Thursday, April 29, 2010

GREAT book projects

So my students had 2 weeks less time - but they really busted butt on this and I am super impressed.  Go kids Go!!!

This is Amber talking about her project done on Alexander Mc.Queen

Contemporary Art Rock star Sonja putting some final Touches on Robert Rauschenberg

 This Book Project was By Chandra Powe done on Kara Walker..

Erik K working on Bruce Nauman

More to come......

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

commercial post

this commercial is really funny i think its so interesting what companies think is attractive to men. basically its fast cars and women with a sassy attitude.

artist book for jiri anderle

I chose this artist because he speaks to me in a language i know clearly and that is pen and ink and print. He uses these two techniques to make portraits as well and abstract pieces that show the dirt and grime of older eastern block countries including his home country the Czech republic.

visual mapping

midway gallery visit

The show at midway was really great to see. The work was or all types of medium including pen and ink, sculpture and video. It was great to see an artist not be constricted by one medium and to show his work with a singular message. i really loved the pen and ink piece represented because of the "sketch" quality. It looks like the artist sat down with no intention of making any one thing and finished with something beautiful and frightening. The employees at the gallery where also really interesting as well. They opened me up to something that is now a big part of my life, modern african art. It is interesting to see how african artists are relating to other countries and other artists around the world. Africa is a place that is very different from our own and the views and lifestyles represented in african art are also very different and interesting. I would suggest looking at the artist coco fusco she has inspired my work as of late and taken me in a totally different direction than i was going before simply put a great artist.

walker art visit

The piece i chose at the walker is "Study for Monument of Metamorphoses" by tetsumi kudo.This piece is basically a map and an area is highlighted giving a detail or the piece. the medium looks to be marker or pen and ink. After researching this artist i learned that kudo was most active in Paris and of course japan. He was not recognized in the US until his current exhibition at the walker. Most of his work is pen and ink but he was also a very active sculpture maker exhibiting over 55 pieces throughout the world. this information helps me put this piece into context and i now understand the message behind the piece. he is highlighting his home area in japan showing how he has moved from his home country to western countries. this meaning is very clear now after my research . most of kudo's work is about metamorphases and travel. this is an interesting topic for me because i can see how some one's life would be completely taken over by their travels throughout the world. I could loose myself traveling and this is something that i have wanted to do for a long time. The idea that one could leave the whole world behind and be a rambling traveler has always been appealing to me. file:///Users/student/Desktop/images.jpeg

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

My trip to Chicago

The Bean at Millenium Park in Chicago
This was so cool. I had never seen it before. It looks pretty cool in pictures, but in real life it's like every different kind of fun house mirror in one. Plus it's huge. There were so many people there.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

PHOTOS that changed the world: Ted Talk by Jonathan Klein

this was ...... amazing.
I am so excited about your futures as art makers!

Jonathan Klein: Photos that changed the world:

Visual Mapping

Thelma Golden: How art gives shape to cultural change

From the Ted Talk:   Thelma Golden: How art gives shape to cultural change 
the link:

Looking at the art of African American Artists - and how their work changes cultural perceptions of different cultures and how art can identify itself, and define itself outside of the assumed cultural stereotypes.

 Art as a Catalyst for social change in cultural perception!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

"Moon" - Official Trailer [HQ]

This is a super good movie. It's not all fast and actiony but it's quite brilliant. Starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey as the AI robot (Gerty) on the moon base with Sam. There are no other people there at all.

Sam battles with holding on to his sanity while mistrusting what he has been told by Gerty and his bosses. He is desperately lonely because he has been there for almost 3 years. In two weeks his contract is up and then he'll get to go home.

Unfortunately there is an accident with the machinery and everything goes downhill.

It's on Netflix instant stream. Watch it!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Alexander McQueen Interview

Images for artist book: Piet Mondrian

Artist's books


Book Binding help


From the site that would not operate for me

here;s the site you want and then click on the blue link for the images:


Artists Judy Barrass is talking about in her blog all the different options of bindings


From the Brooklyn Art Museum  (One of my favorites)


Work made by Katherine Conway
Artist Book based on:  Bansky

Work Made by Sam Basques
Artists book based on:  Tim Burton
Work by: