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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  

Online Artist #5: Michael Craig Sieben

I’m a huge fan of what I’ve seen from his work!  His characters are hilarious and quirky but still includes a melancholy tone that I tend to look for in artists.  There’s a sense of sarcastic humor with life threatening forces.  I learned from the previous artist I wrote about (Herbert Baglione) that I’m drawn to interpretations and themes of death.  For example, in the second image, there’s an arrow headband through the character’s head.  It pokes fun at death and creates an easy going, carefree outlook on life.  The personalities he creates are so amusingly witty and yet bizarre and uncommon at the same time.  In the last image, Michael did an installation with a giant blue leg being eaten.  The oddness of the leg provides such dimension and mystery to the piece as a whole.  Michael has the ability to grow a curiosity in his viewers and I hope to provide that in my works as well as the downbeat undertones that Michael and Herbert uses.

For more about Michael Sieben, visit his official website: http://www.msieben.com/

Published in: on March 25, 2010 at 1:17 am  Leave a Comment  

Online Artist #4: Herbert Baglione

Herbert Bagilone is a Brazilian artist that uses themes such as death, individualism, family, and chaos.  After searching through countless artists online, I’m noticing that I’m drawn to artists that implement a dark element within their works.  Herbert maintains these themes within busy, colorful paint on canvas works to simple works with ink on paper.  Regardless of his medium, he is consistent with the fluidity and body language of the characters he creates.  The faces are mainly expressionless or sad and suffering.  Herbert’s latest ink on paper collection leaves so much room for interpretation.  I really like the way the heads are down and the bodies are mostly closed off.  One drawing that stuck out to me was his HB 53 piece.  There’s a female curled forward with her knees on the ground and her neck is pushing up against the back of a man curled up.  Their bodies form a yin yang- like vibe.  The male has his head in his hands and all you can see is the back of his head.  I really like that Herbert chose to not show the man’s face because it makes me wonder what he’s looking at or what his expression is.  Both of the bodies are naked and bare.  There’s such a straightforward, rawness to this piece that feels very genuine.  I like the open space all around the bodies and nothing else besides the two people.  He expresses them so well that the piece doesn’t need anything else.  Herbert’s work inspires me and gives me ideas on how to convey themes of death and individualism.

Photo of one of his paint on canvas pieces:

His latest gallery of paint on canvas works entitled “The Dark Wave” (displayed December 10, 2009 to January 28, 2010): http://www.fifty24sf.com/2010/past/2010/herbert-baglione/

His current pen on paper works for sale: http://shop.upperplayground.com/#view=details&item=HB-54&search=*category%7C5024sf-gallery-originals/*&currIndex=32&pageSize=32&currSort=sort_order&sortDirection=desc

Published in: on March 23, 2010 at 8:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Online Artist #3: Katsushika Hokusai

I remember learning about Katsushika Hokusai in an intro to visual arts class and I was drawn to his color wood block print called Great Wave of Kanagawa.  Wanting to further my knowledge of his catalog, I looked up his work and found this crane piece.  I enjoy this crane image by Hokusai because there seems to be a lot of movement but time stands still.   From what I’ve learned from modern Japanese literature writer Junichiro Tanizaki, Japanese tradition of aesthetics includes asymmetry and irregularity.  This is evident in this Hokusai’s piece.  No two cranes are the same and even if two birds are facing the same way next to each other, one crane’s head will be pointed more upward than the crane in front of it.  The counter-clockwise movement throughout this work as a whole draws the eyes all around the piece without specific emphasis on any one corner or section.  I noticed that the cranes are mostly facing either downward or to the left.  This could be a reference to the Japanese culture of looking to the to the past for answers rather than facing right to the future, the style of “the West”.  Below is another work from Hokusai of a fish swimming up stream.  I like the way he ribbons the water and shows the fish interweaving through the strands.  

Published in: on March 18, 2010 at 3:50 pm  Leave a Comment