Friday, January 20, 2012

Entry #1

The fashion of an artist is a subject I ponder often. Whether or not an artist is fashion conscious, it’s safe to say most of us non-nudists have to make decisions about whatever it is we cover ourselves in to face the day. The PBS video I watched had a series short interviews with a diverse group of artists about their style. WK Interact, an artist working in NYC, chooses to wear mostly black because he feels the color suits his "black and white city". Wearing only black is a simple way to dress, but this style choice still reflects Interact's attraction to functionality. Interact’s involvement in street art is apparent in influences his outfits, or as he likes to call them, "his gear". Dressing in black is a way for Interact to blend in with his surroundings and go unnoticed while creating his illegal art. I was really excited to see Tara McPherson talk about her fashion in comparison to her art. I am attracted to Tara's painting style because it is so idealistic. She talks about her interest in the precision of applying make-up and how it directly relates to her painting style. 

After watching Tara McPherson talk about her art and how it relates to her fashion, I thought that I would experiment with her painting style for my piece this week. I always liked Tara's paintings because even if the subject matter is disturbing at first glance, her images are always pretty. Tara's cartoon-like quality and imaginative colors make me happy just because they do. I related to Tara's comments on fashion and surrounding herself with beautiful things. My usual painting style isn't much like hers, so it was fun to play with arbitrary colors and subtle value work.

If you are like me, you use your outward appearance as a creative outlet. Having fun with clothes and accessories is, in my opinion, the easiest form of self-expression. Of course if you aren’t confident it shows, but that is a whole other issue. While skimming over the philosophy of aesthetics provided in the link above I took a primary interest in the theories on expression. These theories, being of the philosophical nature, have flaws. They also have logical arguments that resonate with my own thoughts on the subject. Listening to music is the best scenario I can put myself in to imagine exactly what happens to the music on its journey through my cognitive processes. When an individual listens to music they can feel the intended emotions even though these reactions are filtered through their own experiences. The listener doesn’t have to know the life of the artist to experience an emotion that the artist intended to produce. The example of music’s expressive qualities was by far the most popular in the dialogue on expression. Perhaps it is the passage of time involved with musical pieces that intrigues me.
The meanings of words change over time in a culture. The top words of 2011 mentioned in Toure’s article were occupy, winning, humblebrag, and tebowing. Occupy and winning were definitely the words that I came in most contact with. I work less than a block away from Occupy Louisville. Customers that come into our deli are usually business-types with their suits and expensive umbrellas or they are cops. The opinions of our customers were mostly the same; the “hobos” were bothersome and they weren’t accomplishing anything. The police and the surrounding offices’ employees weren’t happy with occupy, but no one was furious. Occupy was a joke in the beginning and eventually no one cared to talk about the movement at all. There is a serious problem with our economy and the movement to fight the existing system. Another serious problem is Charlie Sheen’s drug addiction and manic-depressive behavior, but don’t worry. We made a joke out of his problems too. “Winning!” popped up somewhere on my newsfeed often, usually in a sarcastic complaint. Maybe to overuse of these words reveals a trend of laziness. Certainly it takes much less energy to laugh off issues instead of seriously considering solutions.

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