Calendar concepts

So I chose to be a part of the Calendar pipeline project.

My role is to help create the concepts, as well as an on set stylist.

Here is my list of concepts I came up with for the first week:

 

Majors

Art history – art historian gets cozy in a library surrounded by books in January

Jewelry/Craft – major gives handmade ring to valentine in February.

Animation – model is an animation in a program workspace. Month N/A

Fashion : either fashion major struggles to keep their look together in a rainstorm in April or they are working on a Halloween costume in October.

Comics/narrative: photographs arranged in a comic panel layout with integrated speech balloons/sound effects. Maybe a scene having to do with the last day of school in May.

Cinematography: camera operator tries to get a dolly shot in roller skates. Month N/A

Illustration: illustrator makes Christmas cards in December

Interior design: Maybe interior designer presents a layout for a haunted house in October?

 

Photography, industrial design, adgraph, fine art. <need more information.

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Final

Working on this project has been a lot of fun and a learning experience! I got to explore a new medium and incorporate it into something I’m passionate about.

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Here are my final collages. I decided to use the backs of old sketchbooks I had laying around as the base. Besides the convenience, I liked the natural color of the cardboard and the sense of wear. I used acrylic medium to bind the cut outs to the bases and to varnish the pieces once I finished them. Observing the original Rider-Waite tarot design, I imitated the grey border and outlined it freehand with an ink pen.

The Chariot

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the chariot color palette.jpgchariot-rwFor it’s final iteration, I moved some of the color to make the interior cut outs stand out more. I also drew in some more of the symbology – the shoulder plates and the background city.

For me, the Chariot is about conquest, domination, and victory. Whenever it shows up in a reading, it usually indicates some kind of material success or mental fortitude.

“An erect and princely figure carrying a drawn sword and corresponding, broadly speaking, to the traditional description which I have given in the first part…He has led captivity captive; he is conquest on all planes–in the mind, in science, in progress, in certain trials of initiation. He has thus replied to the sphinx, and it is on this account that I have accepted the variation of Éliphas Lévi; two sphinxes thus draw his chariot. He is above all things triumph in the mind.” -Arthur Edward Waite, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

This is Will armed with Knowledge. We see here, however, the wish to achieve, rather than achievement itself. The man in the chariot thought himself a conqueror before he had really conquered, and he believes that victory must come to the conqueror. There are true possibilities in this beautiful conception, but also many false ones. Illusory fires and numerous dangers are hidden here. This is the Conqueror, not by love, but by fire and the sword…”-PD Ouspensky, The Symbolism of the Tarot.

The High Priestess

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For the final, I made the High Priestess a lot more spare. I removed a lot of the black swaths to allow the background to show through. I also added the labels “B” and “J” for the pillars, tucked the word “wisdom” under the figures arm in place of the Torah, and drew in some stars.high-p-rw

For me, the High Priestess represents intuition, the
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, and hidden truths. When it shows up in a reading, it usually indicates something happening in the realm of the unconscious, or represents a mysterious woman or romantic interest.

“She has the lunar crescent at her feet, a horned diadem on her head, with a globe in the middle place, and a large solar cross on her breast. The scroll in her hands…is partly covered by her mantle, to shew that some things are implied and some spoken. She is seated between the white and black pillars–J. and B.–of the mystic Temple, and the veil of the Temple is behind her…She has been called occult Science on the threshold of the Sanctuary of Isis…” -Arthur Edward Waite, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

“Then the woman turned her face to me and looked into my eyes without speaking. And through me passed a thrill, mysterious and penetrating like a golden wave; tones vibrated in my brain, a flame was in my heart, and I understood that she spoke to me, saying without words:

‘This is the Hall of Wisdom. No one can reveal it, no one can hide it. Like a flower it must grow and bloom in thy soul. If thou wouldst plant the seed of this flower in thy soul–learn to discern the real from the false. Listen only to the Voice that is soundless… Look only on that which is invisible, and remember that in thee thyself, is the Temple and the gate to it, and the mystery, and the initiation.'”-PD Ouspensky, The Symbolism of the Tarot.

The Moon

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For the final version, I only made a few changes. I centered the top eyes and drew in water.

For me, the moon is about confusion and rw-moonbewilderment. It represents short-sightedness or spiritual or intellectual blindness. When this shows up in a reading, it usually indicates the subject is feeling lost and  ‘in the dark’, or is letting something cloud their perception of their situation.

“The intellectual light is a reflection and beyond it is the unknown mystery which it cannot shew forth. It illuminates our animal nature…the nameless and hideous tendency which is lower than the savage beast. It strives to attain manifestation…but as a rule it sinks back whence it came.” -Arthur Edward Waite, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot

Dread fell upon me. I sensed the presence of a mysterious world, a world of hostile spirits, of corpses rising from graves, of wailing ghosts. In this pale moonlight I seemed to feel the presence of apparitions; someone watched me from behind the towers,–and I knew it was dangerous to look back.”-PD Ouspensky, The Symbolism of the Tarot.

 

 

Rough Layouts and Color Palettes

I laid out each piece really loosely without gluing anything down. I haven’t really decided on a unified shape for them, but I wanted to get a better idea of the direction I was going.

For each card I tried to pick out the color(s) most essential to the meaning, and include them somehow in the composition. Most of my sources were in black and white, but I think its important to include color since it goes hand in hand with the meaning of the tarot.

Blue: Spirituality, intuition.

Yellow: Divinity, enlightenment.

Red: Physical world, power.

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The High Priestess layout + the original card it was based on.
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The High Priestess color palette.

For the High Priestess, blue is the dominant color so I decided to include it in a halo behind the figure’s head.

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The Moon layout + The original card it was based on.
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The Moon color palette.

For the moon, blue and yellow are the dominant colors. I scattered blue around the image and placed yellow in the roman numerals, the underline of the title, and in the irises of the eyes on the top of the page.

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The Chariot + the original card it was based on.
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The Chariot color palette.

In the Chariot, yellow is the dominant color with red as an accent. I think this is the weakest of the three- I really want to make it more symmetrical.

 

 

Collecting and organizing

Today I dedicated to collecting and organizing my source materials. This includes about 5 or 6 mens magazines from the 50’s – 60’s, and some women’s magazines and girls magazines. dsm3

I mainly focused on the mens magazines. I think I will use the others to collect background elements.

I sorted my cutouts by card – a pile for the Moon, a pile for the Chariot, and a pile for the High Priestess. As I went through the magazines I thought about my composition thumbnails and the keywords associated with each card.

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From the left – piles for the high priestess, the chariot, and the moon respectively. 

Keywords

The Moon:

  • Bewilderment
  • Confusion
  • Nighttime/darkness
  • Illusion
  • Imagination
  • Fear

The Chariot

  • Victory
  • Conquest
  • Strength of will
  • Balance
  • Domination

The High Priestess

  • The occult
  • Spirituality
  • Intuition
  • Mysticisn

Further Research

I looked at a number of books as my main avenue of research for my project. My goal was to orient myself in a historical context of collage. I always find the most inspiration looking at art history.

I don’t know a lot about collage as an art form in the first place, so I thought it would be important to learn about the techniques and themes that collage artists have used over time.

I started in the present day and worked my way backwards, beginning with an overview of influential contemporary collage artists. It was really useful to see the way artists use the visual language of collage, what materials they use, and what choices they make. I took notes as I read.

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Wangechi Mutu

Materials

  • maps
  • textural elements
  • my own drawings
  • mechanical illustrations
  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • medical illustrations

Techniques

  • changing the human figure
  • cutting out tones to create a new image
  • covering base with salvaged blocks of tone
  • surreal scenes
  • negative space
  • interaction between unrelated figures
  • juxtaposition of scale
  • torn edges
  • cutouts to reveal something underneath

        Themes

  • Modern vs. Historical
  • Drawing vs. Photograph
  • Layers of collage – layers of meaning
  • eroticism in a bizarre sense
  • Nostalgia

Historically, I wanted to look at the Dada movement, since it is the movment that kicked off photomontage and that is what I’m probably going to do primarily for my project.

Dada supposedly started with Hugo Ball’s “Cabaret Voltaire” in Switzerland. This was a cabaret which displayed both visual and performance art. However, Dadaism has been described as a kind of anti-art movement in the sense that it prides itself on being almost totally irrational. It often had an anti-war slant and strove to be an active force in the world. It continued to defy the expectations of its audience with increasingly bizarre expressions. I think its photomontages really capture the spectacle and power of Dadaism, as well as its relationship to surrealism and the grotesque.

 “What we call Dada is a peace of tomfoolery from the void in which all the lofty questions have become involved…” -Hugo Ball

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Hannah Hoch

Hannah Höch is one of my favorite artists from this period. Not only is she the only well-known female Dadaist, she was one of the main artists who founded the photomontage genre in the movement. Her art has a female sensibility that I like, and the imagery she creates and way she handles space is very unique to her.

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Foreign beauty

She frequently uses deconstructed and reassembled figures to grotesque effect – particularly by swapping or otherwise changing heads. Her sense of space is very flat, indicated only by overlap. She also uses female figures, which is something you don’t see often in other Dadaist’s work at the time.

Bibliography

Ades, Dawn. Photomontage. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1986. Print.

Elger, Dietmar, and Uta Grosenick. Dadaism. Koln: Taschen, 2004. Print.

Plowman, Randel, and Terry Taylor. Masters: Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists. New York: Lark, 2010. Print.

Ambiguous Space

“Ambiguous Space: Create a series of images that are ambiguous in structure. Ambiguous space is neither flat nor has volume. It exists between deep and flat space, 2d and 3d.”

I picked this prompt because it sounded like a challenge!

I divide my process into 4 super general parts: brainstorm, thumbnails, layout, and execution. In this blog post I’ll share the first two steps for my proposal.

Brainstorm

I started with word association, starting with the phrase “Ambiguous space.” Here I turn off the critical part of my brain and just write whatever I associate with that word. As I continue, my idea gets more concrete.20170119-110620

In the end, I decided that I would create three collage images based on three Major Arcana tarot cards which exemplify the concept of ambiguity to me – The Moon, The High Priestess, and The Chariot. I will create these collages using cutouts from magazines and newspapers from the 60’s-80’s. I aim to preserve the meaning of the cards, but without clinging to their original compositions. I think that collage is perfect for creating an ambiguous sense of space with overlap.

I did some research on imagery related to these themes based on my brainstorm. I’m very inspired by other collage artists, especially Soviet photomontage, Constructivist posters, and Dadaism.

As a tarot reader myself, I’m familiar with the tarot. I specifically want to look at the early Marseille deck and the more contemporary Rider-Waite deck.

Here are some examples of collage type things that I’ve done. 

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A page from a scrapbook I’m making out of my great-grandmother’s recipe cut-outs.
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A composite image I made in photoshop using Boticelli’s Venus and a vintage Playboy cover.
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A page from a comic I made using cut-out type.

Thumbnails

Here are my initial thumbnails. Since this is collage, I wasn’t sure how to do a proper sketch – so  I just mapped out the shapes I want to create.