Please your name, a brief statement about your work, and photo documentation (PDF)
Walking into the grand entrance of Fisher-Bennet, home of Penn’s English department, one is welcomed by an 8ft portrait of Shakespeare. For my project, I decided to raise questions of authority. Seemingly, the English department seems to be saying, “admire Shakespeare, he is the ultimate author of the English language.” So in response I photoshopped my face onto a portrait of 1920’s intellectual, printed it out to the same 8ft by 7ft dimensions, and hung it over Shakespeare’s face. Above the portrait reads a plaque, “This is an acclaimed author.” with a subscript which says, “Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s English Department and Fine Arts Department.
Emoticons have a ubiquitous presence in our virtual lives. I choose to take the well known iphone emojis and bring them into the real world in a playful way: as garbage can covers. The emojis serve to invite people to the garbage and dissuade littering. The particular emotions depicted by the emojis I chose to render also embody my personal rejection of our society’s over consumption.
Deer crossing signs are a common site on the road. I decided to take the generic sign and replace the deer with a squirrel. These ferocious animals are infamous on Penn’s campus. I have tripped on them on Locust Walk and my friends have had encounters with them as well. I thought a well placed squirrel crossing sign would fit well into the Penn environment and caution newcomers.
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I converted a metal steam pipe that was in the middle of campus into a larger than life cigarette. The creation was largely a playful twist on an existing structure that reminded me of a cigarette, but ideally should also raise questions in it’s simplicity as to its overall intentions.
Here is the before picture of the steam pipe:
Jana Veliskova: Social Commentary
For this particular project, the site chosen is on UPenn’s campus at what’s known as the BioPond behind the Perelman School of Medicine. This site has a beautiful pond with a small thriving ecosystem. However, about 500 ft. away, also thriving in the shadows, is the Consortium. The Consortium offers methadone treatment.
All signs and symbols are original work.
Needle No Symbol – veliskova
Brittany Horton: “Art”
The use of ” ” around a word, object, or space can change the meaning or feel that each of these. From air quotes, to actually applying them on or around everyday environments, quotation marks can alter moments or spaces in life to have a more serious, goofy, mocking, or just an overall different feel.
Joyce Kim: Instaception
“Instagram is debasing real photography. Filters spoil pictures, distort the narrative and is the antithesis of creativity”
“Instagram stems from a nostalgia for the present- the present as a potentially documented past” -David Campbell
In this project, I seek to explore how social media is becoming a means to experience reality. #meta
This composition of photographs depicts a single, unaffiliated student’s ratings of the reputations of Penn’s fraternities.
Maria Nascimento: LOVE!
In this project I intended to provoke people by adding the exclamation mark, which implies energy, emotion, and excitement, in the well known “Love” sculpture. I wanted to turn the idea in an advice. Because just love is not enough!
Hae Soung Yang
Unlike our previous projects, this assignment could have been more challenging since we had to consider the meaning of our art piece as well as its visual effect in the public space. I personally thought that the topic of Project 5 was broad since our work space could be anywhere in the entire campus. I decided to narrow down my idea through quite random process. First, I thought it would be good to start by choosing my favorite location on campus since I thought my idea for the sign would come up naturally after imagining about where it would be situated. In terms of the meaning and the function of my sign, I wanted it to grab people’s attention as well as creating humor and silliness.
File attached below is an image of my sign:
I wanted to create a work that would cause people to want to interact, and to wonder about who else had changed the work and why, whether they were the first to change it or one in a line, and similar. At the same time, Franklin as a figure is someone that the university regularly uplifts and almost as regularly parrots the ideas of, and I was interested in reminding people that Franklin thought the same kinds of things anyone thought – he simply didn’t write them down.
For most of the Northeast, it’s summer. Birds are chirping, people are smiling and life is easy. But inside the walls of Huntsman Hall lies the same gloom and pointedly busy activity regardless of what season. People laugh at corny business jokes.
I wanted to encourage people to smile – for no reason at all while also recalling memories of what Huntsman Hall stands for based on the Occupy protests outside the building last year. Most students don’t think twice about what being a Whartonite means in a worldly context and they also don’t think to smile and enjoy their day while inside Huntsman Hall. My goal was to have a sign that would inspire them to think and to smile.
Here on Penn’s campus, I think it’s often too easy to be consumed by a need to do more so that we can obtain a certain internship, fill in a spot on a resume, pursue a certain career path. We’re a pre-professional school of over-achievers, and sometimes it becomes far too easy to get stuck in our “Penn bubble”. Through my project, I sought to install something unanticipated that would take its viewers out of their daily grind and remind them of the simple joys in life.
An enlarged and pixelated set of George Orwell’s eyes are installed in various parts of the campus. With the recent revelation of the ongoing surveillance conducted by the United States government, we are forced to consider our own state of privacy and independence.
This piece asks the question:
How would you feel if you knew you were being watched?
My project is poking fun at the NSA scandal. I designed a face that is supposed to peer into (or outside) windows. He has aviators and a hat to resemble the look of a sheriff, watching your every move. On his hat is the NSA logo. My goal was to make people feel uncomfortable about the NSA’s recent activity and to make people realize the severity of their actions.