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An Art Portfolio

Sep. 27th, 2009 | 11:07 pm
posted by: burningiris1 in cooperunion


Hi.  I'm not interested in applying to Cooper Union because I could never afford to attend such a place.  But I love art and was wondering how my artwork would fair if I applied to a place like Cooper Union.  I don't know the requirements for the application so I posted random samples of my artwork.

I am a 100% self-taught artist; started about a year and a half ago.  I'm taking my first art class this semester, Photography One, mostly because I want unlimited access to a darkroom.

Some of my 2-D Artwork:


"A Moon, Worn as if it Had Been a Shell" 9inx12in  Soft Pastel on Pastel Paper

"A Moon, Worn as if it Had Been a Shell" 
Soft Pastel on Paper
9inx12in



"As the Sun Sets Through the Trees"
Acrylic on Canvas
18inx24in


"Becoming a Woman"
Acrylic on Canvas
18inx24in


"Blue Thursday"
Water Soluable Oil Pastels on Paper
17inx24in


"Birds of Paradise"
Acrylic on Panel
18inx24in


"Autumn Leaf"
Acrylic on Canvas Paper
9inx12in


"Night Rain"
Mixed Media on Canvas (Acrylic, Watercolor, Paper and Ink)
18inx24in


"On Life Without Exaggeration"
Mixed Media on Cardboard (Acrylic, Watercolor, Paper)
Dimensions Unknown (Sold it and didn't write them down!)


"Portrait of the Psychiatrist as a Young Man"
Oil Pastel on Paper
11inx14in


"The Result of Thought"
Oil Pastel on Paper
11inx14in


"The Possibilities"
Mixed Media on Cardboard (Watercolor, Paper, Buttons)
Dimensions Unkown


"The Soul Selects Her Own Thoughts"
Acrylic on Paper
17inx24in


"Koinos Kosmos"
Mixed Media on Bristol
14inx17in

Some photography:


"Remembering December 015"
Black and White Photograph


"Untitled 12"
Black and White Photograph


"The Rear View 001"
Color Photograph


"The Rear View 002"
Color Photograph


"The Rear View 003"
Color Photograph

 

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from: limbolinda
date: Sep. 28th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
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I really like your stuff, i don't see why not apply.
Cooper is very distinct with who they take it, i'd say you can't ever really know who they'll take in.
You have a good a chance as any i think.
You'r portfolio is deffinately an interesting one.

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from: burningiris1
date: Sep. 29th, 2009 02:02 am (UTC)
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I know that Cooper offers free tuition...BUT...you still have to pay for housing and food...in MANHATTAN, so it will still end up being around $15,000+ a year, most likely much more than that. I currently attend college almost for free since I live at home.

It's nice they offer free tuition, but you still have to have a place to live.

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slow surprise

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from: gerlachenische
date: Sep. 29th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
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find roommates, live in Brooklyn, commute. There's lots of ways to make it free if you look into it and really want it. I agree though, NYC is expensive.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 3rd, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
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If I actually got into The Coop (since I obviously have my doubts) I have this secret fantasy where I'll find someone over the internet who goes to school there and they'll let me sleep on their floor for free in a student dorm. The Coop probably requires proof of address though...

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from: gerlachenische
date: Oct. 4th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
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actually, they still have my address from Boston, and haven't asked me for my new one. I guess they think I make a 5-6 hour commute everyday, or they don't give a shit. Oh, and my insurance is from Florida.

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from: polity
date: Oct. 15th, 2009 02:50 pm (UTC)
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already tried, not really possible

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from: polity
date: Oct. 20th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
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I know I have heard countless stories of cooper wanting people to actually have proper technical schools. You could probably guesstimate how many people come back from a review with the reviewer saying "take a drawing class". Your work is not necessarily bad, but your inexperience shows in your subject matter and technique. If you are applying to cooper with this stuff in your portfolio, I do not think you will get in, however, that should not be received as an insult, but merely a way for you to maybe pursue the visual arts, and not just to join art classes because you want access to the darkroom.

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from: burningiris1
date: Oct. 20th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Hi Polity,

Thanks for your comment but I really don't think you know what my artwork is about: you know nothing of me, my life, my thoughts and ideas, inspiration or of my artwork and you can't really know merely by looking at it via the internet on a Livejournal blog. I was merely interested in the aesthetics of my work, not so much the conceptual or technical since I do not believe that can be properly judged via the internet.

And yes, I can draw, I am just more interested in abstract/experimental work than realism.

And if you knew about the art classes at the college I attended you would understand my comment about taking a class merely so that one could have access to a darkroom. I don't know if you have ever taken an art class at a college that is not known for its fine arts department but don't ever do such a thing. I pursue work independently so that I can engage in experimental work that is not allowed in my class.

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from: polity
date: Oct. 25th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
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the aesthetics of the work encompasses the conceptual/technical. I advise you to not ask for any type of opinions on your work if you cannot handle bad criticism. Im being honest, while others that are telling you to apply and why not and stuff like that. Thats not a good way to help people pursue this type of "career". Im being honest with you, and you should accept that. Do not post things on the internet if they cannot be judged in that fashion.

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from: burningiris1
date: Oct. 25th, 2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
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No, the aesthetics does not necessarily encompass the conceptual/or technical and I wasn't asking for such a thing, especially since everything I have posted here is work I did over a year ago.

I'm not going to get into an anonmyous argument over the internet about anything though.

I've browsed through this LJ community and you pretty much give a negative review to everyone and many of those you gave a negative review to ended up getting accepted so I don't take anything you say seriously.

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from: burningiris1
date: Oct. 25th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
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And even though this work was done over a year ago you still can't simply gauge what it is about by looking at it via the internet. You probably don't think that it is conceptual in any way but every piece here is very conceptual. But of course, your opinion has shown to not really have any weight about who gets accepted into CU and who doesn't.

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from: polity
date: Oct. 25th, 2009 11:52 pm (UTC)
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I go to Cooper you clown.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 26th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
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I know, I read your LJ to see if you had any work posted (you don't), which explains why you are so cocky.

I hope everyone at Cooper Union isn't so full of themselves.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 26th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
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You gave me a great idea for an "art" project. Thank you, this has actually been productive. I'm going to put this "art" into my CU portfolio, too.

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from: anonymous
date: Jan. 25th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
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AHAHAHAHA.

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from: polity
date: Oct. 26th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
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Im not cocky, I am a realist.

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from: anonymous
date: Oct. 26th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
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Than I'm not sure what your reality is since many of those you gave harsh reviews to ended up being accepted. Most of what I posted here I am not submitting; I was more interested in how the conversation would play out, especially among current Cooper Union students. It was pretty much how I expected after browsing the forum. And I got some good ideas from talking with you.

But I no longer have time to talk to you.

But thanks for everything in the meantime.

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from: jereitman
date: Nov. 5th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
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omg so lj 2008

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from: polity
date: Nov. 10th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
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you mean so awesome.

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from: anonymous
date: Dec. 22nd, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
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I totally back polity up.

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from: xfaggotxmousex
date: Nov. 10th, 2009 09:51 am (UTC)
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How did you add that film grain look on first photo?

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from: meekling
date: Nov. 11th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
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To be fair, polity did try to answer your implied question: how would your artwork be received if you applied to Cooper Union? It wasn't entirely helpful because she/he could have shared WHY they think your work shows inexperience but I wouldn't get too peeved about it.

This will probably be offensive to some but... Though I can't claim to have seen every hometest that was accepted because I certainly have not, I've noticed that nearly every accepted hometest I've seen online displays artwork that looks to share a very, very similar aesthetic & the different artists seem to conceptualize in almost identical ways; you could throw most of their artwork all together & you wouldn't be capable of distinguishing one from the other. Or at least I couldn't... :/ I've read from someone else that Cooper likes people they can "mold" & from what I've seen it appears to be true. This can be good or bad, depending on what you want to accomplish with your artwork.

I think your art is impressive for someone who has been creating for such a short time. I was truly surprised. But what you make doesn't fit in with the idea I have of Cooper Union. I could be wrong though, as I'm just basing this on what I've seen from people who've been accepted & from viewing websites of people who've attended. Cooper isn't the only art school, of course. If you really want to do this, don't stop with Cooper.

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from: meekling
date: Nov. 11th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
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P.S. My comment about the hometests looking alike are from years past. I actually haven't seen any from the 2009 applicants. I've now realized everyone has been making "friends only" entries in this community. Durr. I just thought the community was dead. Well, I'm off to check out some past entries & discover how terrible a critic polity really might be. Haha.

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from: anonymous
date: Jan. 11th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
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I was once on livejournal and got into a huge argument with people like polity over the hometests...and people have cursed at me, dictating what an art hometest should be (basically saying everything is art). I got into Cooper and saw that some people were cocky, but in a good way. If you think polity was being negative, the professors at Cooper can really bring you down. But after experiencing Cooper for a semester, I find that polity is a joke...so I laugh at him/her.

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DUH!!

from: anonymous
date: Feb. 2nd, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
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The Cooper Union is free dumbo.

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from: anonymous
date: Jan. 29th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
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"Thanks for your comment but I really don't think you know what my artwork is about: you know nothing of me, my life, my thoughts and ideas, inspiration or of my artwork and you can't really know merely by looking at it via the internet on a Livejournal blog"

Dont take this offensive but art isnt about therapy. No one gives a fuck about your life..Besides that, your work has great consistency but lacks the fundamentals in your work. In other words its very amateur.

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from: anonymous
date: Apr. 9th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
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Hi this posts seems old...however, I like your artworks...its amazing...the way you said experimental its really awesome....I got into cooper union this year for class of 2015..everyones criticism is well taken, but, none can judge a person through a art seen in a blog. keep it up

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