Technology And/In/Through/ Art….and Vice Versa February 19, 2009Posted by smike97k in communication, cyborgs, poetry, technology.
Tags: "The Yellow Raincoat", computer, cyborg, Print Making, tools, William Blake
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The recent study of William Blake and print making in general has really got me thinking about the connections between technology and art. Matthew Belmonte mentioned the ideas of science and art in his story “The Yellow Raincoat,” and the distinctions between what the two intend to do. However, I want to look at the direct connection between the tools that technology has created, and their influence on the world of art.
To go far back into history, we could consider the stone as a form of technology. The stone was a way of making paint from natural sources, like fruit and berries. By crushing these sources, one was able to create a paint like substance, to then use in recording history. The original pen was made with a feather, and the paintbrush, from animal hair, and still used today despite advancement in art technology. All of these items could be considered forms of technology in the aid of art, going back thousands of years. The question is are there some forms of art that are completely dependent on forms of technology, no matter how advanced they are? Could one be considered a “cyborg” when using the then technology of a rock?
The printing press was key not only to the spreading of news in the first books and newspapers, but also in the art of print making, as made evident by William Blake and so many other’s work. The press that we used in our own class was probably an older technology, but a technology none the less, as would never have been able to create such a clean print, with contrast of black and white, without it.
The computer, obviously, is one of the most powerful forms of technology today. One form of art that the computer has had a great impact on is that of photography. The computer and digital camera have made the storing and manipulating of photographs and unbelievably easy thing to do at its most basic level. It has helped some artist create fascinating and surreal photos. However, as a super amateur photographer, I was originally hesitant to go digital. I loved the process of developing film and manipulating light onto negatives to create the effect of the photo that I wanted. This brings up another question about technology in art. Does technology affect art in a negative way? Does it take away from artistic creation, which is not easy on any level? I don’t know. I’ve questioned these thoughts in my own creations.
Technology and art can be seen to go hand in hand. The creation of a lot of different forms of art becomes possible with the aid of technology, no matter how simple. And if you want to go even further, we need art to create technology, in sketches and the building of machinery. The two can be intertwined in many ways and have been since the beginning of human kind.
Battle wounds February 18, 2009Posted by jr4024 in art, class.
Tags: injuries, Print Making
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Now, I know that the linoleum blocks were probably the first time most people experienced printmaking, but what I found the most interesting was watching student’s individual motives. (besides the battle wounds we all took, r.i.p. knuckle) When I first started carving and experienced my first cut, I have to admit that I was pretty ticked off and could not understand why I was even trying. I knew I wasn’t an artist and I was not optimistic. However, now that the project is basically done, I realized that you don’t have to be an artist to portray an image that you believe in. My motives then began to be based on the desire to depict an image that was close to my heart and beliefs. Everyone chose an “object” that had personal significance and I believe we all ended up giving it our all so that our block would be a good representative of what is important to us. Our “linoleum” journey was bumpy, and there was blood along the way, but I personally felt the determination of a “real artist” when it came to how I wanted my artwork to be displayed.