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Reflection September 23, 2010

Filed under: Inspiration — wuhuyumo @ 4:43 pm

A huge part of my coursework is dependant on reflection, to draw the viewer into the installation. My choice for reflection is as below:

In Millenium Square, England. Can you guess which is the photographer? he’s the one at the top right dressed in blue.

Eduoard Manet, A bar at the Folies-Berger, 1882

This picture contains a reflection and this reflection has been the subject of much controversy. As suggested by some critics, the woman in the reflection should appear directly behind the image of the woman facing forward, instead of to the side. Neither are the bottles reflected accurately or in like quantity for it to be a reflection. These details were criticized in the French press when the painting was shown. The assumption is faulty when one considers that the postures of the two women, however, are quite different and the presence of the man to whom the second woman speaks marks the depth of the subject area. Indeed many critics view the faults in the reflection to be fundamental to the painting as they show a double reality and meaning to the work. One interpretation is that the reflection is an interaction earlier in time that results in the subject’s expression in the painting’s present.

M.C Escher, Three Spheres II, 1946

There are 3 spheres as suggested by the literal title, one transparent, one reflective and one opaque. The centre sphere depicts Escher himself drawing the 3 spheres. In the reflection one can clearly see the image of the three spheres on the paper Escher is drawing on: in the center sphere of that image, one can vaguely make out the reflection of Escher’s studio which is depicted in the main image, thus this back and forth process is infinite.

This is another self portrait by M.C Escher and is called Hand with Reflecting sphere( another literal title indeed) done in January 1935. This portrait shows Escher holding and gazing into the sphere when in actual fact, he is gazing while drawing himself. These are the types of perspectives that Escher likes to use.


Photos here and there

Filed under: artworks — wuhuyumo @ 3:26 pm

This reminds me of crossroads when we have to make a choice, mostly because the sign i guess as there isn’t even 2 options for you to choose from.

I think the airplane could have been slightly bigger to make the composition more spaced out.

I like how the city view is framed by greenery, like a quiet hideout somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This reminds me of a scene in 500 days of Summer, Tom’s Bench, which is also a quiet hideout overlooking the city.

View of superstar cruise at night. The picture is not really clear as it is taken with my phone yet i like the way the light looks in the night along with its reflection.


Watercolour painting

Filed under: artworks — wuhuyumo @ 2:48 pm

This is a A3 watercolour painting done in the year 2008.

It is painted based on a painting in a book instead of the actual scenery. I think this is partly the reason why the colours are slightly superficial and looks too bright/cheery and colourful for a real life scenery. Also, this is my first time painting scenery and I was really nervous at first, painting and repainting each small bit of the picture. However, I learnt to let go and not paint every little detail, but instead adding on the layers and details as I paint, looking at the painting as a whole.

I think the fact that this painting looks nice cheers me up just like the bright colours. I feel that the painting looks nicer from far(ok most art do)  as the brushstrokes are still not very well developed and are not even. I think it is a good try on account that it was one of my first tries and though it may not be very successful, I learnt a lot from it such as painting, positioning of subject matter etc.

As can be seen from the photo, this painting is framed and to be viewed from a distance as it is painted in a more impressionistic style and only from far, can the brain process and fully merge all the colours together. It does not look as nice near due to the colours not blended well and rather choppy brushstrokes.


Poster colour painting

Filed under: artworks — wuhuyumo @ 2:46 pm

This is a poster painting done in late 2007 or early 2008. I am used to sketching still life, and this is the first and one of the few times that i tried painting it. The carrot was easy enough to paint, while I struggled with the cauliflower. I am unsure to paint it with tiny details or just paint a rough likeness. I decided on the latter as it was almost impossible to recreate every single detail. I used light to bring out the roundness in shape and yet to show that it is an irregular shape. I think as I spent a lot more time on it as compared to the carrot, it might look even nicer than the carrot, which shows that hard work indeed pays off.

As this was one of the few paintings that I did as I do not really like painting, I think i learnt a lot in terms of painting each picture as a whole instead of focusing on tiny inexistent little details. I also learnt the importance of light and shadow and how to use them, particularly in still life.


Sova assignment- Maya Lin and Richard Serra

Filed under: Writings — wuhuyumo @ 2:31 pm

1. What makes Maya Lim’s work successful in public?

Maya Lin’s work, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is successful as it is simple yet elegant. She used the design criteria such as the design must be apolitical, reconciliatory, harmonious with the site and contains sixty thousand names of those missing or killed in war to her advantage. She especially used the last criteria evocatively, turning the sixty thousand names literally to become the memorial. Her design is a reflective black stone wall with the names inscribed on them. When a visitor looks upon the wall, his or her reflection can be seen simultaneously with the engraved names, which is meant to symbolically bring the past and present together. People would be able to place mementos along the ground underneath the names of their deceased friends or family. The tranquility and serenity of the memorial allows for reflection and meditation, making its case to the viewer through subtlety. Also, it is successful as it is elegant and serves its pupose well as a memorial. The reflection of the stone also helps the viewer to reflect and to commemorate the Vietnam veterans.  The serenity of the memorial creates the ideal feel and mood for the viewer to pay their respect for these Vietnam veterans.

2. What does Richard Serra mean by “site specific” for Tilted Arc?

Richard Serra’s Tilted Arc blocks the way of the pedestrains, forcing them to walk around it in order to cross the busy plaza. This is to goad them to be aware of their surroundings. It is site specific as it helps the viewer become aware of himself and of his movement through the plaza. As he moves, the sculpture changes, and the viewer would see a diffferent image of the sculpture with every step he takes. Contraction and expansion of the sculpture result from the viewer’s movement. Therefore, every step results in not just a change of perception of the sculpture but also of the entire environment.  The sculpture is made to scale along with the plaza, so as to block the way of the pedestrains in a way to force them to realise how their surroundings change with every step they take. This is the main purpose for this sculpture and thus the Tilted Arc is made site specific for this reason.The sculpture is large scale and dramatically changed the aesthetic of the plaza and the expereience of the people who needs to cross this plaza. Therefore, the Tilted Arc is site specific to the plaza so as to challenge new perspectives from the pedestrains.


Europe photos- Paris

Filed under: artworks — wuhuyumo @ 3:29 am

Seeing this photos back in December 2008 make me happy as I do not feel as left out not going to Paris and London with the rest of the class. The photos are taken around various places, such Paris, Brussels, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Liechtenstein (which produces stamps, how exciting), a couple of places around Germany such as Cologne, Black Forest, and finally Zurich. Out of these places, I do not really like Belgium, as basically like the tour guide said, it is like Paris, just not as good. Mainly, these are photos of architecture and i think after the novelty of Parisian architecture, Belgium achitecture seems boring and like a bad copy basically as it is not as rich in history.

Side view of The Eiffel tower. I rather like this photo due to the unique angle. However, the weather was quite bad so i edited the sky colour by a bit.

Arc-de triomphe, built to commemorate France’s victory during WWI. As it was too big, I could not get a full view and this is the best angle that i could get.

Ferris Wheel built for the Christmas Festival. This photo is actually taken on the tour bus in passing. I really like the composition, how everything is framed but as usual, the weather was horrible and the sky was grey so i did some work on it.The ferris wheel is actually quite big and I feel that it is quite a waste to destroy it after a month a Christmas festival.

Night view of Galeries La Fayette, Paris’s largest department store.

This is one of my favourite photos from the trip, which really shows that the best photos are taken unintentionally. Moreover, this is taken on the tour bus. Though there is no architecture in this photo, there is a very European feel to it due to the 3 men dressed in formal black. I like this photo as it seems to tell a story, and i feel like these 3 men are spies or something exciting. They are identical with black coats, fedora hats and white beards. One of them is apparently gesturing while talking and I just cannot help but wonder what their story is.


Lino print

Filed under: artworks — wuhuyumo @ 2:41 am

We worked with Lino print in 2009 and it is really fun to do, mainly because its the first time and is different from the types of art that we usually do. The theme of the lino print is self- portrait, which is quite easy to do as the self portrait can be a simple portrait. This is because a lot of details are unable to be cut from the lino. However, after doing my self portrait, i faced another dilemma, which is the design of the background. I think that other than the self portrait itself, the background should show your personality. I do not think I did this well as i messed up cutting the background, so in a bout of quick thinking, I changed it into a jigsaw puzzle as a jigsaw was able to hide many of my cutting errors for the background. Also, i cut out all the pieces of the jigsaw to balance out the colour and white parts of the print as I am afraid that my print will come out too dark. The colour scheme was quite random in a way, as we did not have much time to print on the day itself and we had a deadline, thus i picked the print with the ink printed the most evenly, which happened to be this green one.

My pose was decided when i was browsing my Facebook photographs for inspiration for a self portrait. Thus, this print is adapted from a group photo taken at the end of Secondary 2 when we all missedcour class and each other. i am unable to upload the original photo as i deactivated my facebook account -.-