Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
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: http://beardsandbarnacles.blogspot.com/2008/12/art-nouveau.html
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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: http://home.onemain.com/~allenlam/index.html
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^ 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.
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http://www.dewmocracy.com/#/about Click on the "The Designs" Tab on the left side of the page.
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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...
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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.
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 http://obeygiant.com/
Sunday, May 9, 2010
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.
And I'm really looking forward to see your final pieces and keep those!!!
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
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!
Monday, May 3, 2010
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.
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.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Now for a fun art link!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
That's amazing work, and I like Escher so, one year ago I created that and it took three days. That was so hard.
Here's the link
Take a few minutes and check his prints out!
Friday, April 23, 2010
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!!
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 (http://www.bookwalterdesign.com/TextandDrive/) 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.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
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
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.
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!
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.
Saturday, April 17, 2010
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.
according to dictionary.reference.com 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?
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.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
or search "i luv halloween"
I figured you guys might appreciate it. It's artistic and such. The song is also really fun.
Their website has current publications along with a collection of music. [both of which are free to browse and download(the music)]
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
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
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Hope to see ya there!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
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.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
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!
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.
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
Can't wait to get back to reality
Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Brenna Russell Intro to Printmaking
Brenna Russell Intro to Printmaking
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
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…
Monday, March 29, 2010
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.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
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.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Information about Duncan Fallowell:
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.
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.
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.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
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!