November blog #2 The problem with Apu

“Look, you’re still allowed to love “The Simpsons.” All I’m saying is that “The Simpsons” is like your racist grandfather. You love your grandfather. He’s been there your whole life and has taught you so many valuable things. But he still does racist stuff regularly. So if he can’t change, maybe it’s time he dies. And you can just remember the best things about him — seasons 1 through 10. Oh, and one more thing. Aah! Yeah, I think about what my mom’s been through in this country, right? People saying things like, “Take that dot off your head,” or “Why are you wearing bed sheets out of the house,” or “Why don’t you shut up and make me food?” And this is just stuff me and my brothers said to her, growing up. Now, can you imagine what she dealt with out of the house? ”

With disrespectful sentences like ” “Take that dot off your head,” or “Why are you wearing bed sheets out of the house,” or “Why don’t you shut up and make me food?” ,” Kondabolu fist doesn’t mention who spoke these sentences, and later he explains that he and his brothers did. This can create an contrast between how people in a family react to stereotypes and how much worse can foreign people act seeing Kondabolu’s mother on the street.

Anecdote

At 5:54, Hari Kondabolu was discussing problems on apu with actors and other comedians, then he asked if any of them were bullied, “How many of you were bullied in any capacity as a child… How many had to deal with being called apu or that being referenced?” Right after that, the he starts to show clips of people recalling and talking about their memories. These memories of other Indian actors can give the audiences an example of how they had bad memories associated with the stereotype that apu brought. By having stories, this can attract the audiences’ attention, and make the problem with apu a more real life problem to the audiences, closing the distance between the filmmaker and the watchers.

Interviews

Hari Kondabolu also used interviews on the street. Since it seems like that he randomly chose subject to talk to, the interviews can be less biased, more objective and credible to the audiences because Kondabolu’s  approach to this sterotype problem is biased since he is one of the victums.

 

 

October post #2

I choose the global issues on art, creativity and the Imagination. The reason that I choose this is because Art is a very important part of my life, and art reflects a nations political social and economic state directly, which is a very interesting way to understand other cultures.

The text I chose is about an Iran woman artist which was exiled from her own country for making art. In this article, this issue is represented through every bit of Shirin Neshat’s story. She is so brave to stand out and make Art about the political state, however, because the topic of her artworks are too sensitive, causing her relationship with the country to become unresolved, she was exiled. Her art was a weapon of hers, and “Art is a reflection of what you gain in life — from the pains in life.” she said. This relates to the message that she is trying to pass on to others with her art. In her art, the subjects, Iranian women, were victims of the changing cultures, being forced to adjust to the culture that they were put in. In her works, women stands up for themselves, “The biggest fighters in Iran today are the women. The most unafraid people in Iran are women. I’ve always tried to say that.” she said. With art, she is trying to express how she wants to be in control of her life, and her attitude is persistent “You can’t.” I’m like, “F-— you. I’m going to do it.”she said.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2019-10-23/artist-shirin-neshat-muslim-women-as-victims-exile-iran

 

September post #2

21:35

Jiazhen came back to fugue

 

40:00

Fugui and chunsheng escaped from the nationalists, but taken captive by the communists.

 

2:02:20

Scene: when fengxia died because of massive hemorrhage, but the doctors are all taken away, only students were left in the hospital. At the start, they were very confident, promising that everything will go well, however, later the hemorrhage happens, and the students doesn’t know how to deal with it.

 

This scene is related to several themes: power against death, the uncertainty of destiny, and the hardships of living. When fugui and jiazhen saw their grandson, they were in such felicity, however, destiny is too unpredictable. His last child fengxia is going to die because of the massive hemorrhage. One second before, he was on the top of the roller coaster, the next second, he’s at the bottom. Against death, the student couldn’t do anything but panic. At this moment, everyone notices their inability against death. Although fugui’s last hope -fengxia- is gone, he still has to go on. His grandson mantou becomes his new light in the dark. When destiny fails you, it will also give you hope.

You are what you wear

For this project, we were asked to choose clothes that we usually wear and take a picture, then, we adjust the lighting, changed the picture to black and white and drew the picture. We used charcoal, a media that I don’t use that much, so I was unfamiliar with it.  The piece looked quite different from what I envisioned, I thought that I would fail drawing this assignment because I don’t like using charcoal. For this project, there are numbers of challenges, but the most challenging problem is to keep everything clean. I addressed these challenges by ignoring the black dots on my work, cleaning them up when I finished so it would be more efficient and I won’t make the work dirty again.In this project, I had difficulties on the technique part too. I don’t usually use charcoal so it is much harder than drawing with pencil. But after a few classes, I got used to charcoal and I found out that I can rub my tissue paper on the darkest compressed charcoal which creates a lot of charcoal powder while drawing, by rubbing my tissue paper, it catches the charcoal powder and it is also really smooth to shade areas with tissue paper. I really pushed myself to do my best, when I was not used to using charcoal, I drew really slow and wasted a lot of time, but after I got used to charcoal, I worked efficiently and finished the charcoal faster then I envisioned.

 

The paper that we were using was big, and I found out that I can smooth the charcoal out by using a soft eraser, but the surface area of the paper is big, relatively using a soft eraser that has a small surface area and might erase the charcoal, I chose to use tissue paper. It seems easy, but it took my classes to figure out how to shade with charcoal. I pushed and stretched my ability to draw with a new media. When I figured out the method to use charcoal and control it better, I drew for three hours straight. Comparing to what I usually do, I stretched and explored my potential to draw with charcoal.

I observed a lot because this is an observing drawing, and it is a picture, so it is very realistic. I divided the paper into four parts to be accurate. The major challenge of being accurate is to draw out the smoothness of the wrinkles and the bringing out the high light, but with the soft eraser, I was able to clean up the whole drawing which brought out the high light and made the drawing realistic.

 

Last, I reflected on my work a lot. Due to the size of the paper, I kept moving away from my drawing so that I can see where the drawing is going. I also took pictures of my drawing and asked others how I can make it better.

Art assignment: Fast and Slow

 

 

For this “fast and slow” assignment, we used gesture drawing and contour lines, for the fast, it is gesture drawing, for the slow, it is contour lines.Gestural drawing is when you hold the brush light and lose, and it is catching the shapes. contour line drawing is looking at shapes and drawing them out with continuous lines, it should be very detailed. For this assignment, I used watercolor and pen. If someone was doing this assignment for the first time, I would tell them to look at the shapes more carefully during the “fast”, think of the composition or you can zoom in. For this assignment, I found that when I am doing the “slow” part which is the contour lines, I can’t match up my lines, some of them are too high, some of them are too short.By doing this assignment, I learned that I have to look carefully into the shapes and when I’m drawing, I have to think about the whole picture but not only the part that I’m on.