Wednesday, December 10, 2008

museum visit

Went on a class field trip yesterday to the MCA Denver .
It was a very pleasant way to close out the semester. I was thoroughly impressed by the museum in its entirety. The architecture and exhibits are fabulous. The library and shop have wondrous things. I especially like how each exhibit/artist has private viewing space. It provides the viewer with a total immersive experience with the art. I also like how the exhibits are limited in number. I tend to get art overload if I see too many works at one time. The MCA provides the right amount of pieces to appreciate in one visit.
I guess I had a prior prejudice about Damien Hirst. Perhaps it was a bias about his commercial success. But upon viewing his work, I found I was mesmerized by how beautiful the "Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain" sculpture is. I'm still thinking about his pieces and the other artist's work.
Afterward several of us had coffee and tea in the cafe. We had an interesting discussion about the meaning and existence of logic. I feel blessed during my school experience to have met so many smart and talented artists with diverse interests and strengths.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Ben Fry

Ben Fry gave a speech at Auraria Campus last Thursday. It was a brief but interesting overview of Processing and how it can be used for data visualization. He showed examples of his work, particularly the genome project, as well as works by other users. One student's piece incorporated a thoughtful concept with an amusing but contentious subject matter. He obtained responses from distinguished scientists about pet ownership, i.e., dogs vs. cats. The overall answers favored dogs but there were some funny observations thrown in the mix.
I know the picture isn't great, but I was trying not to use the flash and I didn't have a tripod on hand. It is easy to see Ben is passionate about what he does, most my shots were even more blurry since he moves his hands when he speaks.
Check out his projects page.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

web ambivalence

I've been struggling with my portfolio website for days now. It is finally up, but it is lacking much content. I tried using Flash templates, blog templates, and Flex to build it but could never get all the pieces to work together. So I resorted to basic html and css styling. I will keep working on it to make it worthy as a portfolio site.
Here is the link: Random Patterned

Thursday, October 30, 2008

comic sans, good or evil?

Today some levity is required. An amusing video and a funny website about the pros and cons of the dreaded typeface.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

design philosophy

I am still working on how to word it more concisely, but here is an in process version:
It is not disputed artists derive from and build on past ideas. Essentially, as an artist, I feel obligated to use technology in a manner which pays homage to the past and increases appreciation for a rich history of handmade art. Individually, a digital or physical material art medium has worth and always will. But attempting to innovate in combinations of media potentially reveals infinite new ways of creating and makes all art more stimulating and cherishable.

I was researching the meaning of the words doctrine, philosophy, method, etc. Check out what the word doctrine looks like on VisuWords. Its form is circular. Some of the branches are "ism" words. Girondism? I had to look that up also, since my knowledge of the French Revolution is lacking. Funny, there is no escaping politics in relationship to art or anything else, even if you try or desire to escape it.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

field trip reflection

On Thursday our class visited Anabliss graphic design firm and Hadley Hooper's exhibition and work space at Ironton Studios. At one I saw ordered linear grids and at another I saw organic lines which were both ordered yet at the same time natural. At both places these simple forms are used for communication; direct and evocative, purposeful and/or expressive. I observed splendidly used colors; muted, saturated, monotoned - all kinds. I witnessed passion and humility from the two principals. I discerned honed skills of analytical and intuitive thought.
I recognized my envy of metal, garden sculpture and a spacious studio filled with books, tools and a plethora of artmaking materials.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

artist statement for web site

One of the web site project requirements is an artist statement or design philosophy. This will require some serious reflection and multiple drafts. My intuition tells me it is an ever evolving and changing doctrine.

In the meantime, enjoy these wise words from Bruce Mau's Incomplete Manifesto for Growth.