Tuesday, March 28, 2017

George Kubler

Throughout the reading, the excerpt that I found most interesting is the following: 

         "Our choice of the 'history of things' is more than a euphemism to explain the bristling ugliness of 'material culture.' This term is used by anthropologists to distinguish ideas, or 'mental culture,' from artifacts. But the 'history of things' is intended to reunite ideas and objects under the rubric of visual forms: the term includes both artifacts and works of art, both replicas and unique examples, both tools and expressions---in short all materials worked by human hands under the guidance of connected ideas developed in temporal sequence. From all these things a shape in time emerges." 

This is an interesting take on the history of the imprints we as humans have left on the world, which trace back as far as we've recorded it. Kubler views it as more of an idea,  it unifies the different types of effects we've caused on the world--whether good or bad, and puts these concepts under the umbrella of the "history of things." Once we've gathered enough under this giant umbrella, we then can step back and view the big picture, which results in a "shape in time." 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Data visualization: Escaping Flatland by Tufte

I found this reading particularly interesting because it gave light to some new ways in which we can avoid the false perspective a two-dimensional "flatland" can have for us when we view an artist's work. Because we're forced to now look at another work of art through a digitalized computer screen, we lose the connection the artist is trying to make to the viewer, to a two-dimensional surface that doesn't properly portray the work of art's meaning that the artist was trying to demonstrate. Instead, Tufte offers new design strategies that may help in sharpening information resolution on our computer screens as well as the resolving power of their paper and video screen.

Monday, February 27, 2017



In the first picture, the sunglasses case against the paper seems a yellowish cream color, while the paper takes on a grayish blueish tone. In the second picture, since the lighting has darkened a bit and a shadow has formed, the paper seems a bit more bright and a neon-type white on the right side, while dark and grey have formed on the left. The sunglasses case has darkened into a darker hue of the same yellowish cream color it was in the first picture. 






Monday, February 6, 2017

John Berger / Ways of Seeing

One thing I found interesting when I watched the video by John Berger was what he mentioned about looking at art with and without music. I looked up abstract art pieces on google images, and played classical music and looked at it after looking at it without music, and it changed my whole outlook of it. It's almost as if your mood and attitude toward that particular piece of art change completely because of the type of music you play as you look at it. Another thing he mentions which caught my attention focused on how sometimes with uninterrupted silence and stillness paintings can be very striking, which is also true when I looked at certain images on google without any music at all. It's all about you're on perspective and imagination when looking at paintings, in my opinion.