Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mini Golf Hole

 So here's the final golf hole. I'm pretty proud of it. I had trouble with the Mario pepakura so I decided to use just Mario objects instead, namely the blocks and the warp pipe. I had always planned to have the warp pipe be the hole, but in order to make it to actually go into the pipe would require me to make the course ramp up to the pipe and you wouldn't really be able to see it, so instead I decided to just cut a space so you could shoot right into the pipe.

I wanted the blocks to appear to be floating as they do in the game, and tried a few different methods to achieve this, however they never would stay, so I decided a backboard with a Mario cloud theme would look cool as well as provide me with some easy way to hold the blocks up. And there you have it. The best golf hole in the Mushroom Kingdom

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

JoAnne Northrup

JoAnne Northrup is the Curator of the Nevada Museum of Art and she had a lecture about Leo Villareal, the artist of the exhibit we had previously seen. It was interesting hearing more about him after seeing his work. This is where we learned about his Burning Man experience and how he got himself a bit lost on the playa, and was inspired to create a work of art to put on top of his van to serve a double purpose, an art instillation, as well as a guiding beacon should he get lost again. She focused mainly on him and his past moreso than specifics about his art, for example, I found it interesting that she said he was first inspired by light art while in Venice.

It's definitely interesting to learn about the background of an artist after seeing his work. It makes you look at his work in a different light after knowing how he got to where he is now 

Leo Villareal

Dan Conroy and myself attended the Leo Villareal exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art. This is a pretty interesting guy. Apparently he went to Burning Man back in the 90's and got inspired by all the art there. Also, apparently he got a bit lost out in the desert and had trouble finding his van. He decided that he would create a digital light sculpture/animation to help himself find his way back to his van. Now he's a digital artist who creates really interesting light shows using many different types of lighting and animations

The exhibit was pretty cool, he had a lot of his different pieces there including my favorite Star. Star was one of the first pieces you saw upon entering and is basically a huge circular steel frame with blinking and flashing lights all attached to it that moved in and out at different times and speeds, and at one point even looked like it was "breathing." He had a cool American Flag one too that was a bit more "traditional" that was made out of different colored fluorescent tubes. I thought it was cool the way he used not only different techniques, but also different sources of light and motion to make every one of his pieces feel truly unique and exciting.

I thought this exhibit was cool and way different than anything I've seen at the Nevada Museum of Art. It looked more like something I would have expected to see at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, or at Coachella, or yes, I suppose Burning Man.