Welcome + Posting Guidelines

Welcome to our class blog for Foundations of Art, Design, and Digital Culture! You will be expected to post on here once a week before each Monday’s class. Your posts should relate to something we are talking about in class. They can range anywhere from design, painting, photography, sculpture, performance, composition, fashion, video, architecture, and theory….

The Love Sign – Robert Indiana

After talking about public art in class and filming one of the in-class exercises in front of Penn’s Love Sign, I wanted to find out more about what this sculpture is. The Love Sign is a very famous public art piece by Robert Indiana, and the first LOVE sculpture was crafted in 1970. There are…

Hank Willis Thomas’ “Truth Booth”

As a big inspiration for my group’s public art intervention project, Thomas’ Truth Booth similarly focuses on achieving collective happiness and well-being. The traveling public art exhibit encourages visitors with prompts and a microphone to share truths that they maybe never have before. I have been continuously fascinated by the public art fixtures, such as…

Dreamy Eyes

This weekend when I was at the thrift store, I saw this little booklet of art that was really interesting. The cover photo reminded me of our first project where we only used black and white. Even though no other colors are used, the piece is still really interesting due to its composition. The left…

Australia’s Big Things

From The Big Pineapple to The Big Merino to The Big Banana, “big things” are a form of public art that is embedded into Australia’s national culture. These kitschy monuments serve as tourist attractions during stops on roadtrips and are a quirky national obsession that embody the Australian larrikin culture characterized by irreverence and humorous…

Lauren Luloff: Absorbed into color

Lauren Luloff’s semi-transparent panels of silk, in their very stillness, betray a slight flutter of movement like “a winged creature that flits from one form to the next.” Painting directly onto silk fabric, Luloff merges paint with its support, perhaps in the spirit of Helen Frankenthaler, recalling her stain-soaking method and its variations. Whereas Luloff’s…

Theresa Hackett: Divide and confront

Theresa Hackett’s “Around the Bend,” her second solo show at High Noon Gallery and first at its new location, could also be titled “Inside and Out.”   The inventive installation allows the viewer to weave through her four 72 x 48 inch double-sided, mixed-medium paintings, which are suspended in the gallery’s relatively small space. Each…

Devra Fox’s eccentric realism

Devra Fox’s thirteen graphite drawings on view at Hesse Flatow in Chelsea depict structures organic in presentation but with an eerie resemblance to man made objects such as furniture. They reflect both technical virtuosity and a vivid imagination.  Fox’s drawings can be whimsical to the point of willful absurdity, and a pronounced real-surreal duality is…

What Will Art Look Like in the Metaverse?

Mark Zuckerberg recently announced plans to build a “Metaverse” that is described as “a virtual reality construct intended to supplant the internet, merge virtual life with real life and create endless new playgrounds for everyone.” Zuckerberg hopes that, unlike the internet today, this Metaverse will create a “feeling of presence” on the internet. With its…

Guerilla Girls

This past week I learned about the Guerrilla Girls in one of my art classes. This is a group of women who produce and spread public art that exposes gender and ethnic biases in politics and around the world. I thought this group fit into the idea off our public service proposal project because, like…