Here is an example of the evolution a line in Project two. It started as a basic line study of regularity, turned into a complex line study communicating progress (subtle). Then the complex line study molded its self around a three dimensional surface through projection. But for my final juxtaposition with a photograph the progression of this line study was unnecessary when paired with the regular surface of the building. So I decided to get rid of the progressive lines and add more texture to the line study.
Project two began with a collaboration, creating basic and complex line studies inside illustrator, Both types of the studies needed to either communicate regularity, progression, or random. The complex line studies were basic line studies which were rotated and had other basic line studies inserted inside them. With your complex line studies you could try and make up an over all communication of progression, with progressive line studies or you could use any line study. Or you could use all progressive to also build a complex progressive complex line study. Both are shown above, and both communicate progression just with different basic line studies. I like the progression of tonality in the last one, yet it is also made up of basic progressions.
Through the use of the scanner, copier, and surface projection. We made temporal and spatial manipulations of the line studies. Exploring the experiments possible for creating unique and interesting line studies. Here we folded and copied, projected on a surface, moved a scanning line study, and the last one is a secret. These basic, complex, and raw manipulation, would be used in the next stage of the project when we would be finding those line studies in the real world through photography.
And from here on out, the project has shifted to a individual project.
Here we were asked to observe line studies in the real world and photograph those relating to our line studies built form the collaboration. From these line study photographs we juxtaposed them with our actual line studies.
Here were my final line study and photographic juxtapositions that I came up with. While placing our photos next to the line studies Jamie asked us to look at the different interactions of the juxtaposition. You can use continuation with lines connecting from a to b, this would be a visual link for your eye to continue from line study to photo in a graceful manner. You could also use comparison to make a visual relation between the photo and line study. Overall comparing their compositional similarities. Then you could implement both modes into your juxtaposition the 4th, and 6th, accomplishing this. This forces the viewer to be able to switch back and forth from viewing the juxtaposition as 1 image and 2 separate images. The comparison would make them pairing look separate and the continuation would bring them back together as one image.
After the juxtaposition portion of the project we moved on to the creation of posters with these pairings, keeping in mind the visual dialog happening between image and line study, while also communicating the neighborhood in Kansas City where the image was taking… We looked at the different aspects of neighborhoods in order to focus our communications. I chose to create a series for only Mid-Town because it is where I am, we interact with one-another and I am engulfed in it’s individuality. When thinking of Mid-Town, and the aspects I wanted to communicate I went with the ideas of centralization and connectivity, because of Mid-Towns centralized location in Kansas City, and its fusion of surrounding areas. Thus I made the typographic placement centered in all the posters, and each posters took an aspect of midtown I felt was influenced from a surrounding area.
For the first poster I wanted to focus on the type of families that live in Mid-Town, and how they compare to surrounding neighborhoods. So I chose this perfect image of a house which is a very typical American, 3 story, mid-western, family, home. Everything about the house is neutral, and calm, except for the dominating awning, which is a very visually stunning striped pattern. I think this speaks a lot to the younger families found here in Mid-Town, who are in this normal life but are afraid to stand out, unlike someone who lives in Brookside where everything is following the normality of society, and no one is willing to stand out.
For the next poster I choose a photo from the exterior of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. I think it’s abstraction and simplicity is a strong way to reference the artistic environment found here in Mid-Town, with the Kemper contemporary museum and the Kansas City Art Institute also being located right here in Mid-Town. Gaining the strength from the overall art scene in Kansas City, especially in the Crossroads district, I feel that Mid-Town and the Crossroads are constantly battling for the artistic crown of Kansas City. The environment is also very liberal like the minimalism of the architecture.
Then to complete the series I have chosen imagery, referencing the urban environment of Mid-Town, Because of its strong sense of family and the arts I sometimes find it hard to remember we are located in an urban environment, surrounded by rundown housing and a high crime rate. So I chose this mail box which has been tagged a countless amount of times. The tags and graffiti really give a sense of potentially hostile environment and serve as a reminder of the environment which this area sprouted from.