Minneapolis Institute of Art & Surrealism

My visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Art was really amazing and showed me a lot of different art that I have never seen before. I also realized that I enjoyed looking at the art, and was very interested by all of the pieces. I loved all the greek and roman era pieces, as well as the sculptures that showed incredible craftsmanship. Using the cameras while looking at the work was a little awkward at first, but once I got used to photographing the art it allowed me to look and appreciate the pieces in a new way. I think that surrealism and dadaism is a little weird, and is definitely not something that I personally relate to. I do, however, understand the appeal and the reason behind it, to protest societal norms.

The collage I made below is a combination of many different areas and pieces from the museum. I think the collage is trying to show a somewhat realistic, but more wacky and strange reality. The first thing I did, which serves as the focal point, is to enlarge and place a ceramic work through an atrium in the ceiling. This is defiantly the most out there element, and is a good example of transformation as it was changed to be much larger that normal, and was rotated and cropped. The walls where coated in a piece of art with stripes on it. I had to use the perspective transform tool to morph them into fitting the contours of the wall perfectly. This is an example of metamorphosis as I had to change them to fit, and not just stick them on their in their original aspect. I also used the head of Chuck Close, and the arm of another sculpture to finish pieces missing these features in the room. The ceiling is from another room, and was made with a projector on the ceiling. This and the head/arms added in are examples of dislocation as they have been moved significantly from their original positions. Finally, I put in a view out of the window inside of one of the alcoves. This project taught me a lot about photoshop, and I got to learn more about the perspective transform tool, as well as quick select, quick mask, and magnetic lasso to cut out pieces of various photographs.