Tuesday, April 25, 2017


On March 23rd, I attended the Fractured Histories exhibit that featured ancient Greek pottery that was from the Allen Collection at Haverford College. This exhibit contained exquisite works of pottery with elaborate paintings on them. The work that I chose to focus on was the "Black-Figure Neck Amphora" which was attributed to the Leagros group. This pot, which was made with black slip and red clay, features women looking off to the side around half of the pot. Although the pot was decorated only in black slip, it is still visible that the women are dressed in elaborate clothing and head dresses. This makes me wonder what standing women had in this time period, or if these were just representing only the high-powered women. On the other half of the pot, there is a very curveular line that has floral-looking shapes on the sides and below it. I think that this continues to carry the feminine theme of the artwork and emphasize their beauty and relation to nature.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Post-modern Visual Analysis

This piece has a very clean look to it, with a cleanly outlined map of the United States that was done in black ink. There are several images on the page that are spaced out and allow the eye to travel. The outside of the image is painted in blue, while the inside remains white, creating emphasis on the center. The images overlap the borders of the map and are tilted at different angles. The majority of the work is made up of red white and blue coloring. The work has an overall bright look to it and is not over-crowded with images. The lines coming out of the tooth paste tube draw your eye horizontally across the bottom of the page. 
There is an overall very patriotic feel to the image because of the coloring and the images. Some of these images are more obvious than others. George Washington and Donald Trump are two very iconic and controversial characters that are known as images of the United States. The teeth, which are painted red white and blue are also very patriotic. The blue outside of the map seems to represent moving water because of its texture. This work creates the idea that America is place that focuses on images and uses familiar color schemes, such as red white and blue to attract buyers simply because of the familiarity.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Shape of Time

In this article, I really enjoyed the analogy of art and artists being like a railroad–– we must take into consideration the railroad as a whole and cannot focus in on one specific part of the track or state in which the train travels through. In relation to artists this means that we must think about the entire art movement and the sequence of artists, because who came before and after each is very important. Timing is one of the big aspects of the fame of artists, because it was very crucial that their talent lined up with the era in which they lived. Later in the article Kubler writes, "the history of art abounds in examples of misplaced temperaments like the romantics wrongly born in periods requiring classic measure, or the innovators living in periods governed by rigid rule." This continues the point of the original analogy and shows that timing is a huge factor in the fame of artists and their works.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Data Visualization

I think one important point about data visualization is the basic principles of you, the reader, and the data. I can relate this to what I learned in marketing and advertising classes. There are several elements that go into an advertisement: there needs to be a creator behind the image who depicts what they feel will create the write message; the "reader" must also be considered because they are the reason that the image is being created; lastly the data must be successfully depicted, or the whole purpose is defeated. I like the quote "data is just a clue to the end truth" because it supports the fact that if the data is used correctly, we can interpret it ourselves and make a story out of it to find an end result. It was really important that the data visualization is that part of it is leaving it open to interpretation and part of it is not really knowing what you created- this is relatable to any art because the artist may see one thing that is completely unrelated to what the viewer may see. The artist shares their ideas and together with the viewer they may conclude from the content.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ways of Seeing

One of the first points that John Berger makes is the differentiation between sight and touch. He writes, "We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves" (Berger 7). This differs from touch, in which we can only be in physical contact with a few things at once, but most times it will only be one or two things. This was the first realization that I came to when reading this article. Our eyes are working at a million miles a minute, always consuming everything around us,–– it is almost as if our eyes can detach from our body more so than anything else. When it comes to touch, we must physically bring our entire body to whatever we want to touch, which limits that ability immensely.
Hals's painting of the Regent with the slouched hat and eyes that are not focused suggests that he is drunk, when in reality it is very rare that that was the case at the time. "He argues that it was a fashion   at that time to wear hats on the side of the head . . . He insists that the painting would have been unacceptable to the Regents if one of them had been portrayed drunk" (Berger 15). This makes an important point about perspective and background information. Do we take Hals's word that the Regent was not drunk, or do we use what we see and draw our own conclusions? Because after all, vision is what we perceive.