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Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 12:08 am  Leave a Comment  

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Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 12:05 am  Comments (5)  

Ash Thorp


Ash Thorp should be a motivational speaker.  He didn’t even finish talking and I wanted to go be the best at something.  His work was phenomenal and he was well versed in all Adobe Creative shop programs.  Ash deserves the amazing job he got offered because his portfolio was well rounded and stylistic.  He had so much passion and conviction in everything he said and that was evident in his work.  My favorite piece of advice he gave was to find the best and do better.  I wasn’t trying to remember that but it stuck in my head and I even passed it on to a few friends of mine trying to pursue music.  Ash’s presentation was well worth my time and I rarely say that about presentations of any sort.  He was encouraging and I know everyone in class benefitted from his speaking in one way or another.

Ash Thorp’s Website: http://www.ashthorp.com/

Ash Thorp’s Blog site: http://progressofprogress.blogspot.com/

Published in: on April 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Alex Ingram

I am officially  not taking grad school.  Alex put a lot of emphasis on the hardships and expenses necessary to attend grad school and that just confirms my decision to never go.  I am not intimidated by the pressure but even the good things he mentioned about graduate school I didn’t like.  He gave very useful advice and specific websites that helped him get to where he is now.  Alex even provided an online coupon code that we could use to save money! He is attending graduate school in New York and has opportunities waiting that only good networking could have got him.  I’ve heard in the past that networking is a key factor in landing your dream career but Alex actually showed how his connections got him closer to working with his idol fashion photographer.

Click here for his official website: http://www.alexingram.com/

Published in: on April 28, 2010 at 11:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Katherine Westerhout

Kat’s photography is phenomenal! I don’t think I’ve ever been as impressed with any other photographer’s work as a whole like I feel about Kat’s collection.  I can say I like one or two photographs from an artist but Kat’s work, I’m in admiration of so many of her photos!  Her aesthetic is what I strive for.  Her pieces are incredibly gurngy and dirty but simultaneously clean and uncluttered.  The locations that she captures are rich with content and seemingly have too much going on but she pulls color stories that ties everything together.  I particularly am drawn to the aged and broken aspects of some of her photos.  I like that she uses the location and excludes animals, humans, and plants from her images.  She zeroes in on beautiful architectural and interior design and puts an eerie, deserted appearance to the photos.  I really enjoy her work and would love to create pieces like hers in my own photography.  It is exactly the type of work I had in mind to capture.

http://www.katwest.com/

Published in: on April 15, 2010 at 12:33 am  Leave a Comment  

Edward Burtynsky

Edward Burtynsky managed to organize and create a very comprehensive message with his collection of images about oil.  It was obvious he was very decisive and his ideas were well thought out because the result is a steadfast and to the point type of message.  He started off with images of extraction and refinement to show how oil is drawn from the Earth and processed for our use.  Edward then captured how we use oil with images of highways and suburban areas.  The last part of his collection was the destruction and consequence of our use that included large scale images of recycling fields and landfills where old oil machinery gets dumped.  I enjoyed the last part the most because his message became clear and hard hitting.

Published in: on April 12, 2010 at 7:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Online Artist #6: Robert The

Robert The really exemplifies the essence of book art.  Books are no longer restricted to its content but rather other aspects such as the way the book looks and the way the spine of the book bends.  In the picture above, Robert interprets this book’s title in a dark way that I’m drawn to.  It’s pessimistic and straight-forward with a black and white color scheme that I usually prefer.

Robert The, Readers’ Digest (cake book), 1998, Walker Art Center Library Collection

This image of work immediately caught my attention with its pleasantly delightful interpretation of a book.  I enjoy seeing objects in different lights and I have never viewed a book as a delicious piece of cake!  This is a cute and hilarious idea that Robert The envisioned.  At first the cake is off-putting with details including a baby blue glazed ceramic plate and a shiny, silver fork.  The work as a whole is so inviting and simple, yet with a closer look the cake is really a slice of a two-volume bound set of Reader’s Digest magazines.  The frosting looks so real but it is made of wax; even yummier!  An interpretation of Robert’s work could be the animalistic daily digestion of food is as important as our daily digestion of knowledge.  Robert’s work inspires me to convey objects as they have never been portrayed before.  I want to shine a different light on the common objects I work with and create light-hearted and simple pieces.

Published in: on April 1, 2010 at 8:27 pm  Leave a Comment