Welcome + Posting Guidelines

Welcome to our class blog for Foundations of Art, Design, and Digital Culture! You will be expected to post on here once a week before each Monday’s class. Your posts should relate to something we are talking about in class. They can range anywhere from design, painting, photography, sculpture, performance, composition, fashion, video, architecture, and theory….

ARJOWIGGINS X FIAC

I found these bookmark designs to be very unique and cool! I immediately thought of our discussion on graphic design trends, and how businesses are looking to integrate more creative designs that speak and add to the customer experience. It’s interesting to think that entrepreneurs/artists are trying to elevate the reading experience by providing these…

Anne Neely’s Ethical Abstractions

I found this article very relevant to our discussion about abstract art as well as the readings for the week. Anne Neely is very intentional about how she brings her own knowledge into illustrating what she’s seen which relates to what we’ve learned about communication models and messages. The way her paintings are titled also…

Mickalene Thomas’s ‘A Moment’s Pleasure’

Mickalene Thomas’s ‘A Moment’s Pleasure,’ more than most exhibits, has taken on more meaning in the coronavirus era. Not only is its name a painful tease to the few months the exhibit’s short-lived run, it intended to convert the lobby of The Baltimore Museum of Art into a sort of living room space. I believe…

COVID-19 photo essay: We’re all in this together

I came across this striking photo essay and immediately wanted to share it with the class. These photos are incredibly captivating and show a new perspective of the pandemic that frequently gets looked over in the mainstream news and media. Often, I find myself only focusing on the heavy weight of the pandemic. This essay…

Imagination vs. Reality

I wanted to share this article not only because it was a matter of local infrastructural importance, but because of the questions it raised for me. Questions about the imagined future versus the “real” future. I’ll be interested to see how the design for this new development compares to the imagined reality of what it…

Nike | You Can’t Stop Us

The Communication Models text mentions how Nike creates experiences that transcend trying to sell their product and communicates with their audience in a special way. This reminded me of the recently released Nike ad, You Can’t Stop Us. I think that Nike does a great job of understanding what their intended audience wants — to…

Rachel Whiteread: Untitled (Notre-Dame)

Inspired by our discussion on Rachel Whiteread last class, I found another artwork of hers that stood out to me. These pieces are part of an exhibition at Gagosian, Paris, organized to raise funds for the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame, and are made by the artist by strategically punching out holes in Parisian postcards. It…

Do Ho Suh’s Exploration of Space and the Longing of Home

In his fabric installation, The Perfect Home II, Do Ho Suh recreates the memory of a home that he has since left behind. By building this 1:1 scale model of his old apartment in New York City, which he has lived in for 19 years, Do Ho Suh uses the exploration both physical and intangible…

The Making of Abstract Assembly by Donna Wilson

This article features a collection of chairs inspired by abstract watercolor paintings. The designer behind the project, Donna Wilson, used her 2D watercolor paintings of colorful, abstract shapes, and transformed them into 3D forms by using wood. These chairs caught my eye because of the colorful and playful vibe of the shapes, and it reminded…

“In and out of Control” by Illustrator Peter Gehrman

This piece is very engaging, and I find myself constantly trying to make sense of what is going on. The title of the piece aligns well with what is going on, and it immediately reminded me of our class discussion on using space and objects to create captivating images. Furthermore, I love the color palette…