Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Science of Sleep

A short part of a movie by Valerie Pirson. So beautiful!


Valerie Pirson
I love what she is doing. Very inspiring! So time consuming, but totally worth it!


Friday, December 11, 2009

Tonight is the Night

I hope to see everyone tonight for the monkey show.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

the alibi room

hey folks im hanging some of my prints up next week in the alibi room, should be up till after xmas. stop in if you're downtown
megan st.clair

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

watnted to say that this project was alot of fun and relatively stress free, also all of us completed our monkeys and I cannot wait to install them- TIMMM

lots of monkeys

Well the troop is forming. The monkeys are looking great. Looking forward to today.


Friday, December 4, 2009's been a while

I haven't posted in a bad...anyway I just saw one of, if not the most horrible vidoes I've ever seen. This video was featured on ICT Underground, yes it's back on. So yeah I'm amazed that ANYONE would put this out into the world as a finished product, or actually try to pass it off as a profesional music video, or even more laughable a work of art. I know I'm hating, big time but seriously. Just watch.

If that doesn't work just youtube "Skinny Session 9" effing horrible, you'll see the making of, click on that, and then you'll see the one that just says "Skinny" click on that and you'll see it.

So I just wanted to share that with everyone.

You're welcome.

NPR picture show

The Most Exciting New Art Medium: Paper


Monday, November 30, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I've had a headache all day and it won't go away. It's been like that for the past few days.

In other news: I like art.

I'd type more, but my head's about to explode


maken monkeys

Going to try to make some more monkeys today. Not going to comment about maken a monkey out of me.

The crew working with paper is making some cool stuff.

Everyone enjoy the weekend and have safe return trips for those traveling.


Friday, November 27, 2009

Exquisite Corpse II

Heres part of a fresh exquisite corpse written by Hellbound Henry, Meghan , and Kat:

I had 18 glasses

of bliss

madness or pleasure?

Completely Shot to Hell.

But still bundled

tightly together

Thursday, November 26, 2009

turkey day

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy turkey day.

Make sure you make an outline drawing of your hand to transform into a turkey.

be safe everyone


Monday, November 23, 2009

jeremy fish

Jeremy Fish, who is one of my favorite artists, is having his first museum show down in laguna and his body of work is huge and amazing. seriously, check it out! i was fortunate enough to have caught his show at the fecal face gallery in SF last spring.

megan st.clair

Saturday, November 21, 2009

After having so much trouble with my litho piece, I'm not sure how much I'm going to like our next project. I'm hoping to redo the last one because it was impossible to get 5 prints that were even close to being the same. I'm hoping I can get the new plate to ink up more consistently because I really like how my one print turned out.


Friday, November 20, 2009

The Exquisite Corpse will Drink the Young Wine

I think every artist should use Exquisite Corpse to get their juices flowing (creative ones that is).

Its a game that can be played with words or images. It is thought to reveal the collective unconscious of the group.

Exquisite Corpse is a collaborative poetry game that traces its roots to the Parisian Surrealist Movement. The name "Exquisite Corpse" comes from a line of poetry created while playing the game: "The exquisite corpse will drink the young wine." Exquisite Corpse is played by two or more people, each of whom writes a few words on a sheet of paper, folds the paper to conceal part of it, and passes it on to the next player for his or her contribution. You can make up rules if you wish, and there are various ways to play. Its a great way to be creative with your buddies! I have had a blast countless times with Exquisite Corpse drawings and poems.

Exquisite corpse drawings (prints, paintings, etc.) work the same way as the poems. Draw something, cover or fold over most of the image and pass it on. The next person adds on to what you created (without knowing what it is). The results are phantasmagoric!

(click to enlarge)

As an example, the following is an Exquisite Corpse composed by the intrepid Academy staff using the sentence construction Adjective, Noun, Verb, Adjective, Noun:

Slung trousers melt in a roseate box.
A broken calendar oscillates like sunny tin.
The craven linden growls swimmingly. Blowfish.
A glittering roof slaps at crazy ephemera.

I'm always down for an exquisite corpse so if you wanna try one, hit me up!


Tim Burton at the MOMA
more npr picture show
found his sketches amusing


Thursday, November 19, 2009


I'm suffering from an array of blocks where my final project is concerned. I've decided on the vague concept I'm going for, but am screwed on specifics. I just thought I'd take time out of my blockage to be productive and post on the blog. I'm not entirely happy with this effort. Our idea for the theme is good enough, but I think that the whole thing has become less open than it probably should be.

This combined with my lack of enthusiasm for the sheer amount of prints we have to crank out by the opening has me stressed. I've got no idea how I'm going to manage to crank out ten different prints by the second week of December. This may be easy for some, but I think I interpret things a little bit more literally since I'm a graphic design major. Each of my prints is going to have its own theme to it and I worry that I won't have the time to make each one complete. For the moment, I'm just gritting my teeth and hoping that everything will turn out better than I expect.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

cheap paint!!

At Hobby Lobby on 21st and woodlawn they have a ton of titanium white tubes both oil and acrylic for 2.99

they're are the very back north end with the discounted stuff

love, TIM

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I went to mr tom hucks artist talk, it was worth it. He gets 18 cases of free PBR on the 6th of everymonth. I think that PBR is worthless.


This guy is neat, watch all 5 minutes to be imressed.
I saw the "Off The Roll Tape Sculpture Contest" and after doing some searching about it I came across a site where an artist named Mark Jenkins does a lot of pretty awsome tape sculptures. He also has some video you need to check out. Follow the link:
-Jason Rose
Happy B-Day Monika!!!


the artist that does a lot of thom yorke and radiohead's artwork is a printmaker! check out stanley donwood's prints. theres a mixture of screen and lino.

btw... dont forget about tom huck today!!!

megan st.clair

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Fall Semester, ect.

Well I finally got my schedule for next semester figured out, and must admit I'm a little sad that this semster is coming to a close. My schedule next semester pretty much blows. But such is life I suppose. I can't believe how much I've enjoyed printmaking. I knew I was excited to learn about it when I signed up for the class, but really how much I've enjoyed it and how sad I am that I don't get to take another print class next semester has surprised me.

I'm excited and anxious to print my litho tomorrow. Since I chose a fairly flat design I am doing two colors, and after helping out with Michael's on Friday I am nervous about how many tries its going to take to come out with 5 that are exactly the same using two colors. Hoping for the best though.

On another note, watched the movie Whatever Works last night. It's a film written and produced by Woody Allen. Check it out One of the better movies I've seen in a while.

Bree S. Williams


I made this video over the weekend. It a little different than my other work. I am myself surprised where it came from :).
If you could give me some feedback that would be helpful.


Saturday, November 14, 2009

I can't think of anything to blog about this week. After working 6 days a week for the past few months, followed by almost getting fired from my job (long story), plus school, I'm starting to feel it. I don't remember the last time I was able to relax.

With all that being said, I'll leave you with a video I found on YouTube the other day


Friday, November 13, 2009

Awesome Printmaker Tom Huck comes to the Ulrich

Have you seen "Snacktime Marcy"? Did you dig it? Well, the guy that made it will be here on tuesday!

Lecture: Tom Huck, artist's talk, "Rural Satire and Graphic Terror",
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, Ulrich Museum of Art, WSU campus. Free. "Snacktime Marcy" on exhibit through December. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Information, (316) 978-3664.


Art Educator and Mentor

Art Educator and Mentor
Vernell Morgan, Art Educator and Artist 11/9/2009

In 1938 when Viktor Lowenfeld and his family arrived in New York City, he spoke very little English, and knew almost no one. He came with a Master’s degree in art education from Weinerkunstge Schule, also, a PhD in psychology from the University of Vienna. Viktor had already published several books and articles before arriving in America. The Nature of Creative Activity became his first English publication. With the help of family friend Gordon Allport, head of the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and an organization called Refugee Teachers; Lowenfeld secured a position with Hampton Institute.
Hampton Institute President Howe offered Viktor Lowenfeld the position of associate professor over the Industrial Arts Department. This was a trade school at the time (Ritter, 1990).
Upon Viktor Lowenfeld arrival at Hampton, he began asking Howe for permission to teach art classes. Lowenfeld couldn’t understand why there were no visual arts offered at Hampton. He saw Black people active in music, dance, and theatre, but not in the visual arts (Grisby, 1977). To identify with his students from Hampton, Lowenfeld chose to live in a Black community, using drinking fountains, and community facilities which were restricted just for Blacks (Peter, 1988).
Howe was reluctant to allow teaching art, if it was not related to learning trade and industrial careers for the students who would receive training in those areas. The institute was divided in the following academic areas: the schools for Agriculture, Business, Education, Home Economics, Summer School and Social Studies. President Howe had said, “These people are not interested in the visual arts,” Lowenfeld refused to give up and accept President Howe’s answer. He asked for a chance to offer classes in drawing with no credit given to see if anyone would attend.
Howe finally issued a letter November 8, 1939 to all departments at the institute, informing students that there would be classes starting in November consisting of drawing, modeling and painting (Ritter, 1990). According to John Biggers, one of Lowenfeld students stated that 700 students attended class that evening without receiving credit (Grisby, 1977).
Some of the students that enrolled in his classes were John Biggers, Charles White, Samella Lewis, Elizabeth Catlett and John Bean. There were many more that enrolled later at the insistence of other African American students (Ritter, 1990, Wardlaw, 1989). According to Grisby this is how the art program at Hampton Institute began.
Lowenfeld believed art is related to mental health; i.e., a creative person was a healthy person. The value of art was not in its beauty, but in the outlet for expression its creation provided. His goal was to help his student’s develop a healthy sense of confidence and emotional well being. Lowenfeld therefore provided enlightened art classes which would allow “self adjustment through creative activity,” a phrase he would often say to his students (Ritter, 1990).
According to Lowenfeld, art education serves two purposes. First, it promotes psychological well being. He states that emotional growth and creativity could be stifled if one was not provided with emotional outlets. Second, art education helps provide cultural identity. For the students at Hampton this meant racial identity. Neither of these concepts was a Lowenfeld creation. Both had already been developed in America and in Europe.
As Lowenfeld taught at Hampton he developed his own theories about Black Art in America. He believed Black art was influenced by three basic factors:
1. The African heritage of Blacks
2. The social status of African-Americans in the United States
3. Western Civilization
Because these factors are different from those affecting white artists, Lowenfeld taught that black art must make a different statement from mainstream white art (Ritter, 1990). He felt the awareness of self was necessary to break away from this limitation.
In “New Negro Art in America” (1944) Lowenfeld stated that the art work that is created will enhance awareness and reflect the experiences of the Afro-American in society. In short Lowenfeld taught his students not to feel they had to produce art work to please others opinion on what art should look like, but they should paint from the heart. And paint they did (Ritter, 1990).
What made the students at Hampton so distinguishable was the radically expressive style they collectively and individually developed. In Hampton’s art program the students were vested in Lowenfeld belief that art was communication ,a tangible expression of feeling ; that art was not an end, but a means; and that art was a very personal product , a view into one’s inner self (Ritter, 1990).
Victor Lowenfeld recognized the need for self- actualization and self-development in the art work of his students, his life’s work was a result of efforts to meet this need.


Grisby, J.Eugene. (1977) Background for Teaching; Youth in a Pluralistic Society. Art and Ethnics, Wm C. Brian Publishing Company, pp 133-135

Ritter, R. E. (1990) Five decades: John Biggers and the Hampton Art Tradition. Hampton University Museum. pp. 8, 9, 11, 13

Smith, P. (1988) the Hampton Years; Forgotten Legacy, Art Education Journal Nov. 1988. pp. 38-42

Wardlaw, AJ. (1990) A spirited libation; promoting an African heritage in the black college, The American Impulse in African American Art , Dallas Museum of Art. pp. 70

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Let's Get It Started

Hi all, I am excited to get this next print started. I think I will go in today and put in some time on the print, but I sure hope someone is there to help me since I missed the print demo last time.

NPR picture show

i thought this was great especially the potato smile :)
megan st. clair

Monday, November 9, 2009


Check out the work of Ross Racine. It is pretty cool stuff since they are drawn.


i want to eat your artichoke heart

i found this website the other day and came across some great prints. there's quite the variety from chin colle to carborundum (collograph) to monoprints. check it out when u have a minute.
megan st.clair

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Oh, and...on a vaguely related note

I've also always loved art history. If it weren't virtually required to get a doctorate, I'd want to be an art historian. I adore looking into the art that was made in the past and relating the historical events surrounding it. One of my many beloved artists is Jacques Louis David (with whom I happen to share a birthday). I also happen to be reading a book right now in which David is a key character. The Eight plays to my love of history and art. It also takes some of the people depicted in his paintings and brings them to life as dimensional characters. I won't say who for any of the nerdy people who might want to read the book, but two figures in the above painting, The Intervention of the Sabine Women, play major roles in this book.

Well, now I suppose I'll stop lending too much information about my uber nerdy self.


Hello, all.

In my increasing quest to find an identity for myself as an artist, I've been looking to my most immediate resources. You see, I'm a graphic design major, but my original intent was to go into illustration. I've also considered being a tattoo artist or maybe just sticking with graphic design. I'm maddeningly indecisive about it. Well, now I'm verging on considering production design for theater or maybe even movies, if I can get that far. I've always loved studying the intricacies of production design and my sister is a theater tech major, so with her skills in lighting and fly rails, maybe we could combine our efforts and monopolize a local theater industry somewhere.

But I digress. Long story short, I've been looking into a family friend's career as a graphic, environmental, and theatrical designer. Michael Downs is extremely talented and has designed everything you could think of from the lion exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo, to the South American tour of Grease. My favorite works of his are the sets for Oliver and Cindrillon. His style is really different and nothing like most of what you see on a regular basis. I probably can't hope to have as much success in my life, but I can at least aspire to it.


Saturday, November 7, 2009

I originally planned on blogging about prints made from tires from an article I saw on, but then I can across something I liked more:

I thought it was interesting to see someone take a photograph and then recreate it 3 dimensionally using paper.

Here's the link to the tire prints if anyone is interested:


More links

I just wanted to share more links that I have.

I saw the city and art show it was pretty interesting. I have just been out at school most of the day building a canvas to paint on. I think I broke my stapler I guess stuff happens I just wish it would not happen in the middle of stretching canvas.


Friday, November 6, 2009

Out of place

Lately I have been super into things that are disconnected and out of place. Things that seem random, unreal, or disgusting. I came across these pieces where the artist takes a photo with people in the frame, then takes one and turns them into a drawing. A black and white, minimal drawing. I love how these drawings break down the detail and confusion of life and our bodies into lines.
I lost the link while typing this.

I also found another website that I find interesting.
When we were in New York, I thought about doing just this. Drawing people I saw on the subways. It moved too quickly for me, and was too compact for me to bust out my big sketch book and start staring and sketching. On the plane, however, there were no boundaries. There was no challenge though, since I had about an hour and a half to draw the back of passengers heads.
Anyway, check it out!

Emily Ritter

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2!

Sorry if this isn't important to anyone. I am just very excited to be getting this game on Tuesday! I feel like it is an appropriate subject to talk about because the artistic styles of everything in the game reminds me of methods used by printmaking. Here take a look and see what you think.

Michel Gondry Makes All the Music Videos You Love

Michel Gondry is an amazing director who has made music videos for Beck, Bjork, Daft Punk, The White Stripes, and The Chemical Brothers (to name a few). You probably love at least one of his videos already. He is brilliantly surrealistic and bizarre. CHECK IT OUT!



Wednesday, November 4, 2009

WACK! Art and Feminist Revolution

What a loud title of a show, but the work in the show looks pretty nice, balanced. There are multiple interesting installations an ideas that can be used in our final project. It is worth looking at - in my opinion, even though it is not the most recent show.


WACK! Art and Feminist Revolution

What a loud title of a show, but the work in the show looks pretty nice, balanced. There are multiple interesting installations an ideas that can be used in our final project. It is worth looking at - in my opinion, even though it is not the most recent show.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I've missed a few it's blogs on speed time.

#1: I spent pretty much to whole day today finishing up my prints and boy was that fun. Now I'm tired, your tired, we're all tired. To much printing in one day makes Jason a psycho. But overall I'm glad with the way things turned out, althought I'm sure I could spend another few days adding details and what not.

#2: I think we should make critic day food day. It's my belief people would be more talkative and open if they could all eat. Who doesn't like eating...I practically do it everyday. When was the last time you had a food day is class? Food days make the World go round!

#3: I recently came across a site:
that's pretty cool. This artist makes his art from paper...cut and torn, which he then attaches to wood for the background. He has some pretty amazing things going on and also has prints avaliable. I'd love to see some of his work in person...the interent can't really give this sort of art justice.

#4: My windshield got hit by a rock from a big stupid truck (yes that is the technical term) and now I have two tiny little bitty ittsy minney chipies. I'm not for sure how this has anything to do with printing except for the fact it may inspire the masses to create some awsome art revolving around anything and everything to do with windshild chips...and big trucks.

#5: Printing has been a bitter sweet experience, has it not? There are times I enjoy it and times I'd rather jump off a bridge. I think the most inspiring part is learning a new technique that I actaully care about (not the ones that are less than cool) and pushing it to see just how far I can go, while learning all the while. Then you have the processes that just don't make any logical sense to me, but I have to do anyway. But in the end I guess you have to experince the bad to know the good.

#6: You know something else I just realized we haven't done yet in this class? That's right, watch a movie! Everybody loves to watch movies during class, I say we have a movie day and bring snacks to partake in the joy. Make it a movie related to printing...there's got to be a few out there...and the way it's not only educational but fun too! I can see it now...

#7: Definition: Naive 

Use naive in a Sentence

having or showing unaffected simplicity of nature or absence of artificiality; unsophisticated; ingenuous.
having or showing a lack of experience, judgment, or information; credulous: She's so naive she believes everything she reads. He has a very naive attitude toward politics.
having or marked by a simple, unaffectedly direct style reflecting little or no formal training or technique: valuable naive 19th-century American portrait paintings.
not having previously been the subject of a scientific experiment, as an animal.

-Jason Rose-

The final project

Hey it's Tim, a regular blogger

I wanted to say that Josh, Tatiana and I met yesterday to discuss the final project.  What we decided on was a prinstillation that utilizes both video and print in order to get the idea of Monstrosity or what that word means to each of us acrossed.  There will be four projectors back to back projecting the video into a cube made of a semi-transparent surface which will be screen printed.   We will discuss it more in class this afternoon.  

Monday, November 2, 2009


Monothon 2009 is taking place this week in Norwalk, CT. wish i could go as i love monotypes!
megan st.clair

Sunday, November 1, 2009

More interesting things.

I always enjoy it when people post links to art websites. It gives myself and others more exposure to things we have never heard of. This is why I am always posting links and photos. One website I recently came across is
It reminds me of this magazine I used to read called Look-Look. It was a collection of photos, poems, art, and anything else you can think of.
Check it out. You might find new inspiration.

Emily Ritter
Sorry this is late... I think I have a pretty good idea what i want to do for the final project. Let's just hope the rest of the class approves.! My idea is monster party.

-Susie McHugh

Saturday, October 31, 2009

I thought it was a nice change to critique another class this past Friday. It was a way to get a true unbiased critique. I've also enjoyed working on these monotypes. I like seeing the process as the print develops with each layer. It's also interesting to see the different approaches from everyone in the class. It seems like a lot of people are doing abstract pieces. I've tried doing both, and I'm not sure which one I'm liking more.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Mono Type

I have had a wonderfull time working on my monotypes. It is interestings to see what develops after it goes through the press. Where the press takes your ideas.



It was fun looking at another classes work. Especially sence we just finnished up our colliographs aswell.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

final friday

I hope to see a large amount of people out on Friday. Lot of us have work at shiftspace for the current II show. Please bring a friend.

be safe over the weekend


Monotype Progress

I think the monotype is going well for me thus far. I'm currently working on my first one, but after this one it should be smooth sailing for the rest of them. I'm excited to see how everyone's monotype comes out. I think monotype is an intriguing way to print.

Slade Grund

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Check out some of these interesting collographs. I think thatthe hanging collographs are very well done. 

Jordon May

Art 21

if u guys are free this evening the Art 21: SYSTEMS preview party is tonight at 6:30 in mcknight 210. the featured artists are John Baldessari, Kimsooja, Allan McCollum, Julie Mehretu.
megan st.clair

Monday, October 26, 2009

Late, Messy Post

The trip to New York was a life changing one. It was amazing and emotional to be in front of all the pieces I have learned about in the last year and a half. The trip also got my creative juices flowing. I am glad that I am finally spitting out work that I love. Everything is finally coming together, and it makes me really happy.

Previously, someone had posted about the website I have spent so many hours on that website searching for interesting artists and projects, and have found quite a few.
Here are a few. Check them out.

Emily Ritter

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Antoni Tapies

Tapies is one of my favorite painters and I was really pleased today to find some prints that he made. I never seen any of them before!


Shaped Under One Arch

Shaped Under One Arch - Tatiana Svrckova's solo show

Opening Reception Monday, October 26, 5-7pm
Show lasts until Friday, November 6
Exhibition held at Rhatigan Student Center Gallery on the Wichita
State University campus
Hours: Monday and Thursday open 8:30am - 7pm, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm


Mid-Term Review

So I think I am actually ready for mid-term review. I reworked my zinc plate a lot, and although the print I ran doing brown and then black didn't turn out like I'd hoped (I didn't get it lined up all the way when I ran the black over the brown) my color one turned out pretty good. I think it looks much better than it did before. I also added some lines to my demons on the lino and ran another rainbow roll, which turned out really well. I am really happy with the colors that I got. I'm also really happy with the collograph. I'd like to do more of that type of printing. So that's that, on to the next project.

I must say I'm a bit nervous about how the monotype will turn out. I've got a couple of drawings that I did back in Drawing I and Drawing II that I'm planning to rework a bit and consider using, I've also thought of going a bit abstract, so we'll see.

-Bree Williams

Saturday, October 24, 2009


I think I deserve a pat on the back or something. =) I am finally getting caught up with the rest of the class! I just need to rework my litho print and my etching and I will be right on top of it.

Slade Grund

Kraken Rum

I've always been interested in unique packaging, especially different bottles. While I was browsing, I found one that I really liked. It's for Kraken Rum. Everything, from the label, to the lid, to the bottle itself is interesting.

Also check out this link to see the box that it comes in. It's pretty spiffy:


It is that time of year

So it getting close to that time of year with the end of this month. I am looking forward to see what this year has to offer.

Check out Ashely Wood's blog and try to find some of his Zombie work or even some of his Robot stuff is cool.

Make sure you attempt to watch at least one horror film. The more Zombies the better. The original 1968 version of George A. Romero's, Night of the Living Dead is pretty cool. It is odd that the film is a commentary on racism.

I am still a fan of the old slow moving zombies the new fast moving zombies scare the crap out of me.

Try to keep ahead of the Zombie pack and enjoy the 31st.


Friday, October 23, 2009

So I am excited about the final project. I think it will be a great opportunity. And I get to work with a friend of mine who is also a very talented artist. The two of us together are going to be glorious. I cant wait to start working on it.

-Susie McHugh

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The invisible man

Here is a pretty neat guy. He paints himself so that he blends into the the picture.

its NEAT


Stuff from the web

I saw some cool stuff in Istanbul. There was alot of stuff in the Istanbul Bienalle. But I found this work on the side while looking for some other stuff.

I am looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.


Monday, October 19, 2009

art 21

the next art 21 preview party will be at the donut hole tomorrow night (tues. oct 20th) i believe at 6:30 pm. its called transformation and will be featuring american artists. also, the last day to enter work to current II is tomorrow, drop off at shiftspace.
megan st.clair

Sunday, October 18, 2009


I'm back in Pratt for my monthly visit. When I returned to the Pratt Community College art gallery to see Monika's exhibit, I was greeted with the same prairie photography that I've seen one thousand times and that comes a dime a dozen in western Kansas. Hate to disrespect other people's work, but if I have to see any more of the same picture of a sunset on a prairie or a sunflower, I may brain myself.



So I went to the Art 21 Preview Party at Shift Space last Tuesday. It was pretty interesting. I always enjoy watching Art 21, but something I found even more entertaining was watching other people's response to certain artists. I was a little disappointed that I didn't really see any familiar faces though, so next time everyone should check it out! Not sure about the next date but there's a page about it if you go to the Ulrich's website.

I've worked on my zinc plate some, other than that I've been completely slacking over fall break. Hopefully I'll have all the burnishing and so forth done on that plate for tomorrow. Also plan on getting my prints done for the collograph and then back to focusing on reworking the zinc and the lino for review.

On another note, I'm going to see Where the Wild Things are today and I'm really excited to see what they did with one of my favorite kids books of all time.

-Bree Williams
I think I finally finished my prints for Tuesday. Pretty exciting

-Susie McHugh
I've got my reworks complete for the most part and am now focusing on the collograph. I hope to have it completed by today. -Jason Rose

Saturday, October 17, 2009

So my girlfriend and I just finished watching "Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind." I really enjoyed the movie and encourage everyone to rent or buy it. It's a little bit on the long side and can be confusing at times, but it makes you think, which I enjoy in movies. I was a little hesitant to watch this because I'm not the biggest Jim Carrey fan, but don't let that stop you. He did an amazing job, and it's nice to see a different side of his acting. I also enjoyed the movie because of the drawings that Jim Carrey's character makes. If anything else, just watch the movie to see some of the drawings that are in the movie.


Thursday, October 15, 2009


so im pretty stoked as i found out yesterday that i got a show at the rsc gallery for the end of feb.
also, i just got done docent-ing (giving a tour) at the ulrich for my first time alone. i was left in charge of elementary school kids and at moments it was chaos but for the most part it went well. i covered the robot exhibit and at the end of one group they wanted to go into Warhol's room and saw a butt crack in one of the images and thought it was the funniest thing. they were pretty entertaining.
Megan St. Clair

Monday, October 12, 2009


I am very excited, and happy so far with this project! I pulled my first proof today, and while I did wipe too much ink off of it I am happy with the way it looks. There were a few places that needed some light added in, but overall I am pleased with the way it's looking. So I'm planning to run another proof on Wednesday (yes I know we don't have to be there) and hopefully maybe one of my final prints. I'm also anxious at the oppurtunity to rework our previous projects. I plan on putting quite a bit of work into my zinc plate since I really wasn't pleased with the prints that I've gotten so far. On another note I'm looking forward to the Art 21 Season 5 party at Shift Space tomorrow evening.

Bree Williams

Printmaking Major

As soon as I started this class I knew it was something I enjoyed. I feel so narrowed creatively by graphic design that I was thinking of changing my major. Which I did last week. I enjoy the process of printmaking: Linocut, Lithograph, and collograph. I also found this article/interview with a professor of printmaking that I really enjoyed and told a lot about printmaking as a career. You can read it here! Also, in talking with Monika helped me make my decision!

Michael Davenport

Sunday, October 11, 2009

So I'm not really sure how well my collagraph is going to to turn out. It just seems hard to get any sort of definition with this technique. I guess I'll know if what I'm doing is working after I pull a proof on Monday.

So I found the artist that I liked a whole lot at the Denver Art Museum. That is where I got my idea for the first project we did in alt. printmaking. His name is Victor Moscoso. He did quite a bit of colorful music poster prints. He was part of the whole psychedelic faze. But the best part of seeing his art, was that when you put his prints under black light there was a completely different image that would appear. For example one of them just had lips as the image. So the lips would open and a heart would appear then the mouth would close and it would start all over again. The words would even change. It was the craziest thing I had ever seen before. The man is a freaking genius.

-Susie McHugh
Here is a link to check him out

Friday, October 9, 2009

Direct Connection - Emily Ritter

For me, there has always been a direct connection to the music I listen to and the art I make. They are the same to me. All of the sensations our bodies receive effect what we create. Music an images, such as music videos and movie, greatly effect my art. Lately I have just been listening to music and forcing myself to draw what I feel, hence the reason I am posting this. I suggest looking up videos and what not, especially extremely weird videos that are out of your comfort zone.

Music and Art Tonight and Tomorrow (Fri. & Sat.) @ Fisch Haus!

Come out tonight for KNOB New Music Festival

October 8 - 10, 2009

Doors at 7:30 pm, shows start at 8 pm

KNOB's acronym this year is 'Kittens Neckties Owls Bowties', with t's and posters by Jamie Tabor. The featured guest is Paul Elwood, renowned composer and banjoist, and there will, as usual, be many fabulous and original local musicians performing many fabulous and original compositions. Event is open to all ages, and KNOB Fest asks for a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

There is also visual art still up:

Kevin Mullins solo exhibition

September 24 - November 13, 2009

Fisch Bowl, Inc. presents: Tales of Brave Ulysses
A solo exhibition by prominent regional painter and printmaker Kevin Mullins

Who: Kevin Mullins

What: New paintings and prints that explore mythological narratives in the artist’s signature style, combining mixed media and screenprint on traditional and non-traditional surfaces.

When: Preview, Thursday September 24, 5:30-8 pm; public opening, Final Friday, September 25, 7-10 pm; closing reception, Final Friday, October 30; exhibition open by appointment until November 13.

Get up offa that thang and come to Fisch Haus


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Collagraph vs. Intaglio

From what I have experienced so far I think the Collagraph printing method is a lot better than the Intaglio. I think the fact that I understand it a lot better helps too. Currently I am looking for some materials to stick to my pvc foam plate. I also need to figure out how to cut out my shape from the pvc foam. I'm sure it won't be too hard.
Slade Grund

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


so much to say, where do i start. i first went to the Tate Britian and it was amazing, so much Turner! there was a whole area of the Turner Collection which was comprised of 10 rooms featuring his Colour and Line exhibit. my particular favorite room was the Waves, Whalers and Wrecks where i saw Sunrise with Sea Monsters. there also was an exhibition of Turner and the Masters. then there was the Sublime in Crisis: Terror, Torment, and Transcendence room which was dark and twisted and fantastical! such huge paintings that hauntingly pull u in; Fuseli's Lady Macbeth Seizing the Daggars, Turner's Death on a Pale Horse, and Leighton's And the Sea Gave Up the Dead Which Were in It, just to name a few. After the Britian I took a boat ride on the Thames river to the Tate Modern. I only got thru 2 floors as my 1yr old nephew was at his limit. I went to the Pop Life exhibition which was intense and crazy. first u walk into Warhol videos and blue lights and glowing paintings then make your way thru prints into Hirst's work. next was Emin's room then Koons restricted room which was way freaky. U then are shot out into Harings pop shop room where i was captivated by the patterns and the disco music and ended up buying a tshirt. in the Material and Gestures exhibit i came across Victor Pasmore's prints, Stromboli was my favorite with his use of mineral spirits on the print. I also went to the Saatchi Gallery and the current exhibition was Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture.
Megan St. Clair

Monday, October 5, 2009

CALL FOR ENTRY - Shift Space Show

Call for Entry: “Current II”, WSU Student Juried Exhibition

Shift Space Gallery
October 30-November 19, 2009
Jurors: Fred Bohn, Brady Hatter & Melissa Friday (2008 Project Run-Away Winners)

To Enter:
Juried from actual art work
Drop off Work, completed entry form

Wed Oct 14, 10 am-5pm: 204 Mcknight (Ulrich side)
Tues. October 20, 11 am-6pm: Shift Space Gallery (800 e. Third St., Wichita, KS)

This will be fun! All you guys should enter at least one of your amazing pieces! :)


ART:21 Preview party

Shift Space, 800 East 3rd Street North, Wichita

Dreams, hope, desire and illusion are the meeting point between the four artists featured in Part Two of Season Five of Art:21 hosted by WSU’s own student-run gallery in the heart of Old Town. Fantasy artists: Cao-Fei, a Chinese artist interested in 21st century media and exploring life in utopian cities as her avatar China Tracy; American abstract painter Mary Heilman; the self-merchandizing, multimedia king American Jeff Koons; and German photographer Florian Maier-Aichen, whose work reinterprets and reinvents landscape photography.


I ate some fish this weekend

I ate some fish this weekend. As I was eating the fish I wondered if the fish had a good life. It was caught by a guy named Ron. Ron shared his catch with some people he knows. Thanks Ron for the fish.



I am looking forward to the callograph. It seems neat.


Sunday, October 4, 2009

Just trying to get work done today. Worked on a plate yesterday. Looking forward to maybe pulling some prints Tuesday if time permits.


Art Supplies

I found this awesome web site that sells Art Supplies called Cheap Joe's. They have some really cool things to buy. Here is the web site so you guys can look and see if you think it is good as I think.

Steven Wilson III

Saturday, October 3, 2009

So I've been sick since Tuesday, and I'm not really feeling much better. Plus I can't call in sick to work so I haven't been able to rest and try to get better. Anyway, on to this week's blog....

For the longest time I've been interested in pinstriping on old cars. Even though pinstriping consists of just lines, the amount of hand control needed is insane. I think it's sad that this form of art isn't widely known or appreciated.

I know this post is short, but I need to get all the sleep I can get.

Soooooo I went to a white trash themed bday party last night, for my best pal kayla. It was a crap load of fun. But however I feel real sick today so that makes me think "yuck" what did I drink last night. Thank goodness for safe riders saving the day!!!!
I did get to see some pretty interesting outfits last night and
I laughed real hard too. They had all that good cheap stuff that fits so well with the theme. And people even got into character, talking all white trashy and stuff. It was a real HOOT!
-Susie McHugh

Next project

So I am fairly excited to get more into this next project. It's very strange to me to not have any guidelines other than 'draw whatever you want', not used to that on assignments. However I'm excited about it because it uses shades and values and textures from our drawing, and all of the drawings that I do I always use a lot of shading and different values to try and create depth and a sense of realism. So unlike trying to create those things with line (which I'm not very good at and have not done a lot of) I think I am actually fairly decent at this type of drawing, and creating something interesting. Thus far I only have one drawing that I'm really thinking about doing. It's a human heart sitting in a pool of blood, I'm going to try and get at least one or two more going though so I have some options.

Bree Williams

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Aaron Post along with Hans Horheim, and Karina Perez will be showing work at Radina's coffee shop in Manhattan Kansas.  The opening reception is tonight at seven and the work can be viewed through the end of october

by Tim Stone

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

And the stress sets in

Today I realized how much I have to do in the next two weeks, and the stress is overwhelming. This blog, though, isn't really about me, it isn't Twitter.
I have noticed how inspired I am by ancient art. Cave paintings, Egypt, Ancient Greece, Easter Island, the list goes on.
I suggest checking out the roots of art. It could benefit you.
I apologize for the extremely short blog, but I don't really have much to say.
Emily Ritter


I am glad that assignment is done. I was really starting to hate Warhol. I did enjoy the actuall process of making the print and the techique of etching.

another blog

We made a blog for the Festivals and Biennales class.
A fair amount of info take a peek if you would like.


Monday, September 28, 2009

finishing things up

so i leave for london tomorrow and im just trying to get all my assignments done before i go. im sure ill have some exciting things to post about when i get back.
megan st. clair

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Art Show In Fredonia, Ks

I had entered some of my art work into the Stone House Gallery in Fredonia Ks. My wife and I along with my two daughters left Wichita on Friday around 12:00pm to make a dead line of 5:00pm in Fredonia. All my art work had to be framed and wired to be presented in the Stone House Gallery for a month of showing. I had entered one of my paintings that I won first place in the Chanute Art Gallery. My other piece was a drawing of my youngest daughter Reganne which I had also entered into the Chanute Gallery and won second place with that.

So with my fingers crossed these will also win, but I wont know anything until next Saturday.

Steven Wilson III
Rode bikes last night all over the ICT. Ate at "Lets be
Frank"... Good hot dog place. They have all sorts of different ones too. Like mac n' cheese, PB&J, or even smores. Crazy huh?

-Susie McHugh

Post about Posts.

So a website I have been in love with for awhile is I'm sure many of you have heard of it or checked it out or flipped through a book at Barnes & Noble. But they post secrets that people send in anonymously every Sunday. It is one of my favorite things to do during the weekend. I just think it is a really great art project with all of its simplicity. And they usually have guest speakers visit universities all over the country and I really want them to come here!


French Lesson!

Ok! So we all know the term mise en place for placing color onto the etching. Or was it mise au point? Either way, these terms actually mean to either "put in place" or "focus or clarify". Here are some other little phrases that use mise.
mise en scene- a production
mise en page- making up, composing
sauveur la mise a quelqu'un- to get someone out of a tight spot; AKA to save somebody's butt

In other news, I found a great website of aquatint etchings.

I found an interesting sight a while back and have been meaning to share it with everyone. It has Lithograph prints that concern labor issues during the turn of the century.

I found the different styles to be very interesting.

At final friday I spent the evening at Tangent Lab. I learned a lot about screen printing. I also got to talk to some interesting individuals. A fun time seemed to be had by all.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ethcing Project/ Final Friday

So at first I didn't really have a good idea of where to go with the assignment of finding bad art and making it better, so I went and searched out "bad art" which lead me to the museum of bad art, found a horrible painting of a cow commiting suicide and went with it. I enjoyed it a bit more after playing with the softground and textures, and even more so with the aquatint. All in all I enjoyed the project.

I finally made it down to a final Friday (it's been forever) but I didn't get down there until after 9pm so I went into Shift Space first. I enjoyed seeing the work from the grad students at KSU, one piece in particular that I love was a sculpture I think it was called George Walking I don't remember the name of the artist but I really dug that sculpture. It was sort of this upside down head on a rightside up torso walking on all fours. Then we made it over to City Arts, there were some very interesting paintings of Lincoln that I enjoyed. We didn't make it any where else before they closed, which disappointed me. Maybe I'll actually make it down there earlier next month.

Bree S. Williams
I finally got my frog print I just need to find some time for a reprint. If your interested in changing your wallpaper you can check out
They've got some good stuff... -Jason Rose

Friday, September 25, 2009

Final Friday

This Final Friday was impressive, considering the last few, despite the rain. I enjoy Final Fridays the most in the Fall because they seem to have more energy and more interesting art.
With water filled shoes I dragged myself to Commerce street. The Fiber Studio (which I am usually disappointed with) was probably one of my favorite galleries this month. I loved how the pottery contained thread, beads, and fabric. I have never seen pottery done in that manner. The concept of the show had to do with the fruit of life (I think, I was kind of rushed through it). At another gallery on Commerce (I forget the name) there was a piece titled "Object of Deception #6" by Aaron England that I absolutely fell in love with. It was an abstracted body with a face that pulls you in. At City Arts there were paintings of Abe Lincoln by Dustin Parker that were wonderful as well. They were done in a darker style which I enjoyed. Finally, at Shift Space I fell in love with Emily Glass. She had two charcoal pieces and a sculpture that I LOVED.

Emily Ritter

Pandora's box of images 2

Oh yeah here is the link:


Pandora's box of images

I stumbled upon a photo blog that has some really neat images. I would describe them as old school (80's), dark, sexy, artistic, and punk and metal. Some are lame (like pictures of t-shirts and biker dudes), but some blew my mind! Oh no: includes drugs, sex, and rock and roll. If anyone recognizes any of the artwork please let me know who did it (the guy doesn't do captions)

This Bloggen Stuff

It has been over a month since the start of the semester and I am just now starting to blog. I was trying to ignore it, and hope that it would go away. But that does not seem to be the case. As I left today I heard Monika yell out Blog. So I decided that today would be the day to start participating.

I don't even like the word blog, it sounds awful.

After working on the etching project for the past week or so, I think I'm finally getting the hang of it. It's interesting to see how the composition changes using the different techniques (hardground, soft ground, and aquatint) and different color schemes. It's also interesting to see the different approaches everyone is taking in the class.

-Daniel Rogers
I have been enjoying this etching assignment. It is nice to be able to work and rework the same plate and watch it change through all of the different stages. I wish that Art History could be this enjoyable. But its not.

Jordon May

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Finally on Track At least I think so

Well I am finally getting caught up with the class even though it has been a really rough week for me. I'm getting closer and closer to having my linoleum drawing done, even though I should have been done with it already. (Sorry Monika =p) I decided to use photoshop to create an image I can hopefully print off and transfer to the linoleum so I can carve it out. Thats all for now.
Slade Grund

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Adorable Frito Lay

Recently I discovered one of the cutest ad campaigns. I love it when certain companies have creative ones. Anyway, the campaign I love is Frito Lay's new "Made for Each Other." The commercials are adorable and the website is just as cute. Maybe it is just a girl thing, I don't know. My favorite commercial is the one with the light bulb. It kind of reminds me of Jeff Soto's robot piece in the Ulrich. This is for all you graphic designers out there, or those of you that enjoy cute commercials. or google it.
Emily Ritter

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

final friday tangent lab

hey folks, come out to tangent lab this friday. there's gonna be a screenprinting show and from 8-10 abram and i will be doing demo's. also, at the ulrich (outside in the courtyard) ryan windham and spirit of the stairs will be playing from 8-11.
megan st.clair

Monday, September 21, 2009

a day late

oops... i guess posting late is better than never. so ive just been doing research on releasing agents for soap for my casting project. the consensus seems to be either petroleum jelly or just chilling the mold in a refrigerator.
megan st.clair

Sunday, September 20, 2009


So I know I'm 42 minutes late, but I figured that I may as well make an entry anyway. This weekend was basically a weekend of failure. I went to the Pratt Community College gallery to see Monika's exhibit there and it was closed. However, from what I saw through the window, it looked good. If you're in Pratt sometime soon and are bored (which is likely because Pratt isn't exactly a tourist attraction), then I suggest you check it out. I guess I'll just have to wait until I go home next month.


Roni Horn

Because we will be doing installation on the end of this semester I started thinking about how a 2 dimensional art can be viewed in an non traditional way.
I found this artist that is working with interesting ideas although the imagery is too simple for my taste. In the video they don't say what the particular images mean, but I am sure that these ides could be pushed forward various directions.


Look Look

Kat's post about Found magazine reminded me of a magazine that I used to read all of the time called Look Look. The magazine's goal is to prioritize people over companies. It is a compilation of poems, stories, drawings, photos, and anything else. It is just one of those new age, random artsy magazines. I'm not sure if they are still issuing magazines since I haven't seen a new one since 2007 and the site has been under construction for like two years. Either way, this is a magazine I would suggest checking out. It has been a big inspiration to me.

Emily Ritter

still busy

Well I did paint and print yesterday. So I am trying to get some more painting done today along with all the other stuff. Looking forward to the week ahead.


A learning experience

I do have to say that this process with etching the hard ground and soft ground has truly been a learning experience. In other words, I've really been struggling! I love the possibility of etching, especially since it can get so close to graphite drawings. Here's an artist that I found (T.F. Simon) who has done some ridiculous etching. I definitely aspire to that level, but man, I'm nowhere close.


Saturday, September 19, 2009


On the night of Friday the 18th I went to this amazing show with
Sky Meets Earth and Spirit of the Stairs.

It kicked ass! I am a big fan of SOTS. I have seen them like 10 times and it just keeps getting BETTER AND BETTER EACH TIME.....

And all my home slices were there so it just felt like home.

Plus dollar PBR drinks you cant beat that.

-Susan McHugh
So I just got back from the state fair. I have the biggest migraine ever and I'm about to pass out, but I wanted to make sure my got my blog post in for the week. I went to the side show/freak show at the fair, and I have to say it's an art in a way. They said it's been 25 years since there's been one like it at the state fair. I suggest people check one out whenever they get a chance.

-Daniel Rogers
I've been sick the last few days...that's why I wan't in class on Friday. Needless to say this is going to put me behind in this class. I've been spending my time taking medicine and resting...should be good again by Monday. The only thing art-wise to report is I've been working on my Frog print in my spare time hoping to "finish" it and do a reprint...other than that I'm just sick. -Jason Rose


I am just trying to get to much stuff done for school. I am hoping I get out to school today at a good time but we will see it could be a late night. I would like to get some printing done today and work on a painting also.

Check out James Jean stuff kind of cool.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

If You Like Cool Stuff...

I believe you (as a creative person) would be doing yourself a great disservice if you didn't check out Found Magazine. Who doesn't like to find interesting things?

Found Magazine collects found stuff: love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, photographs, doodles-- anything that gives a glimpse into someone else's life.

Check out the online version at:


I promise it is awesome.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Blogging (behind schedule)

So I just figured out this silly blog thing. I was definately having a lot of trouble logging onto it and was just able to log on. So I am working on both my zinc print and linoleum trying to catch up to the rest of the class and it is really hard. It is really hard considering i have to come up with a different drawing for my linoleum on paper and then put it on the actual linoleum so I have something to help me. Uh, it really is stressing. But, thats all I have for now.
Slade Grund


This semester I have been having issues coming up with good blog ideas. I think I used most of them up last semester, and I am trying to keep from repeating them. The new robot exhibit in the Ulrich is an interesting one. I love the idea behind it, but there were few pieces that I actually enjoyed. I absolutely love the gigantic styrofoam robot, and I enjoyed the Bjork video (I think that is what it was). The video gave the exhibit a nice atmosphere. I felt like I was in a sterile, cold factory, or something along those lines. I also liked the painting that had the robot painting a steak of butterflies. I cannot remember the title, but it was the landscape with what seemed like robots taking over the natural world. I love the idea of robots becoming "nature", but the images of robots by themselves I didn't much care for.
Over all, it was an interesting exhibit.

Emily Ritter.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vanessa Beecroft
Vanessa Beecroft is a performance-installation artist playing with the idea of gaze and woman's role in history of art. She is using real woman bodies as objects for her art - objects that are used to be looked at. She reverses it and her women are staring back at the audience.

Early Tuesday Morning

So it's about 8 am Tuesday morning and I'm sitting in GD studio. I'm very interested to see how the etching project turns out. I quite enjoyed my search for 'bad' art. If anyone wants to see some really bad art check out the website for MOBA. Pretty awesome.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

I'm drinking whiskey right now and I just had cheese fries from sonic. I'm enjoying my weekend so far and have been working on my design homework. I'm a day late on my  blog this week, in spite of the reminders i keep forgetting to get it in on time. Hopefully I can pick up the pace a bit and get on track with it. I'm still struggling with ideas for the acid etching project, trying to think about it today.
Jordon Mauy

Kat's Econ Gallery

Hello er'body!

If you guys have a few moments to kill on campus, then please stop by my little Econ gallery. It is in the Barton School of Business Economics Office on the first floor rm. 117

Have a good one!


I am having a horrible time trying to find an artist that I really don't like for our next project.

I have always been the kid that was like, "Well, its art." And the more we learn about art as artists we are supposed to respect fellow artists. It is just really difficult to get out of that mind set and really say that I don't like something. I don't know maybe it is weird or maybe I am trying too hard. Well if anyone has any suggestion maybe you could point me in the right path.

Sorry this is Late Mo Mel.

Michael Davenport

It's all about the metal

When Monika was eluding to different metals and how they change the etching in class on Friday, I became curious as to what various metals do to etchings.
So, I did a little research, and I found out a lot from this fantastic little (well, not so little) book called The Printmaking Bible by Ann D'Arcy Hughes and Hebe Vernon-Morris. In their intaglio etching section, they clearly explain how three metals are the most commonly used: copper, zinc, and steel. Copper creates sharp lines and a white background (if wiped properly). It is the traditional choice, but do to rising costs, artists have been switching to zinc. With zinc, it produces a clear line (though not as crisp as copper), and color is not a good reliable option. Zinc will change the pigments. Colors darken; yellow turns green; white changes to gray. Finally, there's steel, the cheapest and hardest of the three metals. Steel produces rough lines, and the grain will produce a background if not sanded. However, steel is ideal for color because it won't change the pigments.
This is just a general overview of what I found in the book. It really is a great resource to look at if you have a chance.
But don't take my word for it! Ba-dum bum!

Saturday, September 12, 2009


Up until this year, I never really had a favorite artist, but now I am having trouble just picking one. I know that it really doesn't matter (I have no ideas what to write about). One artist that I really enjoy is Sol Kjok. I love how the human body is used to create shapes and movement. Check it out:
Emily Ritter

Art vs. Decoration

In my Art History class, the instructor has said that if art does not have a function, it is considered decoration. I don't know if I agree with that. I don't think art has to have a function, nor do I think that art without a function is just decoration. Couldn't decoration be considered a function of art? Isn't it ultimately up to the viewer to decide what the function is since things can be interpreted so many different ways? Is function really that important? I'd like to hear what others have to say about the idea art vs. decoration.

-Daniel Rogers

This site lets you view how the art is created...just click on one of the images you like and you'll see the pencil hard at work. It's interesting to see how other artist start and finish a work. -Jason Rose

I'm an avid lover of and it's not just a nifty toolbar that can at any time avert total boredom. If you set your interests to include the arts or, in my case, graphic design, you can get some really interesting pieces to draw from.

Basically, I suggest that even if you don't want to use stumbleupon for diversion from boredom, I suggest that you at least set your interests to art related and get to stumbling.

Here are a few images I found while stumbling. Enjoy.



I guess some people might be going to look at some artwork in October.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

JMW Turner

so im pretty stoked, as im doing my research on what to see in London, i found out that the Tate Britain has quite the collection of Turner's work and one of the current exhibits there is Colour and Line: Turner's Experiments which focuses on his exploration in printmaking and watercolor. If only they had The Slave Ship (slavers overthrowing the dead and dying) my life would be more complete.
Megan St. Clair

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I'm new to blogging but so far it seems pretty cool. I thought everyone did a wonderful job on their prints. All that carving seems so horrible until you see the final product. Horrible and addictive. I had trouble stopping myself from taking more and more out of that stinking leno. The prints that I saw friday were awesome. Serously guys I am jelous. Cudos to Monica for the sweet subject matter. I never put so much thought into superstitions until this project.

Anna Clausen

An Apple From Tree of Knowlwdge - performance

Anyone who wants to see my performance on campus this Thursday September the 10th come outside by Henrion Hall at 10am.
Also I will need volunteers for documenting (taking stills, taking videos).

Tatiana Svrckova

The wall is leaking....

So I really enjoyed the lino project. It took me a bit to accept that I couldn't clear everything out of it that I want and that is just part of it. I was pretty happy with the way it turned out, but wish I had more time to play with the rainbow roll.
Linoleum cuts are pretty cool I guess. Actually I really enjoyed working on this project. I guess I'm pretty fortunate that i didn't stab myself a bunch of times. I bet that it starts to hurt after about the 10th time you stab yourself. I wouldnt know.
Jordon May

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Jeff Soto

If u havent already, go check out the robot exhibit at the ulrich specifically Jeff Soto's piece. Also, if any one has some suggestions on gallerys to go see in london, as I'm going there the end of this month.
Megan St. Clair
So I heard this fantastic news! The Wichita Art Museum is going to be featuring a Pop art Culture exhibit. I think this would be interesting to check out.

-Susan McHugh

Looking toward the future

During the last Final Friday showcasing at the WSU Shiftspace, there were a couple of prints that I couldn't get my head around. The prints that I saw had a watercolor-like composition, and I found out from Monika later that they were monotype prints and that we'll be working with it in the future. When I started looking up different monotype prints (or monoprints), I was amazed by the versatility of this medium. It can have wash effect or more of a line effect, depending on the process that you use. Granted, I figure that we won't be altering or adding on different mediums to our monoprints like Degas, Gauguin, or Maurice Prendregast, but I'm excited of the possibilities with monotype printmaking. I need to refocus on my brushwork before then...


(PS-Here's a simple website that shows different styles of monoprints:

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Another artist I've discovered who's artistic ability is inspiring...Artist: Goro Fujita
Location: Hamburg, Germany
I specifically love the "speed paintings" which are done digitally.
Hope you enjoy them as well. -Jason Rose

stuff on blogspot

Found a strange blog while looking for stuff. It has a weird pop up that IE is trying to block for me so look at your own risk. If you use a better browser I guess you won't have a problem.

I am just working on making some art today.


Friday, September 4, 2009

My Stuff. Large Scale. What do you think?

For those of you not in my class for Critique these are my 1st prints. Superstitions.
"Don't Step On Whitney's 'Crack', Or You'll Have to pay Bobby Back"

"OMG! I Just Rainbow Rolled My Mother""Sorry, Mom"
If you didn't get it. "Don't step on a crack, or you'll break your mothers back."

Moving on to the Blog....

I found this website while looking for large scale prints. I have this strange fascination with large scale art whether it be sculpture, drawing, painting, and now printmaking. I don't know what it is. I just like all the time and effort it takes to put as much detail in a large medium compared to a small one. Looking at art that is 11"x14" is good and all but the sheer impact of big work is breath taking to me. I like working on this scale. Maybe not the size of a building or a classroom floor... yet, but larger than just a pointblank view. The joy of moving my whole body to make work is exciting to me. We are always told to take a step back to see our work, large or small. It is required with large pieces. I am hoping to do this soon with printmaking and see how the process would work. I know Monika will help me with this. But let me know what you all think. Do you like to work with larger or smaller scale pieces? Which would you rather view? 3 pieces on one wall or 1 piece on 3 walls?

Already with in this first project I am wanting to do more. I think that I could really marry the worlds of graphic design and printmaking. =)

Michael Davenport

Interesting logo

While I was looking at Apple products, I came across the first logo from Apple Computer. The image depicts Sir Isaac Newton's discovery of gravity. I really enjoy this logo and think it's interesting how the logo has changed over the past 30 years. While it may not work as a logo in modern times, I appreciate the artwork and the craftsmanship behind it.

-Daniel Rogers

I suck

I keep forgetting to post on here! I really really suck. Anyway, I'm on a mission. I have decided that I want to visit all the museums of art that I can in each city I go to. My most immediate goal is to go to the DalĂ­ Museum in Saint Petersburg, Florida. It's the most reachable goal of the ones I've got. So. FLORIDA! Spring Break maybe? Any suggestions on more museums?

Jana Kisner
While I was relaxing and going through you-tube videos I found this.
I found it to be an unusual technique. Has anyone else seen it before?
I think it has the possiblity of some interesting applications.


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Christan Boltanski

Sorry for my late post, I couldn't figure out how to do it right again I needed some help.
I really like Boltanski's work. He is doing multimedia work- mostly installation. He is a French artist - Jewish which inspired him to deal with theme of dead people, holocaust and belongings that they left behind.

He had an installation piece recently at the Salina Art Center at a show called Fantas Magoria and he has curretly one of his pieces at the Spencer Museum of Art on KU kampus in Lawrence.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Easter Island Obsession

This summer, I became obsessed with Easter Island. I am fascinated with the size, style, and story behind these historical and mysterious statues. The islanders that created these stone heads where Polynesian seafarers that, for some unknown reason, landed and stayed on Easter Island. At that time, the island was covered with palm trees, which the islanders used for housing and boats to get food. Some think that the statues were built to honor chiefs or to bring the living closer to the heavens. They transported these statues by rolling them on top of palm trees that they cut down. A type of conveyer belt. Eventually, the tribes became obsessed with creating these statues and competing with other tribes to make the best and biggest statues. They became more and more detailed and bigger and bigger. This competition is what killed them. The islanders went through their tree supply, which meant they had no boats to get food. With no food, they starved. Marooned on the island, war broke out amongst the tribes. They destroyed themselves.

Emily Ritter

Sunday, August 30, 2009

what's that say?

so while i was at the Trish Higgins gallery on friday night i over heard this adorable older couple talking about monika's prints and one had asked the other to read the title of this particular piece. after trying to sound out the words before them, they then stated they did not get it. at that point i chimed in and reassured them that most people wouldnt get it; that i was her student i know she titles her work in polish as she if from poland. they were very appreciative of my helpful insight and then we spoke of how the work is that much more open to the viewers interpretation due to our lack of understanding the title.
megan st.clair

Final Friday

I went to Final Friday, at first I went to shift space and saw the Under Pressure. There were several pieces that I thought were really good. Afterwards I went to Gallery XII. Judy Dove had many pieces on display, and were her usual abstract style. One series labeled Hawaiian themes, she said had been made with pieces collected in Hawaii. I ran into a friend whose wife Bonnie Tynemon was showing and spent most of the rest of the night talking with him. Her work was landscapes done in pastels. They showed improvement since the last time I had seen her pieces. But the rest of my night was used up. I had intended to make it to the Tangent lab, I had heard of an interesting show there, but could not find parking to get there. Did anyone else see it?

Kwakiutl Masks

When I was doing a research project in the art history class that I took a while ago, I had to research about the Kwakiutl tribe and their masks. This Indian Nation is based in British Columbia, right along Canada's southwest coastline. What stuck out in my mind was the fact that they had transformative masks. Each mask was the embodiment of some animal, and they would be used in various ceremonial dances. While they were dancing, the dancers with these masks would pull a cord which would open up the animal masks to reveal human charicatured faces. These transformation masks were to symbolize the animal gods and how they would transform into a human form, but I love them almost for the opposite reason. Each animal had a noble capacity or virtue which can be found within humans... Or at least that's what I took away from those masks. It wasn't until the other day when I had thought of them again after so long ago. In some of my future projects, I want to try and utilize some of the bold lines and patterns that the Kwakiutl had used in designing their masks.
Reed Bishop

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Holy marbles!!!! So on Final Friday, I went to this cafe in Clifton Square called The Bay Leaf. They had some real interesting drawings and random art displayed which was enticing. However the best part was they served boozes and had this sweet patio where you could totally chill and listen to live music. Which a friend of my boyfriends and I was totally playing at. It was a real rad time! It was so relaxing and quiet. I absolutely recommend it. And they have one of my favorite beers which you cant find just anywhere. Wild Blue which tastes like blueberry delight. Oh boy howdy!!!!

-Susie McHugh
Check out David Lanham’s site! He does a lot of digital and icon art, but he also has some more traditional works up as well. I’m fascinated by his imagination and creativity! If you have a few minutes look through his artwork, you won’t be disappointed. Later, Jason Rose

Street Installations

I came across this website for Mark Jenkins over the summer. I was really interested in the street installations he did. Whether it was a red carpet leading to a sewer or a walker locked up like a bike on a street pole, it grabbed my attention. I like the idea of art outside of a museum or gallery; something you see unexpectedly walking down the street. No one expects to see a body floating in a river with a few balloons attached to the back. It's that element of shock or surprise that really draws me to what Jenkins does.

-Daniel Rogers