Thursday, May 13, 2010

More Human Than Human

This is the trailer for Blade Runner, one of my favorite movies.

I thought I'd just end the semester with it. It was fun!

- Salem

Corey Rausch

I wish I was really good at printmaking, this would totally be my print for our motion theme.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

End of Semester

I can't believe this semester is already over! I absolutely loved it, and am sad to see it go away. I have learned quite a bit not only about the applications, but about myself as well. Screenprinting really helped me stay focused on certain tasks and get things done, no matter how wrong it may go. It kept me pushing myself and forward, and then with a finished product, it just makes me feel that much better! I had a great time getting to know each of you, and can't wait for Thursday!!! As Susie suggested...dinner and drinks after class?! :)

Brooke Gluszek

"Advertising Age"

Comical but logical article about running an advertising agency:

Brooke Gluszek

RGB wallpaper by Carnovsky

Its amazing the effect of the lights have on this art work. There are just three separate patterns printed over each other but by shining red, green, or blue light on them, you can isolate and hide the different images.

Brooke Gluszek


Disregard if this posts twice...I'm horrible at posting things correctly on here!

This link..
goes to a magazine that a company took works of favorite artits and writers and combined work with unknown new talent and made a magazine in 48 hours. It is really intersting idea-the link talks more about it as well as a copy of the 60 page magazine.

Brooke Gluszek

Printmaking Unite! :)

This website is a collection of printmaking shops/ printmaking artists all listed on this webpage with individual links.

Brooke Gluszek

Propaganda Posters

Thought these posters were fun and creative. Each poster doesnt have too many colors and I think that plays off of it well:

Brooke Gluszek

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Art Nouveau - Paris Mairs (14)

So this is Art Nouveau. It's kind of a movement that permeates everything. It's pretty timeless and to me, it's like... crazy amazing. There's Art Nouveau furniture, architecture, sculpture, design, jewelry, and paintings... it's a wonderful world to explore. Here's some great illustrations of it on this website:

- Paris Mairs

F.L.W., My Second Love - Paris Mairs (13)

Frank Lloyd Wright is my favorite architect of all time, hands down. He designed both of the houses in these pictures. The top is the house he designed in Wichita, KS called the Allen-Lambe House. The next image is his most famous house generally referred to as Falling Water, which was actually designed to rest over running water. He also designed the Tokyo Hotel (below). His style is clearly influenced by Japanese culture and places specific emphasis on nature. For some reason he's stuck with our family. I grew up just a few blocks away from his Allen-Lambe house and my father was raised in a house designed by one of his students. (Which makes me wonder if he wasn't named after the Allen-Lambe House?) If you're interested in a tour you can contact the Allen-Lambe House Foundation at their website:

- Paris Mairs

My Favorite Painter - Paris Mairs (12)

^ Not the entire thing. That's huge! ^

In high school, I went on a trip to New York City with my father. He insisted we go see the MoMA. There I found my favorite painter. Claude Monet. I fell in love with the Water Lilies. I think what I like about them is that they're so ethereal, and so very different from my usual tendency towards the clean cut.

- Paris Mairs

DEWmocracy Designs - Paris Mairs (11)

Unbeknownst to me, the designs for the 3 new choices for Mountain Dew flavors (Typhoon, White Out and Distortion) were chosen from amongst the artists of the general public. The winning designers were Shanea Wisler, Ben Stone, and Andre Zottolo. Here's the link: Click on the "The Designs" Tab on the left side of the page.

- Paris Mairs

Tim Burton Does More Than Movies - Paris Mairs (10)

At the Museum of Modern Art in New York City there was an Exhibit of Tim Burton's work from his movies and private collections. Really makes you wish you could go...

- Paris Mairs

Graffiti Art - Paris Mairs (9)

I enjoy urban artwork a lot and sometimes I like to drive around downtown and in back alleys just to look at the graffiti and study it. I like the stuff that used to be on the side of the Electrik Chair Tattoo building and in other places around town. Here's an article I found..

- Paris Mairs

What Is My Style? - Paris Mairs (8)

As this is my first semester in the art department (I switched from Aerospace Engineering to Graphic Design) I'm thinking my style is definitely going to be computer based. I'm such a perfectionist that I find myself frustrated with other mediums and with the lack of an undo button. So far this is all I have discovered about myself this semester and over the summer, hopefully, I'll find out more.

- Paris Mairs

Iron Man 2 (No Spoilers!) - Paris Mairs (7)

In case you haven't yet seen Iron Man 2, I'll keep this post pretty vague. You may have noticed a brief shot of a poster in the movie that spoofed the famous blue and red print of Obama for Hope. I read here that the print was a spoof set up by the production designer and authorized by Mr. Shepard Fairey. Fairey goes on to state:
I did not personally design the image, nor was I paid for it. All of the Obama HOPE spoofs, positive or negative, are a reminder of the power and importance of grassroots activism to affect things. Additionally, neither is it possible to copyright a style, nor would I want to restrict visual dialog by discouraging others from paying tribute to styles I have used.
- Shepard

Obey what? - Paris Mairs (6)

Recently I've noticed images that look like this on stickers stuck on sidewalk lights, stairs, and spray painted on concrete. It had me puzzled at first because I had no idea what it was. Then, I found a shirt I really liked at a store called Zoomiez that had the same label on it. Obey. Did a little research and found out the artist's name is Shepard Fairey, and I've quickly become a big fan. :D His website is

-Paris Mairs

Looking for a tablet! - Paris Mairs (5)

So I'm looking for a tablet for recreational use. Primarily something inexpensive and durable that I can learn on. I also don't have any software to use. Any recommendations?

-Paris Mairs

Light Up Shirts - Paris Mairs (4)

So this goes along the same lines as my last post. Some people at my work showed up with some shirts like this! I thought they were way cool, but they bought them in L.A.

-Paris Mairs

Who doesn't want theme music? - Paris Mairs (3)

I don't think a single one of you hasn't once considered having theme music as you walk around town, but this salesman has done something about it! I give you the 'singing saree!' It plays music while you walk around wearing it! Here's a link:

-Paris Mairs

Chalk Art! - Paris Mairs (2)

So the other day I was downtown near the Old Town Warren and there were these kids near the fountains hanging out and drawing in chalk. They were doing some pretty interesting underwater themed stuff, but it reminded me of some chalk art I saw on the internet which looked pretty realistic! Here's a webpage that I found with some of the images I saw. Too bad chalk art washes away in the rain. :(

-Paris Mairs

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Never create anything

“Never create anything, It will be misinterpreted, it will chain you and follow you for the rest of your life.”

That is a quote taken from my favorite songwriter, Bob Dylan. To me, this quote is very depressing and dark, but at the same time, I can relate to it. For some reason, I have been running in to a lot of old friends from High School and such recently. When they see me, they always ask about my art. Or say things like, "you always were the artist", or, "you are so artsy". Don't get me wrong, it's not that I want to not be seen as an artist, its just that I think there is more to everyone than just one aspect. I think that what Dylan was saying there is that when you create something, people will tend to only expect that one great thing from you, and when you try to change, they won't let you and you will only be known for that one thing. I don't know where to go with this, but it has just been on my mind recently.

-Aaron Rivera


In my opinion, photoshop is just a way to make an artwork look better. I don't think that I'd actually use it to create a drawing, but this summer I'm going to be in a class where we do such things as that. I don't think my opinion will change about photoshop, but I've been proven wrong before so I guess I'll see what happens. I don't have a strong dislike for it or anything, I just see it as a way to make a few touch-ups in an art piece. I like drawing the "old fashioned" way; with simply a piece of paper and a pencil. But let's see if I like this better, as they say "don't knock it til you've tried it".

Lee Jones

Great Semester

The semester is almost over. For me, this semester, especially this class, is very valuable because I almost find my style. It doesn't establish, but by watching classmates works, seeing blog, listening opinions at critiques, I can see what I want my works to be roughly. So, I'm glad that I have same class with you!!!
And I'm really looking forward to see your final pieces and keep those!!!

Ichie Kawasumi

Saturday, May 8, 2010

what do you like best?

Now that our intro to printmaking class is almost over, I wondered what was everyone's favorite process? I liked everything, but found some processes harder than others, but the harder the process, the cooler the end result was. One thing that is really cool about printmaking, and scary too, is that you don't have complete control of how the final product ends up. It is a trial and error experience. This was really true during the etching assigment for me. Etch and proof, etch and proof, but I learned so much from the experience and can't wait to do it again. I learned a lot from everyone in class as well, probably my favorite part of the class. Seeing the creative inner workings of such talented artists was inspiring. Thanks to all for everything. ann

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Art Facts

I really don't know what to say, I'm kind of out of it tonight. Everyone loves to learn new information about art, here are some facts I found somewhat interesting. You might too!

Corey Rausch

Another cool silkscreener

I love how this printer is using a different approaching to color and space. Her use of lines in the at first seemingly simple background create a depth and interest that i find very refresing. Looking at different methods of printmaking and the creative ways different people use the same methods is very inspiring for me!

Another printer i love!-Katie B.

well, i'm a deviantat fanatic and i am really loving silkscreening so i'm always searching for examples to inspire and encourage myself with. This artist i just found and i love how much depth and interest she can make with just one layer of color!

Fun art website-Katie Brown

this website updates all the time and is mostly photography and typography stuffs. Its got a lot of cool designs i'd love to silkscreen onto some t-shirts...and i find it cute and fun and whimsical!

Funny Stuff!

Well Monika just came by and said we had to post about something art-related...OK check this shit out!!

Corey Rausch

HUH i wonder???

I was just thinking and wondering.. What do tigers dream of when they take a little tiger snooze? Do they dream of mauling zebrs? Or Halle Berry in her birthday suit? Who could answer such a speculated question?

Getting Caught Up

Yeah, I've gotten a little behind on this Blogging. We're working on our last print and everybodys idea that I've looked at so far looks really good! Mine should be ok too. (me being more positive)Well Peace i guess
Corey Rausch

Monday, May 3, 2010

Box Art

I don't have a whole lot to say today. Except that I wish I still had my Super Nintendo. I'm feeling sort of low today.

Anyway, there's some box art from one of my favorite games, Earthworm Jim. I guess this one falls into that same category of being incredibly realistic cartoon art. It's also just a little bit creepy.

But maybe that's why I love it so much.


Shinya Yamamoto... and other musings

So I started experimenting with watercolors recently - I bought a piece of $9 watercolor paper for my final Life Drawing project and figured I'd try it out. So what did I discover? Something unexpectedly AWESOME. At this very moment I've been hit by a resurgence of inspiration, all thanks to watercolors. Painting the figure with watercolor is something completely new to me but the way watercolor flows onto the paper yields beautiful results. So, with that, just a couple of days ago I stumbled upon an artist who a friend had mentioned, Shinya Yamamoto. I tried googling him(?) and it's hard to find much about the work. But my friend had a handful of images of his work that rendered the figure through watercolors. I love his use of vivid color, and unexpected combinations of shades that accents the human shape in a gorgeous way. Here are some of his pieces:


Anyway, as this semester winds down I have to say how surprised I am at how much I've enjoyed my time in printmaking. It's been frustrating and has definitely tried my patience, but it opened up an entirely new way of thinking about creating. Most of the time the process of each type of print contributes greatly towards the message conveyed as the final print rolls through the press. You're forced to spend so much time with each piece - working it, reworking it, tweaking it to fit your imagination - it's almost as if you're having a conversation with your piece, and once it's finished you own it so much more. Sometimes you want to punch it in the face and with others sometimes you're eager to embrace the beauty of the final print. It's been uncomfortable and challenging and exciting - everything art should be.

Hannah S.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Final Friday and a fun link- Emily Ritter

This Final Friday was probably one of the best so far this year. The WSU sculpture guild show at the Diver's Studio was fantastic. I was so impressed with how well it was put together. Tangent Lab, Shift Space, and the Fiber Studio were also fantastic. I love how Ash's work was mixed with paintings/drawings directly on the wall, and 3D pieces hanging from the ceiling and in the center of the gallery. Jack Wilson, David Murano, and Peg Bicker were some of the artists that I fell in love with Friday night.

Now for a fun art link!

Life Drawing

One type of drawing subject matter I have come to be interested in is life drawing. Life drawing contains, well....drawing people in the nude, but this is not the only reason I'm interested in life drawing. I like drawing the human anatomy or really just people in general. I especially like drawing people in a illustration style of drawing; drawing people to give them sort of a comic book look to them. I want to do illustrations, but I don't want them to look cartoony, I want them to look as if they were actual people. Not that anime look, but more like a look as if I didn't just make up this person, but it's as if I made this character from an actual person type of deal. I know it sounds confusing, but in my head it makes sense. I especially like drawing my friends or family members in sort of a illustration style. Hopefully I can get to the point where I have practiced so much on drawing the human body that I will be able to just create a person without having to use a reference.

Lee Jones

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mind Boggling Art

I thought this website was real interesting. This is one of the pieces that I thought was AMAZING!!!! It messes with your head for real.

-Susie McHugh

final friday

Last night I went to see the Maize Senior Student Art Exhibit. My favorite artist, Ellen Louise Cary, had six art pieces displayed, one accordian book, two photographs, and three ceramic pieces. She had a wonderful ceramic tree displayed in the front window. It was gnalry, twisted, and even though there were no leaves on it, it teemed with life and movement. Besides Ellie's work, the caliber of some of the student artists was amazing. There were some other ceramic pieces that were incredibly crafted, fluid, and imaginary. Some of the art was rendered by special needs students, but if you didn't know that up front, you wouldn't know looking at their artwork. That's one of the coolest things about art for me, that art is visual communication about how an artist sees the world. Art is a great equalizer in many ways because even people who may have trouble navagating the world in an ordinary manner can, through their art, sing freely with self expression that rivals normal people's abilities. ann

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I looked at the work of Beauvis Lyons, the reference artist for the lithograph project, on the Internet. It was interesting to see what Lyons had done with his artwork and creating the Hokes Archives. He presented a whole, well thought-out social commentary on science and religion and our culture while being humorous. The lithographs of the animals are fun and interesting to look at but also create an uneasy feeling with their unnatural combination of familiar features. The images of the animals look like old encyclopedia illustrations and they depict strange creatures with familiar elements put together in unfamiliar ways. Something so absurd is presented to appear creditable and it is interesting how much more believable it becomes to people. The animal images Lyons creates are brilliant, they seem to comment on society, science and religion. The ridiculous nature of the animals reflects the ridiculous beliefs people hold on to.
Brenna Russell

Sunday, April 25, 2010


I came here (late) to blog and have nothing to say except that I hope to make it to school tomorrow! Margaret

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Although printmaking can be a long process in producing, I've come to be quite interested in it. So far I'm only interested in the processes of the linoleum and monotype printmaking techniques. I don't know if I'd make this a major, but I wouldn't mind creating more printmaking projects. The part I really like is the printing and seeing what the result will come out to be; whether bad or good, either way its nice to see how it all works.

Lee Jones

Weird and Strange Art

At trying to find a topic to blog about, I came with the idea of finding unusual art and I found a web page dedicated to this kind of artwork which I will share with you.

-Victor Villanueva-

2-D art work became 3-D!!

M.C. Escher is famous for lithograph, and most of his works are unnatural, but that looks naturally. And I found the M.C. Escher's Relativity that is made by lego.

That's amazing work, and I like Escher so, one year ago I created that and it took three days. That was so hard.

Ichie Kawasumi

reflections on printmaking

Doing so much laying around, I have done a lot of reflecting lately, particulary about art. Wanting to be an art teacher, I think about art as an important part of any education. Printmaking isn't as prevalent in public schools because of the cost of equipment and caustic chemicals, but it is such an important discipline because it really reenforces not only drawing and mark making, but how we see and construct. For me, printmaking is a type of visual gymnastics, at least in the constructive process because sometimes you work backwards and you end up with a mirror image of what you have drawn, inked, carved or etched. You have to rethink how you place color because it's different from painting and drawing. One of the things I really appreciate about printmaking is that it makes me think about visual communication and the potential for seeing the world in a new way. ann


I found this sweet website that features psychedelic artists. Check it out, there is some cool art to look at on this website. And who knows maybe it will strike a new idea for you. It did for me!!!!
-Susie McHugh

Here's the link

Awesome Printmaker Taro Takizawa-katie Brown

Taro Takizawa is currently one of my favorite print-makers. This might have something to do with the fact that he too is an arts student going through college and having to deal with the same things we currently are. He does silkscreen and lithography with a precision I find fascinating. I found him on DeviantArt one day when i was trying to get inspired for class-searching silkscreen prints oh how original i know-and have been following his account for the last couple of months.

Take a few minutes and check his prints out!


Friday, April 23, 2010

Random Artists - Emily Ritter

I was looking through artists on the Art:21 website, and here are a few I found interesting. Check 'em out:

Martin Puryear - A mixture of sculptures, installations, print, etc. My favorite is the ladder piece.

Matthew Ritchie - A mixture of paintings and mixed media installations. There is a lot of texture and color in his work. Busy, but a good busy.

Kara Walker - Paper silhouette installations. She explores race, gender, and sexuality through these cut outs. Magnificent.

And one of my all time favorite artists: Kiki Smith!!

Text and Drive -K-State Artist Brian Bookwalter

I received this e-mail and thought some of you maybe interested or have friends that would be interested considering this is located in Topeka. I'm not quite for sure what it will be like, but figured I'd send on the info!

The Kansas Department of Transportation and AAA will be hosting a “Don’t Text and Drive” news conference on April 27 at 9:30 a.m. on the south side of the State Capitol. (In the event of inclement weather, the conference will be held inside the Capitol, room 144-S.) The event will feature the work ( of K-State artist, Brian Bookwalter, who found a unique way to encourage people not to text and drive. Bookwalter, Kansas Legislators and traffic safety advocates will serve as speakers. Please feel free to distribute this invitation to others in your network, as we would love to have a great show of support for this important topic.

Brooke Gluszek

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Three Dirty Dwarves

I don't know if any of you ever owned or played a Sega Saturn, but it had a lot of great games. A good deal of pretty artistic games, too. Maybe not in that stuck-up, experimental "artistic" sense of the word, but they looked amazing and had a great style all their own.

One such I used to own was Three Dirty Dwarves. I forgot the plot, but I think it has something to do with these dwarves coming out of a board game and going on a rampage.

Anywho, check it out. The characters are so distorted that it's almost cute; you sometimes forget that they're hideously deformed. That kind of spaghettification of characters is really interesting, though. You don't need a laborous amount of detail to showcase certain qualities of someone with that style.

So here's a video. Enjoy.

(My favorite is Taconic, the one with the football helmet)


Sunday, April 18, 2010

An Interesting and Frustrating Book-katie brown

I was recently given a book by a friend of my mom's-I know a bad sign from the get go-and the title was another tip off. Why Art Cannot Be Taught by James Elkins is a self titled Handbook for Art Students but I have found it closer to a rant against art programs and any sort of regulated curriculum. It has some good points about the differences in the purpose of art-comparing the mindset of different time periods with our own. The interesting part of this read besides the conflicting attitude of the author that is-is the fact it was given to me by a self title artist-one who actually attended WSU.

I am mainly interested in seeing if the term "ART" will ever been adequately defined in the book. The logic bind of saying art cannot be taught while attending a University for an art degree cannot be accepted without raising an eyebrow. So I'll continue reading the book and see if it clears up some of these frustrating inconsistencies.

Project Run-a-way and Stuff - Emily Ritter

It was my first time attending Project-Run-Away, and I had a blast. I was impressed with almost all of the pieces, but of course there were some that I wasn't very fond of. I'd have to say one of my favorites was Gina Bryant's. I love how her piece was like wearable sculpture. I didn't feel that any other pieces had that sculpture quality.

Now for a random link! I found this website while sumbling (of course), and it is pretty interesting. It is a website where you can be smothered and educated about art. Enjoy!

Crit-o-rama & Project Run-a-way

What a fun day I had Friday! Free food, looking at art, getting valuable feedback on my work, and excellent entertainment. Loved being able to see the work of others in a large room rather than a narrow hallway. Really enjoyed the run-a-way runway. Not just costumes but performance art as well. My favorite categories were the edibles and dark matter. The coffee filter dress and parasol were the best constructed of everything. Other of my favored exhibits included Whipped, Fruit Roll-Up outfit, Jellyfish Boy,and Exploding Chicken.
I took one small assemblage for critique and received some positive comments and good tips for display. Next year I will plan to bring more of my art.

Jim Cunningham

Lately i have been looking at this guys web sight, Jim Cunninghamand his sculptures. I find his abstractly to be quite nice and fulfilling in the ways in which he describes his work and comes up with his concepts. -Todd Bryant-

Saturday, April 17, 2010


So I've noticed that I have a great interest in drawing people and luckily I have life drawing this semester because I get some practice of how to draw the human anatomy accurately. Unfortunately though I still need more practice until I'm able to just create something without a reference or is that even possible? I'm sure it is and hopefully I can get to that level of drawing, but of course, like I said before, I need practice. It's crazy to think that there are artists who are so dedicated to art that they will spend minutes, hours, days even, drawing or painting or whatever type of art they may be interested in. Someday I hope I can be that dedicated to my work because right now, I'm quite a lazy artist. Maybe this dedication comes with years of experience, I have no idea really, I'm just trying to come up with some type of answer to my question of "when will I have that type of dedication".

Lee Jones

Amazing Friday

Hi!! Did everyone go to see the Crit-O-Rama at the campus or Project Run-Away at Shift Space? I went to both and both of those were amazing!!! Those also stimulate me and make me think about the reason, comcept, and style of my arts seriously. I've never though about those, and always created the theme that I want to creat at that time. So, those made me develop better than before as the artist. And this is the costume which gained grand prize and the my favorite one at fashion show.

Ichie Kawasumi

Political art

My latest projects have been kind of political. So I decided to write about political art.

Political art depicts current events, historic events and the ideals of the people, but it can also be created to make political leaders appear more valiant and admirable. In my current project Im working on showing the heroism of the fathers of independece from Mexico. Also I'm basing my ideas on the Mexican national anthem, and I really enjoy making this kind of art, it's interesting to create art based on important events.

-Victor Villanueva-


what is art? art seems to be relative to everything; the experiences the viewer has had, how it's presented, the time period, what color shoes you have on, etc.

according to art is:
the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

what do you cats think?


I Like America and America Likes Me

In my Acrylic class, Emily mentioned a German artist named Joseph Beuys who was an artist of many sorts, dabbling in performance art, sculpture, installations and graphic art, to name a few. She talked about a specific performance he did in 1974 titled "I Like America and America Likes Me." Beuys was transported to America (a country he wasn't very fond of) and brought a live coyote with him. He was transported by ambulance and carried on a gurney to a gallery in New York where he basically lived in a small room with this coyote for three days without food or water. To him, the coyote symbolized America as a scavenger and a beast. He would interact with the coyote and, ultimately have to fend it off with only a felt blanket and an umbrella handle (the coyote went without food or water, too). After three days, the coyote died, and Beuys was taken to the airport to leave America. He never set foot on American ground, and the performance itself was quite the "fuck you" to the country. This performance struck me as so intense. I'm pretty sure Beuys got into some pretty big trouble for allowing the coyote to die, but the piece wouldn't have been nearly as effected if it hadn't died the way it did.
Performance art always seems to be so shocking and intense. He was making a strong point was definitely effective in doing so. I'm sure today PETA would be livid with a performance like this. But I've heard of other performance art pieces that are just as shocking. I guess that's what performance art is known for: shocking behavior.

Here's a photo taken of Beuys while in the room with the coyote.

Hannah Scott

Fun Website

My roommate showed me this website and i thought it had some great examples of type used in coordination with photography and sculpture. And there is some really cute and sweet pieces in the mix as well. I would recommend you take a look if you have some free time. not that any of us really have much of that these days! -Katie Brown

God of War III-Katie Brown

I just had the chance to watch god of war III being played and the quality of design and graphics were simply astonishing. The game play was like watching the most airbrushed and fine tuned cut scene. It really was amazing how far video games have progress in only a few years time. I still remember being amazed at Epona's realistic design in the Zelda games growing up and i'm excited how the future of game design and advancements in technology will continue to open up this art form.
I have really found those new processes Monika showed us in class to be AMAZING!!!! I used the method of putting the gum stuff on your image then rubbing ink over it. Since I used a canvas to transfer it onto, it didn't show up too well. However this gives me the opportunity to use paint to make the design more visible. How exciting is that.?!

-Susie McHugh

Repeating it is

I wanted to use this blog to reinforce the site It's a really great site for artists and has a lot of very different artworks. I find myself going there a lot now to check out all the varieties of works and to get ideas and inspiration. There are so many different kinds of works that you would be hard pressed not to find anything you liked. If you like an artist you can click on their image and usually find more work from them and can even buy it. It's a really great site and I hope everyone takes the time to check it out and are blown away by all the art they have their. Later, -Jason R.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

At the park

Today I walked to Watson park with my three-year old daughter. We always have fun there but today a I was remembering how the yellow brick road use to be full of wooden sculptures by Gino Salerno. When I was young I use to really enjoy walking down the yellow brick road and looking at all the characters from the Wizard of OZ and I know my daughter would have thought they were so cool if they were still there for her to see. It's a shame that we can't have public art like that without people vandalizing it and ruining something for everyone. The art the city does have for the public is something I enjoy and can enjoy with my daughter I like the things that were done at Riverside Park and the Keeper of the Plains is truely awsome; it is just unfortunate that Gino Salerno's works were so often subject to being vandalized to the point that we can no longer enjoy them.
Brenna Russell


Printmaking is very time-consuming, but I'm starting to get the hang of it..sorta. Also, I can't remember to post in this darn blog. I want to be as good as the little Japanese girl, she rules at printmaking haha.
Corey Rausch

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Depth with Screen-Prints - Emily Ritter

So, throughout this class, I have been trying to figure out how to make my prints not look flat. With some of my prints, I have gone along with the flat looking medium by making stencil looking images and simplifying my subject matter. I came across an artist that amazes me. Apparently, all of his images are Silk-Screen Prints. It is hard for me to believe it since they are so detailed. Anyway, here is it. Check it out and be amazed.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Culture in Art

This week I found out something about how culture plays a part in art work. I don't think that I've put much of "myself" into what I create. I think I just create something just because it's for that assignment. I don't put much of my culture into things. And my culture isn't a specific thing really, it's who I am or what I am about. Maybe what interests me even. The reason that I haven't put much of my culture into artwork is probably because I feel as if no one would understand it. And even if I explained it, no one would really understand the subject except probably someone from my own culture.

Lee Jones

Benjamin Roman

I had not liked American cartoon and anime characters, because I have spent more time in Japan, my life. And their features are very different from Japanese characters. However, finally I found the American comic, "I luv halloween", by thartyist/Illustrator Benjamin Roman. I haven't reat it yet, but I like its characters!!! Little creepy,but his characters are so cute!!!

or search "i luv halloween"

Ichie Kawasumi

Green Jello

This is a pretty sweet video. It's got claymation, puppetry, and uh...well, that's about it. But it's pretty nifty. I think the puppets are just terrifying to behold.

I figured you guys might appreciate it. It's artistic and such. The song is also really fun.


Ready to print awesomeness!!

Soooooo I have a fantastic idea for what I'm going to do on the next project.I am going to try and do the bird print again but using a different technique. Like Zack said I need to explore out of my style. So why not give it a shot....

-Susie McHugh


Fractions is a local art journal that publishes an array of art forms; from painters to poets to musicians. They've put together a few local release concerts, as well as having two installments of the journal already out. Most of the work published is from local artists.
Their website has current publications along with a collection of music. [both of which are free to browse and download(the music)]


good website

Thanks to Margaret, I visited and found several of the artists and their monotypes really interesting. I loved the atmospheric creations of Deborah Moore, and as a huge Paul Klee fan, found Ivan Fitt's work resonnating.
Also, "Forest" by Patricia Vega is a wonderful example of rich texture and reminds me of Charles Burdchfield, one of my favorite watercolor painters. ann

Friday, April 9, 2010

Monotype Printmaking

Today I Googled images of monotype printmaking and quickly found a couple of interesting items. Two web sites I looked at were
Harry Bertolia (1915-1978) was a sculptor and metalsmith who experimented with monographics techniques while teaching at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.
He is considered to be an innovator in the use of this medium. His pieces include wood block,flat plate, brayer and hand pressure techniques. His mark making includes application of ink using a brayer. Layering is also evident in his work.
Of the several artist listed as members of The Image Matrix, my favorites are Ivan Fitt, Susan Blackadar and Silvia Damar Radvansky. Fitt works in monoprint and collage.
Blackadar works in watercolor and printing. Her pieces are graphic examples of sophisticated use of color and layering techniques. Radsvansky also shows great use of layered printmaking techniques. All of the artists have backgrounds in drawing and or in painting with watercolor or acrylic. Their printmaking styles reflect these skills.
Check these web sites out and let me know what you think.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I'm really in to the Intro to Printmaking class I've been taking. Everything that we have done is something that I'm doing for the first time. At times I have felt intimidated when doing something I'm so unfamiliar with but each time I try something new I get that much more comfortable with the process. I honestly didn't know much about printmaking before taking the class and ended up in it because it fit into my scedule. The experience I've had trying something new with printmaking has made me more confident with my artwork and now I think I will be more likely to try new processes.
Brenna Russell

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ketchup Blogs...

Well I got my phobia prints done, but they did not turn out as I planned and I'm going to rework them. My biggest problem was using the drawing fluid and filler fluid to create my work. I've finally come to the conclusion that these techniques do not work unless perhaps you're creating an abstracted piece. Meaning from now on I will only be using emulsion to create work and most likely only printouts as well. But not all is lost due to the fact I got some experience printing on canvas. At any rate I'm going to rethink this print and keep in mind my color options and the realization and less is more. Also I came across at interesting site that has some pretty awesome and different art on it: if anyone wants to see what other artists are creating. -Jason R.


Hey guys! If you have free time this Saturday you should check out Hippodromes performances. Each organization designs their own play, sets, costumes, and dance numbers in their play. It's really entertaining and cool to see what a group of college kids can come up with! It costs to get in, but with your ShockerID it's about $6 I want to say?..could be wrong tho! It's an all day event on Saturday-tonight and Thurs the shows are broke in half, but Satuday everyone performs!
Hope to see ya there!
Brooke Gluszek

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


I watched some of a movie called "A Man Named Pearl" which is about a man who has taught himself the art of topiary. I am not very familiar with topiary as an art form so I looked up this man, Pearl Fryar as well as topiary art from other sources. Generally I am the type of person who appreciates trees and bushes in their natural, unaltered form but I could appreciate topiary as an art. The gardens I looked at seemed dreamlike and kind of created their own reality. Looking at the images of topiary gardens reminded me of the illustrations of a Dr.Seuss book, which is fun. Some trees and bushes were made to look like an animal or some specific thing while others were just nonspecific forms, it was all pretty cool to see what a person can form shrubbery into. Now that I know a little bit more about topiary art I have gained an interest in it.
Brenna Russell

Monday, April 5, 2010

Heavy Metal Albums

I grew up listening to my older brothers' music, which usually consisted of heavy metal, rock, grunge, rap, and so forth. I really enjoyed all the heavy metal album covers because...well, just look at those damn things, man. There be all sorts of action goin' on.

A zombie charging a battlefield carrying a bloody cutlass and the U.K. flag? Does it get any better? Hellmazingly, yes it does.

So here's some Iron Maiden album covers. What I really enjoy is the playfulness and the high-energy attitude that they all seem to have, even with their morbid and horrific art. I guess that's what I love so much about heavy metal and punk. It has a kind of dark humor to it that I've always loved.



Busy, busy, busy...

Man, I've been so busy lately I haven't even been doing my posts. And I'm going to continue to be busy for some time yet. Due to this and the fact I left my essential printing material at home last Thur. I've been forced to put printmaking on hold. But time never stops and I'm going to be working over time to get my printmaking projects back up to speed. Really I'm just interested in this semester to get over. I have things I want to accomplish that I can't get done with school in process. One of those things is getting my printmaking "equipment" set up and getting some stuff ordered. I spend a lot of hours on the net last night searching for the right kind of equipment to use. I've narrowed down my search finally and know what kind of emulsion, ink, and cleaners I'm gonna get. I'm going to try some more Eco-friendly chemical for cleaning since I feel they will be safer, I just hope they work. I'm gonna be trying some new things with my prints and am excited to see what the results are going to be. At any rate tomorrow will be here before I know it. -Jason R.

Phobias in Art-Katie B

I just wanted to say how much i'm enjoying this project and the work environment. It seems like everyone is really getting into the spirit with this project and giving it there all. i'm really excited to see how everyone's turns out! After looking at the google image results for phobia, i think we should all post our work somewhere online when we're done and contribute to the stock pile some awesome hand made work!

Commericals; art or not?-Katie B

Over the weekend I had some down time and watched a little tv. I was surprised by some of the commercials i saw because of their creative and playful style. The Asics commercial promoting their new shoe had some beautiful typography and texture work as the runner sprinted through sheets of glass, each knocking off more the smoky typography spelling out things like fear, stress, anxiety etc. While usually i find commercials to be mostly annoying, i am beginning to think there is an art to them beyond the normal marketing techniques. It seems like commercials are evolving along with technology to be more than moving billboards

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Esref Armagan

My dad showed me this video a while ago and I think it's so amazing and inspiring. Esref Armagan is a painter from Turkey who has been blind since he was born. Volvo approached him with an offer to paint their newest model - their S60 sedan - before it's revealed to the world at any car show or through any media outlet. You can see in the video how he does this, and the end result is truly magnificent.
Of course I didn't expect a hyper-realistic rendition of the car in his painting, but the little things in his final piece amaze me most. Armagan incorporates perspective into the piece, with the trees clearly placed in the background of the piece, and the car as the primary form in the foreground. I kept thinking about how he has been blind his entire life - he has never seen a landscape or experienced a sense of perspective through his own vision. His world must look completely different from our own, since he's had to develop it from his own range of senses. It really blows my mind. Anyway, here's the video. Watch and enjoy!

Hannah Scott

Something new - Emily Ritter

So lately I have being trying to do something different with my work. As well as finding new inspiration.
Craig Kosak's paintings I find intriguing. I like how the pieces are broken up into sections, and how color helps in doing this.
They are beautiful works.
Enough words, Look for yourself.

Peter Marcus

Marcus' Horsehead series is astounding. I hadn't thought that so much could be achieved with collagraphy. His images are vivid; his space well used. I'm a novice at all these printmaking techniques, but after viewing Lasansky's and Marcus' work I feel inspired to master each and every process of printmaking. I know these are high hopes, however I've fallen in love with spending time in the studio and creating art.

Seeing in lines

When I was attending Pitt State a few years ago, I was assigned a reading about a man, an artist, that always had drawn things in perfect perspective. The reading was interesting in that the man was describing how he always saw things in lines, or rather forced himself to see in lines until it became normal for him to do so. He saw vanishing points for everyday objects as well. This made things easy for him to draw because he already saw everything as a drawing. This seemed very strange to me, but also very interesting. For the next week, I am going to be working on my drawings in my sketchbook focusing on perspective and drawing what I see more accurately. I encourage every to try to look at things a little differently, not only in lines, but in any form that you see fit. I think it is very important for artists to look at everything differently, I think it is what makes us artists.

-Aaron Rivera

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Fluximation is a whole different type of animation. Yes it could be considered anime, but the movement and how fluent the characters move makes me see past that. What I've seen so far on youtube are just short little clips, but they're still pretty interesting to watch. Very vivid and quite creative in my opinion. I believe these cartoons are mostly produced by Studio 4°C.

Lee Jones

Children's picture book

Since I was the child, I like to read the children's picture book. I have enjoyed to read and see illustrates even if I have read the book more than ten times. It never makes me boring. And last year, one of my favorite children's picture book, "Where the wild things are" became the film. I have not seen it, but I will. So, this week, I introdure its writer/illustrator, Maurice Sendak.
Ichie Kawasumi

Myths and Art

Myths are stories that explain why the world is the way it is. All cultures have them. Throughout history, artists have been inspired by myths and legends and have given them visual form. Sometimes these works of art are the only surviving record of what particular cultures believed and valued. But even where written records or oral traditions exist, art adds to our understanding of myths and legends.

--Victor Villanueva--

Collagraph Takes Time

Am now in the neighborhood of 18 extra hours on the process and halfway there.
Margaret :)

Back to Reality

It is time for Susie to buckle down!! Starting tomorrow and after I set up my art for sophomore review on Monday, I will be living in the screen printing room.... Being sick this week really screwed me over. I'm trying to look on the bright side of things. I pretty much know what I want to do for each print. I think this assignment may be my favorite so far. I'm looking forward to doing some art tomorrow. If any of my fellow students want to join me I will be there from 1:30-5.

Can't wait to get back to reality

-Susie McHugh

Friday, April 2, 2010

catching up

Hi, everyone. Still being stuck in bed, I have caught up on my blog reading. The comments are all so interesting, particularly the ones about the ideal critique. After reading them, I have a few more thoughts to add. First, it is ok to make mistakes, both in our comments and art making because that is one way to learn a lot in a short time frame. We are in this together and we are empathetic and understanding. Keep talking! It is hard not to a take comments personally when our art is so personal, but comments when made with good intentions are meant in a positive way to help us grow and improve. Comments can keep us from repeating blunders or help us problem solve in future projects. And, it is also ok, important, to point out the positives. We need to hear both. Lastly, I really liked Todd's comments about having us all come up with a question about everyone's work for critique. That is also very helpful and illuminating for both the artist and audience. Does anyone want to consider what the most entertaining critique would be? For me, it would be Monika delivering her comments in Polish. ann

Thursday, April 1, 2010

In the Intro to Printmaking class I'm taking we are working on collagraphs so I looked at some work by one of our reference artists, Peter Marcus. This is my first time doing a collagraph print so it is helpful to look at the work of a talented and experienced artist in that medium. In works by Peter Marcus that I viewed I noticed that most of them combined collagraph printing with some other media like digital photography. It is interesting to see a process like collagraph which seems somewhat uncontrolled and loose in combination with digital photography which is sharp and precise. I like the way the images of houses that Peter Marcus does in digital photography look like they are under the effects of some weather that the collagraph is bringing upon them. The two techniques were combined to look like they are a unified image. It was interesting and informative to watch the video on the Peter Marcus website and see how he makes his prints. The large scale of the prints was also noticeable when watching the video which made me appreciate the work more.
Brenna Russell Intro to Printmaking

My ideal critique

The ideal critique of my artwork would involve someone telling me what I did that worked in my piece and what may not have worked in the piece. I would be interested to know if the person critiquing my piece liked it personally and if they find it interesting. If someone likes my work I want to know what things specifically they find pleasing, if it's subject or color or whatever it is. I want to know what the person looking at my work thinks it means and compare that to what I was trying to communicate; I would want to know if they thought the piece was successful at communicating my ideas. I want the person critiquing my artwork to tell me if they found it interesting or exciting and what elements made it so. If the person critiquing my my work didn't care for it then I would want to know what it was that they didn't enjoy. I would want them to offer me ideas about how my work could be more successful and suggest different techniques that could be employed. The ideal critique of my artwork would be objective and insightful with positive intentions.
Brenna Russell Intro to Printmaking

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Frick... I forgot to post the link to the "Exit Through the Giftshop" trailer I mentioned earlier. Here it is:


A Chihuly blog... cause I can

When I was at the Oklahoma City art museum, besides the Jason Peters exhibit there was a big Chihuly exhibit also. As usual for Chihuly stuff, it was stunningly beautiful and a festival to the eyes. We looked at all of his stuff and before leaving checked out the giftshop. There are dozens of books written about this guy. I mean, his stuff is everywhere. The Wichita art museum, the art museum on KU's campus, in rivers in Finland, over the waterways in Venice - I mean seriously. Everywhere. I can't even imagine how much money this dude pulls in from blowing so much glass all the time. I've read a little about him - how he started out as a student of interior design and sculpture and picked up blowing glass along the way and became a pioneer of sorts for the medium. He has a whole posse of glass-blowers to help him make and assemble all of the pieces. I do admire his work, though, it's always so gorgeous and resembles a wild Dr. Suess-like world of glass flowers and vegetation. Plus, to create a style that's so highly revered to be placed in virtually every region of every country is impressive. If you find an aesthetic that's pleasing to so many people, that's respectable. I can dig it.
Here are some pictures, since everyone likes to look at pictures. The first two are from his "Chihuly Over Venice" work, and the last is from the exhibit I saw in Oklahoma.

Hannah Scott

Cecily Brown

Sorry for the barrage of posts - I guess it's obvious that I had to catch up on a few of these blogs...

Anyway, the most recent assignment in my Intro to Acrylics class is to choose an artist from a list and recreate a few of their works (changing the color and composition of two). I chose Cecily Brown without ever seeing her work before. Now I feel stupid for saying that, since researching her I discovered she's one of the highest selling contemporary artists out there. Her work appeals to my own aesthetic of the human figure and movement, usually involving nature or a familiar environment. She uses coarse, complicated brushstrokes, placing her figures (who are usually coupled - most of her pieces are pretty erotic) in chaotic and disjointed settings. The forms are never whole, leaving your eyes to fill in what Brown left out. Her style is wispy and rugged, and her palette is oozing with organic color - deep meaty flesh and bright vivid earth tones. I found some images of her work - I would suggest Googling her for some more - they're all great.

Hannah Scott

Exit Through the Gift Shop

Recently the trailer for an upcoming movie, "Exit Through the Gift Shop" was released. This movie is made (or is at least about) the elusive street artist Banksy and his plight as an anonymous social commentator through the use of graffiti and public installations (usually without anyone's permission). His work is satirical, usually about pop culture, politics, or the pitfalls of society. He's painted on the Israeli West Bank barrier and even entered the Louvre in Paris, hanging a replica of the Mona Lisa with a smiley face replacing hers. I'm not sure how I feel about him as an artist - some of his pieces definitely are clever and they're successful in completely stripping so many situations and people of their "grandeur". He's interesting and has definitely paved the way for more graffiti artists to become successful through its popularity, but with books and now a movie - not to mention so many artists virtually replicating his style - it's hard to say it doesn't grow old after a while. Almost like Warhol? Anyway - check out the trailer and if you want to look at some of Banksy's work his website is

Hannah Scott

Jason Peters @ Oklahoma City Art Museum

In February I took a day trip to Oklahoma City and visited the art museum while I was there. As part of their "New Frontiers: Series of Contemporary Art" installation, New York-based artist Jason Peters was presenting the current exhibit. I had never heard of him, but I was immediately interested in what he does. Luckily they allowed photography, but the photos struggle to capture how cool the exhibit was:

So basically this guy uses ready-made objects (like chairs and buckets) and assembles them into giant, complex forms usually suspended from the ceiling. He used large mirrors for several pieces and activated space - creating illusions of holes or that the rooms were bigger than they appeared. It was an awesome exhibit and will be up until April 11th. Go check it out of you get a chance!

Hannah Scott

Dream Critique

I always feel like such an amateur when it comes to critiques (and art - what is good, what is bad, etc), because even though I have my own opinions when it comes to aesthetics, there's always the occasional piece I find that I adore and all others seem to hate. So, I guess when it comes to critique, they are most helpful for me when the viewer is honest and gets real with my piece. My skin isn't so thin that I'll be hurt at criticism. I welcome it, but I also wish for the viewer to explain why it doesn't work for them. It gives me a deeper understanding of personal preference and how they view art - what art in general means to them. Most importantly, I would love for the viewer to initially voice what the piece communicates to them, so that I can decide whether what I was trying to communicate was successful or not. It makes things easier for me so that next time I can be more precise with what I make.

Hannah Scott

What I want from a critique

During a critique, I would like to hear what the initial reaction to the piece was. I would then like to hear about the formal aspects of the piece and how they add or detract from the meaning or aesthetic attributes. I would like to hear questions on how I did things within the piece or how I achieved a certain look. One thing I don't like, but I know is necessary is how I could make something better or how that person would have done something. I liked the critique we did last week, although it did fail a bit, we were instructed to talk about what we saw, not what we wanted or would do. I thought is was difficult, but it was nice to write and discuss what was there, not that was possible or could have been done.

-Aaron Rivera

What makes art Christian?

I found an article a couple of weeks ago and have been thinking a lot about what it said. The article was discussing what makes art Christian art. In the article, the writer was introducing many musical artists, including one of my favorites Sufjan Stevens. Although he was not suggesting the ideas in a manner to cause argument, it was easy for me to find fault in his logic. He suggested that his music was Christian because of the titles and how the music causes the listener to long for something more meaningful.

“their work, like Tolkien's, casts wide nets of longing, questioning, devotion, anxiety, suffering, redemption, and grace. In this sense it could be no more Christian. In this sense it's more Christian than much of what you might find in Christian bookstores and Christian music aisles.”

To me, this is simply art. Why is it that normal art cannot cause one to long, question, and have feelings of devotion and anxiety? People that are constantly trying to relate everything to a religious metaphor are ruining what art is. Sure, you can make Christian art, that is to say that the work, to the artist, may be that of religious inspiration. But to so easily dub art Chrsitian art seems to be denying it to those not of religious belonging.

At one point, the author writes,”does this song make us stop? Does this book make us think?” Personally, I think all art is capable of doing that. To read more, visit the site…

-Aaron Rivera

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Neverhood

Hi! I completely forgot to post on here, like, twice. I really ought to keep some notes around to remind myself.

AAaaaaaaaannyway, I remember an old game from quite a while ago that my older brother downloaded called The Neverhood. What's cool about it isn't necessarily the game, but the medium that was used to create it. It's all clay! It's...uhmmm...well, it's pretty amazing, actually. I think the only other games like this are the Clay Fighter series.

I always like claymation of any kind. I think it's because of how real it always looked. I mean, despite the fact that it's fake. I'm a stickler for authenticity.

Check it.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Welcoming Color - Emily Ritter

Lately, I have been trying to not be so afraid of color. In my art and in everyday life. I have been very fond of monochromatics and limited color, but now trying to break away from that (along with hands and mouths, since they are constantly my subject matter). I remember having a conversation with Monika about welcoming color. The loss of color in art sometimes stems to a deeper subconscious place.
Anyway, with screen printing, color is incredibly important. Here are some artists I found that use a lot of color in interesting ways.

art crit

I have found myself at a loss for words during the past two art crits. I feel like a novice when evaluating art. [which I am]
Even with this lack of knowledge, I feel like a honest critique is the best type. I would like the honest opinion of the viewer.

I think I would benefit most from multiple points of view. Art is relative to the viewer, his or her experiences, the setting in which the art is presented, etc. With this in mind, art is evaluated differently from different people. If I receive feedback from all the class then I can see if the meaning behind the art is conveyed even with it being relative.


Truckee Art

Before moving back to the heart land, I ventured out to the west coast and found myself falling in love with a place i never thought i would. a small mountain town in northern california near the area of Tahoe. a town called Truckee, Ca. The People are wonderful and the views and nature are purely spectacular. on top of that, the art work that comes out of there is plentiful and quite good as well. I found a website that give the people of Truckee the ability to get their work out and to have it seen. and heres a link.
Todd Bryant

Chet Morrison

This is an artist that i happen to fall onto while looking through an old art&photo exhibition from 2008. Along with a number of other artist Chet Morrison really stood out to me. He uses a variety of different photos to create a collage through modern media and use of computers. His art work shows a funny side to an otherwise morbid world. interested? check it out.
or for the art and photo exhibition
todd bryant


To me crits are extremely helpful in the sense of knowing what others think of my work. Good or bad, every comment helps. But when asked to tell what i think would make the process better, not many, if any at all, come to mind. Maybe before viewing each piece, everyone should write down a question on a piece of paper about an aspect of the work that is fuzzy to them. Than allow the artist to answer to the best of their knowledge. This may help spark conversation between others that normally would not talk or partake in the process. Than maybe for the showing of the work during crit, moving to a room where the class would be able to better view the work without crowding around a table to see what is laying there. More space is needed for a more comfortable crit friendly environment.
Todd Bryant

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Pedro Friedeberg rainbow party

I remembered one of my old posts about Pedro Friedeberg, and today I decided to find more about him, and that curiosity brought me to a video about some letters that Friedeberg had sent to a writer call Duncan Fallowell, but those are not ordinary letters. Each letter is different from the other. Each letter contains a different message and a different pice of art. Is amazing how Friedeberg communicates affection by using art. If you have curiosity and want to see the letters feel free to check the information at the following site.

Information about Duncan Fallowell:

-Victor Villanueva-


When critiquing a piece of my artwork, I would like to hear what is the message that my artwork delivers to the viewer. Another thing that is helpful is to hear information about the artwork, for example if the composition works, and if the artwork is visually balance. Also I want to hear if the artwork can be improve. All of those things can help me improve more and more. Well, that's what I would like to hear when critiquing.

-Victor Villanueva-


I had lived in Michigan about 4 years, and Chicago was 3hours away from my house. In Chicago, there is the one of most famous art musium. It really fun place, it has the space where we can touch the art work!! However, I also enjoyed the outside of the museum. At the park next the museum, there is the silver object which created by Anish Kapoor and looks like huge jerrybean!!! Also, on the another side of the museum, there playing field which has the two television panels on each side. It was designed by Jaume Plensa. When I was there, it shows the human face, and the water came from the mouth. I really recomend you guys to visit once!!

Ichie Kawasumi


So I went to the bookstore one day and I saw this interesting magazine called ImagineFX which is full of interesting artwork. I think most of it is made through computer technology instead of actual drawing and painting, but I still like the art work in it, mostly because I like illustration. They have a website, which I'm looking at right now as I type this, and they have many pictures to view.

Lee Jones


A critique for me is very helpful. Although I don't like to here peoples' opinions, it is quite a useful thing to have for artists' artwork. I would like to know how I could make my artwork better based on different artists' views of it. And their critiquing may not only help me correct a piece of artwork, but it also may help me make future art pieces even better because at times I wonder to my self about certain things in art projects; for example: "Did I use the right coloring for this project?" or "Did I communicate my message mostly clear?" because I know no one will understand the full message of what I'm trying to say in an art piece, but they should at least get somewhat of an idea of what I'm trying to communicate. In the long run, it'll help me and others become better artists.

Lee Jones
I fell upon this website that is pretty interesting. "The world Print Makers Artists and Their Work". It shows artists from all over the world and what kind of work they do. I found it inspiring to look at. The website is I found this artist Shi Yi from China to be very intriguing. Check it out!!!!

-Susie McHugh

Peter Marcus

While looking at these collagraph mixed media pieces the word that jumped out was STRUCTURE. Not only are these pieces consciously, eloquently and boldly structured but, most contain images of structures such as architecture and linear table-like forms. Color contrast is used minimally and effectively to denote focal points and/or fore ground elements (red moves forward while blue moves back).
Each piece has a definite foreground, middle-ground and background. These are created using variations of value, texture and detail as well as placement or relative size. In some pieces a well defined and rendered building is backed by more organic wet or dry lines and textures and overlaid by a linear, high contrast white graphic structure that pops out toward the viewer. Movement is created with repeated shapes, sharp value contrast, placement and line.Both depth and movement are evidenced through the use of overlapping. Marcus uses shading effectively to lend dimension to the buildings and value contrast to define windows, arches, etc. In many pieces fairly plane areas of mid tones make up background while more detailed, defined or high contrast forms come forward. I notice the weight is usually at the bottom of the picture plane.

Marcus masters the connection between his subject matter and materials.
His work demonstrates my first thought of using strongly defined areas of contrast to produce a structured collagraph rich in texture and tone. After seeing his work I feel confident to move forward.

Joan Hall

Taking a quick look at the one web page I looked at a single mixed media work and artist statement. Hall's conscious use of materials that illuminate her theme of nautical subject matter goes along with our collagraph assignment's provision that, " will have to articulate your idea and how it connects to your chosen images...". Right on. Margaret

Margaret's Ideal Critique

Let's see now....what would this look like? I agree with Ann that it should give me enough detail and honesty to help me grow as an artist by improving my skills.
In other classes there are rubrics given to students showing how instructors assess assignments. I like the similarly constructed grading sheets we get in printmaking. The various grading categories are listed with possible points and supporting comments.
The crit we had on Monday was organized in such a way that we had adequate time to formulate our feedback before stating it. I liked that approach and the fact that we were given specific points to consider. I tend to be blunt and still worry about my classmates' feelings. I am also not yet very sure of my judgments. I need to build on the practice of critically looking at art that is offered in my classes. Hearing what others have to say about anyone's work is helpful.
This said, I invite critics of my work to offer as much perspective as possible. I know it is not my self being judged. Mostly I would ask that my composition skills be carefully critiqued with comments pointing out strengths and weaknesses. These comments should include the use of art and design vocabulary. Intuitive as well as thoughtful responses to my work are welcome. For instance, a variety of comments on what seems to work and not work along with shared feelings about specific elements that are bothersome to individual viewers. In short, my ideal critique would include specific feedback from as many perspectives as possible in order for me to have both variety and consensus among the comments.

Final Friday

I started at Shift Space. Didn't really get much out of most of it other than becoming more clear about my preferences. The videos were kind of boring. My feelings about litter and the fact that the whole balloon thing isn't unique override any positive feelings about that piece although the prints were just OK. I enjoyed blowing on the piece to watch it move.
My fave is Michael Miller's Chaoskampf. Like that he starts with only parameters of what he wants the pieces to be (outdoor, organic in appearance, etc) and allows his process with materials to let them come into being.

I went into CityArts because I like dogs and images of dogs. Didn't spend much time there. Was cheered by one of the sculptures just inside the door. Title: Pug Business. Life-size image of a pug with a cigarette in its mouth and holding a cell phone to its ear.

At Tangent Lab the videos were interesting. I watched part of the one with old buildings and houses with spacey meteor shower effect in background. Structures of memory and dream for me. The unsteady pile of self-help books was cute. The masked crazy disrupting individuals in peaceful settings bored me by the second sequence so I probably didn't give it a chance.
Summoning of Infernal Legions, set in a grave yard, was too much like The Blair Witch Project and scenes from Easy Rider. There was one that had tones of Surrealism called Holographia.
The two films I thought lived up best to the theme of non-narrative video were the one framed by TV test pattern images and the one titled Bora Bora Manta Ray. The liquid imagery in the last was beautifully musical in nature and incorporated the mirror image ink blot element very nicely. I felt that the sound track took away from this one. A single tone or silence might have suited it better. It had the peaceful, guided meditation look of a lava lamp or wave machine.
Margaret R.

Friday, March 26, 2010

interesting random as it, there are some pretty interesting bathroom shower/bath designs attached to this url. I recomend looking around for a bit, some cool stuff on here!
Brooke Gluszek

The Perfect Critique

To begin with, the perfect critique is one where I learn something that makes me a better artist. A good critique should inspire one to want to go back and create an even better piece of art, either through reworking an artwork or in the next artistic endeavor. I really liked the formal analytic approach we took on Monday because it made us really look at each piece and consider each line, nuance, and compositional detail. Then we were able to make objective conclusions about what was going on in each etching. Sometimes, when we start with our own personal aesthetic opinions, we forget to talk about what went into the art making itself and the critique becomes more of an opinion poll instead. We don't learn as much, other than what someone else likes, and it can be hard or confusing about what we need to improve on while staying true to our own vision. The approach we took on Monday made us look and then really see how the piece was constructed and worked as a whole. ann

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Suffering for your art

Today, Hannah and I learned what it means to suffer for your art. In our painting class, we had to paint a still life that consisted of dyed dead fish, ice cubes, rice crackers and vegetables. Visually, it wasn't bad, but the smell was horrible!!!! The point of painting the dead fish was so we would have to adjust for the difference in the fishes' appearance as they decomposed. At the end of class, the fish went into the freezer. On Thursday, they will come back out and the smell will probably be worse. This set me wondering if anyone else has had to suffer for their art in a similar or even worse way. I will let you know if we get through class on Thursday without passing out or throwing up due to the smell. ann

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mixing colors-purple?

So obviously I passed the 1st grade, I know how to make colors...but I could not for the life of me make a pretty, true purple for this last project! If anyone knows helpful hints for this please let me know!
Brooke Gluszek


...So if this post gets published twice, sorry-I tried posting something earlier and for some reason it sent me a message saying it didn't go deal with me if this sends again! (I really am hoping I've been posting these correctly....)

One thing this class has taught me to have is patience! So many times I jump the gun and try and hurry on to the next task, but with screenprinting, I learned you can't do that. I found it very helpful to come in to school for a couple of hours and then go home for about an hr or 2 before returning to work on my projects. Over break I did this each day, and it helped so much! I left in a good mood, and happy with the results of my project. So, if you ever get frustrated, just sit back and relax, it'll all work out!

Brooke Gluszek

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Behind - Emily Ritter

I'm finding it harder and harder to post on here. 1. To actually do it, and 2. what to write about. One thing I think is interesting and slightly irritating is that not a lot of people know what printmaking is. They know what screen printing is because of screen printing shirts, but a majority of people I have spoken to have no idea what I am talking about when I tell them my major is Studio Arts with an emphasis in Printmaking. I think when a lot of people hear the word "print" they automatically think reproduction, laser printers, and what not. How museums reproduce works of art. Apparently, print means not original. Grinds my gears, but it gives me a chance to teach them something new, which is good.

Now that my rant is over, here is an artist to check out.