Monthly Archives: May 2013

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Call For Artists & Social Change

Call For Artists & Social Change

Artist Statement

This poster represents unity. The reason being is because all things attached to the tree is one living being – in a way we are all connected. We simplified this expression by integrating a tree as a metaphor to convey the deep meaning behind people. This connectivity represents a community – we look at community as a place to learn and grow as people. A place where we help and rely on each other.

At the same time, we felt that the branches represents individuality because even in our similarities; we are very different. The tree is able to represent all aspects of unity and individualism and this includes all people of color, class, and gender.

Our overall theme is clearly uniformity and individualism.

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A Call for Social Change

A Call for Social Change

When we first sat down as a group, we began brainstorming ideas on ways to portray social change for the homeless through a poster. Our group decided to come up with the factors that play into homelessness. As a group, we created a web in which the word homelessness was in the center and the words/factors that play into homelessness branched off. For example, just imagine the word homelessness in the middle of a web of words. Then imagine words such as shelter, money, technology, healthcare, family, community, hygiene, and food branching off of the word homelessness. We decided as a group that these were the key factors that play into and come to mind when one thinks of homelessness. This goes to show that there are many aspects and things that intersect to make up homelessness. It is not just the loss of money or the loss of a person’s home that makes up homelessness. As individuals, we all had a different perspectives of homelessness. But we decided as a group to bring all of these components together to portray the many different aspects and factors of homelessness.

The aim of our poster was to make viewers more aware about the growing issue of homelessness and for social change. People must come to realize that are so many things that play into homelessness. To portray these different factors that play into homelessness, we decided to take the many different factors and words that play into homelessness and made them in the shape of a house . At the bottom of this poster states all of the details of the art proposal presentations. The thing that should really bring viewer’s attention to the poster is the words in the shape of a house in which the word homelessness stands out in red. We made it this way so it allows the viewer to realize how much of an issue homelessness truly is in the state of Washington and how much of a global issue it is. The details of the Public Art Proposal event clearly stand out in hopes that the students, faculty, and staff of UW Bothell will remember to attend this event when they glance at our poster.

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Call for Social Change Poster

Call for Social Change Poster

The poster we have created advocates for the social issue of homeless in the state of Washington. We have picked the skyline of Seattle because we believe it’s the best representation of the state as a whole. We have featured a pair of open hands, which represent an open mind and hopefully an open heart. Our intentions behind choosing to use the Seattle skyline were that we wanted to look at homelessness in a positive way and the skyline itself illustrates the state as a whole. The hands represent lending a hand to someone in the literal way and in a figurative way – the opportunity to help someone. Our original idea began with the space needle but as the process was developing we decided the better way to communicate our idea is to feature the whole skyline instead of just one aspect of it. We were influenced by materials we read on Tent city and visiting the sight itself. We loved the fact that Tent city wasn’t located at a specific location and we decided to connect that to the levels of the buildings in our drawing. The different sizes and shading of the structures illustrates the flexibility of location. We decided to draw it out and add on some bright colors to add on to the positive aspect of our idea. We want to communicate hope and positivity and we understand that homelessness is such a complex issue that it’s quite hard for people to look at it in a positive way, which is why we decided to address the positives. The materials we used were graphite on paper.

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Call for Social Change poster(changed version)

Call for Social Change poster(changed version)

Artist Statement
“Eyes are the window to the soul”. We are able to see people’s emotion through their eyes. Eyes’ expression is one of the most obvious behaviors that people effectively use in the conversation. According to Kory Floyd, people use nonverbal communication
and decoding. By the right brain hemisphere, decoding is about facial expressions and emotion. The eyes’ expression is able to encode message accurately and efficiently. Most of time, people can successfully recognize a small set of eye’s emotions, such as anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise. Your eyes show your inner feeling and expression.
In our poster, our idea is Typology. A typology is a systematic classification of types that have characteristics or traits in common. Produce a set of 7 or more images that explore a visual typology of your choice. We will be focusing on intentional in composition and exercise technical control by using a consistent aesthetic and approach (lighting, depth of field, color, etc) throughout the series.
In our poster, we will use five photos of homeless’ eyes as the major elements. Viewers can feel their emotions when they look at our poster, and thus self-reflect on homelessness issue and relate themselves to the event.

The Invisible

The Invisible

The inspiration behind this poster is based off the fact that homelessness is an issue that is heavily invisibilized in our society. We know that it exists and there is a standard mentality that many exhibit, which is “know one homeless person and know them all.” To illustrate this in our poster, we outlined the silhouette of a person. emphasizing the idea that we know someone is there, but we never really acknowledge them. Often times when we see homeless people, we make a conscious effort to avert our gaze, trying not to make eye contact because it will make us feel obligated to give them money. We also wish to bring to light the idea that homelessness is often a result of exterior forces. The most common stigma that exists is that people are homeless and deserve to be homeless because they are addicted to drugs or alcohol. This however is far from the truth. The reality is that substance abuse is only one of the handful of issues that surround homelessness in our society; such as being laid off from a job, mental or physical disabilities that prevent them from working, running away from a dysfunctional home environment, etc. We want to destroy the negative stigmas and stereotypes that always blames homelessness on one’s poor life choices.

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Homeless and unseen

Final call to the artists

The general idea behind the design of this project is to have people see and relate to the homeless. Generally, people are nameless faces in the crowd and how people relate to others is important. By seeing the poster, they can understand that the outlined person is redrevering the vision of the “typical person” so that he does not see the homeless man.

The quote “Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s a great puzzle”, by Lewis Carroll, is on this poster because every person has their own story which defines themselves. Homeless people each have individual stories and should not be grouped together into one stereo type. The individual is placed does not see the homeless man because he does not want to associate with him. This is image of the outlined figure is symbolize for the problems that faced by homeless. Typically, society does not want to associate with the homeless and do not want to acknowledge their existence.
The main inspiration that lead me to this final piece is the works of Judith Rhue’s “Homeless Vet.”. Judith, like many artists, has been touched by homelessness. She has shown many oil paintings about homelessness and how it can affect people. This work is related to her works because of the design and organization of the work.
This art work was created in honor of the homeless people that live on this world. I believe that art is supposed to help people with their problems by informing them of solutions that are out there, such as organization who help the public.
This work differs from the first design and structure. At first, the design was to have 9 piece of card broad combined together to form a image, black and white, of a crowd of people with a person shaded out to imply that society did not want to see him. But do to cost and time we decided that it should be one piece of paper. The next step was to see how a generalized group of people would feel towards the poster. It did not go over well because the poster was to light in color and most of the words could not be read. Do to this we redesigned the poster to what we have now. As this art work is colored it should not be in a dark area and should be placed in a well lit room.

 

 

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Group Poster Project

The focus of our project is to represent the individuals in society who are, for a number of reasons, not expected to be homeless. This is especially true for college students, who struggle to pay tuition, rent, and other costs. We would like to try to change the social stereotypes surrounding this issue and help bring awareness to those who have not seen or do not understand homelessness–regardless of the form it may take.

On our class visit to Tent City 3 in Seattle, we saw many people who anywhere else would be indistinguishable from non-homeless individuals. Additionally, we went during the day to discover that a huge amount of the inhabitants were out working. This is where the majority of our inspiration comes from along with our multiple guest speakers in class. Our project is not concerned with the aesthetics of art, but the importance of educating others–primarily students–about how homelessness can happen to anyone.