Family Assignment Critiques
Collin Brown: Collin used the posed ideas of Facebook by taking pictures of himself with friends. This idea could come across fairly simple, but it gave me the idea for my final project, which is taking Facebook pictures of teens or young adults and appropriating them into a print book. I am going to keep the “comment” and “like” buttons in the picture to portray the online social networking bit with the printed book. I feel this is an interesting way to portray Facebook.
Nicole Lovett: Nicole created a mosaic of family photos using Photoshop overlaid on a picture of her grandparents. I’ve done this same project before in my high school Photography class and it was very fun. I think she could have taken it a step further and made a print to pass around so we could see all the little individual pictures, but I really liked the idea of family all combined to be the final product of two people. Cool concept.
Elite Henenson: Elite bought a Goodwill phone book and pasted photos accompanied by words above to describe the pictures. These were words she felt about family. Elite said her family extends beyond blood relatives into the Jewish community-this was a good project to present the ways in which religious communities can function as families as well.
Charmaine Genge: Charmaine created a photo album of two sides-one with her dad’s childhood photos and one with her own childhood photos. They were both raised by her grandparents mainly and the ways in which the pictures were taken were different. Girls were usually photographed with the moms, and boys with the dads. It was interesting to see the ways in which different generations are raised and how gender plays a role in the family.
Teneille Choi: Teneille took studio family portraits found online and created her own portraits to reflect the family using found objects. It was interesting to see how she matched colors and certain objects to human beings. Portraits are very stereotypical and I found the way she portrayed a family portrait to be very intriguing. I wish she made more replicates.
Garrett Trask: Garrett made a Blurb book of screen shots from Google street view to show the idea of family functions. Images included were that of laundry, friends, people on porches, etc. This was really interesting and made you think of family in a different light. Family doesn’t just live in the home but outside on the streets as well.
Ryan Kitchell: Ryan made a montage and also physical pictures of his family members multiplied. He explained that he had an identical twin that died at birth and decided to Photoshop his twin in a picture with himself. That is how his idea was created to make multiple “twins” of his family members doing their favorite hobbies or activities. I thought this was a cool concept and definitely stood for something important. Visually appealing.
Meredith Minne: Meredith handmade clay sculptures and provided three images of her family, which she said is very important to her because she doesn’t see them much. She took the color out of them to show the separation between them. I couldn’t really see the pictures, but I like how she made them into something physical with meaning behind it.
Jalisa Smart: Jalisa created a Blurb book of her sister’s family to show the disconnect between family she hasn’t met. I think she could have taken it a step further because it is kind of a sad story.
Jared Gonzalez: Jared made a movie of old, scanned family photos. I loved his project because he didn’t need to speak but you could still imagine a story behind the pictures. He explained that his family didn’t have citizenship until his grandfather served in the war. There was a good story to support the photos, but we didn’t need an explanation because we could imagine the story itself. The music was a little distracting-but overall, great pictures.
Garrett Trask’s Blurb book provided good quality images especially considering they were found online from Google street view. You wouldn’t automatically think that this is a book meant to represent family, but as long as you have a title you can figure out the function of the images. The overall concept is intriguing-it shows the family functions of society in different urban areas. It functions as a means to show family as a community in society. The images come from different countries and you get to see the similarities and differences of houses, families, friends, and functions in different places. You wouldn’t think street view pictures would be aesthetically appealing, but all of the images he appropriated are clear and artistically well put together.
This could be a cool public art piece in a museum to represent community. I almost feel like it is an invasion of privacy, but not really because it is out in the public. This reminds me of security cameras at the mall and how we are constantly being watched. But it is different in that it is pretty anonymous, you can’t really distinguish one specific person-so anonymity stays intact. This is a very imaginative piece and I would never think of family like this until I saw this project. I like where he is going with this and think it could expand and become even more personal.