fund, a
lack of financial aid, and a serious raise in tuition.  Many professors
could be out of jobs, and hundreds might have to drop out of school
because they cannot afford it.

Please join “I Am Higher Education” on Wednesday March 3, 2010 in a
march on the Capitol.  They have a Facebook page and a web site with
all of the dates, places, and times.
Facebook:  I Am Higher Education

Fight for your education!  We are the future of Colorado.  Make them
hear us.

Thank you for your attention,
Karla Dayhoff

On a lighter note, I am really excited about this next project “Near reality”.  The only thing I am worried about is getting everything in perspective.  It is an “Alice in Wonderland” type of concept, but not exactly replicating Alice in Wonderland drawings.

I used this image for inspiration

Reading Response: What is Art?

Digital techniques have shaped how many artists create their work.  The digital technique such as morphing was utilized by police forces initially for aging potential victims (29).  It spread to artists who made portraits out of many faces combining them into one.  This created a whole new way to portray beauty.  Artists like Man Ray used overlapping negatives to create surreal images before advanced programs like Photoshop ever existed.  These techniques were more subtle and simple than later technologies employed.

As more tools became available to artists, the world of art began to rapidly change.  Many artists use digital imaging to create an image that they then use classic techniques to create the final product.  They might create some type of impossible reality that they then paint onto canvas.  Others artists switch that process around.  They will paint an image, and then scan it into a computer.  Sometimes they will manipulate it, repeat it, and make many replicas of it.  Many take their work as far as creating a three-dimensional object and scanning that in, or making something two-dimensional into a three-dimensional object.

It seems the art community is strongly divided on whether many of these new advances are art or not.  On one hand, some say photographic manipulation does not “record reality” (48).  People feel that the integrity of true-life records is being tampered with.  Others could argue however that photography has never been completely pure.  Everything is subject to the photographers’ point of view and what they choose portray.

Some methods completely separate the artist manually from their work.  They let a program create the art for them.  Often this is construed as a lack of creativity, and the artists’ “mark” is lost (57).  However, the artists’ involvement is still present within the work because it still “has the aesthetic signature of an artist” (60).

No one will ever win this debate because it is an opinion.  Some people find certain pieces of art amazing, and other find them to be trash.  It’s impossible to say who is right.  When acrylic paint started replacing oil, the same debate arose on whether acrylic paintings were art or not.  Maybe instead of calling many of these works “art,” it would be a better description to call them “visual social experiments”.  People who experiment with human features, or translate intangible ideas into tangible experiences cross out of the realm of art and into human science.

Writers Block…More Like Photoshop Block

I love my theme “Things I Have Touched”.  I scan in something I have touched at least once in that day ranging from vitamins to food to clothing.  It is a lot of fun, but I am starting to run out of things I can actually scan.  I told my husband I would have to shove his head in the scanner, he seemed none too pleased with that  responding “My head is attached!”

I also checked out some of my classmates blogs and images and I am really starting to feel inadequate with photoshop.  People are doing amazing things that I am not sure I can even hold a candle to.  Although, some of these images are definitely inspiring.  Thanks folks for being awesome.

14 Days 14 Images Slideshow

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