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Mission Impossible III1/2: Design Protocol

Mission Impossible III1/2: Design Protocol

Project #4 Objective: Create an interesting and/or provocative narrative or linear story using a photographed sequence whereby meaning is effectively conveyed.  The final sequence should include 12 – 15 original images that are visually interesting and relate formally to one another.




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This project was a little bit too much fun!  Once we got past the paparazzi while we were ‘on location’ at Great Falls National Park (McLean, VA), Cappuccino was able to get into character to give us the shots we needed.  I’m not sure, but this assignment may have inspired a family project for the summer!  There could be more adventures in his future…

The Narrative:

“Most would think it is a charmed life I lead.  Hugs, tea parties, wardrobe changes… They are all a part of a day in the life of your average bear.  But that’s just it.  I was an average bear living an ordinary life.  I knew I was made for more.  There was a world beyond these walls that beckoned to me.  I had seen it in the movies when the children buried their faces into my fur — the excitement, the intrigue, the danger!  It was all right there, waiting for me to explore.  The time was now… GERONIMO!!!”

Finding the blue sports car in the driveway made Cappuccino smile as he climbed behind the wheel.  “Barbie always has my back,” he thought.  The car puttered, warming up for the drive.  As he finally began to accelerate, he could hear Barbie’s voice from the garage, “Dream big, live large, Cap!!!”  With that, he hit the gas and headed toward adventure!

The journey was a long one, but there were so many new sounds and sights that Cappuccino could barely take it all in.  He needed some peace and quiet, a place to ponder where this path should lead.  Suddenly, the trees parted and gave way to the most spectacular rock formations he had ever seen in all his two stuffed years!  This was the place!  He jumped out of the car, changed into the clothes that Barbie had packed for him, and headed for the woods.  “Now THIS is the life!” he thought as the memory of his bedroom seemed like just a flicker in his past.  He felt like a new bear!  He was on top of the world!

While he reveled in the view of the waterfalls, he caught a glimpse of a small black capsule emerging from the ground.  He cautiously approached as it opened to reveal a pair of sunglasses. Placing them over his eyes immediately triggered the digital download through the lenses, and then the voice began to speak…

Good afternoon, Mr. Cappuccino.  Your mission should you choose to accept it, involves successful completion of the accelerated CAT 111-875 session.  Should you be caught or killed, the secretary will disavow all knowledge of your actions.  And Mr. Cappuccino, welcome to the I.M. Force.  This message will self destruct in 5 seconds…

“A mission!!!”  This was fantastic!  He ran back to the car to find a map to his next destination… The Vault!

Cappuccino read all of this clues carefully and followed each instruction.  Once the key to the Syllabus and the Software were retrieved, he was ready to proceed.  Vector graphic illustrations flowed from his paws ~ it was like poetry!  Premiere Pro proved to be just as engaging… this was fascinating!  Who knew there was so much available to anyone who had the desire to learn!

A week later, the results of his mission were transmitted.  He beamed as he reviewed his grades.  This was truly life altering for such a small bear, and he just couldn’t stop there!…

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As in all great works, there must be edits.  We were allowed 12 – 15 photographs, so here were some of the shots that were cut from the final slideshow…


A Closer Look at Kandinsky…


After doing quite a bit of my own research in response to our 2nd class discussion of Kandinsky’s 1913 painting “Composition VII”, I became fascinated by this non-objective style of expression he developed.  I became more intrigued as I was reading all of the insightful comments throughout the discussion threads and thought I would share some of the pieces of the puzzle that I thought could shed more light on his message.   A bit of background… Wassily Kandinsky was born in 1866 in Moscow and painted this work when he was about 45 years old. At the age of 30, he moved to Munich where he began his career as an artist and eventually started his own school. In a writing by M.K Lacoste, he was considered the founder of abstract art, which you can see in the development of his styles below.

“Odessa Port”
Oil on canvas painted in 1898.

“Forested Edge”
Painted in 1903.

“Couple Riding”
Oil on canvas painted in 1906.

“Blue Mountain”
Oil of canvas painted in 1908 – 1909.

“A Mountain”
Oil on canvas painted in 1909.

In comparing some of his more identifiable paintings, I could see the abstraction of these objects in his more non-objective works:

“Angel of the Last Judgment”
Oil on cardboard painted in 1911.

“Angel of the Last Judgment”
Glass painting in 1911.

“The Last Judgment”
Painted in 1912.

“Small Pleasures”
Oil on canvas painted in 1913.

“Glass Painting with the Sun (Small Pleasures)”
Glass painting in 1910.

He had traveled extensively throughout Europe, and tensions were beginning to build as society was on the brink of its first World War.  I begin to see hints of this growing concern in some of the following works, which then seem to trickle into or out of (depending on the order in which these paintings emerged) the images we see in “Composition VII”…

“Improvisation 30 (Cannons)”
Oil on canvas painted in 1913.

“Improvisation 31(Sea Battle)”
Oil on canvas painted in 1913.

“Rider of the Apocalypse”
Tempura on glass painted in 1911.

In the bible, where you would find the prophecies of the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation (Chapter 6) talks about the riders that Kandinsky painted in 1911.

Revelation 6:1-6

I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.   When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds[a] of wheat for a day’s wages,[b] and six pounds[c] of barley for a day’s wages,[d]and do not damage the oil and the wine!”.

So here it is once again, “Composition VII” in all of its 6 ft. x 10 ft. splendor.
Oil on canvas painted in 1913.

All of these elements combined, I look at “Composition VII”, and I can see the arrow across the middle of the painting. From some of his other abstractions, landscapes with trees and forests; battling shapes and colors; horses and faces, smoke and clouds all seem to emerge in areas throughout the piece. His use of color values ranging from somber dark areas that move diagonally into lighter and brighter regions remind me of that spiritual warfare possibly being depicted here.  The Book of Revelation is filled with imagery that could find its place in this painting if that is truly the path where Kandinsky is leading us.  It’s simply one theory of many, but what I love most is that the creativity in this work does not end with the artist signing his name.  It continues on through all of us in our impressions and possibly even inspirations in our own emerging works…