Climate Change Images

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This is a 2014 chart from The National Climate Assessment that shows the impact that climate change will have on our water sustainability. The Assessment is the product of hundreds of experts and scientists, organized by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. They claim it’s “the most comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific research report on U.S. climate change impacts ever generated.” I am planning on using this image for my topic because it shows the current and future climate change impacts for the U.S. and it comes from a valid source.ย 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Henry, Terrence. “More Drought, Heat and Water Wars: What Climate Change Already Means for Texas.” State Impact NPR. NPR, 6 May 2014. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.
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This diagram shows some of the effects that climate change has already had on our planet as well as some solutions that have already been implemented to help slow down this process. This image comes from the Pew Center for Global Climate Change. It is based on data from 2008-2012. I will be using this image for my topic because it comes from a reliable source and shows the effects as well as the solutions for climate change.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Director, Kelly Trout Communications. “Climate Change.” Chesapeake Climate Action Network. Chesapeake Climate Action Network, n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.
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This is a sequence of four time-lapse photos of Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park and how much it has receded from 1938-2006. This image is from the United States Geological Survey. I will be using this image for my topic to coincide as evidence with some of the points given by Nicholas Mirzoeff in his chapter pertaining to climate change from his bookย How to See the World.

Butler, Bill. “Is Global Warming a Hoax/Fraud/Scam?” Is Global Warming a Hoax/Fraud/Scam? N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Mar. 2017.

 

 

Looking with fresh eyes: A New Endeavor

Three weeks ago I read in the course guide that we were required to attend the Cindy Sherman exhibit at the City Gallery Wellington. I typically think of exhibits as uninteresting. I pictured myself with a group of my peers standing in front of various art works, not really looking at them, just giving the illusion of analyzing the art.

On the day we were to attend the exhibit I found myself standing outside the gallery with my class, wearing a blue band that granted me all day access to the gallery. I made a decision before entering that I was going to try and let myself really experience an art exhibit for the first time.

I walked straight into the enormous mural showcasing a multitude of different characters being represented by Cindy Sherman. This main room was full of other students and visitorsย all trying to get intimate with the photographs as well as attempt to digitally capture a sole image of the photograph without any outside interference. I knew with the crowdedness I would not have an adequate amount of time to analyze the mural. In Isaac Kaplanโ€™s blog he writes about how generally as a whole we are not looking at works of art long to fully experience the work and for it all to be consumed thoughtfully (Kaplan).

I was intrigued when out of the corner of my eye I saw a flash of a ridiculous photograph of what appeared to be a clown, followed by a storm of color from the room to the left of the mural. The explanation of Art the Clownsย series revealed to me that Sherman created it after the 9/11 attacks. The clownsโ€™ expressions represent the various emotions felt by everyone. These photographs ignited a memory of me leaving school early that day and my mother anxiously waiting for a phone call from New York, for my father to tell us that he was safe. The exhibit elicited a surprising amount of emotions from me as well as a new connection between the visual art and the outside world.

After the exhibit I thought of the introduction from the Mirzoeff book as well as the reading by Michael Clarke and their discussion of visual culture. Mirzoeff explains that how through social media and technology, we have altered our idea of visual culture (Mirzoeff, 13). Because I was able to personally experience the gallery I know that I would have had a much different reaction to the exhibit if I โ€˜d looked up the images online. Clarke recognizes that an interpretation is never simple and can never be conclusive (Clarke, 26). Someone will presumably interpret the Clowns series and its representation differently than I do.

Reflecting on these past three weeks since the course began I have a new perspective on how art and design can play an important role in my life, and my connection to the visual world. I am looking forward to seeing what the rest of the semester holds for this class.

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Photograph taken by Michelle Davey (myself) is part of the Clown series in Cindy Sherman exhibit at the City Gallery Wellington. I thought that this photograph most accurately showcased the many emotions felt by the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Everyone reacts to tragedy in his or her own way.

 

Works Cited:

Mirzoeff, Nicholas.ย How to see the world. Great Britain: Pelican, 2015. Print.

Kaplan, Isaac. “Https://Www.Artsy.Net/Article/Artsy-Editorial-Long-Work-Art-It”.ย Artsy Editorial. N.p., 2017. Print.

Clarke, Michael. โ€œLanguage and Meaning.โ€ Verbalising the Visual: Translating Art and Design into Words. Lausanne,ย Switzerland: AVA Publishing, 2007. 20-27. Print.