I originally wanted to draw out the motions of changing clothes, but realized it would take too long and possibly not come out the way I hoped. Therefore, I went the video and performance route which I believe successfully shows the movement I wanted. I went with this idea because I felt that a lot goes into something as simple as changing clothes. We don’t really pay attention to it, but we move a lot when doing so. Surprisingly, doing this long enough gets you tired or feeling hot and I wanted viewers to get a sense of that frustration with my video. Many people can relate with trying on clothes and not being satisfied, so they keep changing, and changing in hopes that they finally find the right outfit. I tried to make this video interesting and fun. The music I chose was to emphasize playfulness in addition to some humor. A small story is presented without words, implying that the character (me) is trying to find a certain style of outfit, but the viewers aren’t sure of what until the very end. Speeding up the video was not only to keep it short, but to also focus, again, on how much goes into changing. Changing clothes is something all humans do and that was enough reason for me to make it my subject for a Muybridge inspired project.
Bruce Nauman is an American contemporary artist who’s media ranges from sculpture, photography, neon, video, drawing, printmaking and performance. Since 1970 he has been considered one of the most innovative and even provocative of all contemporary artists. He finds his inspiration in the activities, speeches and materials of everyday life. His artwork varies, but usually is about people or body parts. His neon pieces are the most recognizable as many of them either involve text or some sort of sexual content. A lot of his work comes off as playful, but adult. Perhaps some could even be considered uncomfortable. Overall, I think Bruce does a successful job of making his audience feel mixed emotions. When looking at his work I feel a sense of curiosity and discomfort. A lot of his art has an erotic sense to them and that may be enticing to some, but for me it makes me blush. However, I think this is exactly what Bruce is going for. He wants to take the unspeakable and put it in plain view. It certainly gains a reaction, both negative and positive.
Kate Walker is an African-American artist who works with film and installations. She is most recognized for her black cut-paper silhouettes and panoramics which tell a story without words. Her messages often express race, gender, sexuality and identity. To be more specific it focuses a lot on history especially about African-Americans and the relationship between white men and slaves. It’s bold, risque and compelling. Simplistic in nature, her work is very intriguing with it’s minimal explanation, but obvious story-telling. As the viewer you are meant to add your own interpretation which greatly keeps you involved. Some describe her work as nightmarish, yet fantastical with a cinematic feel. It’s daring and sometimes grotesque, but in a way shows the true reality of American history.
Although Kara Walker’s work makes me feel uneasy, I still like it. I like it for the reason that it is so honest and powerful. The fact that it isn’t super detailed, but makes me want to see more or look closely. She gets her point across right away without any filler. For that, I greatly applaud her art. It is truly original and captivating.
Eadweard James Muybridge is an extremely famous English photographer recognized for his revolutionary studies of motion. It is thanks to him that film and movies are even possible. The reason for that being that Muybridge uncovered a way to make images show movement. It all started when a wealthy man asked him to photograph his prized horse, to see if it did at some point have it’s hooves off the ground when running. Muybridge then set up several cameras in a row and as the horse ran passed them each camera would go off, capturing each second of motion. Sure enough, they discovered that horses do indeed lift all hooves off the ground when running. This got the gears turning in Muybridge’s head and it was from then on that he dedicated his work to being time-based. He wanted to understand and reveal to others what it really looks like to capture these movements, from simple, to more in depth motions. Unfortunately, in 1860 he was severely injured from a runaway stagecoach incident. He suffered severe trauma to the head and records say he wasn’t ever quite the same. Still, Muybridge continued his research and educated the world on movement in addition to technological advances. This advancement is specific to film and motion pictures. Through his discoveries the phenakistoscope was created which got the idea of motion pictures started. As it would turn, the images appeared to move. More and more Muybridge was reinventing the world, changing the way we perceive things and creating a new form of entertainment. He would travel often from England, America and Europe, spreading his knowledge and educating everyone. Without him, who knows when or how we would have learned of such a thing. We take movement for granted, but it was through Muybridge that we learned the value of it. Muybridge will forever be remembered in history and for a great reason. Without him, we may not have all the amazing movies or shows of nowadays.