1. Layout for the ezine https://broganknight.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/subject-2-zine-layout/
2. The ezine layout https://broganknight.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/the-holy-bible/
3. Using social media with my work
4. Use of poetry https://broganknight.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/subject-2-poetry/
5. Final layout
1. My chosen artifact
The original piece which inspired the work.
2. Rethinking ideas
Looking at the ways in which I could develop my work
4. The ezine
Looking at the colour pink
5. Further ezine developments
The way the ezine changed
Here is the final display for the work
I have chosen these images as I think they best represent the wok I’ve been doing, combining zine, scanography and image editing. This is the way they will be presented. Each image will be able to be scanned and direct link to the ezine.
One of the biggest issues I’ve had with my work is figuring out how to present it in the environment of an exhibition. As the final piece is a digital zine, figuring out how to best put across the idea that it is to be seen online has caused a few issues. The idea that has resonated with me the strongest so far is to have the scanography pages of the zine presented with the ability to scan the image and have it direct link to the ezine using aurasma.
The first issue as if I should present the work on paper. As I’m still looking to keep the DIY feel of the zine in my work, I want the scans to be on the same paper as the ezine has been photocopied in on. As paper is so flimsy, I will be mounting them on black mounting board. I considered framing them, however I feel like the frame would be too much of a distraction and things such as glass glare could interrupt with the scanning process.
As this is the first time I have presented this sort of work I looked online at other scanography and photo copy exhibitions to look at how they were presented. I discovered a scanography exhibition that had taken place in Russia in 2012. The scans were all presented frameless, letting the abstract nature of the format be the focal piece.
I also discovered ‘The Photography Club’ who exhibition xeroxed photographs from around the world. They also choose to present the work frameless. They also sell collective zines with each artist and exhibition.
I also looked back at how one of the original art pieces I was inspired by was exhibited. Pink by Sheila De Bretteville was presented plainly, with only a white border. It was also presented with the pieces going vertically, which is something to consider.
The computer is simply a tool, one that offers artists new
resources and opportunities for reaching the public; it is
human creativity that makes art. Still, one can only
imagine how the critics would have responded to the idea
that something as playful, unpretentious and widely
popular as a computer game might be considered art.
Art is a great format to examine the way the world is changing. Digital art and internet art are now driving forces within culture that weren’t there not too long back. My interest in digital art and internet art stems from my interest in looking forward at what can be created next. An ezine is the perfect format for this. It’s easy to access with a single link, meaning that anyone with basic computer knowledge is able to view it. It’s also downloadable, this means people are able to view it from multiple platforms including laptops, tablets and smart phones. Due to the availability it’s easy for the work to get to many different audiences. This ease of access also means it’s incredible easy to share the media between different social media platforms, an option that most brands advertise today.
Due to this, I have decided to create social media platforms for the zine.
Facebook for larger updates, such as teasers for the new volumes and links to the zine. Facebook is great due to the number of people using it.
Instagram is for posting pictures. A downside is that you can’t reblog, repost or share. Another downside is that you can’t post links. Two positives however are the ability to use hashtags and the community of artists that use it. #WeMustRemain
Tumblr is a good media platform for artists. You can like, repost and share links. The thumbnails are also good previews. It’s also very easy to navigate, even with very little internet knowledge.
Finally, twitter is used to post shorter updates and to interact with people. It’s great for the amount of people using it and the use of hashtags.
I have also decided to upload PDF versions onto Dropbox so they can be easily downloaded and I can share the link with people as well as being able to post direct links onto the social media
(I was absent during the constellation lectures in first term due to mitigating circumstances so have elected to discuss my dissertation instead)
My favourite colour is pink. It has been for all of my adult life. For me, it brings up images of riot grrrl zines, scraped knees and the artwork of Cy Twombly. For most people, this isn’t really what they tend to imagine when thinking of the colour. Most people’s minds will immediately go to things such as Barbie, the breast cancer awareness ribbon and baby girl’s blankets. There are two things that link those items together. The first is that they’re all very much gender specific to women. Barbie has continued to be on a great deal of little girls Christmas lists since its inception in 1959, the breast cancer awareness ribbon was chosen to be pink because of its feminine symbolism and baby girls are bought the colour pink to tell them apart from boys starting the day they are born. By now, you have already noticed the second similarity between those objects, they’re all advertised using the colour pink. Consumers buy into the gender stereotyping every day without even being aware of the gender specific marketing tactics being put in place. I’m a feminist, so gender has always been a significant thing to me when I think about my favourite colour. I refused to wear pink as an angst-ridden pre-teen because it was ‘too girly’, which I’m very much ashamed of looking back, and because it wasn’t ‘edgy’ enough. Today I’m able to see that pink is an incredibly edgy colour, not just for its hue, but for its history and its symbolism.
I’m choosing to do my dissertation on the colour pink as it is an incredibly interesting colour to me. It had its big insurgence during the rococo period and has now resurged in feminist modern art as a colour of strength as well as gender. The colour was originally dismissed by feminists as a colour of gender oppression, being seen as something to avoid as buying into the gender stereotyping consumer culture would also be buying into casual sexism and the idea that women were seen as not being feminine if they chose not to wear pink. However, it has now been reclaimed by feminists. Feminists have taken the idea that the colour pink represents gender oppression and have turned it on its head by proclaiming that the colour pink can be representative of more than just being dainty and fragile and that there is no shame in liking the colour regardless of its gender stereotyping. The artist Karen Hiller spoke about the colour in an interview with the Guardian stating that ‘Hot pink is feisty and grown up. In that tonal choice people are saying: ‘We’re not going to be seen as weak,’ and ‘Don’t mess with me.’ http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/sep/10/think-pink-how-the-colour-is-being-reclaimed.
The use of the colour pink in art has always being incredibly aesthetically pleasing to me. It can be used in so many ways and to represent anything from purity and innocence to sex and pornographic content. Pink is often used in art work in a sexual way, which relates to the slang term for vagina which is ‘pink’. The colour also can be used to represent things of a more visceral nature. Some examples of the colour pink in art are:
This installation piece by the artist Kennedy James is very similar in subject matter as the pink is not only used in a sexual way by depicting bondage with the ropes being tied around the chair, but also gender. You gender the chair as having female qualities despite it being an inanimate object due to the light pink shade of the rope being used. The colour also relates to the way the chair being bondage tied is submitting.
I also use pink a lot in my own art work. When I’m creating my art work a lot of it is very personal in nature. I tend to be very frank in my work and discuss matters such as feminism, sex and gender. The colour pink is a great way to demonstrate these ideas as it fits so well within the context of the work as well as it having so many symbolisms that the viewer will feel upon seeing the work.