ART & DESIGN: Unit 5 Graffiti Final Reflection

Unit 5: Printmaking and Graffiti

1) Choose one work by Banksy from the link and upload a photo of the work to your site. You may look for your own Banksy work:

https://docs.google.com/a/hkis.edu.hk/document/d/18e4S3oZGZlTOI93VVrGaEN7VyZ_qoOKQ7sTzJB-N1pA/edit

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2) Complete a critical analysis about the selected work in your art portfolio under Unit 5: Printmaking and Graffiti.  Respond in brief paragraph form as you move from one step to another in the steps of critical analysis:

1) INITIAL REACTION

(What does this art remind me of? What are some questions I have about this art?)

This art reminds me of World War 2 or any other wars because there are some soldiers in the painting. It also reminds me of peace because of the symbol. Some questions I have about this art is war and peace. It is very strange how Banksy compared war and peace because they are 2 different things.

2) DESCRIBE (& RELATE)

(What do I see? What is the medium? What is the subject matter?)

I see a red peace sign that is painted by soldiers who are carrying guns. The medium in this painting is wall and is made up of red and black spray paint. The subject matter is a peace symbol and 2 soldiers beside it, one is painting it.

3) ANALYZE

(What is unique about the work? How does this compare to other Banksy works?)

For me, this work is very unique because it directly relates to the world now, and is also very easy to understand. There is a lot of violence in the world right now but the world also wants peace. Sometimes, many people want peace but the same people are creating war at the same time.

4) INTERPRET (& CONTEXTUALIZE CULTURALLY)

(When and where was this artwork produced? What is the artist trying to say about society or culture?)

I am not sure when or where Banksy painted this artwork but in a website, it said that it was displayed in a gallery in London in 2007. Banksy is making a relationship between 2 opposite things: peace and war. I interpreted the painting the ones of wants peace are the ones who are creating war.

5) EVALUATE

(Do you think that this artwork is successful? Why or why not? What is worth remembering about this artwork? How has your first reaction about this artwork changed?)

I think this artwork is hugely successful because it really shows the society now and represents the world. This artwork is worth remembering because it tells me a lot about the modern day world. My first reaction was not as deep as my interpretation now because I was very shallow in the meaning of this artwork in the beginning.

 

Art & Design: Self-Portrait Final Reflection

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  • How did you select the photo of yourself. (What made you choose this photo over others?)
  • What is the most important aspect of your final work? Why?
  • How is your work a representation of yourself and your connection to a community?  What personal qualities/traits/messages are you attempting to convey?
  • What part of your work are you most proud of? What part of your work were you most challenged by?

I selected this photo of myself because it represented me. I had other photos where I was smiling and making faces but that wasn’t really me as a person. I chose this photo because I am chill, calm, quiet kind of person with not a lot of expression. The most important aspect of my final work would be the expression I painted. For me, what the painting shows is more than what is on the canvas. What I mean by this is that if I chose other photos to paint, the final result of the quality (such as colour, shape, eyes, nose, etc.) of the painting would be the same. It is just the interpretation would be different. The interpretation and expression I am giving through this painting is my personality and how I am always low key and cool. The part of my work I am most proud of is how real it looks. For example, if my friend walks pass this painting, they would definitely know that is me. The most challenging part was drawing my eyeglasses. This was super hard because I couldn’t just draw a circle around my eye. I had to really paint the shape of my glasses and the shadows underneath it.

Art & Design: Self-Portrait – Research Artist

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This is the self portrait of an artist named Vincent van Gogh. This portrait was painted on a canvas in Saint-rémy-de-provence, France 1889. My first impression about this work is that it has a real nice texture to it. I can clearly see all the brush strokes of the painting and I think this is part of van Gogh’s style. My interpretation is that van Gogh is a really serious person. In this self-portrait, he is not smiling at all and seems to be a little angry about something.

Through research, I found out that the real background story is van Gogh was trying to draw his self-portrait better than a photograph. He said that, “I am looking for a deeper likeness than that obtained by a photographer.” He also later mentioned that painting a self-portrait is not easy, because it is very hard to paint yourself. (Source: http://www.musee-orsay.fr/en/collections/works-in-focus/painting/commentaire_id/self-portrait-2990.html?cHash=a873609651)

 

Prejudice

Write a blog post on your hkis wordpress site reflecting on the first four lessons of the unit and on your classmates’ presentations. What did you learn about identity, stereotypes, prejudice, and racism? In what ways did your ideas change from the initial lesson when we created word webs on the white boards?

  1. How does race shape the way we see ourselves and others?

Race is a very important thing and could definitely affect the way we see ourselves and others. In the lessons that were taught in class, I learnt about race would make people act differently in different situations but after hearing about my classmates stories, I have really understood how important race is to one person. For example, I remember Samiya’s presentation was about going through the immigration and the person looked at her questioning if she is really American because she does not look American. This definitely shapes the way Samiya sees herself.

  1. To what extent do our ideas about race influence the choices we make?

Through my classmates presentation, I have heard many stories about people being judged by their race and how they have acted upon it. For my presentation, it was about my uncle who was from mainland China and people were judging him because he was from mainland China. This influenced how he acts now because when he goes out to the streets, he is afraid people will judge him and isolate him so he would chose to rather not go out to the streets.

Art & Design Summative Task Action

Photo 1

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?

I applied the rule of repetition and pattern in this photograph. In this photograph, you can see that I took a picture of Max jumping off the steps in the amphitheater so I could capture each moment of him in mid-air.

  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?

The message I’m trying to say here is that there are always ups and downs in life. This is because nobody’s life is perfect. There are always bad things and good things going on in our lives but there is no need to stress about it because in the end of the day we are still who we are and we still do what we do. That’s why this picture I took and edited is a very good resemblance of my message because in the beginning Max was on the steps which meant that he is at a monotone state in his life. Then he goes up which means there is excitement but then he goes down and lands again which means there may be some negativity that came back into his life.

  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)

I think the 3 most important elements in creating these action photos are arrangement of objects, perspective, and placement. Arrangement of objects is important because it is what creates the action. Perspective is essential because it is how you took the angle in which angle and how the person looking at the photo interpret it. The placement in these photographs are extremely important and it is similarly like the arrangement of objects. The placement allows the person who is looking at the picture know what you are trying to say and why.

 

Photo 2

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  •  What compositional rules did you apply?

I applied the rule of line in this photograph. It might not seem that obvious but when I look at this picture, I see the arms and legs of Max sticking out which kind of looks like lines going in towards the centre of Max’s body. Also, if you look at the picture closely, there are more lines in the background. The plants are all on a straight line and the benches are all straight lines too.

  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?

The lesson I’m trying to tell in this photograph is that no matter what goes on in your life, you should stay happy. In this photograph you can see that Max is happy because he is smiling and spreading his arms and legs out in mid-air. This truly represents happiness in life because there are many people in this world that is pessimistic and are not positive at all. But after this photo, Max showed the whole world that everybody should be happy and joyful.

  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)

same as above I think the 3 most important elements in creating these action photos are arrangement of objects, perspective, and placement. Arrangement of objects is important because it is what creates the action. Perspective is essential because it is how you took the angle in which angle and how the person looking at the photo interpret it. The placement in these photographs are extremely important and it is similarly like the arrangement of objects. The placement allows the person who is looking at the picture know what you are trying to say and why.

 

Photo 3

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?

I applied the rule of form and triangles in this photograph. You can see here that I took this photograph in the hallway of classrooms so it could create the effect of the picture closing in and focusing on Max’s jumping body. Also, the rule of triangles have a minor role in this picture and it is that a triangle appears in between Max’s legs when he jumps.

  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?

The story behind this picture is Michael Jordan. The message of this picture is a little different from all my other pictures because instead of telling a deep lesson, this picture’s message is about Michael Jordan. Every time I look at this picture I think of Michael Jordan’s signature dunk and the logo on the air JORDAN shoe brand. He is a great sports person and has reached amazing achievements throughout his career. One important thing about Michael Jordan is that he actually didn’t make it into his high school basketball team. After that he practiced and practiced and finally became successful. I think the life message he gives to the world is to never give up and always go for your dreams.

  •  What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)

same as above I think the 3 most important elements in creating these action photos are arrangement of objects, perspective, and placement. Arrangement of objects is important because it is what creates the action. Perspective is essential because it is how you took the angle in which angle and how the person looking at the photo interpret it. The placement in these photographs are extremely important and it is similarly like the arrangement of objects. The placement allows the person who is looking at the picture know what you are trying to say and why.

 

Art & Design Summative Task Abstract

Photo 1

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  •  What compositional rules did you apply?

In this picture I applied the rule of repetition and pattern. As you can see, there are many rocks in this picture and they all have a similar size, similar shape, and similar pattern when you put them together like this.

  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?

The message I am trying to show through this photograph is that the humans are all different and we should respect that. In the photograph, the rocks represents the humans of the world and the different sizes, shapes, and patterns represent that all people are different. The differences of the rocks also shows that we should not judge one another by their size, shape, or skin colour because in the big picture, the rocks are all equal and same so humans are also all equal ad same.

  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)

I personally think the arrangement of objects, light and shadow, and the perspective are the 3 most important element in creating abstract photographs. This is because the arrangement of objects tells the audience what the image is and what the image is about. Light and shadow is also important because with abstract black & white pictures, you cannot see the colours of the picture so therefore you judge the pictures mood on the shades of light and dark. Perspective is really vital because it is the angle of view on how the person looking at the photograph interpret it.

Photo 2

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?

I applied 2 compositional rules to this picture. The first one is form because when you look at the picture, there is a lot of depth from inside the flower to the outside of it which makes it look really 3 dimensional. The second rule is the rule of repetition and pattern. The flower is sort of like a spiral and it is spinning from the inside to the outside with a similar pattern.

  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?

The mood and message I’m trying to convey in this photograph is death and that we should live life to its fullest before we die. This might seem weird but it is what I’m trying to get across. Whenever I look at this photograph, I interpret the outside ring as where we start in life. In other words, when we are born. Then we move closer and closer to the centre of the image where there is a black hole, I interpret that as the journey of life. At last when you get to the middle point of the flower your life will end, which means death. So what I’m trying to say here is that we should enjoy life as much as we can and live everyday to the fullest before we get to the black hole in the middle, also known as death.

  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)

same as above I personally think the arrangement of objects, light and shadow, and the perspective are the 3 most important element in creating abstract photographs. This is because the arrangement of objects tells the audience what the image is and what the image is about. Light and shadow is also important because with abstract black & white pictures, you cannot see the colours of the picture so therefore you judge the pictures mood on the shades of light and dark. Perspective is really vital because it is the angle of view on how the person looking at the photograph interpret it.

Photo 3

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?

For this picture, I applied 2 rules. The rule of line and the rule of form. I applied the rule of line because you can see that the lines of the picture all come to a certain point in the middle, which is the depth of the road. This leads to the rule of form because the picture shows a lot of depth and 3 dimensional effects when I took it on the road.

  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?

The story I am trying to convey in this photograph is the Chinese culture. When I was taking this photograph, I was walking up a small narrow road in Shueng Wan when I saw the scene in the photograph. It was a very particular scene because the sun was directly on top of the buildings which created a gleaming effect and the angle I was in was perfect for a picture. After I took the picture, I realised what it was. It was a local Chinese street market. They sold eggs, oranges, clothes and almost anything that you can imagine. I also noticed the lights and the umbrella sobers were very traditional. Also, a lot of people there being very busy talking on their phones loudly in cantonese. That’s why the story behind this image I’m trying to tell is the local Chinese culture in downtown Hong Kong.

  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)

same as above I personally think the arrangement of objects, light and shadow, and the perspective are the 3 most important element in creating abstract photographs. This is because the arrangement of objects tells the audience what the image is and what the image is about. Light and shadow is also important because with abstract black & white pictures, you cannot see the colours of the picture so therefore you judge the pictures mood on the shades of light and dark. Perspective is really vital because it is the angle of view on how the person looking at the photograph interpret it.

Art & Design Summative Task Portrait

Photo 1

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?

In this picture, the compositional rule that is most obvious is the rule of space. As you can see, Max is on the left hand side looking at the right hand side and when I was taking the picture, I purposely left space there so it seems like there is a though there. Another rule I also used was the rule of thirds because if you divide the picture vertically into thirds, you can see that Max would take up one third of the space on the left.

  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs? How did you accomplish this?

The message I am trying to get across is that everyone should be brave and stand up for themselves no matter what happens. I accomplished this by making Max stand up really tall and strong so it would like he was really brave and he would look like a leader. I purposely made Max stand in this angle in front of the buildings and purposely made the picture a little grey on purpose and vignette on the side. This is because this would make the mood seem like dark and gloomy and Max is the only hero standing there to protect the building.

  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph? (person’s expression, background, lighting, proportions of frame, etc.)

I think the person’s expression, lighting, and frame proportions are the most important. The person’s expression is important because it will created the emotions of the picture. Lighting is also essential because lighting creates the mood and tone for the picture. For example, dark and gloomy. Frame position creates the angle and the perspective of how the audience see the image.

 

Photo 2

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?

For this picture, the compositional rules don’t seem as obvious but there are 2 really key ones. The first one is the rule of triangles. When I took the picture I also got the shoulders of Max because I wanted the image to see the triangle his body is creating. Another rule would be diagonal lines. As you can see the mountains behind him, it is slightly slanted to the side and this would definitely give an effect to the picture.

  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs? How did you accomplish this?

The story behind this photograph is that many people in the world have money and everything they want but they are still not happy and they don’t want to show it. In this photograph, you can see that Max is wearing clothes that middle class people would normally wear. You can also see that there are nice house in the background which also means he is not in those rural places with cheap budget houses. However, you can see that he is not smiling. This is not a coincidence but rather on purpose. I purposely made him not smile nor frown but keep at a monotone expression because this directly relates to many people in the world. Many people in the world have money and are relatively rich but still are not truly happy. They do not frown because they are not in sorrow. They keep a monotone face to hide all the emotions inside of their own body.

  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph? (person’s expression, background, lighting, proportions of frame, etc.)

same as above I think the person’s expression, lighting, and frame proportions are the most important. The person’s expression is important because it will created the emotions of the picture. Lighting is also essential because lighting creates the mood and tone for the picture. For example, dark and gloomy. Frame position creates the angle and the perspective of how the audience see the image.

 

Photo 3

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?

The compositional rule I applied was the rule of thirds because you can see that Max is off to the right side. Another compositional rule is the rule of space because Max is looking to his right which kind of seems like he is thinking of something so that’s why I left a space there.

  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs? How did you accomplish this?

The story I am telling here is that many people regret what they have done in the past. When I took this photo, I asked Max to lie on the ground because it was the only place I could find a realistic looking footprint. Here you can see that Max is looking at his footprint and he is not smiling on purpose. The interpretation here is that the footprint represents the past memories of Max and he is looking back and deeply regretting what he has done wrong. Just like many people in this world.

  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the portrait photograph? (person’s expression, background, lighting, proportions of frame, etc.)

same as above I think the person’s expression, lighting, and frame proportions are the most important. The person’s expression is important because it will created the emotions of the picture. Lighting is also essential because lighting creates the mood and tone for the picture. For example, dark and gloomy. Frame position creates the angle and the perspective of how the audience see the image.