Upcycle 2020 Final Report (TinFoil and Spoons)

Upcycle 2020. Balance Benjamin Chang Introduction When starting this upcycling project I knew from the beginning I didn’t want to purchase any material of any sort. However, it wasn’t out of the question of gathering through asking around looking for resources to supply a project. When looking for inspiration I came across an installation artist…
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Aesthetic: Boho

Today, “boho” is a style often characterized by the eccentric, lacey, floral-patterned, earth-toned, flower-crowned style that is often spotted at Coachella. But moreso than wanna-be hippies, the bohemian style goes back almost 200 years. Photograph by Dani R Photography (http://theonedayhouse.com.au/boho-beach-picnic-styled-shoot/)   The bohemians began as a counter-cultural movement after the French Revolution when artists were…
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Aesthetics Explorations 2020: Vintage

The “Vintage” aesthetic was formed from the modern recreation of the 70s-90s style. The vintage aesthetic can be illustrated through many different mediums such as fashion, photography and even furniture. It’s also an aesthetic with the purpose of showing individuality and uniqueness. [1] This image shows the style of fashion and photography that defines the…
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Explore an Aesthetic – Phil Lewis

Artist – Phil Lewis, https://phillewisart.com/collections/gallery/products/gallery-red-rocks Artist – Phil Lewis, https://phillewisart.com/collections/gallery/products/gallery-jellyfish-nimbus Artist – Phil Lewis, https://phillewisart.com/collections/gallery/products/gallery-the-electric-fox Artist – Phil lewis, https://phillewisart.com/collections/gallery/products/gallery-the-flatirons Artist – Phil Lewis, https://phillewisart.com/collections/gallery/products/gallery-frequency-3 Artist – Phil Lewis, https://phillewisart.com/collections/gallery/products/gallery-the-winter-carnival   All of the artwork shown above is created by Phil lewis.  He creates these pieces using pen and paper in combination with digital design. …
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Aesthetic Explorations: A Future of Neon and Chrome, Cyberpunk

Title Image: “Tears in The Rain” by Daniel Liang   “Cyberpunk” is a genre of science fiction that appears in books, movies, and even tabletop games in popular culture. It usually depicts a not-so-distant future for humanity wrought with powerful soulless corporations, questionable morals, and futuristic technologies like advanced cybernetics and artificial intelligence. Cyberpunk media…
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Polka dots and Yayoi Kusama

Polka dots, is the “a pattern consisting of an array of large filled circles of the same size.” according to Wikipedia. The polka dots pattern, despite being popular and widely recognized in today’s fashion. It hasn’t always been this way. In the old times “In Medieval Europe, the pattern was initially seen as very unpleasant,…
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Aesthetic Explorations: Exploring Apple Wallpapers

Apple introduced changeable wallpaper beginning with system 7 for Mac OS, which was released in 1991, almost 30 years ago. Although the early versions of these wallpapers were very choppy and not aesthetically pleasing, they were unique and changeable, and they laid the framework for where the default wallpapers are now. Mac OS System 7…
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Aesthetic Exploration: Crust Punk

Crust punk is a sub-genre of punk music made with acoustic instruments including but not limited to guitar, banjo, mandolin, washboard, washtub bass, or whatever else you could realistically transport easily while being homeless. Crust punk generally relies on the idea of complete rejection and disillusion with modern opulence and rebellion against traditional values. The…
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Explore an Aesthetic: Modernist Architecture

Many architecture styles have their defining characteristics and represent their respective historical time periods. For example, and most notably, the Victorian Era (in UK, US, Australia) occurred during mid to late 19th Century and saw the likes of “Dollhouse” buildings, or Romanesque Era (in Europe) which occurred in late 10th Century. Today’s architecture is mainly…
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Aesthetic Exploration: Brutalism

          Brutalism is an architectural style, characterized by its imposing, geometric appearance. The functionality of the concrete and steel gave brutalist buildings a distinctly utilitarian feel that lent themselves well to institutional uses such as libraries, schools, and public housing [1]. Originating from a post-WWII world, in the 1950s, the brutalist…
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Aesthetic Exploration: Voxels

Voxels are 3-dimensional ‘cubes’ of space, analogous to a 2D pixel. As a concept, voxels have existed since the 1990s and even earlier for medical and other applications where their use was important for efficiently mapping regions of 3D space. It’s only recently, however, that they’ve become used for aesthetic purposes. Voxel art uses simple…
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Aesthetic Explorations: Tessellations

A tessellation refers to the repeated use of geometric tiles to fill a larger space without any gaps. In this way, tessellations combine both artistic ideals and mathematical problem solving. Initially though, tessellations served a more decorative purpose, dating back all the way to 4000 BCE where Sumerians utilized them in patterned clay walls [1].…
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Aesthetic Exploration 2020: Painting by the Numbers, an Aesthetic Exploration of Algorithmic Art

“A monument to Infinity” source: https://www.reddit.com/r/generative/comments/efyzuz/a_monument_to_infinity/ Algorithmic art, also known as Procedural art, describes art which is made with the help of an Algorithm. For our usage an algorithm is a finite series of well designed instructions. Algorithmic art is still a fuzzy concept, as the usage of “algorithms” in art can be very widely…
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Aesthetic Exploration 2020: Retrofuturism

For my first aesthetic exploration, I have chosen to explore the Retrofuturism aesthetic. Building upon the concept of futurism, retrofuturism has the distinction of showing retro styling and perspective at odds with a futuristic depiction, especially regarding technology and machinery. Visually, retrofuturism eschews the blocky form in favor of curves and contours, often featuring vibrant…
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