Nina Katchadourian

Nina Katchadourian is an artist that likes working with maps, animals, and sound. Katchadourian was born in California and now lives in New York City. She has a bachelor degree from Brown University. Most of her work is subtle, you really have to look at the work to understand it.

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One of her works is the sorted books project. The books are cluster that you must read to find out what she is saying. Some of them are funny like Primitive Art, Just Image, Picasso, Raised by Wolves and some are more serious like Indian History for Young Folks, Our Village, You National Parks.

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 One of the works that I really liked is her works with maps. One of her maps is all the routes of America that are then cut up routes on the wall. The cut up routes on the were interesting because your eyes start to see different shapes or images and no longer see the routes.

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Ansel Adams inspired photographs

This week I want to share five photos I did that were inspired by Ansel Adams. I took these pictures for a photography class I was in and my natural love of black and white photographs made me choose Ansel Adams for inspiration. All the pictures are from Pascacpo State Park, which is not to far from AACC, it is in Ellicott City if any of you want to go. I tried to capture the way Ansel Adams was able to make the locations he captured more beautiful in film then in real life. As I did not have a darkroom available I did my work with a digital slr and Photoshop. I shoot all my photographs in RAW just incase I need to fix something later on, it is just easier that way. Photoshop has a great function to turn photos into black and white then play around with the color groups making some darker and some lighter, whatever makes the photograph look its best. For a couple of the photos I added clouds in the background and it made all the difference; adding more beauty to the pictures.

Jenny Holzer

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Jenny Holzer is a conceptual artist that most of her work started in the 1980’s. She is from New York. Holzer wanted to become an abstract painter when she started her education at Duke University. Around the 1970’s she started working with language and art. Jenny Holzer is considered apart of the feminist branch of artists. She is best known for her larger projections on buildings or advertisements. Holzer is not only an artist but also wrote several books. She was the first women to show in Venice Biennale, an exhibit in Italy, for the United States.

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 Clicking through a few pictures the words are either simple sentences to deep questions that are suppose to make you think. All of her pictures are all in black and white, I believe to make the words pop and keep the building in the background.

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The picture above was done in Bregenz in 2004, I like it not only for what it says but how the letters land on the building and ground.

Vectore Drawings

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Since we are working on vector drawings I thought I would share a vector drawing I did last semester for another class. I recreated a sewing machine that was later cut up and turned into a puzzle.

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It was really hard to get all the little details just right. I think it took longer to do the details then it took to do the body of the sewing machine. I played around with adding thread, adding the picture detail on it, and putting the plug in the picture. I ended up keeping the plug but getting rid of everything else. After finishing the sewing machine, the teacher suggested adding the table and strips to the background. Those two things were probably the things to do but added a lot to the image. Doing the sewing machine was defiantly a great help for doing our vector drawings. I am starting to really understand how illustor works.

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