Sunday, June 5, 2016

Event 3

  UCLA has incredible resources in the arts program and there is even a museum on campus. Most people, like myself, was unaware of this until this class. The Fowler Museum consists of mostly art and cultural pieces from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas from all past and present. It is a collection of cultural pieces from all over the world and is a great representative of the diverse culture that UCLA takes pride in.

The figures in the exhibit were somewhat human, but also seemed a bit unhuman as well. The Indian artist named Vivian Sundaram had unique figures that were only made out of recycled material. The recycled material that came from all over the world added an extra bit of creativity that I enjoyed.
The next exhibit that I enjoyed was called "Intersections". This exhibit incorporated all types of art forms from around the world. It included art that seemed to be native and I could imagine them being created by local tribes which was interesting to see how art is unique from different parts of the world. A lot of these pieces of art look very simple at first glance, but as you continue to look at them you start to realize the small intricate details that make this art so amazing. The different masks that were all unique and all had specific characteristics about them stood out to me.

 I would absolutely suggest visiting both of these exhibits and the Fowler Museum in general. If you are a person that was unaware of these places like I was, then I strongly suggest to take a look because it was impressive and opened my eyes to the world of art.

Event 2

Today I went to the Getty for the first time this year while at UCLA and I was astonished by the size, architecture, and art. The architecture is like nothing I have seen before, and it makes the artwork that much more presentable. It also helps that the Museum sits above all of LA and has a 360 degree view.  I visited 3 exhibits, including two photography exhibits capturing animal wildlife in the late 1800's and early 1900's and more modern black and white photography in a city setting. The third exhibit was easily my favorite, which was impressionist artwork of the 1800's. I have always been fond of the impressionist era and it was very cool for me to see work from Monet, Van Gogh, Sisley, Munch, and Khnopff.

This is one of my favorite pieces by Monet I saw today, Sunrise, depicts the French harbor of Le Havre. Critics at the time believed it was unfinished impressionism, rather than a finished composition. It definitely captures Monet's paintbrush through the morning light, fog, and reflecting water.

Another piece I enjoyed was a portrait of Jeanne Kefer by Fernand Khnopff that portrait a young girl standing up against a larger door. She portrayed the young Jeanne Kefer as a elegant young girl who, looking little next to the door while the floor tilts to the right, provokes the view of the world through a child's perspective.

Lastly, Edward Munch's Starry Night is a representation of the lake where Munch spent many of his summer evenings. With the many layers of color on top of the textured canvas, the viewer can't help but notice his style. I like the simplicity of the piece, as rounded shoreline goes rhythmically with the rounded hill.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Week 9

Ever since I was 10 years old, space was an intriguing entity, mostly because of its infinite size and at the same time our somewhat little knowledge of it. I grew up dreaming to be an astronaut, as stereotypical as that may be, as I read many books and comics of tales to the moon and space adventure. I even had the typical glow in the dark stars on my ceiling to look at as I fell asleep. We do know how little the Earth is in comparison to the rest of the universe. Carl Sagan says in his A Pale Blue Dot, "our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light." In other words, we hold ourselves to be a influential part of the universe, yet we could hold no significance in the larger picture.

Many artist's work have been inspired by the uncertainty and popularity of outer space, one being Robert Rauschenberg, who was invited by NASA to witness the Apollo 11 launch. He was inspired by all things NASA, from buildings to vessels, and you could see it in his work. His 1950's work anticipated the pop art trend, as he took nontraditional mediums and used them in new and original ways. 

Movies have been exploring the possibilities and also market, most notably recently. Interstellar and Gravity are too box office hits within the past two years that have explored the potential of space. I particularly enjoyed Interstellar,  as astronauts travel through a "wormhole" in search of a new home for society. The movie proved to be popular and controversial, as people disagreed as to what the force to propel Matthew McConaughey through the dimensions. It was a ground breaking film and got people thinking of the many possibilities of space travel. 


Sagan, Carl. "A Pale Blue Dot Quotes." Good Reads. N.p., n.d. Web. 309May 2016.

"SFMOMA | SFMOMA | Explore Modern Art | Our Collection | Robert Rauschenberg | Space (Tribute 21)." San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2016.

Rauschenberg, Robert. Stoned Moon. Digital image. Rauschenberg. Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, n.d. Web. 26 May 2016.

"Interstellar (film)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 29 May 2016.

"Interstellar Plot Holes." Movie Plot Holes. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2016.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Week 8

Nanotechnology has been a different topic than what we have discussed so far as it being an art form and being able to see the with the naked eye. It is working on a molicurler level and a atomic level, it is far to small to see without instruments such as a microscope. Old scientific methods become out dated and no applicable. The nanotechnology has the influence to change the world socially. It is a collaborative effort, just like the artist are becoming.

An interesting part of Dr. Gimzewski's lecture was his discussion about the first to conceptual talk about nanotechnology in 1959, Mr. Richard Feynman. He gave a talk called, "There's plenty of room at the bottom," where he suggested how much room there was at the atomic level to create new technology, that could change the world. Feynman was very interested in manipulating things at an atomic scale, and was determined to prove that there was infinite room for growth. One of his challenges was for someone to write 25,000 pages of the Encyclopedia Britannica on a pin head. He would later find that it is possible to write 260,000,000 pages of the Encyclopedia on a pin head. He also realized that on the "nanoscale," the laws of physics change, as thermal jittering and surface tension dominate gravity, and quantum mechanics takes over for Newton's classical mechanics. 

 Richard Feynman

Self assembly or self organization are key to nanotechnology but are not new in terms of nature, as nature has always self organized. There are examples, such as the snowflake, which assembles into unique and beautiful patterns from frozen water molecules or the fractal nature of trees as each tree has a unique fractal nature. These are all composed of atoms and have some how been directed into complex patterns by simple self organization. The Blue Morpho butterfly is an example of this on the nano scale. The fluorescent blue wings of the Morpho butterfly are not made up of a pigment but instead made up of "christmas tree" like structures that are surrounded by air and protein, which manipulates light on the nanoscale and reflect back the fluorescent blue color.  


"There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 24 May 2015.

Curtin, John. "Art in the Age of Nanotechnology." Art.base. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2015. <>.

"Richard Feynman Introduces the World to Nanotechnology with Two Seminal Lectures (1959 & 1984)." Open Culture. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2015.

"Morpho." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 24 May 2015.

"Research and Innovation Communications." How Butterfly Wings Can Inspire New High-Tech Surfaces. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 May 2015.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

week 7

Neuroscience is an growing in technology and we are gaining more comprehension of the human brain with every discovery we go through as humans. The brain is responsible for the most functions within the body, the body relies heavily on the brain to make vast decisions that could hurt or help its own body. Neurons play a major role in the nervous system while they are responsible for connection between cells, The illustration bellow was made by Camillo Golgi, calling it the "Golgi's Method".

An interesting topic that invokes the human brain revolves around drugs and hallucinogens, in the mid 1900's LSD was a big part of the though that it was a psychological marvel that could help take down depression and cases of schizophrenia. LSD also was supposed to help recovering alcoholics. The artist can theoretically portray images of what is going on inside of their brain and can give little restirciotns or guidelines. The following portraits are by the sam artist and one is before the consummation of LSD and after the Consummation of LSD.

The "Day of the Dead" is an interesting ritual in Mexico which takes the common fear of saness of death and turns it around to be a great spiritual up lifting for those who are about to pass and those who have seen their loved ones pass. Families create great sceneries of their loved ones photos and put them up on altars and make them vibrant. The shrines to commemorate their passed family members are put on display for all to see. The tradition brings the community of the people who have died together and they rejoice the passing of death. 


Szalavitz, Maia. "LSD May Help Treat Alcoholism." Time. 9 Mar. 2012. Web. 15 May 2015.

Vesna, Victoria. "Neuroscience + Art Lectures." Desma 9 Lecture. Los Angeles. 11 May 2015. Lecture. Online

"Day of the Dead - Dia De Los Muertos - Contemporary Altar -" Day of the Dead Altar. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 May 2015.

"Neuroscience." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Web. 15 May 2015. 

"The Effect of an Acid Trip on an Artist’s Drawings." 22 Words The Effect of an Acid Trip on an Artists Drawings Comments. The Effect of Acid, n.d. Web. 15 May 2015.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

BioTech and Art

As BioTechnology, and technology in general expanding at a rapid rate on the cellular level, the artists have began working with biologists and live tissue, organisms, and life processes. This has raised discussion as to what "BioArt" entails. Furthermore, their are ethical debates about artists "meddling with the genetics structures of natural systems." (Vesna)

Joe Davis was the pioneer of BioArt as he had an idea of putting sounds to light information, in which he called the Audio Microscope. The Audio Microscope allows for one to "hear" living cells, as each cell was given its own signature sound. He then took this idea farther to look at how E. coli responded to jazz, in efforts to create sound waves that would act stressful to bacteria. He would later use E. coli as the vehicle to send a sign of human intelligence and to "send a message in a bottle" to the extra terrestrials. He chose E. coli because it is essential for human digestion and survived through five years of deep space exposure. His message was microvenus, representing both life and female genitalia in response to all the male phallic images in space. Davis was able to translate microvenus into a string of nucleotides and in-between the genes of the bacteria E. coli. He was able to publish via genetics, a truly impressive feat.

Like Davis, artist Eduardo Kac featured the genome in his work, but focused on the human genome in particular. He genetically altered a petunia flower with the DNA in his own blood to create what he called the "Edunia." The flower became a hybrid of Kac and a petunia, where his DNA was expressed in the red veins of the flower. The "Edunia" is a representation of the contiguity of life between different species in a visually significant fashion. The flower has the ability to impress a sense of fascination towards the phenomenon of "life."

Both Davis and Kac were able to impress a sense of fascination towards the public about the phenomenon "life." BioArt is unique in that it can make one question the very meaning of his/her existence and what the relationship is between different species and genomes. 


"Joe Davis: Genetics and Culture." Joe Davis: Genetics and Culture. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 May 2015.
Vesna, Victoria, narr. “BioTech Art Lectures I-V.” N.p., . web. 5 Nov 2012.
Kac, Eduardo. “Natural History of the Enigma.” Ekac. 2009. Web. 08 May. 
 “Barry Schuler: An Introduction to Genomes.” YouTube. 23 Jan 2009. Web.
Kac, Eduardo. "Bio Art." Bio Art. Kac, n.d. Web. 05 May 2015. 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Event 1 - Hammer Museum

Today I went to the Hammer museum and searched for exhibits that were fascinating and incorporated our unit's such as MetTech and Art. The designs that surrounded me captured my eyes because the abstract paintings and sculptures encapsulated what art I think means. The beauty of the showcases that were put on display under glass cases still allowed you to get up close and see individual paint marks by the artist. If you want to see the whole piece there was plenty of room to step back and see the whole meaning of the painting or sculpture.

This is a art showcase of David Oppenheim eating a gingerbread cookie and showing how it is being digested. He was a pioneer of body art, and earthworks. The picture on the bottom right shows that the gingerbread cookie will digest to become waste. He states here that anything created or morphed by the body of the artist including byproducts, can be art.

This picture relates to technology and Art, creating an art form using a  camera and the beauty of the other beauties if captures. This museum was very eye opening to me to show how art museums can change your perspective on how to look at someones else art form. One main factor I took away from the Hammer Museum was that you can create art with your own body no matter what form it may come in. 


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week 4

The most fascinating and intricate working "machine" is the human body and we are constructed of the most interesting cross-section of art and technology working on earth today. The newest technology being produced today is all coming from the medical technological advances and it is the forefront of the technology race, making strides everyday with new observations and creations. 
The illustrations of the human body first came from a art work done by Andreas Vesalius in his De Humani Corporis Fabrica of 1543, He produced a accurate depiction of the human organs and body structure like no one else had been able to create ever. Later, Henry Gray created and anatomy book that would go down as one of the most influential pieces of the depiction of the human body and it is still used today. The illustrations and very detailed descriptions would stir a appeal toward the beauty and art form that the human body can create. Even though it was used as a medical piece, art workers who work with the human body still use this piece of art to relate to. 

The exhibition called "BODIES" displayed its self on the human bodily system and preserved a unique and popular art form. This exhibition was amazing to see body art works in San Francisco over this past year. The beauty that the human body is not accounted for made me realize how intricate we are, beautiful pieces of art. 

The 21st century has taken the X-ray device for granite and are used in a wide spectrum from hospitals to check for our bodily health, and airports to protect those flying. The evolution of the X-ray has allowed for doctors and artist alike to get a better feel for what the anatomy of a human body look like and the multifarous variations it brings. 

Work Cited

 Gray, Henry Gray's Anatomy Descriptive and Surgical, 1896 13th edition. 

Savitz, Masha. "Deconstructing the Human Bodies Exhibit and Falun Gong Genocide."  2016. 

"History of the X-Ray and Radiology." History. NDT Resource Center, n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

"CAT Scan vs. MRI." Diffen, n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

"Vesalius - Pages 3 and 4." Virtual Books: Images Only. British Library, 1543. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

Sunday, April 17, 2016


Robotics have changed the world drastically with products being created by robots. Products are being created more efficiently and quicker with the technology of robots working quickly while maintain efficiency for long hours a day. However Walter Benjamin argues that we are not ready to incorporate more robotics because we can not think about how it may affect our future. Walter Benjamin claims in his Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction that "society has not been mature enough to incorporate technology."

This picture is of the Henry Ford assembly line where people worked countless hours making sure every Ford Model T car was in perfect shape for purchase.

This picture is of the present day Mercedes Benz factory where all machines are putting tougher other machines to put up for purchase. The personal detail has been forgotten and robotic technology has taken over the assembly line.

The more society creates the idea that robots are taking over jobs, they might just start creating them to have emotion. Rodney Brooks describes in his piece that robots "could have emotions" and could act like living creatures. This is a significant statement because there are many jobs that need to be given to working people in search of jobs to provide for themselves or their family.  The typical robot we conjure is one who follows their code and does not astray from encrypted orders. However, movies are being made such as Wall-E which is a robot who has emotion to think for others and their safety. The movie portraits how we have come to a point in america where robots have taken over all jobs and citizens of the United States have become obese from not being active because of the robots doing jobs for them, simple tasks as taking out the trash.

Wall-E Movie

Society must have the willingness to adapt to intervention of robots or else it will be hard to make a correction in our lifestyle in the future. The technology that is being incorporated in robots will be integrated everyday into everyday human interaction. If the human race does not adapt quick, jobs will be consumed by the robotic industry. We must embrace that the robotic world is coming and that hum as establish most jobs in the world, but we may need some production aid as well.

Rae, John Bell. Henry Ford. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1969. Print
Benjamin, Walter, and Roger Viollet. Walter, Benjamin. Toulouse: Privat, 1981. Print
WALL-E. Dir. Andrew Stanton. By Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, and Jeff Garlin. Prod. Jim Morris. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures,2008
"NASA Robotics - Robotics Alliance Project." NASA Robotics - Robotics Alliance Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.
"Mercedes-Benz." MercedesBenz International Corporate Website International Corporate Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Inside of a mathematics formula, it can result in an art form. Linear perspective was spoken of in the lecture and the history of the founding of the vanishing point was done by Brunelleschi. The architecture directly relates to math and art correlating with the science of optics. WIthin the two, there are the mathematicians who see the shapes and angles within the artwork. For artists, they see the beauty and passion that the artist put into the painting.

Mathematicians can see the beauty from two cultures, ones of math and science, and one of art and creation. After watching the video I feel like I have gained much knowledge and multifarious ideas of how the artist created their art using mathematic formulas. The shapes created by artist come from formulas constructed from mathematics. The shapes come together to form a piece that represents math in the art form created by Kandinsky.

One artist that creates multiple math shaped paintings is Kandinsky, he proves his masterpieces have math qualities that forms beauty within art. Kandinsky is an abstract artists who forms shapes that connect together to make art. He was the first artist to create the first purely abstract painting. Kandinsky created his work through inner beauty and through his spirit. His upcoming was about having intense thought based on his artistic experiences.

"Kandinsky, Wassily." WebMuseum:. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.
"Kandinsky & Klee." Pinterest. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2016
"Wassily Kandinsky - "Calm Bend". 1924 Year." Pinterest. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.
Hinton, Charles Howard. The Fourth Dimension. London: Sonnenschein, 1904. Print.
"Wassily Kandinsky Biography, Art, and Analysis of Works." The Art Story. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2016.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Within the sport of baseball there can be two types of cultures, the art form and the scientific form. Personally I am in love with the art of the sport and would rather pay attention to the art form rather than the scientific form. However people like to attract to the scientific areas of how pitches move and how much time hitters have to see the ball to put it into play.
The art of baseball is the scenery and the excitement of the people cheering for their team since they were young and stay with them until they are older. The true fans of the game indulge in the beauty of the sport and watch how it is played with intent and passion for their home city. I love to walk into a baseball stadium and smell the air and take in the architecture that has been built to play the game.
On the other hand the people who follow the sport through computers such as watching statistics to see how a team is doing instead of watching their passion on the field. More times than other the statistics do not tell the story of how the game went. Everything on paper could have been statically correct, but the team could not pull it together. As said in a article “Southern California and other large cosmopolitan arenas, as places for cultural intersection and memetic alchemy, are where creative economies best flourish and thus evolve”.