Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Cartoon Museum

I visited the cartoon museum today. It was pretty cool, considering I didn't think I care that much about cartoons. It turns out that I am more familiar with some of the  cartoon characters  then I am with art pieces at SFmoma. I felt at home when I was here, I grew up with most of the cartoons in this museum. I did not expect for some of favorite Japanese Anime characters to be here. I saw a cells of the characters from Samurai Champloo. When I was walking around, I saw The Simpsons, Bugs bunny, Powerpuff girls and Dennis the Menace. On the other side of the museum was comic book images during and after works. I saw the many phases of batman by various artist and have to say that I like the style and work of Neil Adam in The Silent Night of Batman during the 1970s. Each of the drawing or sketches has amazing detail and depth.

The comics and cartoons show the continuity of the history events and style of their time. Between Japanese and American style of cartoon and comics, their technique are similar except Japanese manga seem to hold a lot more action drama and emotions being that it is without color. I thought that was pretty interesting how some of the more stylized  Japanese's manga remind me of wood print blocks. The less words bubbles, the more action and detail and imaginary. It's beautifully done. It only costed $5 for me as a student and it was worth every penny.

Final Project idea: Monumental Halogram

The project idea that I am settling on is the concept of  using holograms to  project the images that will inspire people to think twice to make a difference. If my project is planned out well then this would not only be an awesome idea, it would link us  another dimension. The science  world would not only expand so would the art world as well. It hard to keep holography simple but I will do my best.

SFMOMA :75 Years of looking forward

My first trip to a place that has conceptual art is to SFMoma.  In one of their recent exhibit  includes Sol Leweitt and an exhibit of  Conceptual art pieces. I've have never been to SFMoma before, so this was my first time visiting this museum. I bought my ticket and enter the building to steps that was split into 2 directions both end in one location. There are 5 floors to this museum. The first floor was their 75 Years Looking Forward exhibition anniversary. I only made it to the 3rd floor because the museum was closing at 5:30 pm. I spent most of my time on the first floor admiring the pop art. I eventually made my way over to the Conceptual art room and stare at a t.v set  for about 5 minutes waiting to see what was the nextt position that the person in the t.v box might do. His name was .... The main attraction was that large screen in the back of the room , play clips  to construction people fighting/wrestling from a projector. I thought how does this convy art?  I could see that possible the act of reacting could resulting in movements that construct  a sort of dance or motion that is art. Or I am not thinking of much bigger ?  I finally turn the corner to the the next room and saw the Sol Lewitt piece. It's pretty amazing the graphs and plotting numbers could be art. I was very impress with what I  saw at the museum.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Possible Ideas for final

I know some of these things may sound silly but we all have to start some where....

A giant easy button

Statue of a man collecting trash

A giant  life saver

Mobile monument that helps mother nature

A sea saw

a Giant cellphone or ipod

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Assignment 5: Monument Intervention

Perpwork :Day # 1

My focus for the Monument Intervention Project was at the Japanese Tea Garden locateted in the Golden Gate Park. My partner for this project was Tane. We both researched on the location where we would find man array of monuments so that we could have a better selection. We narrowed it down to the Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor. When we were reserching the Golden Gate Park, we both found web sites that provided that key monuments that are the most popular. Tane found a pdf of building and Monuments in Golden Gate Park, which has a short description of the building and monuments.There was section made to show which monuments was adopted and funded. We visted Golden Gate park on Friday monring. We decided to check out the monuments that had the most funding and least funding or adoptions. It was interesting how much money was donated to care and maintain the art piece. We also visted other monuments that was suggested in our reserch as well. The monuments that caught our attention was the one with the most money which was the buddha $28,150 maintenance endownment funding and Conservation Funding $81,000) in the tea garden and the monument that receive the least funding is the Hagiwara family plaque ( $3,850 maintenance endownment funding and conservation Funding $2,000) which was also in the Tea garden ( ) 
Tane and I went into the tea garden to look for the Hagiwara family plaque, I totally walked passed it because I was completely distracted by the beauty of the lush green plants and enchanted surroundings of koi fishes swimming in the pond, blush pink cherry blossom flowers in full bloom and skilled architecture of the buildings. Tane had to tell me that I just walked right pass the monument for me to stop and recall what I was looking for. The Hagiwara family plaque was mounted onto an enmormous rock that sits in front of the park enterance and exit. At first glance you it looks like that it was a large rock in between 2 trimed bushes. The plaque does not stand out from the rock texture. I believe that this maybe a deliberate decision, they probably want honor  this this family with something that hold significant meaning that would tie into the garden,so the plaque to blend into the garden as though they are one with the garden.

History of  monument:

According to my reserch the Hagiwara family was one of the many family that taken over from Japan to live in a villiage created for the Worlds Fair Exhibitition in San Francisco in 1894. They started with 1 acres and expanded to 5 acres of land to complete the village and garden. The Baron Makoto Hagiwara was the great grand father that negociate a deal with the superintendent of the park name John McLaren, who agreed to keep the Japanese village and garden as a gift to San Francisco.

Creating Awareness:Day #2

Tane and I email each a few ideas that we had during the weekend of how we would raise awareness. Tanae and I both agree on using chalk to guide people to the Tea garden. Tane suggest maybe posters if it started to rain. I went shopping at Target and found glow stick bracelet and was inspired to use it for something. We end up making information bracelets that has fact about the monument and clue to where to find the piece as well. I though that it would be cool if we could track all of the people that we gave a bracelet too with glow sticks. We could count how many people actually checked out our monument by the amount of glow sticks bracelet that is in the garden. It using the concept of "Where is Waldo" to  make the bracelet more simulating. I bought 20 bracelets and divided it in 2 between me and Tane. I would do my set of 10 facts or clues and Tane would do her own. So, we had a more random selection of information. It looks something like this:

Front of tag/card:
Can you find this mysterious rock? This deceiving rock holds great value then you can imagine.
For clues and facts to where to find this rock flip over.

Back of card:
Makoto Hagiwara Family Plaque

1) It is located in an enchanted garden where koi fish swims, tea is served and cherry blossom blooms.

2) It was created to honor a family that once lived and maintain this garden as though it was a village in Japan from 1895-1942 which was the beginning of WWII when they are relocated to live in a concentration camp.

3) It is located in a location where "hello" and "good-byes" is usually exchanged.

4) It is sitting in a place where the care takers was suppose to over see the garden for 99 years.
More facts and information available at the Tea Garden gift shop

Tane and I met up early Friday morning to make the bracelet. I printed my information and then pasted on an index card. Then I made holes in the cards so that I could put it on the bracelet. When we were done, we headed over to the Park.

Unforeseen Conflicts:
When we arrived at the Golden gate Park, we decide to draw chalk arrows on the side walk for tourist and visitors to follow. We are in the mist of creating arrows on the floor when I could hear a horse coming toward me. Then a man in the park ranger uniform asked me what I was doing. I told him that I was creating an awareness for my monument project. He said that I had to stop because we need a permit to have access to certain parts of the park. If we don't stop he's going to have to give us a citation. I inquire if I could still pass out my flyer's? He said I may do so but it has to be 15 yards away from any entrance of the Tea garden. I was content with what I already have done so a permit wouldn't be necessary.

Passing out bracelets: Just say "Hello"
We  approach people around the park and told them that we are student trying to raise awarness for a monument in the Tea Garden. had a good conectionWe explained the information barcellet and told them to have fun. We took turn talking to people because the other person had to take a picture of us talking to person. We were there for 2 hours talking to people. Tane had a good connection with the younger people and I could help talking to elderly and  a mature crowd. We decided that we are going to avoid elderly people because they tend either ask a lot of questions, most of them not related to the monument and get side tracked about the topic and quiz us on life.
Someone asked if I was Japanes and I lied and said yes, I figured they would take my cause more seriously if I was Japanese that's why they asked. The response we got from people was that they thought it was cool to learn something new and that they are looking forward to checking out the monument. Some people were in a bad mood and didn't reply to us so we left them alone and another couple asked if we needed a donations.



When we were done with the bracellet, we stopped by the monument and stood by the enterance to see if there were people that we had approached earlier and there were a few people. By knowing that someone knows something about our monument and is there to apprciate its value, make all our work worth it. We had fun as well.


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Adobe Illustrator Sweep : is my version of with the yellow AIM character from AOL instead runnning , he's on the verge of falling or slipping on to the floor with word bubble over head thinking ,"shit out of luck" (SOL) abbreviated in the bubble.  AOL use to be a popular until Google took over.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Visiting Monuments

My partner for the monument project,Tane and I spent this morning visiting monuments in the Golden Gate park. I has no idea that this park was this big.This first place we went in the park was the Japanese tea garden,luckily it was free on Friday. we discovered a few pieces that was very interesting, they were a family plaque, a lantern and Buddha. Then we went to check out a Pioneer Mother monument that rubbed me the wrong way. The boy and girl (siblings) were awkwardly posed and naked next to their fully clothes mother. Tane thought it was interesting and said she would research it. Then we walked further by the De Young museum and saw the Francis Scott Key monument, Apple Cider press,Lion and the Sphinxes. We reviewed what we observed and decided to that the Hagiwara family plaque, for it's placement location and lower investment on conservation. Here are some pictures to our trip.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Expressive Egg Expressions

I am not sure if this is considered conceptual art and it was done in a non traditional method of displaying art which tells a story. If anyone knows what this qualifies as, please let me know. It made me laugh pretty hard and I wanted to share it with you.Thanks.