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Urban Artifacts: Phase 4

Starting with the basic terms we used during this project, I learned ambiguous and obvious figure grounds and I learned how to distinguish between organic and geometric shapes. In ambiguous compositions it is impossible to set a background and foreground while for the obvious compositions, the work is stable enough for us to distinguish the back ground and foreground. The organic shapes are more rounded and has “flowing contours” while geometric shapes are more precise in measurements and its easy to see shapes.  We viewed some stunning pieces of work to help us practice distinguishing figure ground relationships. For using the inking pen for the first time, I am moderately proud of what I’ve created. I wish I was able to fill in certain edges/ shapes in a more precise manner. I also learned it’s best to coat the inking layers at least 2 times so the work looks a little more filled in and more professional. In my next project i will make sure to sketch with the pencil a little more precisely before inking.

Urban Artifacts: Phase 3

Trace Paper covered- Ambiguous Figure Ground

Unveiled Piece- Ambiguous Figure Ground

Trace Paper Covered- Obvious Figure Ground

Unveiled Piece- Obvious Figure Ground

This is the inked version of the digital compositions created previously through Adobe Photoshop. I chose to create the inked version of these two out of the other ones I made from the suggestions of my classmates and professor. The composition I created with the Metro Card was supposed to be ambiguous. I tried to make it as difficult as possible for the viewer to figure out the background from the foreground, which really doesn’t exist. As for the Obvious composition, its pretty clear what is the foreground and which ones the background, its pretty stable.

Hour(s) Spent: 2

Urban Artifacts: Phase 1

Woodside 61st street station- Creative utensil which could’ve been re-used with purchase of lead. What a waste of creative usage.

Woodside 61st street station- Another re-usable item (Metro Card) discarded in the wrong place by a irresponsible citizen.

Woodside 60th street- Recyclable item (Plastic Bottle) discarded in the wrong place once again by another litterbug.

In this Urban Archeology Walk I found out there are many irresponsible citizens who misuse everyday items. Two of the objects I found are geometrically shaped which is clearly the metro card and the pencil. The plastic bottle had certain curves and circular edges which makes that object an organic shape.

These objects came from irresponsible citizens who don’t know how to recycle or are unaware of where things belong. These misplaced items have their own distinctive usage which makes them quite different. The only similarity they have between one another is their plastic and smooth texture and their irresponsible owner.

Hour(s) spent: 1.5




Urban Artifacts: Phase 4

This Project was fun. I was unable to complete it on time due to my trouble getting the supplies. Other than that, this project was unique. At first I was questioning how can photoshoping random object teach us about Foreground and Background relationships. It all started to make sense when the class was critiquing. Seeing other students work, hearing what they had to say about each others work, all helped me understand the relationship between the black and white compositions. Overall this was a fun and unique project.


Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Urban Artifacts: Phase 3


This part of the project was more difficult and the others. Creating the compositions on Photoshop was quicker due to the tools we’re able to use. Inking the lines and getting ever curve took quite long. Choosing which set of Stable and Ambiguous was difficult. Not only did I want to pick a stable that was easy to understand and an ambiguous that really mad you think, both compositions had to compliment each other.

Time Spent: 2-3 hours.

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