Friday, May 6, 2011

Big Idea

During critiques, I was told that my piece, in order to achieve femininity, should of been pink and maybe the toolbox should of concealed a more feminine box full of my secrets. Also, instead of ivy, maybe have flowers on the doors

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Inflatiable Critique

In the beginning of the inflatables project things weren't turning out so well because we were trying to make things way more complicated than the structure needed to be, but in the end things went really well. We felt pretty good about the shower stall and the fact that it could hold more than 4 people but not a lot of people wanted to enter it (a few did but not a lot) and even though most people didn't enter the shower everyone that walked by wanted to draw on it which made it a big hit we thought. The wind was a big problem because even though we had things to weigh down the shower, if there was a big gust of wind the structure would try to fall over. Maggie liked her performance piece for the shower because she said it was nice to sleep in which is something we all really needed. In the end we ended up not using a lot of energy because we used a small fan instead of leaf blowers to inflate the shower.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


What is your favorite color?
How important is the appearance or design of the following products in your decision to purchase the product?
new car:      very       somewhat      not very      not at all
underwear:       very       somewhat      not very      not at all
tv set:       very       somewhat      not very      not at all
winter coat:       very       somewhat      not very      not at all
What is your 2nd favorite color?


"When you select pictures, photographs, or other pieces of art for your home, do you find you lean more toward modern or more toward traditional styles?"
"If you had to choose from the following list, which type of art would you say you prefer?"
Which of the following statements applies to you more?
"When choosing pictures, photographs, or other art for my home, I usually try to select pieces that fit into the general decor of my home"
"When choosing pictures, photographs, or other art for my home, I focus on whether or not I like the piece"
Would you say you prefer older objects or newer objects to collect or decorate you home?
older objects
newer objects
"Would you say that you prefer seing paintings of wild animals, like lions, giraffes, or deer, or that you prefer seeing paintings of domestic animals, like dogs, cats or other pets?"
wild animals
domestic animals
"In general, would you rather see paintings of outdoor scenes or would you rather see paintings of indoor scenes?"
Which of the following outdoor scenes appeals to you the most?
Paintings of:
"lakes, rivers, & oceans"
fields & rural scenes
houses & buildings
Which season would you most like to see depicted in a painting?
Which of the following types of indoor scenes appeals to you most?
still life paintings of/domestic scenes with:
household objects
Do you tend to prefer paintings that are related to religion or those that are not related to religion?
not related
Which of the following statements is closest to your view?
"Paintings should ideally serve some higher goal, such as challenging their viewers to think about art or life in a different way than they normally do."
"Paintings don't necessarily have to teach us any lessons, but can just be something a person likes to look at."
Which of the following statements is closest to your view?
"I prefer paintings that are realistic-looking: the more they resemble a photograph, the better"
"I prefer paintings that are different-looking if they're very realistic, I might as well be looking at a photography"
"Do you prefer paintings that exaggerate the dimensions or reality of objects we already know, or ones that feature imaginary objects which have no connection to everyday life?"

no connection
"Do you prefer seeing bold, stark designs or more playful, whimsical designs?"


Do you tend to favor paintings with sharp angles or ones with soft curves?

soft curves
"Which patterns do you like better: geometric patterns or more random uneven patterns?"

uneven patterns

"Do you like to see expressive brush-strokes on the canvas, or do you prefer that the surface of the canvas be smooth, more like a photograph?"

Do you like to see colors blend into each other or do you like it when different colors are kept apart?

when the colors blend
"Every color has a wide range of shades. Take the color blue, for example. An artist can use a bright, vibrant shade of blue, like a royal blue, a pale, muted shade of blue, like light blue, or a darker tone of blue, like dark or midnight blue. In general, which would you say that you prefer? when the artist uses more vibrant shades, paler shades, or darker shades of color?"

vibrant shades
"In general, do you enjoy paintings that have a more serious or a more festive mood?"

"And how about the painting itself - do you like it to be busy and contain lots of people or objects, or do you like it to be as simple as possible?"

detailed and busy
How about the size of paintings: do you prefer larger paintings or smaller paintings?
dishwasher size
full-size refridgerator
full wall
"19"" television"
a magazine
paperback book
"Some paintings are of famous historical figures and others are of more ordinary people. Do you generally prefer paintings of famous people, or ones of more ordinary paintings."

"If you prefer famous people, do you prefer figures from a long time ago, like Lincoln or Jesus, or more recent figures, like John F. Kennedy or Elvis Presley?"

long time ago
"Do you prefer paintings which are predominantly of children, of women, or of men, or doesn't it matter?" 

doesnt matter
"Thinking back to the paintings of people that you have like in the past, for the most part were the figure working, at leisure, or were they posed portraits?"

working leisurely

"Which do you think you like better, a painting of one person or of a group of people?"

"And from what you've seen, would you say that you prefer paintings in which the person or people are nude, partially clothed or fully clothed?"

partly clothed
If you were given the choice of a gift - a sum of money or a piece of art that you genuinely like and which was of equal value to the money, which would you choose?

sum of money
Which one of the following would be most important to you in deciding how much money you would spend on a painting?
the size of the piece
the fame of the artist
the medium, such as oil or watercolor
the degree to which you like the painting
whether you think it will increase in value
What is the most amount of money you would consider spending on a piece of art you really like?


"For each of the following names, indicate if your impressions of that artist's work are very favorable, favorable, or very unfavorable. Some of these artists are not very well known, so if you have never heard of someone, or don't know enough about their work to have an opinion, just say so."
Pablo Picasso-dont like his work at all
Norman Rockwell-
Jackson Pollock-
Salvador Dali-his work is good
Leroy Neiman
Claude Monet-he is ok
Andy Warhol-his work is...bleh
Georgia O'Keefe
"If you could pick one type of person you'd most enjoy having dinner with, would you choose an artist, a television or movie actor, an author, or a sports star?"

"How often, on average, would you say that you go to art museums - more than two times a year, one or two times a year, less than once a year, or not at all?

less than once a year
The following are some reasons people have given in the past as to why they do not go to art museums more often. For each reason, please tell whether it is a major reason why you do not go to musuems more often, a minor reason, or not a reason at all:
1. there is not an art museum in my area:  major  minor   not a reason
2. I do not have enough spare time: major  minor   not a reason
3. I don't feel comfortable in art museums because I don't know alot about art: major  minor   not a reason
4. the cost of admission is too expensive: major  minor   not a reason
5. I simply don't enjoy looking at art: major  minor   not a reason
Would you favor or oppose spending more money in federal taxes than we do on the arts?

Some works of art are displayed in public places. Do you think that average citizens should or should not have a say in determining which works of art are appropriate to be displayed in public?

"When it comes to most political issues, do you think of yourself as a liberal, a conservative, or a moderate? If moderate, do you think of yourself as being closer to being liberal or being conservative?"

moderate, and i hate politics, so this is an unneeded question
Which of the following income categories includes your total family income in 1992 before taxes?

What is your gender?


Friday, April 15, 2011


    No one has ever really liked politics. They have always been deemed corrupted and not trustworthy. The Survival Research Labratories uses satire in their performances to show the downfall of politics and wealthy corporations who have fallen to corruption, and they do so by creating futuristic, deadly machines to show what could be. SRL’s and other mainstream’s work seem similar with the way they both use satire to show the true face of the wealthy. They always show how they are now and what would happen if they were to hit rock bottom. SRL’s work promotes mechanized violence as well as critiquing it.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Performance Crit

Well, my performance was short and not as good as I had planned. I should have built up the anticipation with my piece by shaking my little empty box of hopes and dreams and check if anything was inside, and I think me jumping and destroying the box at the end would have been better.

50 Words


Mark Making

My story was about the pain that happens when messing with fire, so I burnt marks into a bridge-like structure to symbolize walking in a line.The group I was critiquing with said they would like to see more lines and make the bridge longer