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CategoryPattern, Art, Design & Arch. 2017/18 Sem 1

梨神 PEAR GOD

 

Closeup

 

 

Exhibition

@  School of Arts, Design and Media, NTU


 

 

MEDIA WALL

LED

15m by 2m

Media Art Nexus NTU

 

Actual Exhibition

@ North Spine, NTU

 

 

 

SWATCHBOOK

 

APPLICATION

iPad Pro

iPhone 7

 

 

 

 

Media Wall

Exhibition

As a final result of this module, our 3.6m long banners were exhibited at the main lobby of ADM. It was my first time working  on large scale prints which turned out great for everyone.

Printing Banners

 

 

Final Banner

Test Print on A4

After testing on A4 paper, I’m satisfied with 15% up of saturation and brightness.

 

Final Print @ VC Print Centre

Banner Development

Color & Composition Study

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based on the traditional door poster of fortune god, I employed its layout and color scheme.

 

Composition in Color

Motif Development

Based on my concept, “new door god”,  I planed to design a door god poster. It contains a main god in the center and several elements surrounded.

 

Main God

I chose to use Apple and Steve Jobs as my main visual representation. Replacing the logo to a pear shape adds a subtle pun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Jobs as fortune god(left) and general(right)

 

 

Ritual tools

Referencing from how Chinese people worship their ancestor and god, I created Apple-related sacrifices and Ritual tools.

iPhone sacrifice

Imac on a sacrifice plate

iPod attached to a candle stand

iPhones tucked on bronze incense burner

Amulet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Servants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mock-up

This is the first try-out with all elements, based on traditional fortune god door poster.

 

 

Moodboard

Door God patterns

Door gods or Menshen(门神) are divine guardians of doors and gates in Chinese folk religions, used to protect against evil influences or to encourage the entrance of positive ones.

 

Category

  • Expelling evil spirits
  • Blessings
  • Military officer
  • Civil official

The patterns often attract my attention when I pass by. It made me think that something supernatural is guarding the house.

Old Door Gods preserved in Chendejyu Shrine Museum , Tainan City, Taiwan

 

Moodboard 1

Inspired by Ai weiwei‘s Door gods posters, I want to add some current elements that are more relevant to our generation. Nowadays, there are many new ‘gods’ that we worship to, like Steve Jobs, Elon musk or Jack Ma.

Ai Weiwei, Menshen

Ai Weiwei and FAKE design office’s Door Guardians for 2011 (image from theepochtimes.com)

AI WEI WEI, Guardian Christmas screen saver artwork
copyright: Ai Wei Wei

Culture keeper 2015, illustrated by Min Liu

 

Moodboard 2

Inspired by a Chinese illustration artist, Song Xiaqi, based in Shanghai. His illustration embraces the tradition and re-touches it with contemporary feelings.

I like how he uses thick strokes and the way he treated each graphical elements.

 

门神 by Song Xiaqi

门神 by Song Xiaqi

 

Moodboard 3

Another approach is go for abstraction. Since the banner is very long and narrow, abstract patterns will give a strong visual impact.

猴年吉祥 Good luck for the Year of Monkey, illustrated by DO ON東

 

Panel testing

Based on Aiweiwei’s work, I created a rough styleframe to see if the elements work together on a long narrow panel.