Barry McGee & Margaret Kilgallen

“I like things that are handmade” says Margaret Kilgallen.  To see her paint such large floor to ceiling murals with a tiny brush is a testament to the need for hand made craft.  The largeness of her works looked so painstaking.  I could imagine all the patience and time it would take to draw such a large scale pieces of art.  I kept looking to see if she was painting on a really large canvas because I couldn’t stand the thought of someone just painting over their work after their exhibit time is through.  Being influenced by folk art was apparent through her choice of color in her paintings.  Her works seemed mostly composed of red, white, blacks, and sometimes blues, a simple palette that I thought complimented her drawings.  Below are two examples of her work:


Barry McGee had truly creative work and it was uniquely stylistic but it bothered me to see him drawing on public walls by the highways.  I support art but I don’t support vandalism.  Don’t get me wrong though, graffiti art is phenomenal and I understand that a free canvas and large space is appealing but it’s government property.  When they were drawing on the train I kept thinking that someone owns that train.  I strongly believe in “Do unto others as others would do unto you.”  I wouldn’t want someone to be spray painting or drawing on a train that I owned.  Below are two examples of his work:

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Laura Wait

I enjoy the abstract vision of Laura Wait.  I get this Japanese/Asian vibe that is very clean yet grungy. Some of her works feel very zoomed in and texturized.  I could imagine using some of her works as a low-opacity texture overlay.

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Linda Zacks

I feel as though my aesthetic is very similar to Linda Zacks because she does more destroying rather than perfecting.  I like the way she distorts and distresses her photos.  She takes bits and pieces and finds a common thread among the images to make the audience understand the individual images as one.  In the following pictures, Zacks emphasizes the green in one collage and the purple hues in the other picture.


The framing is messy and the photos are torn but I think it adds so much to the pages as a whole.  Instead of having the conventional, boring straight edge of a picture, Zacks adds flavor and draws my eyes all over the page with all the crooked, torn lines.  I love the way the colors pop and act as the commonality among the photos.  It gives me a lot of ideas for the altered book we have coming up!

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1,000 Journals

My first blog! This feels like opening a new journal and having that blank white page.  One of the people interviewed in the dvd mentioned the fear of seeing that blank white page.  It’s definitely not easy to sit here and spill my brains with the snap of a second but this movie so far is creative enough that it’s only hard to think of where to begin.  The drawings and the random pictures are really inspiring and giving me ideas for what I want to put in my artist book or at least in my artist box.  I saw napkins, ticket stubs, and even caution tape is included in the journals.  There was everything from pages full of writing or pages full of leaves!  

In the beginning of the film before the title credits were shown, a simple question was asked.  Where did our creativity go?  I answered that question in my head.  I don’t think people have lost their creativity, I just think they don’t recognize it or give themselves credit for using it.  The question is more like Where do you hide your creativity? There’s creativity in everything we do.  The way people choose to get to their desired destination is creative.  They may choose to take a plane flight, drive a car, ride the train, or a combination of all three.  It’s creative!  I think we don’t identify our everyday actions as creative just because it doesn’t involve colored construction paper or a paint brush.

One guy mentioned liking Johnny Appleseed.  I liked his reasoning for his infatuation.  He said he drops seeds and walks away.  That’s very parallel to the effects of the 1,000 journal project.  It sparks the curiosity and creativity of its recipients and plants that seed that makes people want to continue the outpouring of their thoughts or experiences.

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