I almost forgot to write a post today, but these posts are getting monotonous because of the desolation that is Ames, Iowa. Daily updates might not be necessary. Kira and I saw a movie today and dealt with the aftermath of there being no Lyft drivers or buses running at 9:30 PM on a Sunday (I’m a bit aghast from this situation, and yet again question why/how anyone lives in this city). It was a good movie. I also got a sketchbook today.
Topic I’m currently thinking about: design and art. The two seem to be separate ideas (design can function outside the realm of art, as in designing algorithms), but they are often closely linked. Design seems to about composing elements for better functionality of a whole system. Art also requires the composition of elements, but the functionality of a piece of art is questionable. When we use design in art, what exactly are we designing for- how can you make a more functional piece of artwork? I want to say that a “good” piece of art will be able to communicate the artist’s intent, and so incorporating design into artwork clarifies any message that the artist wants to convey through the artwork. However, that seems like an overly analytical, contrived answer, and it isn’t how I approach my own art. I guess the baseline question to really ask is what art’s function might be. After that, you can ask how to augment art’s function through design.
I’m hoping that Ames will become more charming in the following weeks, but if it hasn’t happened yet, I doubt it will anytime soon. Ames is humid and empty, and moths brush up against my legs at night. It’s not nearly as flat as I wanted, nor nearly hilly enough to be enjoyable.