I aim to create work that investigates the concept of self and its manifestations and permutations when presented in personal, inter-relational, and larger social contexts. I approach this inquiry through careful use of materials in multiple media - ranging from photography, performance, video, and site-specific installation. Working in an interdisciplinary method allows the work to be accessible and engaging to audiences on multiple levels.
My art projects are inherently personal and revelatory. By sharing my own experiences and explorations of the self, I seek to serve as a catalyst for others in their own self-inquiry. Doing so, I share in their journeys, and in the human condition as a whole.
2 days ago, I created my schedule over the phone with a school advisor from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). She was looking at my portfolio and we came up with a list of courses that will help to take my work to the next level. Then we created this kickass open schedule, which gives me lots of free time for yoga and work and whatever else.
Here they are:
FVNM Media Practices: Moving Image
This seminar is designed to introduce the student to the language of the moving image, its history and the ways in which artists have used moving images in this century. The course will explore the idea of radical content and experimental form by establishing the normative models and procedures of cinema and video, and then showing the ways artists have challenged these conventions. The course will define and differentiate the two dominant forms of moving image: film and video, and begin a consideration of new and expanding forms for the moving image. The course is a prerequisite to both Film I and Video I and intends to introduce the student to the moving image through a series of group exercises.
ARTH 2513 Media Art History and Genealogies
An introduction presents an overview of the academic field known as Media Art Histories as well as the specific genealogies of relevant academic disciplines (i.e. of Film Art, Video Art, New Media Art & both filmic and digital Experimental Animation) as well as genealogies of specific media technologies (i.e. cameras, computers and software; electric lights, radio and sound; chemical, magnetic, and digital forms of storage and the industrial and capitalized structures that they require). These interwoven histories of shared theory/practices are investigated in relationship to independent/experimental/art media in contemporary cultures by asking: How do artists develop methods to work with, against, and around these techno-social forms? Readings will include Kittler, Zelenski, Grau, Gunning, Gaudreault, Musser, Schivelbusch, Auge, Adorno, Kluge, and Krackauer.
ARTH 1002: Survey of Modern to Contemporary Art and Architecture
This course surveys developments in nineteenth and twentieth century art and architecture. Particular emphasis is placed on theoretical and critical issues, as well as the historical, intellectual, and socioeconomic changes that are reflected or addressed in the works of artists and architects.
PHOTO 3008-01 Multi-Level Photo Studio: Transfer Students
Every idea has a medium most suited to its execution, but often not the one in which the artist is working. This class considers new ways of translating ideas into other media to develop a sense of possibilities beyond the straight photograph. Conceptual art has given us an understanding of the triggers that might provoke an investigation of layers of meaning within the simplest of ideas. Assignment encourage students to think beyond the usual way they work and include the use of collaboration, installation, audio, video, live feed, the internet, performance, and performative uses of photography.
Contemporary Practices: Research Studio: Transfer Students
Research Studio —Transfer is specifically designed for transfer students who are new to SAIC. This particular class combines elements from Research I and II, which include an orientation to the culture of SAIC’s community and Chicago at-large, with the more advanced developmental explorations and research of students already engaged in a practice. Students take this class to work with a variety of research methodologies, both traditional and experimental, utilizing School archives and the extended community in response to studio-based conversations. In addition students are connected with an Academic Advisor to help guide them in their choices for an individualized course of study at the School.
I have just recieved a letter from the school of the Art Institute of Chicago.
YES! I got the merit scholarship!
On to Berlin to celebrate.
2011, I’m ready for you!
Acceptance Letter: School of the Art Institute of Chicago
It’s official: I’m in! I’ve just received my acceptance letter for SAIC’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program!
What’s so great about SAIC? Why is it considered “the most influential art school in the US” by Time, Newsweek, etc? How does is consistently produce the most innovative artists year after year? Take a look at the school’s recent BFA graduates’ portfolios here for proof.
It’s possibly due to the school’s “no major” system: students are free to express their art in any medium, ranging from traditional paintings, screenprinting, sculpture, video, photography, and hell, even interpretive dance!
I’m deeply excited about this next phase of my life. September just can’t come soon enough!
Shortly after graduating from high school in 2003, I joined the US Navy. Though I may have put my dreams of attending art school on hold, I have refused to give up my spirit of creativity and curiosity. A career in the military has not halted my development as an artist. In many ways, it has only helped.
In the debate between nature and nurture’s influence on human development, I tend to side with the latter. We create our own realities through our interactions with the people in our lives, the media, the environment, and whatever form of (or lack of) spirituality in which we choose to believe. I am, therefore, a product of my family, my past, my environment, and my own choices. This is the philosophy with which I approach art.
I aim to engage others to see art not just as an object, but as part of the process and the context. Art can serve as a conversation between people and cultures, an exchange of ideas and viewpoints. Photography, my main medium, lends itself to this idea quite well because of its accessibility. The digital camera in the hands of the masses has turned photography into a democratic medium. While some artists may lament the fact, I embrace photography’s ability to give everyone a voice. No one holds the patent on art, and if we are all able to express ourselves, it only increases the number of perspectives with which to enrich our own.
Beyond capturing images, I also seek to live in an artful way. I apply concepts of recycling and reusing which the current state of our world implores us to follow. I use found materials and my own discarded prints to give new life to images. I experiment with other mediums such as writing, painting and design. In my travels, I force myself to meet people and find new perspectives. By seeing other viewpoints, I create and curate a bank of ideas, a wealth of influences, not only for creating art, but for daily living.
When I separate from the US Navy in 2011, after seven years of service, I know I want to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. An education with SAIC will help me develop my ideas through its rich history, its faculty, and its social and ideological makeup. I would be honored, in turn, to contribute to this community. I believe SAIC will promote my growth as an artist, open doors and avenues through which I can share my vision with the world, as the world has shared with me.