WK 5 Classmate Conversation: Jazz

On Thursday, I met Jazz, a very interesting character.  She is the epitome of all pop culture.  She dressed in a normal outfit of the latest trends at the moment: grunge.  She tried to be “on-the-surface grunge”, which consisted of distressed jeans in all the right places and an Abercrombie flannel.  During our interview, she raved on and on about her seven hour wait for One Direction and how much she stalks their twitters to always find out where they are.  She only like boy bands and everything that is alive in pop culture.  I told her I was dorming and she told me that it was for poor people.  Cheryl kind of just…stayed quiet.  Jazz seems to be a little superficial and definitely loves Starbucks.

Cheryl and Jazz definitely had very different things to talk about.  They seemed almost the opposite.  Our characters definitely had a good flow of the conversation though.  Jazz would normally just talk and ask good questions while Cheryl just did minimal talking, which is something she enjoys.  Opposites do attract! At the end, they walked around the galleries and enjoyed the art.  They also walked around the campus and had a good time.

The “real” Jazz, Jasmine, is nothing like this.  She is a civil engineering major and she really likes a little more subdued bands, such as the 1975.  She did admit that she waited in line for seven hours, but not to meet One Direction.  She is really friendly and really does not mean that only poor people dorm.  We got along really well, as just as ourselves, and were talking about how much fun this whole project was.  We walked around campus together to ask people what they thought about our majors or what they thought our names were.  We both got really good answers and laughed at all the possibilities that could have gone with our identities.  Jasmine is really cool!  But I’m not sure I could really be friends with Jazz….. but she seemed nice!

For more of Jasmine’s adventures in Art 110:

jasminehooper.wordpress.com

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WK 5 Artist Conversation: I-Tan Wong

Inside the Marilyn Werby Gallery, there was an art exhibit going on called Excess and Access: Juried Student Exhibition.  It was just a group exhibition with a bunch of photographers and their work displayed.  I was really drawn to I-tan Wong’s work.  She had three photographs put together in a line that had the same woman in each picture with something different, whether she was wearing something around her eyes, her face was highlighted and her body completely covered, or with her face covered by googly eyes.  I was definitely comparing the last photo of the woman’s face covered in googly eyes with something I had seen at another exhibit at the Hammer Museum over the summer.  It was a video installation of a cartoon man with eyes all over his body.  He was looking all around his body and seemed like he was relieved to see all of these eyes.  When a light turned on and it seemed like someone was approaching him, he quickly used scissors to jab the eyes out.  He seemed embarrassed or rather ashamed, really, of all these eyes on his body.

I was trying to connect this picture to that video and maybe the first picture tells the story of trying to cover sight or visual aspects.

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The second one seems like she just has a head.  The whole body is not shown.  It’s trying to cover her body, her sense of touch and physical interaction.

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But in the last picture, everything seems amplified.  There are more eyes o3n her face and are not being covered up, her body is completely exposed because it seems like she is nude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first two pictures seem like they’re trying to censor something, or cover up and hide away different assets.  I could be wrong, but that’s what I got from the work.  I tried searching up I-tan Wong’s information online, but I could not find a specific website or her actual statement on this piece.  This is a mystery that I wish I could solve!  I really want to know what this piece means to her and what inspired her to work with such materials.

 

 

 

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I-tan Wong’s piece was featured on the exhibit’s flyers!

 

I-tan Wong’s LinkedIn profile:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/i-tan-wong/8a/8b1/927

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