Water: A Triple Threat

            The topic last week was very eye opening and also simple. Much of what comes to mind when considering art are things that are unique and complex. However, after learning about water, I feel that intricacy in art is overrated. The fact that water can be a subject of art seems so rare, yet in my opinion seems to fit well. I have been exposed to water being used as a medium art in the simplest form: as a child playing water cups with different water levels was a usual experience in grade school. I remember I did not really understand the concept at first, but as I listened more, the music clicked in my mind. I thought it was wonderful that Alia gave a presentation on water at the beginning of class and that we were exposed to projects dealing with the environmental health and biological importance of this natural resource. It was amazing to learn what she does every summer in India and have even connected with her contact to hopefully provide some water filters for medical volunteer trips to Central America that my club participates in.

Photo Credit: Me  (Play the LA River card; a game encouraging sustainability and appreciation for the Los Angeles River and the historic areas around it)

            I thought it was also enlightening to look at water as a commodity in society. Part of the reason why it seems unusual to me that water can be thought of as an art form because it is a simple, vital resource that has also been capitalized by today’s society.  This relates to organic food, because many people believe that bottled water is more beneficial than tap water, just like organic over non-organic food. These myths become perpetuated and then used as marketing tactics to encourage consumer buying. It was interesting to see the video with the “fancy water” restaurant and many of these people, because of elaborate labels, were psychologically influenced to believe the different samples have different taste.

Photo credit: Me (Water Bar menu from Jazz Reggae Festival--where I had my water sample experience)

I actually have been exposed to an incident for tasting water, but these were not advertised as fancy bottles. These samples were waters from different areas and landscapes, such as the mountains, Los Angeles Tap Water, etc. The difference is the filtering methods and the geographical locations of the source. After watching the video, I am a bit skeptical about how legitimate my experience is. However, I did taste a difference because the names for the water samples were not very fancy and therefore, I would not predict being influenced by the marketing. In addition, the group hosting the tasting was not selling the water and I believe were promoting a campaign towards drinking water that would otherwise not be considered as legitimate sources.

Photo credit: Me (piece from MFA exhibit opening)

Viewing the Master of Fine Arts exhibition opening was a treat after class. I grasped an idea on how creative and artistic many of the students are at UCLA. Not only are they artistic, but also many of them are technologically gifted. One of my favorite pieces was what looked like a Japanese dining table. Two pots on the end were shaking as if on a stove under pressure-cooking, and voices in a foreign language were speaking as the pots were shaking. I was very tempted to open the pots to understand how it was happening, but did not want to tamper with the art. All in all, it was a cool experience and I probably will visit again so I can examine the pieces a bit closer.

 

References:

  1. "Art for Water." Art for Water. <http://artforwater.org/>.
  2. "H2O - The Mystery, Art, and Science of Water: Water in Art." H2O - The Mystery, Art, and Science of Water: Water in Art. <http://witcombe.sbc.edu/water/art.html>.
  3. "Janitor At Disney World Draws Cartoon Characters With Broom And Water To Entertain Guests." Bored Panda RSS. <http://www.boredpanda.com/janitor-disney-world-broom-water-drawings/>.
  4. "Pacific Water Art, Inc." Pacific Water Art, Inc. <http://www.pacificwaterart.com/>.
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  6. "Water Drop Stock and Fine Art Photography." Liquid Sculpture. <http://www.liquidsculpture.com/>.