Sydney Opera House with Inspiration by Paula Scher

The catharsis project my group decided on was that of the Sydney Opera House. The supplies we used were illustration board, cardboard, balsa wood, solo cups, paint and a touch lamp. Our main idea was to use the light as the source of the deconstruction but in the context that the deconstruction was for the better (going back to the definition of catharsis meaning, “to cleanse”)

Note: the light is darker because we took the picture with a dark background.

I chose this angle of our set of photos because I like how disorganized everything looks from this angle. Although one can find balance in a deconstruction, balance does in fact contradict the idea of it.

My inspiration for the digital product is going to be Paula Scher. I like how she uses words as her form of mark and gesture and her use of several (and I mean SEVERAL) different colors makes everything look so disorganized and chaotic, like what an explosion would cause. Instead of using names of cities and countries, I want to use the definition of catharsis, different icons in Sydney and other phrases that relate to Sydney as my words for mark and gesture.

I feel that this will also be a challenge, because this photo doesn’t have that much color in it (except for the blue), but I feel once I get my sketches onto photoshop, it will make things a little bit easier in time.


I’m starting out with a drawing of my catharsis which is pictured below:

The next phase is digitize the entire piece, adding letters and color. However, I’m not sure if I’m going to put color in the piece yet or not.

Update: I ended up doing another rendition of my colored product (shown below):

Since I considered the light in our sculpture the most important aspect. I used different saturations and made the light the main point of focus.



1) Reaction to: 1) Introduction, Chapter 1 from Virtual Art: From Illusion to Immersion by Oliver Grau (posted via T-Square).

This chapter is an introduction into the idea of virtual art. It gives a better idea of what virtual art is and how artists are now using virtual reality as a form of expression. Today, it doesn’t seem like anything new because my generation seems to be used to the idea of virtual reality and 3 dimensional avatars and worlds. However, during its discovery, it was a haven for up and coming artists to make their mark and set a path for other artists to either follow or break away from. Virtual reality has also given more opportunities to use animation and sound in art as well as making art interactive. All in all, this chapter introduces what virtual art is, how it came about, and how it can activate the senses of the person taking in the art.

2) Reaction to: 2) “Virtual Artists’ Immersive Discoveries in a Virtual 3D Frontier”:

Something that really caught my eye during reading this blog was the first sentence. Although the creation of virtual reality is relatively new, the idea of it is about as old as cave art. Like reading the first article, in order to really experience and enjoy virtual art, you have to immerse yourself in the virtual world. Several artists that were interviewed mentions Second Life and how it’s used to express a new form of post-modernism.

3) Reaction to: 3)

I like how the Hyperformalism relates to mathematical space as well as 3D space. Unlike the previous readings, this focuses on how Hyperformalism focuses on marketing as well as art. It is more of an informative entry instead of an expressive as it talks about how depth is important in digital imaging software and how mathematics can be incorporated in the creation of 3D waves in an art piece, for example.


“Watch the World” and “Crows”

“Watch the World” to me is a work of art that treats the eyes and ears in a way that 2-dimensional art cannot do. It treats the eyes with 3 Dimensional images and the ears with the song ‘Starry Starry Night’, and they both coexist with the sky image similar to the famous art piece, Starry Starry Night. The process of the art piece is seen through mathematical calculations and different measurements used on the computer. “Crows” goes from one person looking at art to the art coming to life. This makes the viewer wonder about the story behind each of the paintings. I personally like this one better because of the different uses of editing (crosscutting) the filmmaker uses continuity shots that bring the viewer into a world inside of the painting that we wouldn’t see in our reality. Unlike “Watch the World” that just goes through the process of creating the ‘Starry Starry Night’ world, “Crows” shows a world way beyond the art that is seen by the naked eye.

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