Monday, June 6, 2016

Extra Credit Event 1

On Sunday, June 5, I visited the Fowler Museum. To provide a brief introduction, The Fowler Museum is a collection of exhibits that primary focus on exploring African art and other cultural material. As I walked through the exhibit, I was drawn to almost all the exhibits. I particularly enjoyed the aesthetic design as well as the cultural significance of each piece. The artists behind these pieces were able to convey massive amounts of cultural information while maintaining a stunning aesthetic.

Particularly, one of the most notable pieces I noticed from my trip was the one pictured below.

I was amazed by this art piece because of its prophetic nature. If you look closely, the human-like figures are pictured using various forms of technology, such as the bike or some sort of agricultural tool. Obviously, this technology was not available when this piece was carved. It truly amazed me that these individuals were able to have the foresight to depict technology this advanced. Additionally, this act provides some insight into the culture itself. It shows that this particular African culture was highly dependent on technology nd was continually progressing technology.

Another piece I particularly enjoyed was this piece pictured below that acted as some sort of time piece

I enjoyed this piece as it had a strong functional value. From its design, I inferred that this was some sort of device that kept time. The black triangles on the outside could have represented days, and as you keep traveling inside the circle, the time increments measured grew. This is a perfect example of mathematics in conjunction with art. The geometric design of this piece is mathematically derived to serve a functional purpose, but it also maintains its aesthetic design. 

Overall, I truly enjoyed this exhibit as I gained great knowledge regarding African society. After this experience, I plan definitely plan on attending more events like this, as to broaden my cultural knowledge. 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Event 3

On Thursday, June 2, I attended the exhibit held by UCLA Design Media Arts in Broad Art Center, titled S.A.D. S.A.D, standing for Staring in the Age of Distraction Show, was an exhibit of 55 UCLA seniors, as they broadcasted their final projects before graduation. In this exhibition, the works were commentaries on the current state of society. Many artists spoke to the low attention spans of contemporary individuals.

After walking into the exhibit, I looked around and talked to many of the artists as they described their works. My favorite piece was a cardboard construction of a city, which lights representing the finer details of a city were projecting onto.

After speaking with the creator of this piece, I definitely resonated with it the most. They pointed out the simplicity of the city. It was so simple, that the city could be considered mundane. The artist pointed out that she did that on purpose, as she believes that people fail to realize the beauty of cities. In the eyes of people who live in these cities, it is so familiar, and mundane, that people fail to recognize its beauty, and that is what this piece speaks to. After some thought, this resonated with me as I also fail to recognize the beauty of my environment many times. This piece encouraged me to take some time just to appreciate the world around me.   

Although this exhibit did not align with any of the topics we have discussed specifically, thematically, the message is the same. Specifically, I remember after watching week 1’s lectures and the corresponding video about changing education paradigms, and leaving that with a new found respect for the world around me. The same occurred after this exhibit.

Overall, the experience was very enlightening, and I plan to visit many more exhibits during my time at UCLA and after.  

Event 2

On Thursday, May 19, I attended the LASER (Leonardo Art Science Rendezvous) exhibit which showcased many works by different artists. To provide a brief introduction, the evening began with an exhibition where UCLA students broadcasted some of their art pieces, and then this exhibition was followed by a presentation given by Walter Gekelman, a notable physicist who discussed this idea of the fourth state of matter.

After looking at a few of the pieces at the exhibition, I found my favorite to be Lightning Mandala by July Kim.

Lightning Mandala was a piece made solely out of paper cutouts, that was comprised of a purple sky background, lightning paper cutouts on the exterior, and in the center of the piece, a human-like figure. I was especially moved by this piece because of its symbolic meaning. Derived from the teachings of Buddhism, the piece represented the inner struggles and chaos that occurs in the mind. This form of art most closely related to the topic of Neuroscience and Art. Artists like July are exploring the mind and furthering both science and art.

After the exhibition, Notable physicist Walter Gekelman came and gave a great presentation regarding the 4th state of matter, plasma. Gekelman was driven by the aesthetic beauty of plasma, and how its physical form created beautiful designs.

 I was amazed by the fact that he was conducting very technical, math-based experiments regarding plasma, such as the magnetism and relativity of plasma, and he derived these aesthetically beautiful answers.

Overall, I truly enjoyed the exhibition and lecture and plan attending many more in the future.