Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Neverland Netherlands # 0 - Introduction

I'm on my way to the Netherlands to begin the crazy and unpredictable adventure that will be the next three months of my life. I was one of two artists accepted to the Enschede Artist Residency Holland in the town of Enschede, in the eastern border of the Netherlands. The residency period is for three months and includes a living area, studio, and exhibition space. I'll be depart in January; This will be my first experience in main land Europe and I'll be completely crossing the Atlantic this time. 
The residency is located at Kunstenaarsinitiatief B93, I'll be staying in one of two fully equipped living/working spaces, allotted to foreign artists. I'm packing warm. Google tells me I should expect  -5° C to 5° C. 

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Calarts Experience - Early Graduation

The winter term has ended and I'm pleased to announce my application for an early graduation was accepted. I am now a college graduate.

My calarts experience started in 2005. I transfered to the film school after studying asian art history in Santa Barbara. Although I had already completed a year of college when I was accepted to Calarts, I was forced to enroll at the freshmen level. 

Although the school accepts transfer students, the character animation department does not. This is due to the cumulative nature of the curriculum; student must complete the full four year program. A loophole was in that the degree can be abbreviated through an accelerated graduation. Students start their first year at the freshmen level but then submit a  formal application to skip their fourth year. This process starts with a proposal and proceeds with a series of interviews.

The Proposal
I submitted a free form essay where I explain why an accelerated graduation should be granted. Describing my artistic development at calarts, I proceeded to illustrate my artistic and career goals and how they'll be achieved through an early graduation. My conclusion focused on the end of my formal education as the start of a formal career as an artist.

The Interview:
In essence, the interview was a pitch and I had to pitch myself. Taking the chaotic array of the subtitle nuances of my artistic experiences, I had to communicate these concepts in a structured presentation documenting my own aesthetics, experimentations, failures, and goals.
In my case, my application resulted in an early graduation. I'm leaving Calarts to start an adventure.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Independent Project - Shape Rayographs

In the darkroom, small shapes were place onto black and white 16mm film. High contrast film was used to capture the sharp edge texture of the objects. Objects were placed on the emulation side of the film. A light is used to expose the film. I chose an enlarger for it's timer and notched height increments; I could more easily control the exposure.

Afterwards, I developed the film in D19 and fixed it for 15 minutes. The process of digitizing the film was similar to using an optical printer. The school has an old printer hooked up to a digital camera. The following photographs show a 16mm strip rephotographed through a 35mm gate.
 I'm about to graduate from Calarts a semester early. There are a collection of projects I've taken up to finish the semester.
One in particular is related to perception, shapes, and social discourse. I'm working directly with one of my critical studies teachers at calarts.
I worked with the short novella FLAT LAND as the base of my project. The story revolves around a 2D shape and his adventure into the first and third dimensions. Using this concept, my project attempted to convey the idea precession in alien environments.

Sleepwalking : New Cut - With Sound