10 thoughts on “urban love story

  1. Hmmn, Aurelia. It rocks you keep putting your work online for us to check out.

    I am instantly less of a fan of this one than some of the others. I will have to give it a couple days to sink in, and recomment.

    I think looking at it comparred to some of the other images you have shared it strikes me that this one is more explicit. Meaning it seems to directly convey a narative, which is different than the others. Or at least to my semi-trained eye. I think I have some basis for work with ambiguos narative, though there are certainly instances where I would have the opposite complaint. Maybe I am just a negative arty farty foo.

    Either way it’s cool, and I really appreciate being able to log into the techno-inter-web-net-thingie and check out the creative fruits of the trees of friendship in much different water ways.

  2. love it. my perception of it…well that would be mine and I won’t throw it on anyone else. but it does on blinks throw all these nifty images of holy light, twin peaks, and comfy nest just waiting to burst with some chaos. again, love it. but I have to ask…is that anime to the right of the love nest? I could swear its blossum. yeah…
    (is the bird chirping the whistle song?)

    and oh yeah…wheres the pukey smiley!?$#*^!@?

  3. Andrew – it took me a while too. It just doesn’t have any mystery, the story is so easily digestible – quite a departure from the other images. It’s also the first time I’ve worked with text in a really long time and I still feel a bit strange about it. I don’t like it when you need to speak a particular language to be able to appreciate an artwork – not that I think that’s the case with this image.

    On the other hand, it was lots of fun. I wanted the story to be a little saccharine and easily understood. The caption for the urban love story exhibition is ‘photomedia inspired by manga and graphic novels’ – this image fits that description the most obviously. Robyn says I’m ‘broadening my appeal’. Somehow I don’t think the arty folks at the opening are going to be appealed by this one, but thankfully not everyone is an art snob, and the SALA festival is all about yon everyday peeps getting some art into their lives.

    Jamie – I’m glad you love it! It’s not Blossom hiding in the reflection in the mirror, it’s Devi from I Feel Sick by Jhonen Vasquez. I believe you can claim full responsibility for bringing that influence into my life, ne?
    I’ll see what I can do about the puking smilie. 😛 eew

  4. You kids had all the fun without me! 😥

    This is the only one in the series that doesn’t have some aspect of CREEPY to it, also. Mmm, pixie stick.

  5. “Somehow I don’t think the arty folks at the opening are going to be appealed by this one, but thankfully not everyone is an art snob, and the SALA festival is all about yon everyday peeps getting some art into their lives.”

    This is fair, and as a fully fledged art snob, I can easily be a punk, and should be dismissed off hand.

    Text is funny in arts. It instanty raises my cackles, sometimes to the point of silli-tude. I guess text often feels like a solution a creater of stuffs uses when they can’t figure out what to do. Like it’s time for crit, and they are worried someone won’t understand so they write “bomb” on the side. The text in your piece doesn’t feel like that at all, and while making a rather clear narative it also is quite fun.

    Word up G. I am off to my studio, so far away from a crit though…

  6. Text is funny in art. Especially when it’s hardback. . . Yeah. I think it’s good to note that the words are sort of secondary to the font here, as far as pushing the ‘joke’ – I thought the photo worked well without the sfx, but it’s really pressing the manga connection as it is. Which I think is important when you have the whole series on the wall. It pulls some of the less-obvious narratives back in. . .

    Joey-brand Stix all the way, Jamie – “Rock me, Joe.”

  7. I am loathe to critique someone elses work, especially when the first word that comes to mind is ‘cute’. Paul had the same reaction and so I asked him to elaborate. After careful thought, he decided that this work is not nearly as abstract as what we have become used to seeing from you. Personally, I was quite facinated by your attention to detail and actually wished I could see more of the bedroom. My favorite part is the sun coming through the window. As for the text, the alarm clock beeps are quite necessary. The message from the little peeper could have come across with him just ‘thinking’ hearts, but then, people might focus on those little bird legs.

  8. hehe,
    i think it’s funny. but i would agree with Dawn that the “peep”s from the bird are unnecessary. THey make it too easy to digest the story.
    miss you guys tons!

  9. There’s definitely something not quite right about it just yet. Seeing as we hang the show tomorrow I’ve decided to sign this one as an ‘artist’s proof’ and keep working on it.
    I’m interested in making it look like the bird and the robot are singing the same song – not just that the birdie is in love with the alarm clock. I have a few ideas about how to do that without using words, so stay posted!
    Also, I am concerned that this image doesn’t have that dark gothic thread that the others do. It’s a bit too cute, with no sinister. That can’t be right. 👿
    Thank you all very much for your feedback. It really helps a great deal, especially when I can tell something is amiss.

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