Artist Statement

Artist Statement #5 Collaborative Project

Me and my photography buddy, Tyler Rollason decided to collab for our collaborative mini project. His theme for his blog is photography and taking a picture a day, while mine has a theme of Nike and sports. Naturally it was easy to combine both of our projects by taking sports of someone in the act of playing sports. We both had agreed on what the project would be in an earlier meeting. We then decided to do the photo shoot in the back basketball gym and get some shots of me playing basketball. Our processes through the entire project stayed on course, as beforehand we decided Tyler would do the photography half and I would do the sports action half. The good thing about collaborating with Tyler is that we already knew each other and worked with each other before in the UTV-13 station for a sports show. The only challenge I say we had was capturing me in the action shots when I was moving because sometimes my movement was too fast for the camera. But other than that all of our work went smoothly and we got exactly what we wanted for the final product. I learned that modeling is sort of awkward because you have to act like you’re doing something that you’re really not. For some shots I had to hold poses for a while and was trying to prevent myself from cracking up. I had fun doing the project and in the end I feel as if I’d be a great model.

Mid Term Reflection #2

In the world of art, imagination and creativity are often major factors in creating something. In the real world we are often constricted to the sometimes boring realities and it is up to artists to break that barrier and present want our minds thirst to see but can’t. Paul Valery, a French poet, essayist, and philosopher had similar views to this and even shared them in a quote:

“A painter should not paint what he sees but what should be seen.” –Paul Valery.

I agree with his words because art is made to give people something that their mind wants. Speaking specifically on the quote, how many people want a painting of something they see every day? Speaking for myself I know I wouldn’t because if I see it every day I could just have a picture of it. For paintings, I would want something that is in my imagination of in the imagination of the artist. Something that is portrayed how I want it to, not how it is which most of the time is worse. I also find the truth in this when I think about self-portraits. Painted self-portraits are never made as how the person really is but they are made to show no flaws or imperfections of the painting subject. They are shown how the person feels they should be seen than what the actual reality is.

A painter’s creative process also has a lot to do with what Valery’s words say. In the painters mind, he or she may see things differently than how they are. Thus, the painting is created from the vision in their mind and how they want other people to see it as well. This creative process differs from the other main visual art which is photography. In photography, the images are only as how they look in real life and what the normal eye is able to view. Sometimes I feel what reality shows us is not what we are supposed to see. For example, if there is a negative image, a painter can change it in his own mind to create what we want to see instead of that bad image. For a painter like Picasso who did a lot of abstract art, his creative process may have included portraying real life images to what he felt they should looked like. He may have felt that people were distorted which would explain his images where his subjects had out of place body parts.

I think the quote of Valery can also apply to a movie director. I say this because one movie script will read exactly the same to anyone who reads it but it is up to the director to bring it to life in the most creative way and how he or she feels how the script should be viewed on film. This can explain why different versions of the same movie are better than others because of how the director shows the material to the audience.

I agree with Paul Valery’s quote: “A painter should not paint what he sees but what should be seen” because I feel it is part of the creative process of the artist to show people how things should be instead of their sometimes boring reality.
Mid Term Reflection #1

In many various art forms there are materials and other outside sources needed in order to create and show the piece. For painting the artist needs a brush, canvas, lighting, etc. A sculpture also needs other materials to be able to create his or her piece. The list of art forms where the final product is made of external sources can go on and on but there is one art form where the final product is the artist himself. Ted Shawn in a quote stated:

“Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.” –Ted Shawn.

I agree with Shawn’s statement for several reasons.

The creative process of other art forms requires creating something by using different things to put together the final product. For a dancer their creative process includes themselves and learning routines to create muscle memory and be able to do those moves again. It is important for the dancer’s creative process to be perfect also because for their final product there is no room for error. In many cases the final product for a dancer is some sort of competition or showcase and if there are any mistakes their final product is ruined. For example, I recently watched the Grammy’s awards where Chris brown was performing a difficult dance routine on a set that had different levels of steps and if his creative process was not perfected he could have fell and had his whole performance ruined. All he had was himself to perform the art; there were no rough drafts or any chances at a re do. This differs from any other art forms because the final art piece is not made of the person themselves. Dance is a visual art that is not made but performed which goes back to Shawn’s quote previously stated.

By comparing the quote to the creative process of other things I do, also makes me agree with Ted Shawn’s words more. Hundreds of times in my life I have had to write essays or some kind of stories for class. The difference between the process for writing and dance is that writing is transferred from our brain to the pen (or keyboard) to paper. There is room for error to be able to fix the mistakes and the viewer can see that the final piece is made of something else like ink and paper. The person viewing the art could read something and never know who wrote it; unlike dance because when you see the art being performed you see who the artist is which is the dancer. The only conflict I have with ted Shawn’s words is if sports are considered an art because if that’s the case the art if performed by the players bodies just like dance is performed by the dancer.

In conclusion I feel that Shawn’s words are true: “Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.” Compared to other art forms, the final product is transferred from the artist to the final piece. In dance the final product is the artist.

Artist Statement #4: Critical Project

Artist Statement

            When it came to this piece the biggest support for my process was simply my memory of an event that occurred earlier in the school year. When I had the option to write either poems or a story I knew right away that poems would not be a good choice for me because I find writing poetry so difficult. Then I was left to decide what I could write about that would equate to 5-7 pages. I thought of an autobiography of myself that I could make comical or make up something fictional about the many characters I create. After brainstorming and jotting down a couple of ideas I ended up choosing to write about the time I won the three point shot contest at Hardwood Hysteria in the fall semester of 2011. My process of picking this topic went perfect with the theme of my blog which was Nike/sports. That’s when I knew I had mad e my decision on what to write.

Something that would disagree with my process would probably be the creative aspect of the piece because it is non-fiction. So to go against this I added my own creative twist to a true non-fiction story. To do this I added dialogue of my surroundings, which included people and other noises. I also added my thoughts during the event that allowed the reader to know what the narrator (me) was thinking during the event while also seeing the actions.

Something that changed my process would probably be the decision of what to write about. I was going to start a fictional story but the event was such a good memory and fresh in my head still that it was easy to re-enact it and turn it into a lengthy story. The change worked out perfectly for me.

After getting some class mate input I went in and made some changes to my paper. They most included typographical errors that were pointed out. I also tried to change the view of the character that is my opponent in the story. I think that having the mini workshop helped a lot because they were able to point out things form a different point-of-view and things that I had missed when I originally wrote it. As I writer I like to think my work is perfect but its good to have an unbiased set of eyes reading it to point out the flaws. These revisions ended up being the biggest changes in my process of the work because it made me go through, read their proofreading tips, and make the necessary changes.

Artist Statement #3 “How to Become a Better Writer”

Alright kid (or old person hanging on to life), since you’re reading this, I guess you think I have the answers to be a better writer right? Well you’re damn skippy because I been doing this writing and school thing since a little tot and I’ve figured out everything so I can pass along the necessary skills for you to win some award or get good grades or whatever good writing leads you to.

But before you get excited over the new found knowledge you are about to receive and start to call me a writing genius, let me be the first to tell you that these are not my own personal tips. I did not use these tips at all, although I wish I did and I might be a half as good as writer as you are about to become. In fact, everything I’m about to share with you is things I’ve witnessed over the years that the best writers in class always did, or seemed to work. So keep on reading and follow these simple/difficult steps and you’ll be considered a respectable writer around the town in no time.

Steps to Become Great at Writing or Jotting Stuff Down or Make Teachers give you good grades on your work:

1)      If you want to have the best quality writing you can’t have any friends or be cool among your peers. This means you spend a lot of time by yourself so you can make up your own world where you do have friends and really cool fictional characters.

2)      Sit in the front row of your class to give your teacher the impression that you care what they say and you want to get the information loud and clear. Also attempt to answer their questions and appear to know what they have been talking about. Depending on the lingo in your area, this could be called “sucking up” or “brown-nosing”.

3)      You’re going to need a really bad haircut and out dated clothes. You might ask yourself, “Dr. McFadden, what does my appearance have to do with my writing?” Well it’s a secret that not even I know. I just know that the kids with the best papers and writing had bad hair cuts and out of style clothing so it must be something to do with it. As the great unnamed philosopher said, “do not question, just do.”

4)      Learn big words and how to use them in your regular vocabulary. This helps you appear smart and when you appear smart people assume that you really are smart. And when people assume you really are smart they will think all of your writing is great. But also remember skippy, you got to dumb it down a little because no one likes a know-it-all.

5)      And the last tip I want to share with you is that you should purchase a real “How to Write” Book because this isn’t going to help you very much with your writing. Although, I must say thank you for the purchase and helping pay my bills.

Artist Statement #2 Conformity vs. Non-Conformity

When I got this assignment I was faced with the same set of questions I always have for my projects on this blog. “How do I create something comparable to the creativity of other artists in this class?” That was my first dilemma because I know I couldn’t paint anything, draw anything, or make any song like most. Then looking at the categories and restricted words I had to think of something out of the box because all the words that we couldn’t use are the only ones people really associate with. So with that I turned to what is never usually discussed in an art class and which also happens to be my favorite topic, sports. At first I was going to go with the cliché topic that is often heard in sports and competition and how it is a “battle” or “war”. Trying to keep away from such a cliché category in sports I started to look at environment. I planned on doing different sports environments and that’s when I got the idea to do a collage of sports venues where I have been at and also other popular ones around the world. When I was searching for pictures I looked through my phone because I went to several college football games this past season and started looking through my facebook at older pictures of stadiums or arenas I have been in. When I thought I had my mind set on my topic, I noticed one of the banned words on the list was “green” and with all the football fields I was going to use for my collage I knew it wouldn’t work. After noticing a picture of a referee on one of the pictures I was going to use I knew I had the right topic, ethics.

According to the proper definition of ethics is “that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.” This goes hand in hand with being a referee, umpire, or judge in any sport because you have to make the right decision for the fairness of the game without having a bias towards one side or having a conflict of interest. And as I stated earlier there was nothing sports related in the list of restricted words. I then searched for images of different types of referees so I could create a collage that represents how they must be ethical in their respected sport that they officiate.

The hardest part for me in this project was deciding on what to create because I feel that I have a natural restriction on not being able to create poetry or cool drawings/paintings like I always see on the blogs in the class. Then when I decided to make it about what I like the best it became quite easier and everything seemed to fall in place. The restrictions just made me think deeper and create more ideas in my head because I started with war, then it led to environment, and I finally ended with ethics. I feel that restrictions can open up someone’s creativity because it makes them think deeper and forces them to create something outside the given boundaries.

Artist Statement #1

Part One

I have never really considered myself as an artist. My whole life even as a child I was not into drawing, playing instruments or anything like that. I always liked real life things so I consider my creative process to be visual. I think this process works for me because I’m a visual learner also and like to see things how they are. I think the class that brought out my creativity the most was my video production class my sophomore year in high school. It allowed me the freedom to create things I saw in my head and put them in video from for others to see. In that class is where I had the first opportunity to put my imagination out for others to see. It also caused me to take my interest in video production and become a mass communications major. My creative writing courses that I have took in college have improved my writing skills and help me realize that I would want a career that included writing such as sports journalism or broadcasting. In this class I would like to discover and unlock creativity that I have may hidden inside me and not had a place to exert it before.

Part Two

With my passion for everything sports, I feel that they have always been my main focus. With any given sport being an art form of its own, I spent many years trying to better myself at my art. That includes countless practices, weight training, and various camps to help my art become better. I used to watch Youtube videos of my favorite players at my position to try to emulate their moves and techniques. I also feel that every athlete can relate also. I think that when people create their image it is a creative process also. There are certain clothes, shoes, hairstyles, etc, that people choose to create how they appear. In my eyes, every profession has its own creative process no matter how not art-like it may seem. A teacher has a certain process that they go by. So does a doctor and many other professions. In parenting, people have different processes in how they raise and discipline their children. Each different parent household uses different techniques from everything to molding their behavior, deciding what they eat, what activities they do, and treat them overall. I also see a lot of creative process in marketing and advertising as companies have to find creative ways to appeal to the masses and sell their product


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