Individualism and the Mind

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In this PK, i want to present the way i think and see differently as a result of experiences I’ve had in class.

I now see and think differently in ways like my perceptual perspective of others and other things. I’ve also gained a new found respect for every given thing considering its beauty, uses, and value these objects hold; and I pay attention to the fact that everyone lives different lives with different experiences, yet we all can still connect in relation to each other’s minds.

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One moment i remember learning when concerning this class was a the Kohler Art Museum looking at each piece of work relating to memory was a powerful experience. The ways the pieces of art were portrayed gave different insights into their own thoughts on memory or literal memories.

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One in particular were the images displayed by George Widener. His pieces were generally based on dates and time “From Memory”. This intrigued me because he had a special talent of calendar memory derived from his autism. I tried to put myself in his shoes to understand his thought process; a moment where i tried to perceive through his mind and eyes.

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Another moment of learning from Understanding the Visual was when i went to the Milwaukee Art Museum. After seeing the museum with our tour guide I gained a perspective of certain miscellaneous artists work that was presented. But on return i looked at an image by Jules Bastien- Lepage (1848-1884) called Le Pere Jacques. It depicts an old man and a young girl, while the man works by gathering wood, the girl frolics distractedly towards a patch of flowers. Through this image i discovered how I analyze art. To me this expresses the integrity of both characters in different stages of life and the stream of consciousness connected to age. This was an authentic experience i enjoyed learning from.

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As well as learning from UV1 through art, i also benefitted from and gained an appreciation of individuals thoughts through literature. One being “The Object Stares Back” by James Elkins.

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His thoughts about eyes, point of view, and perspective had a huge impact on my own perception. Because he gives inanimate objects points of view, I found that i can appreciate anything existing in life a little more for what it offers. Things that are and aren’t living play huge rolls in society and they relate by the interconnectedness of everything.

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-How does this all somehow come together and relate with our peers? Are we imagining everyone is the same concerning perception? How do we interpret the same?

Today is just another day and everyday we are ever-changing because of people we meet, the small things we stumble up on, and the issues in society we face. Every day we grow more and more as individuals and as individuals we perceive.

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I perceive you and you perceive me. But… can you not perceive yourself through me? Can i not be your reflection, the mirror whose eyes are only open to yours? As individuals we perceive and we perceive differently. Mans complexities may always trigger pain and war or love and friendship, but we all get the chance to experience it and together we can experience. Isn’t that all that should matter?

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My own thoughts:

Every eye has an individualized mind. Every voice, every single person has worth and can offer a great deal solely on the basis of thought on individualism. Every person living different lives exist in their own mind and view how every second as a perceptually unique point of view. For every second these individuals lives through trial, lesson, experience, education, and stream of consciousness. All of these facets of a person are shaped and changed and molded according to their lives and own personal experience inside their heads. Because who’s to say not every thought developed alters the mind in ways like intelligence, interest, self worth, open-mindedness, and their own view on the world.

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The mind is vast and with every experience an individual can develop bias and opinion towards almost anything and everything they face in life. And when concerning the limitless ideas, subjects, social problems and issues that might be pondered a perception of reality vs. society, as well as the unknown is unveiled. All of these factors develop the individual BEING and constantly change the individuals mind set or in other words, maturity.

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While developing my own thoughts in UV1 about perception and my own perception, i realized my art and style are greatly affected by the types of outwardly thought processes i cover.

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One being related to “The Object Stares Back”. Recently i found that when i do self portraits i feel almost.. compulsed to incorporate excess amounts of eyes or eye shaped forms which could represent the life that surrounds my reality and perception or even the changes in opinion or thought processes i have.

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In the past few months this class has brought up several questions and answers in relation to my views on life and perception.

One being negative, i questioned whether MIAD was trying to assimilate a generic “artistic mind” as a whole, but now i realize the goal of MIAD is to push individuality and self led pathes into life. Of course, foundations has been shitty, but the main reason for its existence is to develop beneficial technique and talent. Through this i found that i could appreciate the bullshit for the intention is extremely horizon broadening.

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Jumbled-ness and thought.

As you may have noticed the structure of my PK is random and jumbled. I believe this best represents the thought process and stream of consciousness i have concerning the “bigger questions” about life. Everyday is a new day and has new questions awaiting an answer, and as more and more questions pile, more and more sovereignly educated thoughts arise. I believe this is the one basic idea UV1 has presented itself that i solely enjoyed. The ambiguity of Dick Knight and UV1 has allowed me to teach myself further developing my own individual, artistic mind.

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Both scans are from a field trip for UV1. We went to the Harley Davidson museum ( which I liked.). The first mage was from  a tour from the musuem that displayed and talked about the History of Halrey Davidson company, which the earlier logos on the tank was an eagle ( Made a little design on my own.) Then the second image was inspired by   masks  that were at the John Micheal Kohler Art Musuem in Sheboygen; there were Eastern masks at the musuem, so I made Japanese mythology creatures.

Pecha Kucha with notes

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True art comes from taking the visuals from the outside world and bringing them into oneself, and conveying them in a way to let each and every person interpret them in relation to themselves. Understanding the Visual has taught me to better comprehend myself, my interpretation of art, and my place (or future place) in the art world.

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I’m going to start off with a little bit of background about myself. This picture is of me as when I was about four or five with my three siblings. In the picture we’re exploring the Wakarusa River bluffs trying to catch frogs by where I used to live in Kansas.

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This next picture shows the same bluffs, but about 120 years earlier. This photograph has been with my family since it was taken. I never really came to realize the connection between that slice of history and the place where I used to have picnics and catch frogs until I was much older. It was illuminating in a way to begin to understand something so odd as experiencing history firsthand.

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This is just a picture of my mom showing the photograph to tourists and giving some history about it. We used to have random people show up all the time at our farmhouse to see visual history such as that photo and the wagon ruts from Oregon Trail settlers on the property. All of this background relates to how I grew up and began to understand the visual world around me.

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Other artists throughout history have taken reflections upon themselves and put it into their art. For instance, this is one of Van Gogh’s famous pieces of his bedroom. Not all of his paintings are a direct reflection of himself and the things around him, but this one serves as a good example for this presentation.

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Same with this Escher piece. He is obviously reflecting upon himself in a way that also shows the world around him. He creates something new that not only is a portrait of himself, but that other viewers can relate to and appreciate.

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In my journal, much of the work I did was kind of illustrative and from my mind. In a way it reflected my thoughts or feelings at that exact moment in time. I explored organic shapes as well as geometric.

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But besides just drawing random designs out of my head, many times I would jot down things about my surroundings that I thought were interesting and memorable such as the people I was with at the time or what was going on. I did this in order to remember it for later and perhaps connect it to a new piece of art.

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Besides being aware of ourselves, understanding the world around us requires participating and experiencing what life has to offer. As any artist can tell you, there is a deeper meaning to everything. Every object, tree, building, person, animal or even pebble on the ground.

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This meaning can be completely different to each and every person. Life is all about a person’s perception. How someone perceives themselves, others and the world around them. In art, a piece itself shows the artist’s way of perceiving things while simultaneously exists in the world to be perceived by others.

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Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the colored canvas, reveals himself.”

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Any art that is formed will always be connected to the artist. Countless things can be learned about a person by the art they create. It’s just up to the artist to collect information from the outside world, filter it through themselves, and create something with it.

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In his essay Self Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.”

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He goes on to say, “A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. It is a deliverance which does not deliver. In the attempt his genius deserts him; no muse befriends; no invention, no hope. Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”

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In that quote, I personally think Emerson says the truth about what every artist needs to realize: that art is about reflecting upon ones self and ones surroundings and creating something entirely new. For the most part, this class has helped me to also realize this.

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For the latter part of my 1st year’s second semester, some of my bloc mates teased me that I am a Nyan cat. Maybe it was because I was annoying most of the time and I can’t stop from blabbering so much? I don’t really know the reason of why I suddenly became the pixel-ated feline but oh well.

No matter how awkward it feels when they just start nyan-nyan-ing whenever I’m around loudly, I kind of miss it. Or I just miss these people in general. 

Back in January 2012, we surprised a bloc mate with a Mernel’s cake. I think that was the last bloc dinner we had (and we’re still incomplete in the picture). I miss them, too. I do hope we could get some time to have fun again. Stupid acads getting in the way, tss.

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