Steal Like An Artist

This video’s title immediately caught my attention, and within the first minute I was hooked. Austin Kleon examines what it means to collect information, and how vital it is to artists of any sort to do so. He explains how he overcame a terrible writer’s block by literally “blocking” out words in newspaper articles with a marker to connect words into funny phrases/sayings and called it “Newspaper Blackout” (which I am a bit familiar with). He reveals that while posting his work online, he got criticized for being unoriginal, so evidently he began researching the artist who was doing something similar and traced the origin of this type of writing all the way back to the 1760s.

My favorite part of the video is when Kleon shares a little anecdote that directly relates to his story about a composer that took elements from other classic composers and set them to his own harmonies. When he did so, the critics apparently were pretty harsh on him, and told him to leave the classics alone. This anecdote relates to any person exploring any art form. We are all a walking collection of what has influenced us in the past, what resonates with us, so that when we create, we use our inspiration whether we realize it or not. So, we can never really leave the “classics,”  the ones that really stick with each of us, alone, can we? It also made me think: is taking someone else’s work and putting your own spin on it “stealing”? Is it any lesser of a work of art? My answer is no. As artists we take our own reality in through our own lens and create some sort of reflection on what we see. Any way that we do this, it is art. At least, to me.

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Painting with… Light?

This video explores an idea that we may not initially think of when we hear the word “paint.” To paint, usually, is to paint using paint in the most literal sense. However, this video introduces a new kind of painting that uses long-exposure photography to capture different colors, forms, movements, and textures in light exposure on the subject. The artists “paint” their subject with light while the camera captures each moment over the course of the light exposure to turn it into one beautiful painted photograph. The results are incredible, and definitely resemble a painting more than it does photography. This is a new and interesting way to express creativity in an art form.

This art form is rapidly catching on according to Patrick Rochon and Aurora Crowley, who are the focus of this video, and I can see why. This is a type of art that I had never yet been exposed to, but as soon as I saw the title of this video I knew it would be something that I would enjoy because I love when art is expressed in new and unique ways. Art can never be done exactly the same way with the exact same results, especially in this art form. What intrigues me the most and is driving me to try it is the fact that a light artist, once the entire set and types of light are set up and the subject is ready, may have some shell of a preconceived notion of what they want but will never know exactly what the final product may be. This type of artist cannot see the product gradually, they must solely rely on the energy of their gut, only to see the incredible product at the end.

A basic light painting tutorial can be found here.

Here’s another basic but fun video on light painting.

If this concept also sparks your interest in the other things you can do with long-exposure photography, like it did for me, check this out!

Making Broken Beautiful

This video addresses a common notion in our society that broken is automatically a negative, especially in our technology driven society broken is usually just an inconvenience. However, in this video by Idea Channel, it suggests that we move past the initial negative connotation of the word and acknowledge a certain kind of beauty in “broken,” especially when it comes to art. The type of art shown in this video is made by structurally breaking images or image sequences to form a certain type of “glitchy” media. We may find beauty in this type of broken artwork because it gives us nostalgia for our past, like the VHS and VCR that so often only partially worked, because it is unpredictable, and because it transcends our expectations to sends us into unknown territory.

Immediately when I noticed just the name of tis video it drew me towards the concept of broken being beautiful. What initially drew me to art in general is exactly what this video explains: art lets us transcend any reality and create something that is far from realistic if we, as artists, want to. In my opinion, the beauty in any art form is found in actually “breaking” reality and “breaking” expectations to rid us of any societal or real-word constraints to create something that forms, in a sense, our own creative world.

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of “glitch”, this video explains more thoroughly.

Here is an example of animated glitch.

This video explains how to do some glitchy art of your own on photoshop.

Gone Viral

 

In our social media-centered society today, videos and popular memes could be the fastest and most influential way of communicating to vast audiences. This video explores the different viral videos we’ve all seen, from the KONY video to the lovable “Charlie Bit My Finger,” and surfaces the different driving forces behind them. Some are made and shared just as a way of entertaining, others are posted raise awareness of serious social issues which, as this video suggests, can provide comfort to those exposing hardships their culture may be going through. New companies have been launched with these videos as their sole form of advertising, while other well established companies have used online videos for advertising much more frequently. Whether just for fun or driven by more serious factors, the popularity of these videos have recently become one of the most efficient way to reach mass quantities of people.

This video is so culturally relative right now, especially in our generation. I was immediately effected by it because it is true: the growing popularity of such videos is extremely apparent and they have become a huge influential factor in our society today. Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, almost half of the posts are now videos of this sort. The increasing popularity social media, in which videos play a huge part, is becoming the sole interest of youth today and can cause a disconnect between us and living: it seems that we live just for the cool video we could get, or the Instagram photo. However, this video proves that along with entertainment, we can use this tactic to spread awareness of social issues which is something that we should not take advantage of.

 

Some more fun:

Click here for a video of the Top 10 Memos of 2011

Here’s an article on the importance of YouTube for global issues

Check out some funny pet videos that went viral in 2014