Following Traffic Part 1:
The goal of my experiment is to create a work of art by following the traffic patterns. I live on a fairly busy street and I thought it would be interesting to see how traffic patterns could create art.
The steps neccessary to complete this project are as follows:
Step 1: I prepare myself with two colored markers, one red and one green and a clean sheet of paper
Step 2: I sit on my porch facing north for thirty minutes and watch traffic pass.
Step 3: I mark the cars that come from the east and move towards the west with a red pen and the cars that move from the from the west to the east with a green pen. When the cars turn towards the north at the e nd of the street I note that by continuing the line upward on my paper. When the cars turn towards the south I note that by continuing the line downwards.
The outcome is unpredictable, after thirty minutes of following traffic patterns I saw thirty-nine cars and it created an interesting pattern.
“Sentences on Conceptual Art” was written in the late 1960’s but much of what these sentences contain remains true in the art world today. Artist are encouraged to make new advances in art, creating things that haven’t been done before, while still understanding the importance of art from the past. This reading discussed the importance of going with an idea instead of starting over. This is very true today. Artists generate several ideas before ultimately achieving a final product but it’s important that they don’t start over on a project or dwell on the what the final piece should be because they compromise the potential that their art could have had. It is true that problems need to be worked out in order for good artwork to result. Testing ideas before beginning a work of art is extremely important especially today with the many technological advancements that can contribute to art. The article discusses the importance of consulting with other artists and the perceptions they might have about your art and vice versa. This is relevant today. For example, we are taught at the college level to discuss our pier’s work during critique. Sometimes we understand others work better than our own. It is essential in art to challenge our perception on art and we do this by consulting with or viewing the artwork of others.