Jeanne Kelly

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Google Art Project | As an Artist

In Thesis Research, Wow on February 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I think this is brilliant, wonderful.

Who ever gets to see these works of art this up close?

Very few people are allowed to study these collections in this way. And rightly so. Too many visitors getting as close as Google Art Project does would destroy a work of art in no time. Yet it’s one of those many things I want to do in museums that’s not allowed; getting up close and studying the hand of the artist.

I learn a lot from being up close. I used to look at engraving stones and etching plates with a magnifying glass. But that was my own work. I love that I can now see these in this works of art way.

But I’m interested to hear what the museums and galleries have to say. There will never be a replacement for the original, but when the original isn’t avalible and certainly can’t be examined this closely by a million people all the time. [that would surely destroy it]   A certain distance is important for the life and health of the work and the viewer. In a way, the fragility of the piece, the unique nature of it being a one of a kind, gives it a life we must protect. There will never be another van Gogh’s The Bedroom and I may never be able to get it.

If museums get really desperate, they could sell personal viewings to a few people to help them pay the rent. But a few other people might get angry over that, maybe the people who couldn’t afford it.

Seems to me a double edged sword. A museum’s greatest competition can be the wealthy elite. They drive and sustain the price of art; they are who the museums bid against.  At the same time, they provide free labor, funding and donate entire collections to museums. Tricky, tricky. I understand that I’m oversimplifying a complex problem, but I think it has a simple relevance here. Who gets what kind of access?

And, what’s in the best interest of the work?  Should everyone, no one, only a few people a year, be allowed to get breath on Rembrandt’s Self Portrait. Whatever the right answer, Google says it’s everyone.

For now the following museums are included in the project:

  • Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC – USA
  • The Frick Collection, NYC – USA
  • Gemäldegalerie, Berlin – Germany
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC – USA
  • MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC – USA
  • Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid – Spain
  • Museo Thyssen – Bornemisza, Madrid – Spain
  • Museum Kampa, Prague – Czech Republic
  • National Gallery, London – UK
  • Palace of Versailles – France
  • Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg – Russia
  • State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow – Russia
  • Tate Britain, London – UK
  • Uffizi Gallery, Florence – Italy
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Here’s a little more about it in Google’s own words:
What is the ‘Art Project’?
A unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.

  • Explore museums with Street View technology:virtually move around the museum’s galleries, selecting works of art that interest you, navigate though interactive floor plans and learn more about the museum and you explore.
  • Artwork View: discover featured artworks at high resolution and use the custom viewer to zoom into paintings. Expanding the info panel allows you to read more about an artwork, find more works by that artist and watch related YouTube videos.
  • Create your own collection: the ‘Create an Artwork Collection’ feature allows you to save specific views of any of the 1000+ artworks and build your own personalised collection. Comments can be added to each painting and the whole collection can then be shared with friends and family.
Are the images on the Art Project site copyright protected?
The high resolution imagery of artworks featured on the art project site are owned by the museums, and these images may be subject to copyright laws around the world. The Street View imagery is owned by Google. All of the imagery on this site is provided for the sole purpose of enabling you to use and enjoy the benefit of the art project site, in the manner permitted by Google’s Terms of Service.The normal Google Terms of Service apply to your use of the entire site.

Kickstarter Video

In Spring 2010, Thesis Research on January 29, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I wanted to make a video for the project home page on Kickstarter. There is so much to read on there already that it was suggested something a little more dynamic would be nice. And sometimes it’s just nice to be told a story while you look at pictures.  🙂 So I finally got it completed, up and running. click on the image below to watch the video.


Looking for the Right Precedence

In Fall 2010, Thesis Research, Wow on October 16, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Dramatic Narrative Short Films

In looking for precedence for my thesis project only one filmaker came to mind, Peter Greenaway.  But I know there has to be others that are using the same techniques in their own styles.

A small clip from Peter Greenaway’s “Death in the Seine” – Historical drownings in the Seine are catalogued,
dissected and elaborated, with multilayered visuals and ‘documentary’ asides.

In my search I can across the wok of Lizzie Oxby.  Check out all of her work here.  I love her direction and atmosphere.  Her style of visual storytelling is nothing short of astonishing.  If I can ever come even the slightest bit close to her work in just one of teh vignettes, then I will concider it a success.

Here are a few other shorts I found I although they do not represent the direction I’d like to take the Mutter shorts. I found them on this get website:


In Fall 2010 on September 21, 2010 at 9:20 pm
via  QNQ/AUJIK on Vimeo.

YouTube – Liars – We Fenced Other Gardens With The Bones Of Our Own

In Wow on June 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Liars – We Fenced Other Gardens With The Bones Of Our Own.

Tetsuya Ishida | The Darker Side of Modern Life and Death

In Thesis Research, Wow on June 25, 2010 at 9:16 am

Thanks to Pink Tentacle for featuring Tetsuya Ishida’s amazing paintings. I’m reposting a few here for my own inspiration along with a few words from Tokyo Art Beat. Check out his work when you get a chance.  He died way too young.

“Imagine… an employee out with his coworkers celebrating, but has nothing to be joyous about. A man sharing his body with a woman and yet there is no intimacy. A child standing in the middle of a crowded school yard, and yet he seems alone.

These are situations that people often find themselves in every day, but are too ashamed to discuss. Society conditions us from a young age to share things with others, but usually only if they are good. When it comes to expressing the negative sides of life, people are usually at a loss for words, often trying to find ways to soften their explanations to others.  Tetsuya Ishida (1973 – 2005) defied this norm. Forthright in his thoughts and in his views of the darker side of human existence, he unreservedly painted them onto canvas.” Melaney Lee

Narrative and Dynamic Systems | Creating a MadLib

In Narrative & Dynamic Systems, Spring 2010 on April 19, 2010 at 11:40 pm

So here is my first attempt at a MadLib in about 25 years.  I use to do these a lot when I was a little girl.

First let me give you the list:

1)        adjective
2)        noun
3)        last name
4)        place
5)        measurement
6)        measurement
7)        number
8)        noun
9)        adjective
10)     noun
11)     noun
12)     noun
13)     noun
14)     verb/past tense
15)     noun
16)     active verb
17)     noun
18)     number
19)     adjective
20)     adjective

Now here is the body, but it’s in white, so you have to highlight the paragragh below to see how you’re words fill in the MadLib.

Don’t read further if you haven’t played yet and you want to.  Below is a complete spolier to the MadLib above.

I work this and posted it on facebook.  I figured I should test it out before turning it into Nick.  A friend and fellow classmate, Astra Wijaya beat everyone to the punch and here is the Mad Lib completed with his answers:

A Rare Antique for Sale.
This is a rare vintage sad toy window made by Kelly Toy Mfg. Co. in Africa.  The toy measures 3 feet by 2 cm and boasts a whopping 100 wooden shoes.  Overall this is in petrified condition, with no damage to the cable.  It has still has the original CD and paper but is unfortunately missing the bottle.  The game can still be sneaked, but a lamp must be jumping out of an old piece of paper bag.  I’m only asking 666 dollars (or best offer) for a toy that is bound to bring you clean hours of bloody enjoyment.  Please email for pictures.

DICE 2010: "Design Outside the Box" Presentation

In Narrative & Dynamic Systems, Spring 2010 on April 1, 2010 at 12:27 am

It get’s even better at 13:15 and then again at 17:27

Major Studio Narrative | Diagramming the Narrative | Research

In Major Studio Narrative, Spring 2010 on March 9, 2010 at 9:10 am

More Iterations and Brainstorming

Halli and I had our first brainstorm for our interview map.  It was a great discussion and I think we’ve narrowed it down to a few interesting paths.  We are both interested on doing an analog interface to interact with our conversation.  For me it stems from the notion of Halli sharing her story and adding her personal history to the larger voice of cancer survivors.  And in a doing so, facilitating others to tell there story.

Halli suggested magnates at one point and the connection and implications of using smooth sheets of polished metal and magnets is appealing and evokes a sense of “institution, medicine, clinical and sterol”.  It informs the idea of the MRI machine being the final instrument that confirmed her diagnosis.  In her own words “What’s an MRI if not a giant magnet.”

We are considering the design the magnets carefully.  Because they will be the transmutable part of the text, the emotional less clinical aspects to the conversation, their look must speak to that.  Right now I am considering hand carved words on the magnet pieces, like linoleum block cutting but on a much smaller scale.

These MRI glass engravings by artist Angela Palmer are very interesting and inspirational.  They themselves are maps of the artist body.  The use of layered engravings to show the depth of the figure adds another dimension to the narrative of the figure.   I like the thought of different degrees of depth in our interview.

Details of a full-body MRI scan. On the left are outlines of the body, and on the right details from inside the body

Aesthetically and conceptually I like the idea of the dark grey/black hand carved lymph node shaped magnets with key words on them applied to a smooth reflective sheet of metal laser etched with key parts of the narrative overlaid and interlaces through and MRI showing cancer.  Shapes of the individual magnets will be etched on the area of the narrative where either Halli actually spoke the word or where either her or I felt the word; clues to the underlying story.  Put this is just the beginning.  I think it’s too literal and would like to represent the transparency in the conversation, Halli’s willingness to make visable all the aspects of her story.

I’m leaning more towards the etched glass or plexiglass  instead of metal.

We are still brainstorming the design.

OK Go | This Too Shall Pass | Rube Goldberg Machine

In Spring 2010, Wow on March 7, 2010 at 8:55 pm