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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Assigned Writings

 Might as well Put them here,

I don't know if at one point would make me count as plagiarizing myself for submitting articles that are assigned to my grad project course but I wanna share them so FUCK IT.

anyway I'll start with the latest since I like it and I don't want to do the older ones cause in hindsight they suck (that doesn't nullify the possibility of me posting them later)

anyway so to cut things short turns out it will be harder than I think to convince the professor's leading the grad project course to do a graphic novel that easily, I have to go through a process of priming (one I have gone through on my own since the winter). But I'm not complaining this guiding process is helping me enhance my work so I'm all for it YAY.

So this is a reflection piece on this article. posting this on a blog reminds me of a previous assignment blog that I used to do for Anne-Marie Schleiner's class history and theory of digital art, one which looking at now I don't know if it was really me writing, that was actually coherent thought that had a purpose (something I usually am not known for most of the time)

anyway I guess I'll be rereading it to try and grasp the state of mind I was in then, because I feel that is the closest I was to an artist (probably).

without further ado here is the article:

Why do you need to draw a cube a sphere a cone and a cylinder?

                Luis Camnitzer’s article on art and literacy went on and on in describing the need for alphabetization. It also talked about how the current educational system is hurting education rather than helping in progressing it. Teaching a person how to read and write without teaching them what to read and write or why to do so is essentially the main problem, or so she states.
            Now from her perspective, those basics of reading and writing (in that order) are preparing future generations to become perfect parrots, machines not capable of sentient thought. It is the same with art, you learn by copying the model in-front of you, or drawing the basic shapes art schools are so fond of.  Sure one is entitled to certain hours of still life, figure and landscape drawing to pass within this system that has been put forth as education. But this formulaic process of learning in which one is spoon fed the basics till the brain is saturated with this information, to the point that it is second nature yet of no real use, is hurting the people within this system. One could learn the alphabet and read as good as the next guy. They would also be incredibly capable of putting letters together to form words, sentences, paragraphs, and in the end, essentially, what would be considered as writing. Yet this writing based on purely learning the alphabet would be as valuable as a single ski ball ticket. Writing words doesn’t make you a writer as much as drawing a cube to pin point precision, arguably, doesn’t make you an artist. You would be considered a great draftsman, maybe, but not an artist.  Same with all disciplines, not anyone who can work a camera is a filmmaker, or anyone who can play an instrument a musician.
            To be truly capable to create work on your own based on what you learned, that is probably a step in the right direction. The one thing missing when learning the basics is to learn function and application. I can learn figure drawing over and over but if I have no purpose or function to use it. So what is the point of that? When does one cross the line from learning the tools to applying them? To actually going out and discovering things, thinking for one-self and creating original work. I agree with Camnitzer that doing just that, going out, discovering and creating purely without instruction, is essentially amateurish, and learning the tools too well without trying to think or apply those tools for a certain function is just “empty professionalism”. The trick lies within finding a balance between both aspects of it.
One must seek and pursue the tools and skills needed to create a work of art but it is equally important to work as hard, if not more, to acquire that idea, that thought, that would be turned into a piece of work worthy of display and appreciation. Which brings us to the point of the importance of research, like learning to draw research is still a tool, the application of that in a work of art mixed with expertise in other tools in creation of that art results in the end in a piece that stands out. The functionality that we give to the tools is what makes any work respectable and worthy of attention. A screw driver is a piece of metal with a plastic handle, but when you need to remove screws to open a box it is a life saver. A paintbrush is exactly the same for anyone who learned how to use it, it is one way to put a paste of pigments on canvas, yet in the hands of an “artist” it is an extension to his thoughts and expressions, a magic wand that creates a window into the artist’s mind.
anyway more later
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Monday, February 15, 2010

In the presence of enemies

is an awesome song :P

but yeah I guess this signals a return in my blogging activity after being quite dead for a while. So without further ado UPDATES:

ok first of all the Graduation project course is going fine. but apparently I'm the only one enjoying it. I'm seeing allot of people that are thinking this would be a free ride, something that pisses the FUCK out of me. I mean, the professor and instructor teaching this course, are actually trying to develop us conceptually as artists to be able to create a body of work that would stand out in the modern art world. And some others are just not caring about this development and want to create art. I'm sorry but to me being an artist and creating art comes from a conscious state of mind of what art is and who the person is as an artist, and all they are worried about is class time being utilized to work on our artworks. FOR FUCK'S SAKE DID YOU REALLY THINK YOU WILL ONLY WORK ON YOUR GRADUATION PIECE IN CLASS WHAT IS THIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. I mean for my project, creating a graphic novel, I intended to work really hard ALLOT outside of class. I need to if I want to create something with any resemblance to a respectable piece of work. The books I bought for Research too. To me research is imperative to create something substantial, to me that was more or less natural (or at least it became so of late). The graduation project in my belief is our first entry into the real world. So it would make sense that we'd create something worthy of that. not just another student piece. last year's graduation project exhibit had allot of CRAP in my opinion some pieces were nice but no where near something you'd see in an exhibit. lots of under developed pieces. To be Frank though there were a couple of pieces that were carefully constructed and had a deeper resonance within them. But still allot were unabridged CRAP, I might be overly critical but that is how I will judge my work too, which even if I Like it at first i would call it crap if i didn't put enough work into it.

With that rant out of the way, I good news update is in order. I met up with el shorouk publishing house, one of THE biggest publishers in Egypt. Talked to them about my project. And they are very excited about it. They are in the process of trying to get into comics. The guy I talked to thought I was really prepared and knew what I was talking about (which is great cause I felt so under prepared). So more or less I can say they green lighted the project, not that it would matter since I'm going to do it anyway, insha2 Allah (God willingly). But now he is ready as soon as I'm done I'll just walk in with the book and they'll start working on it. He even said they are not afraid to experiment. Plus he asked me to work on this other adaptation project, I can't divulge anymore about this but needless to say it was something that I wanted to do in the first place so it couldn't have come at a better time.

The thing that was interesting this morning was that the director of the townhouse gallery passed by our Grad project class, and gave a little talk about getting your art into a gallery and the importance of research in a piece of work (something that me glad I bought all these books). The thing that I enjoyed though was the fact that I told him that I do comics and it's perceived as something commercial putting that in a gallery space as an art piece would be challenging and he said that the art scene is ripe  for something of the sort in fact his own words were you couldn't have come at a better time. so I guess all the signs are in place the more I work on this the more I find things that guide me to the right direction so really I believe in the end I'll produce a piece of work that I could be proud of and would get somewhere. though one could only hope.

And in Other news The comics workshop is over. sad I know but then I am very proud of the body of work that came out of it, both mine and others I got to see what the current generation of writers and artists can do with a medium so versatile as comics with little time and even less resources. Needless to say it was awesome. I will be sharing the work produced after the produced publication is out so keep an eye out for later.

that's it for now I guess hopefully I'll maintain more communication soon

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

backed up

my life is like a toilet backed up not able be flushed with water pouring out on the floor making my socks all soggy woggy, that is just my way of saying I'm swamped.

more news later I got good news about publications and the like so be patient, the one person who reads this :P

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I am still around

School just started things are great I got allot of work done which ill be showing soon sorry for radio silence I just need to be able to think clearly not the current swamped state I'm in
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