This reflection on the Typology/Morphology exhibit, shown at Alfred University, is to fulfill the Lecture/Workshop requirement for Intro to Visual Communication.
Herring, Oliver. “Oliver Profile.” Epson on William
Turner paper with coal dust and glitter. 2011
This piece by Oliver Herring, entitled “Oliver Profile,” is a montage consisting of various cutout images pinned to the side profile picture of a male adult. Each pinned and pasted image are facial features of different individuals. Not every cut-out matches perfectly with their other surrounding cutouts; Some differ in tones to one another, while others do not align or match in shape. Despite these differences all of the cutouts unify as a whole well enough for one to see the work as a photo of a male adult. This lack of perfection may, in ways, symbolize how as individuals no single person is made perfectly. However, despite the imperfections that each individual may have, it is the commonality that every individual has imperfections that makes one another equal.
Molloy, Traci. “I Am, I Will, I’m Afraid.” digital
print on museum etching. 2015
Traci Molloy’s piece, “I Am, I Will, I’m Afraid,” visualizes a series of internal thoughts and worries that one may feel in life. The piece can be separated into two parts, foreground and background. The foreground is the vertical plane that contains all of the written text. The background of this piece is the grey-scale image of the boy with his arms crossed. Both parts (the foreground and the background) both give off a sense of worry and hesitation. The text in the foreground is not written neatly, and looks rushed and hesitant. Each statement is of either a positive or negative self reflection. If one was to look at only this text, and not see the background, then one could come to the conclusion that these are the multiple thoughts that either make up or break down an individual. The background of this piece is blurred and fuzzy in every place except for the boy’s face. This blurriness aids in the readability of the text while also instilling a sense of rush, concern, and hesitation. The boy’s arms being crossed implies deep thinking or of being alone. With the foreground and and the background together, one feels a sense of concern for this boy who may be thinking these different thoughts.