Finished Art Final Fall 2015

So I finally finished my art final.  It took a couple days to work on it, actually, it was one of the reasons I didn’t quite get to the blog like I usually do.  I actually finished this a day ‘early’, being Saturday, rather than waiting until the last minute on Sunday.  I’m really glad I did that because it gave me time to finish up my spanish final presentation.  I actually memorized my entire presentation, and it went pretty well.  I choked on the second sentence and thought, “Oh my god, I’ve forgotten everything, holy crap I’m screwed!”

So, here’s my Drawing II final composition:


Remember that this was inspired by, or based, on the work of Darrell Black.  I analyzed a piece of his in a previous post.  I was supposed to steal a technique of the artist.  In my analysis I discovered what I called “repetitive uniqueness.”  It’s the idea that you have repeating elements, usually of a particular technique, but each one of those repetitions is unique in its own way.  You can’t just put three images next to each other and have “repetitive uniqueness,” according to me (so there!)  The images either have to form a repetitive shape (like lots and lots of little images) or be bound together through a common, often times technical, theme.

My last two pieces actually reflected this idea of repetitive uniqueness that I expanded on to a great deal here.  Unfortunately, I don’t believe I have shots of the lego car thing that I did.  It was black and white with intermediate layered color transfers (through tracing paper).  The transfers didn’t come out in any way I wanted, it was really hard for some reason.  I think the material I was trying to draw through was too thick.  On top of it all was a lego car with pieces filled in with black marker, and others kept transparent.  In this sense, there was a form of repetitive uniqueness.

In my last project though, there was a much more marked interpretation of repetitive uniqueness.  You can remember, it was pieced together print outs of either images I found online, personal photographs (of my apartment), and pictures of drawings I made particularly for the piece.  A repeat of the piece is below:


However, you can learn more about the piece in depth at this post.

When I had to pick a contemporary artist out of the drawing center I looked and looked.  By a fluke I found Darrell Black and was immediately drawn to his style of “repetitive uniqueness.”  His piece, “Face of Concentration” was of a deformed face in bold pieces of color.

You can see my piece mimics this whole-heartedly.  It’s not as big on deformity to give an impression of a body, but rather it is more realistic but retains the technique.  I wanted to do a life-size body in that same style, to see what could be explored on a much larger canvas.

In my analysis I mentioned that the whole face communicated a more naïve sensation of emotion.  That the drawing itself is an emotional reaction to the subject, being the face of concentration.

I chose my model from an online picture.  I wanted a dynamic pose in order to set the stage for a dynamic emotional reaction.

At the final critique I was just a touch disappointed as I felt that the nuance of the piece was a bit lost in the discussion.  I think a female classmate in the class took a great interest in it, and that was nice.  I had a feeling that people thought that the sections of color, which color goes where, was picked more randomly.  The professor was able to insight that the whole piece was an intuitive expression.  That’s exactly what I was going for.

I picked the colors and shapes particularly for each body part.  I know in my past post I wrote about how I have a different emotion attached to each body part.  I tried to express it through combinations of color, yellow with red and orange, blue with orange, green with other secondary colors, in very particular places.  I thought it was interesting that my butt came out two different colors, one low and one high.  I wonder if that’s a piece of my sexuality?  I was intrigued by the purple circle in front of the hip.  For some reason I want to move that left onto the hip, but it’s imperfectness brings character to the piece.

To me the piece speaks on two levels, first the emotional reaction to the pose, but secondly to the idea that we are all made up of many different emotional elements.  I’ve written here before about how I consider myself to be constructed out of many different emotions.  That I feel sadness, anger, happiness, melancholy, depression, and that that’s okay.  It’s okay to be sad, just in this same way, this man is constructed of many different colors that are a constant part of his identity.

The professor remarked that my piece had a certain child like motion to it.  She talked about how many artists try to draw like children, but because they have more experience and practice, they can never truly recapture that creative intimacy.  She said that the element of child like exploration of color and form showed through this piece, much like it showed through as an undercurrent of the piece I analyzed.

In the end, I thought it was pretty good, and am considering hanging it up behind my computer battle-station.

photo credit: Lois “Ana” Lane exposes Clark “Super Gilliss” Kent’s secret via photopin (license)


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