ms. o’ryan’s 2012-2013 media arts classes cindy sherman…wtf?
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Ms. ORyans 2012-2013 Media Arts ClassesCindy ShermanWTF?1
Cindy Shermans work is some of the highest paid photography ever sold. At a recent Christie Auction, one image sold for $190,000. She is known for changing the expectation of photography, womens roles in society, and evolving conceptual art.2
Cindy Sherman attended State University College of Buffalo in 1972 with the intention of studying art, primarily painting.
She quickly realized that the camera could demonstrate an idea much quicker and effectively than painting, switching majors.Untitled film stills 1976-1980After graduation, she moved to NYC and began using herself as the model, tackling ideas such as womens roles and conceptual photography. She never called her images self portraits; rather concepts. The focus was the idea and she placed distance between herself and the idea by wearing wigs, costumes. Titling them Untitled, this in itself placed more distance between her and the idea.
Playing with your expectations:Cindys purpose was to disappoint you. Images of women in sexy poses were not meant to be perceived as such. So if you think she looks hotwell shame on you.
Emulating scenes from famous movies in the 1950s, you feel as if you have seen that scene beforebut you havent. 5
Each of her images are hard to place yet so familiar. Similarities to 1950 bombshells such as Marilyn Monroe.
Sophie Loren1950 BombshellMore connections.
Artwork evolved. She felt that she exhausted the black and white film stills so she began to play with color photography.Images are confusingand meant to be. Through the confusion, she continues to distance herself. Not only is the background not real, nor is her character in the scene.
Rear Projection Series 1980-818
Historic Series 1988-1990While living in Rome, she began emulating famous art pieces. Same idea: one feels that they have seen the work before but in fact you havent. Idea: to confuse, to show that one can reproduce an image (making a painting less valuable), and to evolve the expectation of photography out of fine art into conceptual.
Image by Cindy using prosthetics. Young Sick Bacchus by Caravaggio, 1953.
Conceptual Art: What does that mean?11
What are you doing?Brainstorm some idea. Ideas that are deeper in content, connect to you personally, and perhaps something that can relate to others. Write them down.Plan. Think of how you can use yourself or perhaps others. Either way, YOU need to be in charge of the composition.Experiment. Collect the photos that you do not want to use and put them in your sketchbook for reference.Choose the best three and edit in PS. Determine if you want B&W or coloror both.Once finished, write a description and reflection on your wiki.