December 03rd, 2022
In class I was paired up with Brady Weigman, and we spent a little under an hour talking about 3D art, AI art, the opinions on using tools to create as art, environmental aspects in Audio & Visual production, and soldering techniques. Lots of fun stuff.
Blog #4: Jason Mcdowell
Onmilwaukee’s article written by Jason Mcdowell is very direct and linear with establishing an issue and what there is to be said about it. In the article “These Buildings were Demolished for Soulless Surface Parking Spaces” (J Mcdowell, 2018), the writing is very opinionated towards the invasion of parking lots on historical buildings & architecture. While the article starts with a strong statement “Parking lots are an unexciting, passive place with no visual interest”, it seems the following bodies of text are referencing conversed observations from 2 UWM professors for more insight on the effects of demolishing original structures in Milwaukee. The Buildings are all compared in side-by-side photographs of the original structures and their new “revamped” designs towards daily drivers. I personally don’t mind since I do drive all over Milwaukee, but the article does state that while parking garages are more efficient than parking lots, they all overall discourage public transportation and are profit driven. I appreciate the info that is gathered and shared throughout the list of compared structures, such as economic details around constructing a lot, garage, and underground facilities as well. The writer also takes into consideration the cityscape as a whole, sharing how the skyline has a “rhythm” that is obstructed when demolishing buildings to make viewings more pleasing towards others. The writer also gives insights on what to make of the unused space developed from freeways like ice rinks and skate parks, though the overall creation of freeways was denotative to the city’s daily viewing.
Blog #3: Reading Todd Mrozinski’s “The Power of Great Paintings.”
Todd Mrozinski is a MIAD alum graduating in 1997, and a former art writer for Urban Milwaukee & Artdose Magazine. Todd’s interest in fine art is displayed clearly in his writing about the fine art shown at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The total length given for each piece is fitting: each following sentence is a statement, the reader is consistently pulled into the description, never losing sight of the piece nor its appreciated process. In the article, Mrozinski captures his reaction to Paul Cezanne’s “Self Portrait”, made between 1878-1880, beautifully. The piece’s visual presentation brings up questions about the texture and brushstroke used, and contains allusions to past series’ familiar styles. While referencing Cezanne's “Mount Sainte-Victoire” series, the description also plays with the texture of the medium by calling the paint “clay-like, and corrects the past tense action of the production word “painting” with “massaged”. “It is an anointed portrait which seems to have been built by his thumbs.” (T. Mrozinski, 2022). I think this statement captures the mark making technique wonderfully, and gives the viewer a better understanding of how the piece differs from the general painting process.
Blog #2: Major News Articles
This article I chose from the New York Times website called “Are A.I. Generated Pictures Art?” written by Natalie Proulx, a former Language Arts teacher & curriculum writer who has been a staff editor for The Learning Network since 2017. The top of the article features an image of Jason Allen’s “Theatre d’opera Spatial”, which was an A.I. generated image that won 1st place in the digital category of the Colorado State Fair. The first line of text is the writer asking the viewer about their experience with A.I art, and a link to a prompt-based A.I image generator. The article refers to another published work written by Kevin roose that confronts the controversy around A.I. generated images, and backlash of people claiming the 1st place winner of the Colorado State Fair was “cheating” for having lines of text translate to a highly rendered image. The creator, Jason Allen, states that the origins of the work were transparent, and that he didn’t break any rules, justifying his win. The article defends that the A.I. Art could be abused in forms of plagiarism, since the new revolutionary AI tools have developed into extreme user-friendly image producers, some downplay the products since there is too little skill in human collaboration. While these open network generators scour millions of images on the web to form images based on the prompted text, artists that upload their work could be unknowingly submitting data to train the algorithms that render new artwork.
Blog #1: Notes on Major news sites
This site includes a wide variety of content, none of it upfront is hard or breaking news.
Lots of listed/numbered topics
Dining, Comic/Buzz, Travel & visitors, Bars & clubs, Kids & family, Dining, Sports.
Catchy/punny titles for articles.
Very useful. On/ search engine action
Site is easy to navigate
Organization: News, Food & Drink, music, cannabis, culture, film, hear me out,
Hard news is available in the front of the page
Liberal, text and wording that jabs at conservative side.
Categories such as Central city stories, The modern world, MKE speaks (politics) and Taking Libraries.
Puzzles, Astrology, and “weird: news categories all consistently updated.
Mainly local news, very informative and interactive of the Milwaukee area, anything from real/hard news affecting the local area to entertainment/buzz.
Weekly updates on weekend