To introduce the concept of Religion being a Conceptual Framework for visual literacy, it may be easier as a viewer to take a few steps back. By this is mean you are viewing a concept of Religion, and many people are passionate about their own beliefs. There is a woman by the name of Sister Wendy. She is a perfect example of the way any one should view Religious artworks, for the purpose of gaining insight or a positive of the created material. In order to visualize the good, you must show the bad first. While studying the Religion as a Conceptual Framework, I have also viewed many examples of artwork that affirm religion as a positive as well as artwork that critiques religion from a social or political point of view. 

   I have created my own photographs that have explored the concept of Religion as a Conceptual Framework. There are three pictures, the first picture shows religion as a positive, which leads to a betterment of humanity and spiritual salvation. This photo is of Saint Joseph holding Jesus Christ. I use this image as a affirmation of religion because, Jesus is being nurtured as all humans young or old shall be. Saint Joseph is the patron saint of workers, the common father and he depicts spiritual salvation as a goal of the ordinary person. The art is religious in of itself and displays a betterment of humanity in the actions of who the captioned really are. 

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   My next photograph is a critical image that takes a stand on the political and social points of view where the image is a critique of religion itself. This image is of a crucifix which has been modified with “Santa” being Jesus. The audience is the key to making a work of art mean something. You can have your opinions but the fact that the art is problematic, is how you are made to look. My piece of “Santa’s Sins,” is critical to Religion as a Conceptual Framework by the simple political standpoint of who Santa is. He is a man who flies around bringing presence on Christmas eve for little children, right? It also, points to the title as santa sinning. He is keeping track of your naughty actions so how is he able to sin? Many believers of Christ would see this picture as a marginalization because of how Jesus’ death on the cross is so powerful. He died for all of humanity to be saved so even the altercation of a cross is wrong.  

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   This photograph below represents the concept of Religion as a Conceptual Framework on the topic of neutral. The neutral standpoint is an image that depicts religion as a mere representation of my insights on spirituality. An image that I captured of an amplifier and two guitars has been what I think the best example to convey a sense of spirituality and rather an opposition to religion. I can see how many would think that religion can be seen in all aspects of life. Which it can, although there is a barrier that can push away all of the religious connotations and still carry a spiritual warmth. When I see a guitar it makes me think of music and how I can escape from my everyday problems. I connect with my music and my playing of the instrument spiritually. When viewing this image I block out all realities and that includes the religious based actions of life that a practicing Catholic participates in on a daily basis. We should not view art as a controversy to any subject as well as strictly religion even if it is offensive. Rather, we should seek the good in all artwork as we are to seek the good in life itself. 

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Passing/Posing (Assumption)
Artist: Kehinde Wiley, American, born 1977
Medium: Oil on canvas mounted on panel
Dates: 2003
Dimensions: 96 x 60 x 1 1/2 in. (243.8 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm)

  When talking about Race as Conceptual Framework there is no better way to point out the facts than comparing the similarities and differences of Kehinde Wiley’s artwork with Kara Walker’s artwork. The link in the comparison of these two unique artists would be the way their pieces of art posses the concept of power. When dealing with “race,” power is the key of historical and conceptual themes of race. The historical perspective deals with power as far back to the time of slavery. As we all know, the topic of slavery deals with power in the form of white versus black and the white having the upper hand. Wiley’s piece of artwork, Black Man in Saint Figure, shows racism in the form of power through a young black man standing as a saint. He is wearing his street clothes which would differ from the actual photo where a saint would be holding his hand which resembles power as well. This form in history is where the saint would be showing power by holding his hand upward. Also in the form of history, the black man would not be seen in a religious way. The futurism of Wiley’s painting is the baggie clothes and the demeanor that the pre-concieved expectations of a young black male possesses. In the artwork of Kara Walker, the history dates back to the hay day of slavery as well. Walker’s forms of artwork are still-shots that are a form of domestic art and are viewed as shadows in the form of black and white. These images are usually family or important figures and never an African American. Wiley and Walker both have progressed the racial standards from the pre twenty-first century to the post twenty-first century time in history by the way the modern society thinks about race and even art in general. I believe we have transformed in the way we view the racial expectations, because the society has excepted the power in change of black versus white. This is do to the post twenty-first century thinking, which I also do believe exists in the sense that our history is shifted to allowing, or rather accepting the fact that all races are now non existent. The power still is visible in both forms of art, and I would say it is racist to this day. When you view art as a form of race you can also state that the person who views the art has his or her own way of seeing power and usually it would be that whites hold the power. To me race overall is not viewed as a huge deal in today’s society as much as it was in the historical times. 

The concept of readymade artwork is taking an object which is able to be mass produced and it is then from there altered in a small way to change the work of art into a different perspective. The amount that the original object is changed, only is about 5 to 15 percent of a change. The readymades that Marcel Duchamp has created are the basis of my visual understanding. There are many works of art by Duchamp that I have used to help my understanding of readymades. The one that stands out to me is is called Bicycle Wheel. This readymade artwork is a stool that has a fork of a bicycle and wheel attached to the stool’s seat. This is readymade due to the fact that the original art was the stool and then the slight change of the bicycle wheel. Readymades should be able to be produced by anyone that has not even seen your artwork. For visual literacy I am to make my own version of a readymade. I chose my base object to be a pool cue. The art of playing pool is elegant, but the cue is rather boring. I added my small edition to the pool cue, a hockey stick. The way I skate on the ice could be viewed as artistic, but my stick is where all my art is created as well as the pool cue. Together the small addition of the hockey stick is all that matters in making this art completely different. When you view a readymade the artwork is not viewed on how well the piece looks when constructed but on how the the mind can interpret what it means. The quality is in the mind not in the physical formation of the artwork. As you can see with my hockey stick, pool cue the art is readymade in the sense of mind and the physical work is rather poor. It is not about how poor the quality but how the art speaks to you. Title: Accurately Intense 

 

My name is Jake Radde, I was born and raised in South Bend. I am an athlete to the average naked eye. If you were to get to know me I am a visual learner and as far as academics go I do not really call myself an Einstein. I love to people watch and ponder on what is going on in that persons life in that particular moment. Which brings me to the point of my blog. As far as the concept of Visual Literacy, I can say that I only knew that it was a subject about viewing art intellectually. The reason for enrolling in the course follows that last sentence, because I like to think deeply about almost anything. I expect to learn the terminology of the course and I would also like to gain a better insight for my future viewings of art. My past experiences of art have to deal with mainly hands on artwork for example Ceramics, Digital Design, and I also have worked with Photography. I would say my experience with viewing art critically is average and I would say that my everyday life consists of Visual Literacy. Learning something new is my main prerogative as I travel through school, and I believe that this blog project will be a great start to the class. I am new to blogging and as a matter of fact this is my first blog post ever. So far I am very interested in tis class and look forward to blogging about the Visual Artwork that we see in and out of class. My overall participation in this course is going to be determined on how I perform in class. As for the blog posts I feel like they will be helpful in the making sense of Visual Literacy. The fact that we can view other posts is helpful and my success will be determined not by these posts, rather by being the classroom.