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Project 5: Reflection

Project 5 was the last project of the semester. It was a project shared between our Eng 1101 teacher and our Adv 1100 teacher.¬†I¬†feel like I’ve learned a lot this past semester. I learned how to write proper essays and we even touched a little on public speaking.¬†We learned the different formats we could use for an essay, along with how to summarize a piece properly. This project was very challenging because we had to do a 50 word post that explained our piece. That was hard because I kept going over the amount. I liked writing the catalog because of using the word I to describe myself , I had to put it in third person. ¬†It was something that I never usually do. I felt like I was writing a short story. I feel like my writing has improved, because my vocabulary has improved. The glossary entries we needed to post really helped expand it.

Reaching the end of the semester, I feel like I accomplished something. My perspective has greatly improved. The many field trips we had really helped. If I were to compare my writing now to when I just started class , I’d see a great difference. I know that I still need more¬†work on my writing, but I’m still happy I improved. I’d like to thank my awesome professor, Ms.Rosen for the patience she’s had with me and my late works. I know that its not a good habit to have in college but I’m still working on it. She was not only patient she also encouraged us to visit during her office hours to help with our essays. That really helped and I’m sure if she didn’t offer, I probably would not have gone. The idea of posting our homeworks online was awesome. At first it didn’t really make sense, but I got the hang of it. I really thought my first year of college would be really dreadful, but the way Professor Rosen taught, just blew the dread into the air. I feel like I could handle college a little better now. THANK YOU VERY MUCH PROFESSOR ROSEN!!!!!

Gallery Catalogue Entry

The¬†Humument piece called Empyrean,¬†created by Moeen Razak is based on¬†Dante Alighieri’s novel Inferno. A Humument is a piece of work inspired by Tom Phillips who created the very first one based on W. H. Mallock‚Äôs novel A Human Document. In the¬†Humument presented before you, the artist tries to bring¬†out a different interpretation of the original text. The artist uses a staircase style to help guide the reader from top to bottom. The artist uses analogous colors to help portray his meaning of the piece. From where it says” departing from the war errs O memory thy guidest thou father to the adversary who unfitting the empyreal heaven.¬†After reading this piece the artist wants readers to feel enlightened¬†by it. It should give its readers a spiritual effect.

By using an¬†analogous palette for the color choices, the artist helps contrast heaven and hell. The colors used range from red to orange. It uses their chromatic gray hue¬†along with their prismatic hue. Their are some colors that use a muted tone to express a duller hue.¬†The colors, such as red and red orange are more hot and vibrant, so it helped fit with the hellish theme. Colors like yellow and yellow orange are a little cooler and aren’t as vibrant. The artist used these to represent heaven. When these colors are desaturated enough they can start to look cooler and have a darker value. With these colors the artist uses them for shading and produce a darker effect.

The artist uses red as his dominant color. Red has a negative feeling, like war or death. Also anything mixed with red, gives off a more vibrant hue, for example red orange. The sub dominant color would be yellow. You may ask why the artist has done this? The artist wanted to keep some of the original meaning of the text, so he used more red then yellow. The red shows more hell then heaven because the book is mainly about hell. The spaces that are left uncolored are there to help guide the reader along the piece. The artist makes it very obvious which side is hell and which side is heaven. He draws flames in red orange to show the hotness of hell. He uses the lighter colors like yellow, along with a picture of two angels to help distinguish heaven.

The title the artist chooses for this piece is Empyrean. It is a word that comes from the original text, but in a different form. It is stated in the original text as empyreal. The words basically have the same meaning (highest of heaven). The artist¬†uses that word as his inspiration for the meaning of this piece of art. That word itself surrounded by a majority of word that have a negative meaning really catches the eye.¬†¬†When the piece is read there is a message of how hard it seems to get to heaven.¬†It makes you think as if you were on a journey and their are many forks in the road. You have to choose a way to go. That choice is what puts you closer to heaven or hell.¬†The next few lines talk about ”all evil”. It shows how all evil is not welcomes in heaven. The precise word used is that they are unfit to be in the empyreal heaven. After reading the piece and the message the reader should feel enlightened. The¬†message is different than what is printed on the original page of the book.

Many readers may have their own interpretations of this humument. Moeen Razak’s interpretation is just one of the many opinions out there. The¬†main purpose the artist tried to portray ¬†is enlightenment with spirituality.¬†Having people see the differences of heaven and hell, would get them to choose. They would start to think where they would want to end up. They would think a little more before they make a decision.¬†Using bright warm colors to portray heaven and hell helped¬†support the artist’s view of the piece.

Dante’s Inferno: Humument

The wording for the Humument

The wording for the Humument

The finished Humument for Dante's Inferno

The finished Humument for Dante’s Inferno


Analogous and Split-Complimentary Palettes

Took about a hour to finish. It was finished in class.

The Color Palette

Took about an hour and half to finish because finding the right colors to use was hard. Had to start over a couple times.

The Humument itself took around an hour and a half to do.

It was hard sticking to the color palette I made.

Gallery Note

Empyrean a Humument  by Moeen Razak

This piece is designed to give its viewers a spiritual feeling. Looking at this piece should have you feeling enlightened. This piece should help show, the comparison between heaven and hell. Moeen chooses to use the analogous portion of the color wheel. (Reds & Oranges)


Ways of Seeing Project 2:Revised

New York is a forever changing place. Everything from its buildings, to its¬†parks, its¬†roads change. Even the people¬†in New York change. With the passage of time things start to get old and corrode. This forces people to change things. When things start to change people often forget or they struggle to remember what was there. According to Colson Whitehead new buildings that are made would be considered a ”new” New York. The things we forget and are left in the past would be considered the ”old” New York. That New York most people wouldn’t know about because it isn’t part of there New York. They didn’t see it, so it isn’t part of there New York. The new building that are erected now would be considered their New York because they were there to witness it. ¬†The ”old” New York may be in the past, but it isn’t completely lost. The people who were there, would be living proof that the ”old” New York existed. Some places can be juxtaposed with each other to show the ”old” ¬†New York with the ” new” New York.

You usually don’t pay attention to what was there before. You’d walked¬†the same place over and over again, that you’d get accustomed to that place. You don’t notice when a store is gone until your ready to actually go there. Things change in¬†your neighborhood and when they do, a little of your New York is chipped away. That deli across the street could change into a 99 cent store at any moment. When it actually does you will gain a new edition to your New York, to replace the New York that was taken from you. All the new places you go to will become part of your New York.

For example I walked down Court Street, and saw all the big court houses. They gave off and an old feeling. Right next to the court houses was Columbus Park. What I noticed was that the people who were walking near the court houses had suits on. They looked really busy and they were rushing to places. They lived in a¬†completely different ”New York” that I wasn’t used to. There ”New York” probably involved a lot of hustling and bustling. Then their was the people walking through Columbus Park, they had a more relaxed feeling to them. They were either walking there dogs or just taking a stroll. Their ”New York” must of been¬†completely different than the court house people because they felt more relaxed. These two places when juxtaposed together show two different aspects of New York in one area. Its shows the busy professional New York compared to the laid back, relaxed New York.

As I continued walking down Court Street I eventually made my why to State¬†Street. Here I realized, that compared to how the courts felt on Court Street, it gave off a more busy feeling but it was different. There were a lot of stores and many people shopping. I felt like I was on Liberty Ave, Queens. The place had a more dirty view but a lot of people were still there. The many store, like Starbucks, Barnes & Nobles, the theater, etc, attracted the people.¬†These places had a lot more people than the court houses and the park and their ”New Yorks” were completely different. The people that travel here would probably be here to eat and do shopping. Compared to the busy, professional New York and the laid back, relaxed New York, this New York was different. I realized that a lot of the people there were students. There were also a lot of construction sites. This caused the place to be much more noisy then the court houses. This made it seem like it was the loud unprofessional New York. The¬†construction workers¬†were either fixing old buildings or replacing them. This means that a little of everyone’s ”New York” was going away. This also mean that the new buildings that would be constructed would help replace the ”New Yorks” they lost. People might never want to¬†acknowledge the new building, like how Colson Whitehead said ” I would¬†never call the Pan Am¬†building, the Met life building, because that’s he would always remember it as the Pan Am building”.

No two places in New York are the same, but they do carry some similarities. For example, the two place I listed above are completely different, but if you paid attention to some details, you could fine a lot of similarities. For example both places were in Brooklyn and they had people inhabiting them . Though each person would have their own ”New Yorks” because everyone’s different. For example the people on Court Street, next the the court houses would be accustomed to walking briskly through the quiet streets surrounded by old buildings. Where as the people by State Street would be more accustomed to noise because more construction is there. Although the buildings on State Street are fairly newer than the ones on Court Street, they do resemble each other in height. There wasn’t a lot of similarities because no two New Yorks are the same.

Everyone lives in a different part of New York. We all hold different memories according to where we went. This makes us all have our own unique ”New York”. Each time we go to someplace new we add more to our ”New York”. New York is constantly changing from its buildings to its inhabitant. This all helps build our own ” New York”. By going on this walk from Court Street to State street I was able to add more to my ”New York”. I was able to experience the ” New York” the lawyers and office workers have while walking down Court Street. I started feeling like I was back into my own ”New York” as I got to State Street. Everyone has their own memories that make these places special to them. Whether these places were to disappear later on or they completely change, our memories, would serve as living proof that these places truly¬†existed.