Tuesday, March 15, 2016

For my final project for the term, I created a series of colorful words and phrases to be placed in real space around campus in an imitation of the paintings of Wayne White. The idea behind this series was to see how people would react to the presence of words in space rather than simply as representations of an idea. To help chronicle this, I made a blog recording what I could gather of people's reactions to the project on social media, as well as what occurred in real life related to the project. One important part of this that I did not anticipate was not only the effect of the art on it's environment but the effect of the environment on the art. For example, some of my letters were re-arranged by people, before being blown away completely by the wind. However, I found this lack of control contributed to the piece rather than took away from it. I believe that art does not have to be rational to be meaningful, and that the irrationality can often contribute to the meaning. As Baudrillard states, "[The real] no longer has to be rational, since it is no longer measured against some ideal or negative instance."

1 comment:

  1. This was one of my favorite projects this term! If you have time/resources in the future, I'd love to see more if this public/interactive art on campus, i think you could do a lot with it! Definitely very "new media"