Tuesday, March 14, 2017

In Detail

In Detail

A collection of photos of normal objects, in everyday surroundings, in detail. 

I like detail, every type of detail: the detail that goes into a homework assignment, the detail in someones’ stories and the detail in art. Throughout my art career, detail has always been one of my focus, so why not continue it into this project. I think that often times we look around the detail, focusing on the "global village" rather then the individual elements of it. In this project I wanted to focus on both the detail of the natural world along with detail in the man made world. While nothing is completely visible on where it is, focusing on the detail more then any thing else. That is what this project is about, seeing the detail in everyday things, in everyday places, in detail.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Beatles: Assessing the music and recorded sound that lead to Beatlemania

We all know the Beatles, I could probably play a song and right away know that it was indeed a Beatles song, many of you could probably even sing along to the song. These Fab Four became a phenomenon almost over night. The question is why. How did 4 guys from Liverpool become a house hold name in 6 months. McLuhan states in his book that “Myth means putting on the audience, putting on one’s environment. The Beatles do this. They are a group of people who suddenly were able to put on their audience and the English language with musical effects—putting on a whole vesture, a whole time, a Zeit” The Beatles did do this. Their use of technology and a time ready to take the message where able to attract audiences and have not lost them even today 60 years later.T he use of multi-track recordings lent the Beatles a new sound never heard before. As the technology developed, they were able to experiment more and more coming up with new sounds that elevated their message and their music. Beatlemania lay in making fans producers of their own culture with machines such as tape recorders, portable record players, and instant cameras, and in allowing them to connect with one another through the burgeoning fan press. This allowed them to have McLuhan’s sense of “All-at-once-ness”  expanding their popularity not just in England but simultaneously around the world. This even today has made the Beatles not just a one hit wonder band, but a band that has transcended throughout time. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The work of Amélia Proulx

Voilà, Vois là
Amélia Proulx
McLuhan states that, "The interplay between the old and the new environments creates many problems and confusions. The main obstacle to a clear understanding of the effects of the new media is our deeply embedded habit of regarding all phenomena from a fixed point of view." Amélia Proulx is taking fixed point of view that most of us have on ceramics and making it musical.  During the crazing process of glazing her ceramic pieces, Amélia Proulx was inspired by the sounds produced. Expanding on this sound, she created pieces that took the sounds that most people had never heard of and made the star of the piece. Similar to McLuhan’s notion of having a fixed view, Proulx states that: "through the representation of iconic signs and various technological manipulations, my work evokes the cycles of transformation of matter and a perpetual shift of the meaning in the perception of natural phenomena. Thus, I activate ceramics in various ways to create sculptures and installations - often kinetic or sonorous- that suggest a perpetual slip of meaning in the language and in the perception of natural phenomena". Voilà, Vois là, is a piece based on the metaphor of the "fog veil:, and suggests a conflation of two time lines. The static time of hundreds of glazed porcelain drops suspended in the a structure and the combination of the liquid timeline of water particles accumulating and dripping from the porcelain drops created by the fog. This interplay between her porcelain structures and the water or sound that she produces in tandem makes her art not just transcend the normal notion of porcelain but also the environment in which it is used.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Noise in the silence

To Joy  is a song I created based off of "Ode To Joy" by Beethoven. McLuhan writes that "Theater takes place all the time, wherever one is. And art simply facilitates persuading one of this"(119). This got me thinking of the notion of hearing the same tunes in different places and how that even though you seem to get away from a sound it is still always right there. "Ode To Joy" was a random song I learned in piano class when I was little, and heard it all the time, from church to talent shows in elementary school. I have heard it so much that even though it has been years since I have played it, I still remembered how. I took layering different sounds of the same song started at different places to keep the idea that although it may sound different, there is no escaping the noise. I played each of the different tracks separately and layered them together by recording the start of the next one where I wanted to start the round. I think it gives it a kind of creepy feel, which for me reminds me how I am yet to escape the song, even now.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Reaction to Rashaad Newsome

McLuhan states that, "The interplay between the old and the new environments creates many
problems and confusions. The main obstacle to a clear understanding of the effects of the new media is our deeply embedded habit of regarding all phenomena from a fixed point of view." (69) This past week we were lucky enough to be visited by Rashaad Newsome at school. While I was unable to attend his lecture, I was able to sit down at lunch with him and talk about his art. One thing that intrigued me was his mix of media, while known for his performance pieces, Rashaad also has amazing colleague pieces, videos and sculptures. Although I have very little exposure to the vogue culture that is present in a lot of his work I found it very interesting to hear him talk about how he mixed this history with his own ideas into his final pieces. That is one thing that he stated was important in creating his work: he looks at the how history and pop culture are working together.

            Another thing that Rashaad does a very nice focus on is his work in tangent with each other. Rather then just working with one piece as a solo, he uses all of his works together. He explained that a lot of times he films the live performance to make his videos, and also uses the movement of the dancers to create sculptures of the final movement. Furthermore, in a lot of his performance pieces you can his own creations being worn or in the background as well. Using all of these elements together creates a larger even more impressive work. That notion of taking the one idea and expanding it to make a larger pieces creates more depth and meaning in the works, one that Rashaad prides himself on. 
To see some of his work: Rashaad Newsome

Sunday, January 29, 2017

In the Dea(p)th of Winter

Light in the Darkness
In the Dea(p)th of Winter Link

A photo album in reaction to the death of a beloved family member. Even in winter where there is sadness and darkness, there can still be beauty in loss. This project was me trying to come to grips with loss, "to continue what I was doing, and to spread joy and revolution"(119). It has been a rough winter and taking photographs was a nice break for me to just take time for me. I took this assignment as a way for me to come to grips with the world and its harshness. I took pictures just of things that I thought showed the mixture between light and darkness. This is what it came to be.

Sunday, January 22, 2017


Have you ever just stoped to think about how much is going on around you? Every moment there is a constant steam of stimuli, we just take it and absorb it into what we call life. With this constant stream of stimuli, it is hard to find one's self and live in the moment. So now I implore you to take a breath, find a quiet spot, with just you and your thoughts, now listen, think, breathe and find yourself in each roll of the wave in the silence beneath the surface. 
This video was created on January 19th, for that purpose, to take a break from the world and just relax for a second. I think the fact that we are in a constant stream of media creates an ironic view of what it means to get away. That is where the idea of this video came from. When I feel overwhelmed I often listen to the waves crash on the shore, well electronically, and that got me thinking. McLuhan states that "Environments are invisible. Their ground rules, pervasive structure, and overall patterns elude easy perception"(84), we live in a world today were it takes a click to get to a new world to escape to, but in reality we have not escaped at all. 

Monday, January 9, 2017


Eryn Blagg
Wood, nails, wood glue
3' X 1.5' X 1.5'
November 2016

Exploring the Beauty of the World

One thing that i think about art that i find interesting is that art shows the world around us that we may not one day view. I am able to see the half way across the world. One day I want to be able to travel the world and take photos. Not just for a job, but to explore. I was first introduced to nature photography from Thomas Mangelsen. He has a gallery in my home town, which is where I was first introduced to his work. But this is a view of the planet that I could never get in Nebraska, but through photography I can show how amazing the world is. That is what I want to do with art. Explore the world, and show its complexity and beauty.
Here is the link to his webpage to view more of his nature photography:  Mangelsen's Photography

First Light - Elk

Thomas D. Mangelsen

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

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Pictures of People Taking Pictures

combining my love of photography with the love of drawing, because when you can't choose, don't
Pictures of People Taking Pictures
Eryn Blagg
Charcoal on Paper
Spring 2016

At Least One Thing Remains the Same

finding beauty in the simplest of things and learning to appreciate them
At Least One Thing Remains the Same
Eryn Blagg
2, October 2016 -Bjork
Taken with Digital Camera


My older sister and I

Just me swimming
“How much do you make? Have you ever contemplated suicide? … Electrical information devices for universal, tyrannical womb-to-tomb surveillance are causing a very serious dilemma between our claim to privacy and the community’s need to know” (McLuhan 12) So I guess I should tell you about myself then. Hello world, my name is Eryn. Currently I am a student at Lawrence University studying mathematics and studio art. With the combination of the two, I spend a lot of time in the studio or in a room with a chalkboard. Which to be honest, I don’t really mind, I like the smell of chalk and saw dust. Outside of the classroom I am a member of the swim and track team along with Greek life in Kappa Kappa Gamma. I’ve been swimming as long as I can remember and has become a big factor in my life. My friends joke that I am more coordinated in water then on land. Although I live in Appleton 9 months out of the year, Omaha Nebraska is where I call home (and yes I have heard every Nebraska joke there is). My mom was an artist in college and was always doing art when I was young, from painting at the zoo, or on the beach. So I guess art has always been around in my life. However, it wasn’t until High School that I seriously thought about art. I mean I always enjoyed it, but it was when I finally got some formal training that I started to appreciate art more. At that time I did mostly drawing until I got a digital camera of my own. Now it has become a huge part of me as an artist, not the only part of me but a part. The rest of me I guess I’m going to leave you to figure out.