This must be, pop

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So it’s Week 4, meaning my time at Stanford is already half over 😦 The first half has gone by too fast!

(Super quick note: this post is really long, but there’s some really cool content so stick with me to the end. Fighting! ~)

Last weekend, Eleanor met me in San Fransisco. We hit up Japantown and the MoMa. She’s the best person to go to an art museum with– no one else would be willing to spend hours upon hours in one of those with me ^-^

We got to the MoMA a bit later than expected, so we only had 2 hours until it closed. When we got there, we were told “all tickets are sold out, no more people can enter.” Please. You think I’m going to make an hour commute, meet up with my best friend, walk to the MoMA and accept that? Haha, nice one. I gave pity story to an employee about how we were just two naive teenagers who knew nothing other than the fact that MoMA tickets were free for people under 18 and we had made a two hour trip to get to there. Guess what? It worked, and the employee snuck us in!

Unfortunately, we only made it through about two floors, and that was with us rushing. We could probably spend a week in there; there are so many things to see, analyze and discuss. In the last twenty minutes we tried to rush through some more areas of the museum and it was impossible. Neither Eleanor nor I could force ourselves to quickly look at a piece and move on. We actually got yelled at for staying 15 minutes past closing time…oops ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Here are some photos of pieces that I liked at the MoMA. Be warned: a lot of these photos are very poor quality because I didn’t want to be that person who stands in front of an art piece and blocks everyone’s view, ya feel? If you want better quality, go to the MoMA and check them out for yourself!


The building itself is a work of art, the architecture is beautiful. I love all the angles in the entrance, which is depicted above. The stairwell is super dynamic and draws your eyes up towards the top floor.


Ok so this piece looks pretty cool up close right? But wait. Back up. It’s a person! Not going to lie, I didn’t notice that until I was looking back at the photos I took. It was a pleasant surprise 🙂

I loved this collection so much. Basically, a photographer took a photo of each of these subjects, showed the photo to them and asked them to caption it. Some of the captions are very heartfelt while others are funny and lighthearted. There were tons of photos in this collection, and each and every one was very interesting to read. I particularly liked how the captions were written directly under the photo, in the subject’s handwriting. It makes the pieces feel all the more raw and real. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a picture of the name of the artist 😦 If anyone knows who the photographer is, please comment and let me know!

Ok so I love these portraits. I think I’ve been saying I love everything but I really do 😀 I like how the photo of the man is feathered at the edges– it somehow makes him even more intense. Also, I really like how the light falls on the woman’s face. The other two portraits shown above interested me because they’re so detailed, it must have taken an eternity to create them. To all you West Side Story staffers reading this: sorry but you’ll see these photos again for inspiration minutes because we definitely need to use dominant elements like these in our designs.

Neon things are cool.

These compositions are so odd, which is why I love them. My favorite parts of art museums are really weird collections like these. I think part of the reason these pieces speak to me so much is because they show a side of someone that most people hide. To me, these pieces show the really really really weird sides of people and the dark sides of people. They’re the parts of us that we hide because we’re ashamed or scared. But that’s the beauty of art, it’s a way to express the things you are unable to, or don’t want to express in words. My all time favorite collection that I’ve seen at the MoMA was Yoko Ono’s One Woman Show. Look it up, it’s amazing.

The man’s face just screams wtf??” I love it. His face is me half the time when I’m observing others. It’s funny because this sculpture was next to a cafe, so I suppose you could think of the man’s face as his expression while observing everyone around him. I really love this second photo I took because this little girl was so curious about the sculpture, it was really cute.

Anyone on WSS staff knows how big of a supporter I am of mixing graphics and photos so when I saw these compositions I had to take a picture. See guys, this stuff is even in the MoMA, I told you it’s trendy!! Also, I really liked this collage. I have been meaning to make a collage for a while… Maybe I’ll make one sometime that’s Dada inspired. (Also, check out Doom Dada on YouTube. It’s a really weird video but that’s why I love it)

Ok, so this was really cool. I tried to take a panorama of what this room looked like, but this photo doesn’t really do it justice. Basically there’s this huge room that’s structured almost like a maze. But the really cool part is that the artist created this piece with instructions on how to make it, so from what I understand, anyone can follow his directions and make this piece, which is awesome. The piece is drawn directly on the walls with crayon and graphite so it has a very nice texture.

Yes, typography is art. Look at that kerning. Wow.


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Ok, this sculpture was So. Cool. I tried to capture it the best I could, by using the burst feature on my iPad, but it still didn’t turn out too great. The strobe lights make it impossible to capture what the sculpture truly looks like, so when you try to take a video, a bunch of black lines cut through it. Taking a bunch of photos and turning it into a gif resulted in a bunch of white lines instead, but trust me, it’s better than the video. You just need to go to the MoMA and check it out for yourself 🙂

This piece. Baffles me. Eleanor and I stood there and stared at this piece for maybe 15 minutes, I’m not joking. Neither of us can figure out why it looks so good! We concluded that it must be because the face is so detailed, but I’m still not entirely sure. Why are we so confused? Well, usually when someone tries to make a person or some complex graphic like this digitally, it turns out really weird. It ends up looking choppy and pretty darn ugly. So this piece made us go crazy. If you look at the individual parts of the piece, they all look fairly clunky and odd, but all together, it looks great. I still can’t figure out how this works!

So some people really hate paintings that are just blocks of color and would refuse to even call them art, but I find these pieces so appealing. It may not seem like art to some, but it really is (at least, in my eyes. I suppose it’s all relative, so think what you want). Although these pieces may seem really simple and easy to make, that’s not necessarily the case. The artist put a lot of thought into creating them, to get a specific look. For example, the black painting was very appealing because there were patches where you could see how the paint and soaked into the material. It was made of oil pastel on linen cloth which gave the piece a super cool texture and drew the observer’s eye in. It takes time to think about what material you’ll use, what type of strokes, what color, etc. So point is, sure, some people may not consider pieces like these art because “anyone can make them” but really, it takes time and effort to create pieces like these. Most importantly, it takes creativity. Yes. You read that right. It takes creativity to create a pink rectangle. Just think about that for a bit.

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Take the time to read this description and appreciate how cool this piece is.


Ok so this panorama of an area outside the building turned out a bit weird because people were walking, but I actually like it this way. I think there’s some beauty to the distortion in people’s bodies when they move through. For example, you can see how the man had been walking and then saw the sculpture and looked up. And how the woman moved to look at her phone. Panoramas screw things up sometimes, but they also capture motion in a really unique way.


Take the time to read this description too because wow, this piece is really really powerful and interesting.


I just thought this was really funny. I totally saw this piece by accident: I just happened to look up and well, there it was.

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Look how pleasing this is. It’s just a super thin piece of metal. It’s so simple, yet so nice to look at.

I loved these pop art pieces! They’re what inspired me to make this graphic of Eleanor. I love the bright, popping colors and how the polka dots give all the pieces a comic book feel. My favorite part about pop art is that tons of pattern and bright colors are paired, and it all fits together instead of looking really busy and tacky.

This piece that I created took forever. I’m so sick of seeing Eleanor’s face now 😉 I really liked making the hair with big, sweeping strokes. The eyebrows, eyes, nose and lips were really frustrating to make, though. In fact, I spent probably two or three hours just trying to get the lips right. Turns out, color played a large role.

I added yellow polka dots in the background to give the piece a more pop art-y look and to make it a bit more dramatic. For this piece I used Adobe Draw. I’ve been using Adobe Sketch for most of my pieces, but for this one Adobe Draw worked better since the brushes lack texture; Adobe Sketch brushes are a bit too realistic. The brushes on Adobe Draw are more flat and just give straight color, which was necessary to create a piece with this look.

If you’re still reading this, hey, thanks for sticking around! I have so many more photos from the MoMA that I didn’t include (it took SO much willpower to not put them in and so much time to decide which ones to cut). I hope to be checking out some more art museums this summer, so stay tuned.

Yours truly ❤

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