The third image is of a cake I made for my mother’s 60th birthday. It’s depicting Hogwarts, which is the fictional school for witchcraft and wizardry. JK Rowling created a world that will leave waves in children’s literature for decades, even centuries, to come. This series brought many people, of all ages, to a world where loyalty and bravery were respected over high school popularity. This book series has brought billions of dollars through an eight part film series, books, merchandise (including replicated school books from Hogwarts) and even a theme park in Florida, America. Although the book series and films are finished, the franchise continues to profit off the fans that will continue to love the series.
October 30, 2013
Tagged books, cake, fans, films, harry potter, influence, la trobe, pop culture, popular culture, values, working with words
The second image is of a water bottle with Frida Kahlo’s face printed on it. Frida Kahlo is an extremely influential artist. Although she is not an active part of popular culture today, she is still a strong figure in art. Her use of colour and her intense interest in self portraiture has encouraged many artists to explore themselves through image. You could say this influence has aided self introspection in women today.
These three images I believe are all influenced by popular culture. The first of the three is my friend spray painting a stylistic Garfield. This is a famous feline character from a cartoon, which has been made into a comic book, TV series and film. It was an influential character in the childhoods of the 90s kids. This cat symbolises laziness and disinterest, which is apparently something we, as a generation, value.
This film was an interesting reflection on the importance of being famous for your passion and your skills, rather than being famous for your hype. I found the film was encouraging and discouraging in one fell swoop. While I felt enlightened and energised by the enthusiasm and passion of these street artists, the final success of the French made me realise that fame wasn’t always deserved. All you have to do is get people talking and then you can have all the fame in the world, but to be respected is a much harder thing. People respect Banksy, his anonymity adds to that. There’s no person to obsess over and to read about in magazine, who are they dating? What are they wearing? All Banksy gives us is statements and ideas, and I admire him for that.
Helvetica, the documentary, was an interesting film. I found it an intriguing notion that we are so easily influenced by fonts, as we are by accents. A French accent is sexy and attractive, while a German accent is efficient and blunt. Just as Times New Roman is stoic and old fashioned, and Helvetica is “modern” and “well rounded.”
Although I agreed with the openness of Helvetica, I disagree with it’s supposed neutrality. I believe it is certainly flexible and safe for easy interpretation, but nothing can be completely neutral. To quote an interviewee from the film “the way something is presented will define the way you react to it.” Even though Helvetica was pioneering font in advertising and message interpretation, it was not a magical font with no meaning other than words it forms. It has it’s own accent, and that accent is modern.
My piece, the paint is still wet.
This was the laneway where I placed my work.