Thursday, April 6, 2017

Final Project Proposal

I am interested in documenting some of the graffiti found on the wooden boardwalk on the Edward Ball Nature Trail here at the University of West Florida and creating some of my own "natural" or "non-destructive" graffiti.

Primary Research:

  1. UWF website 
  2. Map of UWF 
  3. Andy Goldsworthy (Inspiration) 
  4. PNJ Article
  5. Maggie A Meanderings Online Journal Post
  6. UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center

       Edward Ball Nature Trail at the University of West Florida.

Field Data:

  1. Initial Photographs
  2. Interview with UWF Recreation & Sports Services
  3. Samples taken from trail for in class presentation (leaves , sticks, etc.) 
  4. Photographs of natural installations (my work)
  5. Location data   
  6. Sketches
Project Proposal: 

Taking some inspiration from the work of artists such as Andy Goldsworthy I would like to create some natural art or "natural graffiti" using only what already exists in the environment to create mini-installations on the trail itself as well as small scale work to present in class. Some examples of the work I would like to created are shown below.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gif Articles Response

Gifs are used for everything from simple reaction posts to complex works of overlapping art pieces. Increasingly easier access to multiple forms of gif making software enables nearly anyone one the ability to use gifs with little to know knowledge of formatting or digital coding and the free nature of these files also make them accessible and usable  to nearly anyone with access to the internet. The ease of use and creation of gifs has prompted the endless remixing and recontextualizing of many iconic gifs. They have grown to such infamy that I am indeed able to refer to some of them as iconic. Gifs started fairly simple such as the infamous “Dancing Baby”gif and have evolved to complex snippets of film and television which is regularly used as a form of emotional expression on countless social media platforms including, but not limited to, tumblr, deviantart, IMGR, and now even Facebook which turns gifs into infinitely looping videos. The nature of gifs to loop infinitely is a trademark that is brought about by the restrictive color palettes and file limits placed by various websites. These factors make gifs a poor if not impossible choice for rendering entire “scenes” of anything but make them perfect for capturing core moments or reactions from all kinds of media platforms which are then used by the masses to represent  their thought and feelings on that topic or any other unrelated topic for that matter, so long as the emotional/contextual connection is still intact. As mentioned the Digital Maternity of Gifs article gifs have become a sort of “visual language” or “emotive vocabulary”. Gifs have evolved to represents everything from ideas to emotions and even personal points of view on a myriad of topics. For example you may see a post about someone excited to go to Disney World include the gif of Shaquille O'neal and the cat wiggling their shoulders back to back on repeat. 

It seems to be a simple enough connection but when you look deeper there are many complex connections going on. First, the cat and Shaq were not previously connected in anyway until someone notice the similarity of their movements and decided to create a gif comparing the two. Boom, now they are infinitely synonymous. Once you’ve seen the gif you can’t see one without, even subconsciously thinking about the other. Second, the cat and Shaq gif has come to represent excitement even if that emotion was not the drive for either image originally. So you have the visual imagery of similar movement connecting the two plus a connotation of excitement that can be applied to anyone for just about any topic. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Final Chimeras


My original concept was to combine a pugs face with an owl's body but I began to think that was a too simplistic of a modification. I later added the fish fins to the sides of the pug's face and to it's backside to add more interest and variety. I made an attempt to chose creatures with similar coloration to create a more seamless merge and adjusted any colors that seemed ill-fitted.

The background was chosen in connection with the type of environment I believe my creature would inhabit as it's coloration would blend well with it's surroundings offering it camouflage. I am happy with the overall merging of forms on the chimera itself but I feel that there is still a disconnect between the vibrancy of the form and the background which I was unable to totally resolve without losing the images consistency.


Of all of the images I created I feel that this one was the most successful. I combined the head of a baby alligator with the body of a large frog and the shell of what I believe what looked to be a leatherback sea turtle. As I did in my first image I chose to combine characters with similar colorations and skin texture using the color, contrast, and vibrancy mixers available in Photoshop to get a more exact mixing, I limited my use of the blur tool choosing to match up the facial structure of the alligator in a way that met with the body of the frog in a more anatomically believable way.

The purpose of the minimalistic background was both to add dominance to the significance of my creature and to illustrate the small size of it by comparing it to the size of water droplets. The brownish-green coloration and presence of water also connect to the amphibious, swamp dwelling nature of this chimera.


For my final chimera I wanted to be a bit more risky. I chose to create a land-dwelling shark and used the body of a rhino for the purpose of matching colors as well as for the structure purpose of holding up the sharks broad, heavy form. The addition of the antelope antlers was meant to add more variety and a more interesting silhouette but I feel I never quite got the value on them where I wanted them.

The background was representative of where I thought a creature lie this might inhabit. Relatively hot, dry, and barren as the antelope and rhino would be accustomed to but still near enough to the ocean to make sense for the presence of the shark.

Week 3 Chimera Progress

Monday, January 23, 2017

Week 2 Chimera Progression (Part 1)

Week 2 Essay

What is it that comes mind when you hear the phrase new media? Many people might think of the internet, social media, CGI animation and various other examples of technological advances in the ways we create, present, and observe media. New Media exists at the cross-section of art and technology and media art. Traditional or “Old” media brings about thoughts of Newspapers, Magazine ads, and Network television. New media does not simply replace traditional media, however, rather it improves our ability to create, recreate, and even reanalyze the purpose or meaning within existing media. New media has a tendency to not only physically represent an image or simple message that the artist wants to convey but also to engage the viewer mentally, emotionally and sometimes physically with the artist or with the artwork itself. It has become less of a question of “what” and more of an analysis on “why” or “for what purpose”. New media has transformed along with art itself as a whole differing from the traditional views of perfection and clarity into more ambiguous imagery meant to represent ideas and concepts that are similarly devoid of concrete discernment. Essentially, new media and new age art in general wants the viewer to actively search for meanings and purposes behind work rather than being spoon-fed such concepts. Though there is an evident shift in the ways art is interpreted through new media it does not snuff out the necessity for traditional media all together. Many works of new media have there origins in traditional media, using traditional methods of image rendering as a basis off of which to construct their work. One might even use an image that originated from the “old media” timeframe to create a totally new piece of art that causes the viewer to view the work in an entirely new way or they may alter it so drastically that the meaning shifts altogether. New media does not seek to obliterate traditional media but it does, however, seek to challenge it and to challenge the ways in which we interpret art as a whole. In a way, new media could be seen as an extension or progression of old media rather than a replacement for it. We do not seek to do away with traditional media, as evident by the lingering presence of many “old media” such as  Newspapers and magazine ads. Our goals remain the same as they have been since the beginning of our collective attempts to create and understand art. Though there is an insistent desire to move constantly forward, always pushing the boundaries when it comes to what can be considered art and how we might go about making that art we never completely lose sight of the processes that have led us to this point. As long as there is art being created there will always be a desire to recreate that art so, in a way, the immergence of new media preserves traditional media by way of keeping it relevant.