Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cuil Theory

A bit of background on Cuil Theory: According to, "The popular conception of the Cuil is heavily informed by the thought of Immanuel Kant. In The Critique of Pure Reason, Kant lays out what he describes as his 'Copernican Revolution.' He insists that the world we experience is informed by the world as it truly is and the restraints of our own consciousness. Thus, we can never really know what is happening in the world as it truly exists, expect that it has a role in shaping the world that we experience. Kant believed this experience was similar to realizing that the sun, not Earth, is at the center of the solar system."


There exists online a written example reality at each level of Cuil. Various YouTube videos, such as the one above, have been published with people reading this text, but not many have corresponding visuals. My goal is to illustrate this text, utilizing original and found video clips. I aim to create a vibrant visual narrative to enhance the absurdity of the text, and help viewers gain a deeper insight of the reality of Cuil Theory

Thursday, May 16, 2013

the D.L. Simmons experience

"I use my personal experiences as a lens to explore cultural context and develop visual concepts as metaphor. When the objects and images from out everyday lives mingle with the nuances of memory and forgetting, the familiar becomes saturated with multiple layers of meaning from the seemingly mundane to the larger-than-life metaphorical significance."
 ~D.L. Simmons

It was such a treat to have print maker D.L. Simmons join us for a two-day tour de force. There was just something about his youthful energy, southern twang, and membership to multiple Mason groups that made his print demonstrations that much more captivating.
            Strictly visually speaking, I was not that crazy about the work he produced. In the examples he shared with our class, it seemed that Simmons stuck to a familiar army camo-esque color palette. His subject matter also doesn’t stray far from the familiar – that is, images of or relating to his family. Despite these things, however, I loved the adventurous spirit that drove his creativity. I particularly appreciated having the opportunity to view his work up close and in person. There’s an amazing dimensionality to his work that photos cannot capture. His use of various processes, layers, and coat textures work harmoniously to create strong, mysterious, and exciting work.

TEDx Lawrence: Reimagining a Liberal Arts Education for the 21st Century

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

NO MORE BORING ART, John Baldessari

"If I saw art around me that I liked, then I wouldn't do art" 
~John Baldessari

The video below explains John Baldessari better than I ever could