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Design Interpretation September 21, 2009

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I decided to take a look at a favorite of mine: Vincent Van Gogh’s “Cafe at Night”


LITERAL: I see a café. You see the starry sky (a large part of many of Van Gogh’s masterpieces), you see the tables and chairs and people sitting there. You see a waiter, and you see a gorgeous use of color. You can also see the balconies and the different textures of the cobblestones, tree, and railings.

 TEXTURAL: Texturally (where it fits into a story or text) I imagine that this could be quite a few stories. It could be the tale of a back-alley (generalized from the minimal people in the painting) café’s success, it could hold a hidden love story, it could be the cover of a mystery novel, as you can see there are thousands of ways this could be portrayed as a story. I feel like the not necessarily desolate, but empty feeling of this painting makes room for many interpretations.

 INTERTEXTUAL: The bright yellow value concentration in the bottom left side shows us that is where the focus should be. The people are very concentrated instead of spread out in the small café, which could show that maybe this is a party or a meeting?


Balance Modular September 16, 2009

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Jessie final balance

I had trouble at first trying to find a design, and I feel that there are a few things I need to work on. At first, I was trying to use objects that were more difficult, but then I realized the whole point of the assignment was the balance, not the objects themselves. I really like how my designs turned out, most of all the asymmetrical one, because it seems to draw your eye, in a fun poster-like way. On the next modular, I will be attempting more difficult designs and shapes, because I feel as if mine were a little too simple this time.

~Jessie :)~

Methodologies of Art/Design Analysis September 14, 2009

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For my image, I chose Norman Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With”

Anthropological– Not necessarily a ritual quite yet, the desegregation of southern schools was a huge step. This shows the first of a series of ritual beginnings for African-Americans in schools. As for a sense of place, we see that the girl is being escorted by U.S. Marshals into a building with racial slurs on the side and a tomato thrown at the wall. This tells us by association of previous knowledge that she is going into an all-white school or place of business.

Ethical-The social implications are very blatant proving that the desegregation of schools was a huge matter. For one side of society, there were racial slurs and prejudice and for the other, they couldn’t help but have a prejudiced view because of how the other side treated them. This shows that one little first grade girl needed four grown U.S. Marshals to take her into the school.

Feminist– It is promoting equality in that they are desegregating, not in a feminist manner.

Marxist– It was a growing time, in which the economy grew, and the population grew rapidly. It was a time for change, as shown in the brave act of going to school.

Semiotic– This painting was made to memorialize a girl in history. She was the first African-American student to go to an all-white school, so the message behind this is change, courage, and equality.

~Jessie~ 🙂

Thumbnail Ideas…. (very rough) September 2, 2009

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Here are my three pages for thumbnail ideas…I feel like I can do much better on them though, especially if I knew that the images would be in my knowledge range on Illustrator.

jessie thumbnails 1jessie thumbnails 2 1jessie thumbnails 2Like I said, they’re rough. 🙂


Off Campus Design Walk September 2, 2009

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I decided that since I commute, what better place to look at design than my very own hometown? The main point of the design behind Main Street in Sweetwater is to preserve and restore history. “Historic Downtown Sweetwater” is part of Antique Alley, so every store on Main St. reflects the antique styling related inside most of the shops. Fountain in Town

The main focal point and point of emphasis is the fountain area, which includes memorials to World War II and the Korean War. The fountain area is lined in flags, which really emphasizes that as the exact center of town. The fountain “park” actually has an almost “perfect” radial balance, which is shown by flower-lined pathways leading to the fountain. The city actually has a design team and a planned group of gardeners and painters to help achieve that sense of the “days of old”. Every plant, tree, flower garden, and lamp post is designed exactly the same up the entire street, for purposes of uniformity and line. Everything has to work together, from the colored awnings on the buildings (which we will discuss later) to the signs businesses post. If everything is not uniformly designed to achieve the desired look, Main St. does not have effective gestalt. Since the focus of Main St. is the antique stores, all of the antique buildings have been left exactly as they were (with maybe a coat of paint). Many of the buildings have been restored, but none have been rebuilt. All of the antique stores in particular (vs. restaurants, cafes, and galleries) have a very dark brown/red brick, which is a somewhat distinguishing factor. The only things that  do not work with the otherwise effective gestalt of Historic Downtown Sweetwater are the hardware store on the corner (a staple in our town) and the town bar (best burger you will ever have! 🙂 ) These buildings do not reflect the antique styling of signs, lamp posts, or even the colored awnings we have all grown so fond of.  Pretty much every store on Main St. has these same colored awnings, reflecting the look of the past. The fountain which I spoke of stands in front of a train car from years ago! This stands in rememberance of the Old Sweetwater Train Depot, which was originally the center of town. This is also a great emphasis point in town, because it is bright silver, and you really cannot miss it. The town is based on an Asymmetrical yet Radial Balance because everything in the Historic district revolves around the train car/fountain area, but is somewhat lopsided to one side of the street. There is also a giant gazebo in the middle of town beside the train car, strategically placed there to be the end of the parade route for Veteran’s Day and 4th of July parades, and is the basis for many concerts, gatherings, and the town Christmas tree.  Even the center fountain has a radial balance, using flower lined pathways to lead to the very center. Another thing that I noticed is that there are at least two other shops in between each antique store. Also, I found out something from one of our local shop owners. There is apparently one person that does most of the window displays in town, just to make them look well together, but to vary them and make each one unique, yet in the same antique design. While I sat downtown taking notes and pictures, there were photographers taking memory cards full of pictures. The town must be very aesthectically pleasing and have effective gestalt to have such popularity with photographers.