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Sticker Project: Our Benefactors

I got my idea almost immediately. After assessing Heimbold’s visual code, I realized that the building reminded me more of a museum than a place of creation. The white walls, the big empty spaces, and the general sterile vibe this place gives off all made me think of the “white cube” trend. Here’s my interpretation of Heimbold’s visual code: IMG_5478 I started to think of ways to bring this to light. I looked at museums and all the things that they had in common. I thought about the way they thank their benefactors – by naming a wing or a gallery space after them. I remembered the Barbara Walters Gallery in Heimbold and Lorlee and Arnold Tenenbaum Visual Resouces Wing. I began to think – what if I named more objects in the building? Arbitrary ones that no one would want to be named after them, like a toilet or a trash can. I got stuck though, and the idea wasn’t really fleshed out until a few days before installation. I had no idea what names to use. First I was thinking of using students names, because we are giving money to the school. But it didn’t seem right and I had no idea who would be okay with me using their name. I considered using celebrities names but to me it seemed like it would take the project in a different direction. Here’s a picture of the page in my sketchbook where I worked through some of this: IMG_5479 Eventually, after a productive conference meeting, I decided to just make up names. I wanted them to sound as white and affluent and obnoxious as possible. To come up with them I used name generators and looked up lists of high income names. For the objects to be named, I just picked things that were either unremarkable (like a napkin holder), or kinda funny (like a urinal). My favorite I think was the Josephine Fotheringham and Samuel T. Thornton Tampon Recepticle. -6 I felt a little awkward putting them up, because a lot of people were staring. Or at least I felt like they were. I kind of wanted to install them in the middle of the night. Pretty quickly the toilet sticker was taken down – did someone think it was stupid, or did they want to keep it? I’ve been checking on the other stickers (apart from the ones in the mens room, I’m not to keen on walking in and seeing someone using the urinal) and they are all still there. I find I have to rotate the trash can and the recycling bin pretty frequently so the stickers are facing front again. I think the project is most effective if everyone can see all of them. But I’ll try not to obsess too much, things happen. Some more pictures of the stickers: -2 -3 -1  

Sticker Project: IKEA Logo

I started my Sticker Champaign Project with confusions. After seeing some urban interference examples of reframing during the seminars and in the textbook. I started gather some idea for making a poster or advertisement form of reframing. Being interested by the reframing work of adding the Photoshop frame to an advertisement of supermodels in the subway. So I thought about doing my project by adding something to what is already done. Angela and I discuss some possible topic that might be interesting to work with. Then I started to focus on the issue of forced labor. I worked with IKEA’s catalog for a little while by adding some black and white inmate labor figures on the wall and Anti-slavery icons on the furniture into the catalog. The result came out to be too busy. There were several items in the image. Then I looked up “forced labor IKEA” and one result really came out to me. There were eight major companies that used forced labor or child labor for manufactories. I looked them up and decided to play with the logos of IKEA, Victoria’s Secret, and Hershey’s. For the first try, I added cell bars to the ellipse yellow part; turned the pink stripes of Victoria’s Secret into black and white to make it like a cell uniform; posted a child labor image on the Hershey’s milk chocolate bar rapping paper. For the second draft, I changed the yellow ellipse of IKEA into a realistic photograph of jail; adding a chain and lock on the VS logo. The final draft of IKEA is tone the color of the cell into yellow. My IKEA logo stickers were installed on the tables in the Heimbold Café. IKEA 02IKEA01 I think the IKEA project was a great experience for me as an artist. Because I started off confused on the term “reframing”. But I started doing it anyways. After speaking with Angela, it became clearer to me what the project is about. As an art student, it was interesting to think about you can always do something with art even you don’t understand it. That’s the beauty of art. You can always start doing art, even without knowing what you are doing. The IKEA project has brought me abundant experiences. I am very happy about my outcome of the prison IKEA logo.

Sticker Project: One Card, Many Cards Take Over

 Emma Wilder Sadowski: Sticker Project

idfinal This project really began this summer, when I began really wondering how I was going to face the Armageddon of graduation– how my liberal arts degree could possibly suffice to pay back my student loans, or how my NEED to become an artist would end up impacting my financial stability. Here’s a post I made to the Student Loan/Debt Awareness Group we have here at SLC, and my initial reasons for this project: “How coincidental I join this group, moments before taking out another huge ass loan from sallie mae for a final semester…. This debt is larger than credit card debt in America?! Hundreds of young adults are graduating to the “promise of better futures,” either a gigantic monetary lie in the first place, or in the case of our powerful education at SLC, we run along to the next career path (such as a masters, which will cost more money) or we jump right into years spent working under someone else as a measly intern (while also making no money) or scrap it all and move back home. I see a gigantic miscommunication somewhere along the line, where our generation was fed into the “way things work now” before really being able to think about it. And it’s not our fault, either! Admittedly I am not as connected to the “real world” of what’s going on in America as I would like to be– last I heard Warren’s bill for the “restructuring of loans” (?) was turned down by the Republicans… and now I’m banking on deferring my loans as much as possible while hopefully not incurring massive investment charges until either a) those in power get their heads out of their ass holes or b) there is a gigantic environmental incident that absolves all of these financial worries, but regrettably extinguishes our lives. But it doesn’t have to be this dire. For instance, I would love to teach in city schools, or teach overseas to allocate some governmental funding to those darn loans, but I would prefer that those who represent me, meet me in the middle. I believe that’s how relationships should run. Besides, I already worked my ass off for 4 years and deserve a lil relief, damn-it. Plus, having to factor in the additional “extracurricular” years that keep one from the current plans of working for themselves, is not what I was promised in my time in my insanely inspiring, insanely creative institutions. It’s up to us, and those who said that we can do anything we want, to find a workable solution. We can make our voices heard.” Always been one for solidarity. I was really into ideas of commonality across this campus, what object we all have and use everyday, the somewhat divergent beliefs that make our school so great. Indicated in my one-card idea sketches: stickerdrawing All of that energy took a platform once I heard of the sticker project. I had been futzing around with big banners that said things like “Just Do You,” or other little positive nothings, but I had been dying to make more of a politically charged statement, one that would align with my somewhat frustrations of being “stuck” in this institutionalized space. So I grabbed my one card and scanned it, made a statement about how this place “played me.” tumblr_nc2dkmVpDA1tuy9uio1_500 After I got that out of my system, I realized how widespread my sticker could become. Instead of concentrating on my own petty frustrations, I wanted to make it more widespread and gain some traction on this issue that a large portion of us will all be facing. Because after all, everyone has a one card, and most of us have a large amount of loans to pay off. How could transforming a visual means (something we all have in common) demonstrate a stand together against a bigger issue? Down the line, and in our class critiques, I made some key edits to the design. For instance, making sure each face was seen. Using the invaluable space of the signature and our student ID numbers to make a more cohesive layout. Changing the font to something that aligned more with the initial design of the id itself, and adding a more poppy color.  


 stickersheet   I posted my project to my Facebook page, and the Student Loan/Debt Awareness page to spread awareness and assemble my army, and it was there that I discovered that “played by capitalism” seemed a little bit whiny and away from my point. That’s when I changed the text to “You are not a loan.” sticker60000 Photo on 10-22-14 at 5.27 PM The first tagging.   10670174_10203359864297521_7670090247854651450_n The assembled goods. I’ve already spread my stickers to at least twenty people, but in the coming days, I hope they will be spread campus wide. It’s already very exciting to see what dialogues are coming my way, how incensed and inspired people are to participate. I’ll be posting images of my army as they come. The big question I have left, and what I hope arises from this, is what next. I am all for standing together, but it’s my hope that we can march towards the “governmental fat cats” that are causing these economic issues in the first place, and say “HEY, THERE’S NO WAY I CAN PAY THESE.” Onward!

Sticker Project: work buy consume die

The City and environments we live in play a huge part in the vision we have of ourselves, our work and interactions with others. When I say city I mean everything from outside spaces to indoors (stores etc). Signs are everywhere, the people are everywhere but in a way, I feel like there is little space for our creativity to be fully expressed due to the boundaries our society places on us. The subtleties of society are what without us even knowing, impact our ways of thinking/creating. This class and the idea of reframing places huge emphasize on these subtleties and commodities that we conform to without giving second thought to. I think what rules society most these days is consumerism, which we all take part in and accept even if we would prefer not to. Materialism, big corporations etc rule our cities and lives, and that is a huge problem especially when starting to think about the future of our cities/lives.

My sticker campaign changed a lot during the process of making the stickers. My idea was to criticize consumerisms and big brands, so I first made this sticker:

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I thought it was quite poignant and liked the “work buy consume die” text in the middle, which was straightforward and a bit intense. However, I think the image was maybe a bit much and also too much of someone else’s work, especially the background, which isn’t mine. I then decided to change the idea and made a Buddha sticker:

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The sticker said “the root of suffering is attachment”. I thought it was fun, but not complex enough. I was looking for ideas online and whenever I typed in consumerism into google images, I found barcodes everywhere. The barcode was present in my first sticker but not predominantly. I think nothing says more consumerism than a barcode, and eventually the barcode becomes somewhat our “identity”, when consumerism takes over our lives and environments.

The barcode’s big black lines immediately made me think of bars, and made me think of “being locked in”, so I thought I would add big hands as if they were holding on to jail bars. I then added the text “the things you own end up owning you” in small font next to the barcode to slightly illustrate it.

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The visual code of Heimbold played an important part in the making of my sticker. I was constantly thinking of where I would put it/why. The visual code of the building in my eye is quite hostile and simple in the sense that the only colors are white (the walls) and gray (silvery kind of). I thought my sticker should match the simplicity yet strength of the building. I think Heimbold is a great building in terms of creative thinking because it is all about vagueness. However, I think it sometimes lacks art and creations, aside from the Barbara Walters Gallery.

I was wondering where to put up my sticker in the building for it to have a significant meaning. It could be placed anywhere really but I thought it should be somewhere consumerism related in the building. I decided on the vending machines. I placed one on each: one on the glass part of one of the machines, and one on the bottom part of the other. The other place I am putting my stickers in on laptops. I have one on mine and started giving them to my friends to put on theirs.

Something pretty interesting happened though. I placed my stickers at night, and the next morning as I walked by the vending machine realized that the sticker that was on the glass was gone. It’s funny because it wasn’t completely removed, just moved to the black opaque part of the machine. I am not quite sure what to think of that/who could have done it but I think it’s interesting that it wasn’t completely removed!

Sticker Project: Human/Nature Dichotomies

What is it about our particular society that makes us so uncomfortable with disorder? One of the primary characteristics of a city is its structure and planning, each element deliberate. I believe that this ‘ordering’ of space contributes to our isolation in that we primarily encounter that which we have chosen, through the design of the city, to encounter. One example of this which I find particularly troubling is the social, geographic, and philosophical dividing of humans from nature. Our desire to master, organize, sanitize and control nature has left us disconnected from some of the most essential things to our survival. I am mainly interested in how this dichotomy between nature and culture has removed us from the source of our food supply. When one considers it, supermarkets, with mounds of homogeneous, clean, packaged foods, are fairly bizarre. The product we receive has become just that, a product. We know little about its origins and remain intellectually disconnected from it. However, the reality is that we are deeply ingrained in our food system. I see a need to re-conceptualize ourselves not as isolated consumers but as active participants in these structures. In looking at Heimbold specifically, I wanted to draw attention to the very sterile and structured spacial narrative. Its industrial, blank feel echoes the desire for order which I mentioned earlier. Because of this, I chose to reframe Heimbold using nature. My sticker project is an image of a vine growing out of the wall in the hallway in which we have class. In this way I am choosing to reframe both the vine and the building by connecting these supposedly incongruous elements of nature and society. I am inspired by those who challenge this dichotomy, such as urban and guerilla gardeners. I had some technical difficulties with the sticker printer and my paper so the installation has not occurred yet. photos to come.
For my sticker project, I chose to reframe Rihanna to show the truth behind her popstar image, which is reflected in one of her tweets. In order to accomplish reframe, I utilized text as a point of intervention. By placing Rihanna’s tweet across a photo of her, I reframed her bad bitch image and revealed the truth. Deciding how to efficiently utilize text as a point of intervention was the biggest challenge in the reframe assignment. Initially, I wanted to use basic text and typography to present Rihanna’s tweet, but after critique and consideration, I realized that the text needed to be taken to another level in order to successfully and powerfully reframe Rihanna’s image. Instead of simply utilizing a text box, I placed a screenshot of Rihanna’s tweet across her face. This made the text a much stronger point of intervention, because it was accompanied by twitter logos that strengthened the reality of her tweet, in addition to providing authentic twitter typography. Furthermore, by utilizing text as a point of intervention, I made the negative side of Rihanna’s social media presence and image visible. In terms of placement, I plan to put my sticker on the doors of bathroom stalls in the women’s bathroom in Heimbold. Specifically, I want to place the stickers on the side of the door that the viewer will look at while using the restroom. Determining the placement of my sticker was a particularly interesting experience, especially when considering the genders of the bathrooms. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to place my sticker in the bathroom, but when I went into each bathroom with my sticker, the context varied incredibly. In the men’s restroom, the sticker took on a significantly different meaning than my original intent. Rather than enable the sticker’s message, the environment of the men’s room seemed to take on a “double negative” vibe and made the sticker appear to be promoting submissive behavior and domestic violence. This vibe was even further strengthened when I placed a mock-up of my sticker next to a sign promoting safety on campus, with specific numbers to call in case of domestic violence. Noticing this change in the message of my sticker based on the environment was my favorite revelation in this assignment. It amazed me how much a space can shape the meaning of a visual intervention or piece of street art. unnamed-1      unnamed

Sticker Project: Taken to the City

adbust1 copy 2 Took my sticker design, printed it across 60 pieces of paper at the library and taped it together. Then removed an ad in a bus stop ad shelter in NYC and stuck it inside. I knew the piece would be backlit, so I cut the screen on the computer out ahead of time so that the light could shine through. This project encouraged me consider the role of context and size in terms of the perceived meaning of a work. In the context of Heimbold, our visual arts building, the small, sticker version of this will most likely have an entirely different interpretation to students/staff than to the pedestrians who see the larger version at a bus stop. With that, the idea of “reframing” comes into play. This project was a small triumph over the feeling that I do not have the authority to effect my visual environment. Advertisements impress the notion that I need, not only permission, but financial means in order to afford the “rent” of having a visual presence in the urban landscape. This project cost me $2.80. So it turns out I still did have to pay for my participation. adbust4

Sticker Project: Identity

  stickerweb2stickerweb Strategy in terms of the ‘Reframe’ and ‘Making the Invisible Visible’ readings: For the first image, I took part of the SLC brochure slogan “You are different. So are we.”, and contrasted it with uniform rows of pixelated ‘white hipster’ faces. It’s meant not so much as an indictment of hipsters as what I perceive to be a lack of diversity (racial, socioeconomic, ideological, etc) in the student population. And the school admin really isn’t that different. Also, I just thought it was funny. I wanted to take the idea of repetition further, so I printed a sticker sheet to install in several different areas of the building. The second image was created specifically for the space I had in mind: the restroom. I took the original image, which was positive, and reframed it by adding a black eye, a warning sign in the background, and overlaying it with an angry-looking eye. The intent was to bring up people’s expectations in gendered spaces, and to highlight that the restroom can be an uncomfortable and even dangerous space for those that don’t look like they ‘belong.’ These are the stickers installed in their spaces: stickerweb3 stickerweb4 stickerweb5stickerweb6                             The first image was installed in the 1st floor women’s bathroom, on the mirror between the two sinks. The eye ended up having a really cool holographic effect. Since Heimbold isn’t really a hangout space, I installed the ‘hipster’ stickers in various high traffic areas on the 1st floor: in the middle of some ads by the cafe, by the water fountain, and on the side door next to the computer lab. I installed them on Wednesday evening, and they were taken down shortly before a Board of Trustees meeting in Heimbold on Friday afternoon, so I put some of them back up. The visual code in the building makes an assertion of functionality and prestige, using concrete, crisp white hallways, large glass windows and the prominent Barbara Walters Gallery. However, the walls are surprisingly bare for a visual arts building, and the hallways feel a little claustrophobic. There is also lots of underutilized space. Overall, it feels sterile, uninviting, uninspiring and soulless. I tried to subvert this with my sticker project on identity, by putting up images that reframe ideas and invade spaces, in high traffic areas.