October 1, 2013

Conspiracy Theory

Sometimes we don't know what to say.

The important thing to remember is to say something--anything-- rather than say nothing at all.

So I will say this: an individual's capability and capacity to comprehend and understand art as an experience, and not just as a picture, is remarkable to say the least. 

Countless times we were asked in my Understanding Art class in college (1 of the only 2 competent art classes I've ever attended) to analyze, criticize, and break apart the inner workings of various art works and creative projects. Like dismantling a clock and explaining why the cogs turned and how it made the machine work as a whole, we were told to separate the layers of each individual piece.

For our final project we were asked to complete the opposite task.

We chose an emotion, idea or experience of significance to our reflection on the human experience and were asked to make and build the art around it. Instead of stripping down an artwork, we clothed a concept with paint and glitter and facade.

This is "Conspiracy Theory" an artwork by Krystal Dawn.

I could explain what the main concept was behind this piece, but that tends to eliminate the human element. Suddenly this interaction between artist and viewer becomes a show and tell rather than an experience.

Somebody in the class asked me if this piece was a self portrait. 
I said no. But I guess, in a way, it is.

We are so accustomed to having the "answer" to anything and everything so readily available at our fingertips that when life presents us with moments where we are required to spend more than a second considering or contemplating a possible interpretation that fails to be a straight forward thought from point A to B, we write it off as undeserving of our attention. What we do not instantly understand, or cannot immediately solve is, without question, worthless. Such an assumption is ridiculous.

This artwork tells a story. 

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I wish I had a personal scanner large enough to scan this artwork and others of this size; I had to default to taking a photograph in order to share the image in its entirety. The lighting in the room was terrible, and I did the best I could to save the integrity of this drawing while adjusting the brightness of the photo. Minor edits were made to the image due to damages that occurred ages ago when transporting it from the showcase where it was on display at the college and back to my home by means of the pubic transportation system. I don't care for long bus rides much.

As far as updates go, there is an onslaught of brand new artwork headed your way, my friends. Look for my new projects on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and of course right here at www.kdvan.blogspot.com. A preview of a brand new collage was uploaded to Twitter a couple of hours ago, and the full image will be revealed later this afternoon. Another collage will be uploaded tomorrow as well! FRIENDZONE has been put on the back burner, but only temporarily. I fully intend to bring you guys a second installment that shows massive improvement in comparison to the first. Expect that within the next couple of weeks.

Let me know what you guys think of this and what you think the meaning is behind the image and title. I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on the matter.

Sincerely,
Krystal Dawn


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2 comments:

Analaigh said...

This is fantastic.

Krystal Dawn said...

I'm glad you think so! :)

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