November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
October 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
While researching the evolution of technology and its role in communication I stumbled upon an NPR podcast, Warhol Was Right About ’15 Minutes Of Fame’ discussing how social media has seen Andy Warhol’s vision of fame realized. Warhol said that, “In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes,” while this is a well known quote many have struggled to decipher exactly what he meant by this. I don’t think the 1960’s Pop artist was by any means a prophet or a time traveler, but I do think that he saw something about American culture and consumerism that most people were too close to see. Warhol saw that everything around us is manufactured and made to be consumed, even the news. Warhol also realized the vanity of people and how this vanity and need to feel important in the world fed largely into consumerism. Many people felt he made a mockery of the art scene by presenting commercial illustrations as art. What many people still don’t understand is that by doing this Warhol was able to create a visual conversation on manufacturing. Warhol saw the idea of ‘celebrity’ as a not only manufactured product, but also something everyone desired.
Warhol used images of Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Campbell’s Soup and electric chairs to celebrate the celebrity and how it is consumed. Warhol’s statement “In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes,” has come true because of social media. Social media has given the public authorship and power in the media. The general public no longer has to sit back and simply consume news and information, we now have the ability to be not just a part of the flow of news and information but also a source.
Warhol said in his book From A to B & Back Again: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
“I’m confused about who the news belongs to. I always have it in my head that if you name’s in the news, then the news should be paying you. Because it’s your news and they’re taking it and selling it as their product. But then they always say they’re helping you. And that’s true too, but still, if people didn’t give the news their news and if everybody kept their news to themselves, the news wouldn’t have any news. So I guess you should pay each other. But I haven’t figured it out fully yet.”
Social media gives people to a forum to share their news and to be famous in their own right for 15 minutes. I have been working on away to visually communicate how this idea. A way to say Warhol was right, everyone does have their 15 minutes of Fame and it’s come true on Facebook. I liked the idea of incorporating the Marilyn Monroe image, because I think its recognizable as a piece of Andy Warhol’s work and as Marilyn the celebrity. I hope using this image will make people think of Warhol’s philosophies of consumption and celebrity. I then thought to use Facebook avatar before you upload a profile picture to show that through Facebook Warhol’s prophecy has come true. The avatar representing that it can be anyone. I’ve made a few pieces but my problem currently is that although almost everyone my age is on Facebook the profile avatar isn’t really very recognizable. I’m not sure if this makes my idea more interesting, because it shows how much Facebook has permeated out culture, almost like we’re so close and involved with it that we can’t see our way out.
My thought was to recreate Andy Warhol’s Marilyn through screen printing it with the Facebook Avatars on top. However, after consulting with the screen printing studio I’ve decided that would be too tricky and time consuming. My next idea was to print the image of Marilyn onto canvas and then simply screen print the Facebook avatar on top. I ran in trouble though because I couldn’t find the 3×3 image I had been using in high resolution, not good for printing. After some thought and looking through some more of Warhol’s pieces I’m wondering if it’s really necessary to use repetitive imagery. I’m trying to deconstruct this piece down to its simplest forms to best communicate my message of how anyone can have their Marilyn 15 minutes of fame on facebook. This is the next round I’ve done.
The last piece, which I made yesterday, I think I like the best. It appears that Marilyn is fitting into the Facebook image, like a puzzle. I want it to look like anyone can fit into this space which why I left the white sliver. I’m not sure if it’s there yet. But I kinda of like that people can’t recognize the Facebook Avatar at fist, its like the arrow in the FedEx logo, at first you don’t notice it, but then that’s all you can see. Any thoughts, comments are welcome!
October 18, 2011 § Leave a comment
You can sit at home reading your news feed and turn your nose up at all the Facebook and Twitter comments, and say “who care it’s just the apple guy.” But that would make you wrong. Steve Job’s was as Barack Obama said “a visionary” and he will be missed. To deny that Steve Jobs has not had an effect on the world would be like denying your own existence. Job’s envisioned people’s connection to technology and knew that as the world advanced people would need tools to help them better relate to the world. We can thank him for more than touch screens and ipods, but rather for understanding its WHY people do things that matters. You cannot deny Steve Jobs benefited from consumerism but he saw that what people wanted was a better way to do things, a simpler way, that in the end people are all the same, we all want and need the same things. Everyone is a daughter or a son and needs freedom of information and education. Yes an ipod is a better way to listen to music; but what is music, music is feeling its information and freedom and beliefs. Apple technology is more than just some new toy or status symbol, it has literally changed the way we view the world. And for that Steve Jobs I say thank you.
I have been working on this piece for a few months. It started out as a poem, but has ended up as a graphic image. I have been trying to convey my relationship with my laptop and how this relationship is similar if not more reliable than any boyfriend I’ve ever had. I think that this image conveys the idea of “I heart my Mac” with out actually saying it. What makes this piece special to me is that after a bit of frustration trying to solve this visual communication problem I ended up writing the poem in my note book. This made me think of my school days doodling about boys in my note book and how my first serious boyfriend carved our initials in a tree. The hand drawn quality brings a tenderness to the piece that it was missing before.
After I put up this blog post I went into the apple store and Liverpool, showed a few of the guys working there my design because I thought they’d appreciate it. They liked it so much that after I left they printed it out and hung it up in the window with other notes to Steve.
“Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works. The design of the Mac wasn’t what it looked like, although that was part of it. Primarily, it was how it worke…d. To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it’s all about. It takes a passionate commitment to really thoroughly understand something, chew it up, not just quickly swallow it. Most people don’t take the time to do that.” Steve Jobs
We listen to music
We watch movies
We order takeaway
We read the newspaper
We talk on the phone
We visit friends
We see the world
We plan vacations
We make art
We pay our bills
We write letters
We take photographs
We go to work
We go shopping
We make dinner
We go to sleep
We wake up
Always looks me in the eye
Always there for me
Always remembers what I like
Never leaves me
Never yells at me
Never ignores me
~By Rachel Hurvitz
April 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
I found this video via The Cooper Hewitt Daily. It’s one of those works that pulls you out of your day, out of the stress, the work, everything and reminds you this is life, and its OK just breathe. This life is all we have, the day, the night, the fights, the love. The glass really is half full and no matter how bad it gets, remember it can always get worse! 😉 enjoy
April 17, 2011 § 1 Comment
I love the sound of a can opening, one of those things you can’t explain like the smell of basements, or sand. Maybe I’ve got a bit of that pica disorder where people crave in-eatable objects. Although, I’ve never gone so far as to ingest a sofa. Anyways, I love the red bit on the bottom of this coke tab, it’s one of those designs that looks like it should have always been there. A simple block of color makes a big presence and adds a lot of depth to this classic design. Well done Coca Cola. Tabs Off to you!