Tuesday, March 28, 2017

George Kubler

In George Kubler’s writing, I thought the section where he talked about Talent and Genius was the most interesting. He believes that talented individuals begin their craft earlier, master it more quickly, and come up with more fluent ideas than those who are untalented. He also brings up how people find “hidden talents” later in life, and can pick up a talent that they’ve always had but were left undiscovered. He brings up a list of talented artists, Leonardo, Raphael, Bernardino Luini and Giulio Romano. All of these artists were talented, however, two are much better known than the others—as a result of the timing and environment of when they flourished. In order to be a great artist, you need a combination of natural talent, early detection of that talent, and perfect circumstances.

This point struck me as unfair, because what about today’s artists? I have a friend who is an incredibly talented artist, is studying in the University of Michigan art program, but probably will never be considered a great artist like Leonardo or Raphael. Because in today’s world, artists go completely unrecognized and are under appreciated. In order to know a current artist, you need to be completely absorbed in art. I am not an artist, or an art junkie, but have heard of artists like Claude Monet, Renoir, Leonardo and Raphael—but have not heard of an artist that exists currently or even existed recently.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Art Event #1

I visited the Julio Fine Arts Gallery during the opening of “Fractured Histories: Ancient Greek Pottery from Haverford’s Allen Collection.” I thought that the exhibit as a whole was very exciting, because it consisted of all pottery, which is something that we aren’t looking at in our art course—so it was interesting to be able to look at artwork that isn’t two dimensional. The piece that stuck out to me most in the exhibit were the two small jars displayed together, titled “Side-Spouted Jar” and “Stirrup Jar.” They were both crafted by the Mycenaean civilization—the first advanced civilization in mainland Greece. The two jars have very similar functions, both to pour small amounts of liquid. When viewing the jars, I thought that it was really cool that they were really used by a civilization during the mid-fourteenth century BCE. It is amazing that they are in such good condition, and we are able to determine and imagine what they were used for.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Art of Data Visualization

Data visualization is a tool or idea that allows artists to give their readers a better understanding of the data that they are trying to communicate through a visual context. This makes the intake of information much more enjoyable and thoughtless for viewers.

I chose to watch the video on data visualization published by PBS. This video was particularly interesting to me because I am a marketing major and information systems minor. Both of my focuses rely heavily on the data and the reader. In marketing, it is important for advertisements and campaigns to appeal to specific segments and target markets. The video spoke about how data is used to reach out to each individual reader and create a meaning with them. They also showed some advertisements that used data visualization in order to convey their point. In marketing and advertising, it is incredibly important to reach your target readers and connect with them so that they can grow interest in what you have to offer. The concept of data visualization is incredibly prominent in the marketing world because as marketers, our main goal is to attract customers attention and keep it, and data visualization is a very effective way of doing this.

Through my information systems minor, I have experienced first hand the process of data collection. In todays world, we have the ability to monitor every single second that someone spends on a website—from the amount of time that they spend on a given page, to the buttons that they clicked or hovered over. The amount of information that can be uncovered just by someone’s experience on a website is mind-blowing. In specific circumstances I have found that people are more likely to spend more time and be more involved with sites that are visually appealing and help them understand things through data visualization, rather than websites that just throw information at them through text.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


I placed a piece of white printer paper next to a white water bottle. In the first picture, the light is coming from the right side, and makes the paper look as if it has cooler undertones than the water bottle. On the left side of the bottle I notice some grey and blue undertones, and on the right side it seems warmer, but this could be a result of the lighting.
For the second picture I turned all of the lights off. In this picture, the paper looks the same as it did in the first, but the water bottle looks as if it has cool undertones as well.

Monday, February 6, 2017

John Berger / Ways of Seeing

1.     Everything around the image is part of its meaning

When discussing how paintings have changed from an exclusive experience to those who travel to the location and view them, or those who attend the church that they were intended for to art that can be viewed by anyone at any time through screens, he mentions that everything around the image is part of its meaning. On a screen, we just see the image created by the artist. But, the artwork was created to work with all of the other pieces surrounding it. Including frames, other pieces of artwork, alters, etc. Berger specifically mentioned Renaissance churches and chapels—stating that all of the works around the buildings represent different aspects of its life. This point resonated with me because I have done a lot of traveling. I have been to a handful of European churches, art museums, and palaces. Seeing art works in the environment that they were intended to is a completely different experience than seeing them through a screen.

2.     You have to look at all aspects of a painting to understand the artist’s message

Berger shows a reproduction of a painting by Brueghel, titled “The Road To Calvary. The painting depicts Christ and the two thieves on their way to be crucified—but the viewer cannot tell this from afar. Berger states, “If you look at the whole picture, you will see that it is about grief, about torture, and above all, about the callousness, the are eager inquisitiveness, the superstitious drive of the crowd.” From afar the painting looks like a village of people all gathered close to one another, but as you look into the details of the painting, this one single painting can be presented as an example of social customs, fashion trends, landscape, or a story. All of these different aspects exist simultaneously within one single painting.