An Approach to Art Making #2
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
Art could be divided into groups such as: supply, craft and manufacturing artist.
Supply relates to those things derivative of materials and supplies that could be purchased, for example, from an art supply store. A good example of a supply oriented art work may be one that incorporates nibs, brushes and ink like Oriental Paintings or Bonsai garden paintings with fan brushes or outdoor art stations.
Craft may be things oriented to craftsmanship, from an artisan or may even be home spun. Examples may be things like burning into leathers, making candles, or a bricklayers training in tile, marble and terrazzo and making monuments or perhaps building engraved picture frames, cake decoration, or making clay monsters, or a holiday decoration or a cut out turkey made of paper or maybe some type of whittler.
A Manufacturing Artist may make sophisticated art works in a studio or factory based environment inclusive of sculptural works or electronic works or even professional frescoes via fresco printers and architectural works or installations or programmatic/technological works, or even the museum itself and mostly extremely fine art and almost all high art.
Culture is another distinct road in approaches to art making. Dedication to culture may inspire one to develop a culture or work on a subculture. An artist may become concerned with cultural branding or contributing an aspect of art or art practice that develops their communities culture. A cultural offering may set the tone for a business or enterprise or an organization, branding it and guiding its organizational epistemology or setting the tone for employees.
High art practice is often engaged in a curatorial based art making where a group of artists may utilize the same photo to curate a group exhibition. The photos are sometimes based on iconic imagery or indicative of an era. Groups of artists and curators may form a temporary or permanent collective group.
What a scholar might find really riveting, that is perhaps buried now is the initial use or heading of “The Arts” that was inclusive of science etc. In the early days of education, there were three subject’s religion, the arts and medicine.
Use of acronyms in art can be a way of “big talking” -small or formulaic. Acronyms like “HISS” that means “highlight, spotlight and showcase” become important or acronyms like “Quepine” that means “Question, Proverb and News” can be used for art making.
Black Magic is also indicative of a kind of wielding or wizardry or technology use or logic. Black magic use can be something like programming things with thoughts by thinking over them, or digging holes or making connections between objects or talking to things or taking readings or working with numbers like 81 as Magic and Flight where you see in the eight a Spider and the one, a wing. Black Magic brings as James Baldwin coined it, “force vitale,” to art among other things much like the Chinese technique of calling “chi” or soul or “charming,” or animating like placing eyes on something.
One may draw a right angle with a diagonal cross thread through to create an art technique using perhaps era or time. It’s possible to grid or work on a time-based series using a right angle quick method.
“Era and Charm,” incorporates a black magic technique and has been very successful for making things like teapots.
Another interesting technique used by artists is “what does that make you think of?” This technique has to do with when you ask continuous questions of yourself or someone else leading to a trail of words away from a root word. For example, if I said I have an apple, what does that make you think of? You said red, and then I said what does red make you think of? You said blood etc. and on and on and connected the trail back to apple to ascertain some unique, hidden, connected or passive meaning. With this dialogue, one would begin to build their artworks from a kind of “art game playing.”
Another breakthrough in technology that has gotten into art is “the feed.” The feed has to do with when you send through a host, an agent or program. The feed can be music or emotion etc. Feeds or programs are particularly interesting in textile printing where a print may be made distinct when it is impacted by a program and made, for example, exciting or sensual, animated or dotted.
Perhaps a breakthrough in approaches to art making is the “eclectic gallery district” or the placement of art or the combining of supply, craft, manufacturing art etc. All the usual pomp of art but inclusive of perhaps a “home sweet home sign maker” or portrait district or maker galleries or antiques or fiber arts or a variety of textile galleries-eclecticism in art may also be a mainstay. Eclecticism in art may create a greater ability of “treasure trove” and individuality within the home or arts final destination.
Really ultimately what makes or can make a really good fine artist is lots and lots of programs, lots and lots of technology. Artech can be many things including sound technologies or opera voice pieces, or holograph technology or film modulation technology etc.
The Big Designers 2
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
Necessity is perhaps the ruler of all design. One example that stands out is a department store concept called “Destinations.” Destinations represents a formula where designs correspond to events and locations or destinations. Perhaps Destinations falls under a necessity button and becomes the kind of richness of a necessity met, when you have exactly what you need for a specific purpose. Destinations because of the level of achievement of necessity, becomes a number one best seller. What destinations could suggest is something like playing the child’s card game “Go Fish,” does your card match my card, “No, go fish.”
The methods one uses to achieve advanced necessity satisfaction can be lucrative and rewarding.
At this juncture in history, what becomes really evident is how the objects in for example a department store, eventually exit the department store and become the “culture.” A designer’s task is to become a cultural builder, or perform cultural branding. One needs to be cognizant of “building techniques,” building people, cultures, respect and great nations. Great designers or the big designers are “great builders.” One good example is a newspaper that desires to achieve something within their community and become a “community builder.”
Early design paid close attention to era and a lot was hinged on how to brand the time period or decade which had wonderful results. Teapots are a nice case study. Many teapots appear to fall under “era and charm.” If one sat down to design a teapot they may study many, many teapots and wonder about the je ne sais quoi of teapots. Teapots may charm one because the design informs the taste of the tea, they have phallic imagery and divine qualities.
Perhaps one creates an “ideal” and matches their designs to the ideal to achieve a result within their community. For example, if your community has Paradisian ideals, one may endeavor to make their appropriate Paradisian clothes underneath a Paradisian helm-how the Paradisians became the Paradisians. Even the school for the Paradisians could become a school for the design of Paradise and the protection of Paradisians. Designs are buried even there in how the school is designed which will reflect what is contained within the nation or on the planet etc.
So how does one design the clothes for the Paradisians? There is what they are, what you want them to be, how you want to develop them and how to meet their necessities; or perhaps it’s how you love them, showcase them, satisfy them, beautify them, brand them, even teach them. A Paradisian may be a values based choice and the corresponding Paradisian clothes may be values based. A Paradisian may have cultures and subcultures that also informs design choices. Within a Paradisian concept there is probably always nature or natural elements including florals.
The challenge living together with diverse and interesting peoples is with cultures and subculturalization and what that can include. In an American State such as Michigan where few leaders may have been directed towards cultural development in particular or some may be engaged in cultural branding. What could be included are things like sports arenas, specific department stores, outdoor amenities, recipes, holidays, music, the wealth of the people’s accomplishments and ideas like humility or even seasons.
The Big Designers
By, Afua Osei-Bonsu
The big designers in life very well may be three things 1)necessity, 2)war and 3)just because we could.
“Necessity” it has been said was utilized by Chinese manufacturers and marked the focus of early eras in design and engineering. Underneath the helm of “necessity” most of design falls out.
“War” is another design pioneer that inspires a lot of technologies and teachings.
The third big designer is “just because we could,” that has to do with things like dinosaurs that apparently may have been whimsy of early scientists and according to one scientist, dinosaurs may still be existence on some far off planets.
Still other things in life become big designers such as those things that shape us and inspire change. Perhaps big designers 4) are the “shapers,” like policy, taxation systems, popular culture, politics, poverty, education etc.
Moving on to the current century with most of necessity completely in existence, a new big designer may be #5) “Secondary Concept” where you make a dress from for example a sugar bowl, which becomes the secondary design when you look in a former design-in and around it and using deconstruction.
Another big designer is the constant drive to evolve, #6 is evolution. Evolution inspired most of innovation. The notch and notch way that one inches upwards using research and development creates innovation formulas and new propelling designs. With every technology it is as if, we can now achieve this xyz therefore the following must also be possible, and the designer takes a step, then still another step connecting all the dots. If one can fly, they can place the star on top of the giant tree, if one can vapor they may perform a heart transplant without incision.
Of course we design and redesign necessity in a constant.
Queen Serwah, a hostage Paradisian to the Jinn Royal Family
A prominent Chinese Royal Family associated to crime
Little Jinn, son of the former Chinese President,
Lives inside Queen Serwah’s body via Haptic Technology
Little Jinn, a voyeur, claimed her as a Jewish territory 42 years ago and made love to her lovers
Jewish territories were made popular by “Dungeons and Dragons” techie games
Characterized by building business around a prey and the theft of all resulting profits
Queen Serwah is flattered by the Jinn belief in her prosperity and tricked them into humanitarianism
She is grateful for her ability to make art, love poems & New Thought on TV
Little Jinn, is an Aquarius match to Queen Serwah, a Gemini
Little Jinn is known as a con artist genius, or just an artist, or just a genius
And a former MIT Professor of Science and Technology
That asked for Queen Serwah’s hand and entire wealth capability saying “I’ll do anything you say”
Queen Serwah has been hostage on television for 42 years and robbed of all profits associated to her
Her captors are sick with Judaism programming and she has been tortured in spite of her love for them
Several poetry books, art works and humanitarian businesses are the result
Including “Loving You The Most Technology,” “Locura,” “Curesdatabase,” and “Love Every Human”
Their mutual infatuation inspires works related to Sensual Culture Artists
And the dawn of the Creativity Era, beauty, love and sensuality philosophy explosion
Snow outside her subterranean hostage residence is dotted with rubbish product advertising
Queen Serwah is kept alive dreaming of Paradise Cities, writing love poems and w/her culinary studies
While the Paradisian Military plans for Queen Serwah’s escape and hospitalization
Royal Serwah Palace awaits her if Little Jinn ever loosens his grip
Or murder or war or some other solution, even love or future health
Currently, Queen Serwah writes “Magic 8 and The Bone Marrow Sucker” while eating Vicyssoise but Little Jinn has removed the leeks
Autobiography Queenie Serwah 5/28/1971
Queenie Serwah was the child bride of a manufacturer, film producer and MIT Scientist. He became her poetry love Little Jinn and he assumed the name Li Jinn after the title of her poetry book. Li Jinn is also associated to the King “Ken Ing” of the Ing Dynasty. Li Jinn gave Queenie Serwah her title and the family sir name of Vielchenblau and on their bridal napkins it was engraved, a Chinese lamb and a blue rose in 14 Karat Gold. Queenie Serwah was a hostage of the Jinn Royal family for years, held under dire circumstances by a voyeur and apart from her wealth. Little Jinn and Queenie Serwah via Haptic Technology, during this time wrote several books of poetry as well as music, including symphonic orchestrations. The love of Little Jinn and Queenie Serwah endures within their diverse artistic creations. Queenie Serwah has a dance that she does where she places her hands on the shoulders and waist of Little Jinn, an imaginary dancer, she sways and in his absence says, “I am dancing with Little Jinn.”
For This Famine, A Poem
For This Poem, A Famine
By Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
When I was little
I was a pony
I grew up to be a horse
I regretted my complaints
Like the infamy of the raped TV star
Who publicized and reduced her potential
The maraschino, no cotton wool
She sued and price tagged her pain
And marked her soul
How much for rape?
How much for slavery?
Where does that Devil come from?
Maybe I should thank my Devil
As a muse
And accept my fate
And cry for nothing
For this famine, a poem
For this poem, a famine
He was so jealous
Not to walk in my shoes
He said even for this moment
They beat each other with bats for a stronger crest
He kicked until the shit fell out
He enslaved her 4 ½ decades and said I am the greatest producer
He staged their wedding several times
And people stashed the Vielchenblau napkins in their bags
That said a Chinese lamb, a blue rose in 14 karat gold
The festivities were gay until
Someone screamed from jealousy
Little Jinn walked out of the closet closing his zipper
The doors of imagination bridal chamber empty
The bride was left in a basement defrosting hamburger
To protest her German Chinese suitor
A voyeur, a squirrel, a cabron
She tipped her glass
In a wino’s voice she said
“I am marrying Little Jinn”
An Approach to art making can include diverse formulae. One such formula may root an artwork in “research.” A body of research may form the foundation of an artwork. “Rich” artwork may result from a body of research. Research may need to employ writing, to develop the artwork or artworks. Without writing, it is difficult to have the dialogue one needs to be engaged with an art work-before and after the artwork. Research may also involve data collection or formal methods employed by scientists in, for example, social methods or qualitative methods or quantitative research methods. An artist may also utilize methods in investigative journalism.
A second road may be a formula such as “Quepine (QPN),” Question, Proverb and News. Quepine can be a divine formula for beauty or knowledge or beauty from knowledge. Quepine is a formula that may result in sacred artworks and make an artist wise. Quepine can root a subject matter in history by attaching it to the news. News is history. Giving a subject history gives it depth and a road to travel on in time. News has been a theme in art for a long time. News is used in wax print textiles, art, and music of certain cultures, especially African cultures, who may name a baby or feature a notable from the news. In some of the African music, the news may be right in the music. A small rural village may become reliant on musicians to convey the news to the people via songs. Also, some art schools taught “news” as a way of plucking from current events, subjects relevant to the human condition as was done by a student colleague from the Parisian E’cole de Beaux Arts. Human condition is not exclusive to the news, but it is a worthy method. Human Condition was taught, perhaps, as a notch from existentialism and existentialism is perhaps “the root of art.”
Why this writer believes that existentialism is “the root of art” is the relationship to “art” of the word in “Crackiola,” “are-tea,” or “our essence” or the “I AM” which was used by many supercomputers and by the Chinese Manufacturers. The English language breaks down into codes and root systems. Secondly, many crucial areas in art are easily organized around existentialism or the “I AM,” such as history, the human condition, social, observational, humanitarian and so on. Drawing, painting, sculpting and photography etc. may all be existential.
“Planning” may also be something that architects utilize to build houses and could be a word that artists need. This writer was explained how an architect may have a very detailed and specific set of plans to build an exact design precisely and swiftly with all the electrical outlets etc. An artist may make “plans.” An artwork based on plans may have an interesting result that is often mechanical or electrical or structural. Computer Aided Drafting may be utilized.
Recently, this writer was asked “what are your goals?” and “how will you design your studio?” right after. It was asked in a sewing class and functioned like an epiphany, the student began to develop this wild list of “sewing goals.”
If one picked up a good newspaper or a selection of newspapers and thought about say for example “world peace” or integrated social elements into ones goals their studio may take a different turn. What if one had an “umbrella” under which they were working from? An artist’s umbrella.
– Studio Design
“Technique” is the fourth road. The technique provides an endless possibility. Most art schools provide students with strong technical backgrounds, which always serve an artist. An artist may choose to hinge their artwork on a technique and be infinite within it. The technique can be powerful when coupled with for example, “history.” Students of art may also embark on an existential path that explores diverse techniques.
“Studies” are another road that was used in Nikolai Gogol’s book “Diary of a Madman.” Studies can provide a context for future works or larger works or thumbnails or for manifestation. With studies, one may take it apart in many ways, to ascertain many diverse things. Studies may lead to problem solving or product design or anything in the realm of possibility. Studies may serve government and help people to bridge gaps and jump over fences. In Gogol’s book, “Diary of a Madman,” his main character was engaged in studies and posted an ad in the newspaper to solicit clients for his portraiture.
-Planning (as in Architecture)
In the presence of writing an artwork can literally fall- “when it falls.” When one is writing a book, for example, and illustrating pages, drawings are easily pulled from the text.
However, most artworks are “site-specific.” An artist can search for a locale, build a locale or create a site-specific work of art. Recently an artist went to plan an exhibition and recognized this phenomenon- that in fact, artwork is almost always “site-specific.” Or an artwork can be adapted to space and remade.
Another intersection I find very meaningful is “custom design,” for the artist and for the designer. Custom design, commissions and site specific art works, bare a relationship. There is a necessity in art to think about space.
Custom Design may be very relevant to artists, who in turn may pursue credentials from multidisciplinary design programs such as “MDP” in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. Custom design may involve manufacturing, technology or systems design mixed with artworks. For example “Church Pop,” may be installed in a house or perhaps a fiber art wall installation or a sound system. An artist may need to be an engineer. An artist’s ability to manifest their ideas has often been incongruent. But the creativity of an artist may place on paper, a vision for an entire city or even in exhibition unveil viable ideas to solve the world’s problems.
-When it falls
In the Middle East, it has been said, to employ “finery techniques,” that “fine art should be fine.” In the Middle East it is commonplace for a lot of people to reside in palaces, which would further create a desire for finery, or art that is compatible with the local architecture.
At the Central Academy of Fine Art in China, they are painting birds and flowers-not exclusively. It was said to me by a Chinese Artist that “birds are always beautiful.” If you choose a beautiful subject, the result is almost always beautiful.
Art Relevant Juncture has also to do with relevance itself. It was said to this artist that she has a “relevant” artwork. That “the more relevant, perhaps the better the art,” was said by someone from the University of Michigan.
Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
(Excerpt from “Art Relevant Juncture,” by Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu based on her research about art.
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