Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Inspiration of the Day: Klaus Voormann

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wikipedia entry
I am very inspired by the pen and ink work of Klaus Voormann--he did Beatles' Revolver cover.

He is also a very inspiring individual: musician, producer, artist.

Friday, October 26, 2007

new project

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I am working on a new recycling project... here is the statement for it so far:

so, I unraveled my old pink sweater so that I could use it in other projects - recycling. My old pink sweater is one of the first purchases I made with my own money that I earned at my first job during my senior year in high school. I didn't have any bills so I decided to buy myself some nice clothes. I can distinctly remember driving up to the Village and going into the Ann Taylor store. I tried on a bunch of stuff and decided upon the pink chenille sweater and a green one just like it. I loved these sweaters - short sleeve t-shirt style - so cozy that I wore them for about ten years (on and off). One time that I took the pink sweater to the dry cleaners and when I got it back it had a hole in the back - I was so upset. I sewed the hole up with some pink thread that I had, but it wasn't an exact match - that bothered me, but I don't know why I didn't just go buy matching thread... hmmm. Anyway, both sweaters were getting so worn out that I decided I needed to get rid of them, but I couldn't bear to throw or give it away so I figured the next best thing would be to reuse the yarn and give it a new life.
I also inspired to recycle more - it is pretty amazing how much stuff I throw away on a regular basis. I want to start reusing yarn, paper, fabric - all the scraps can be turned into something new.
I started by creating a long i-cord to which I connected a handful of crocheted silver spheres - it's not quite finished yet.
next, I had already decided to make some earrings using fibers and my old pink sweater was a great start. I took the yarn and made "bits" of knotted bunches with embroidery thread and beads sewn into the piece. These 'bits' will be used for earrings, pendants, and other stuff (whatever I come up with).

Monday, October 22, 2007

Inspiration of the Day: Jane Goldman

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Jane Goldman is an artist based in Massachusetts, and the Lewis's have a couple of her pieces. I love her work, especially her watercolor, screenprint, and intaglio pieces. She has such a delicate touch and deals with very complicated compositions. Her work is just beautiful, and I love looking at her prints.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Inspiration of the past: Winsor McCay

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Growing up I had a large hardcover book of Winsor McCay illustrations. His illustrations are beautiful, and his Little Nemo series really inspires you to cherish your imagination.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Beautiful and then disturbing

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In line with our curiosity and appreciation of Walker's work, Walton Ford is another artist whose are I find compelling on several layers. He paints highly detailed and beautiful watercolor paintings of animals, in a manner reminiscent of John James Audubon. Yet, on a closer look, his images are not in a manner reminiscent of Audubon. His animals are tortured, dieing, or highly sexualized, or all of the above. Let me know what you think (some of his work is like a car accident where you can't look away, but you know you should).

FYI, I just saw his work in the latest issue of Vanity Fair. I am inspired by this work and Walker's work, so I am going to go look at some classic illustrations and see what I come up with.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Colaboration inspired by Miro


This is a work in progress, and it might not work this time, but I think it is still a good exercise. This is the painting I was talking to you today about: I was inspired by your memory series and by a Miro painting I saw over this past weekend (at the Harvard museum).

Monday, October 08, 2007

Inspiration - Layers of Meaning - Creative Exercise: Feed Your Mind

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Layers of Meaning » Blog Archive » Creative Exercise: Feed Your Mind

I came across this post while searching my bookmarked list of blogs - I really needed some inspiration today... I'm feeling swamped lately and need some creativity boosts.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Inspiratio of the Day: Fogg Museaum and Kara Walker

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Kara Walker, Alabama Loyalists Greeting the Federal Gun-Boats, from the portfolio Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005. Offset lithograph and screen print. Image size: 24 x 35 inches; sheet size: 39 x 53 inches. Courtesy of Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston.

I just went to the Fogg Museum of Harvard University , and I am upset with myself for not going to this Museum earlier. It has one of the best collections of work that I have seen: One in which any city would be proud to have it as its Museum (let alone a University).

In line with the themes we have been exploring, the Fogg has an exhibition of Kara Walker's work which superimposes her signature silhouette figures on old illustrative depictions of the Civil War from Harper's Magazine. The contrast is very striking, and her work does compel you to think about difficult issues involving racism, sexism, and violence (all pushing and pulling against one another). Her medium of silhouette cutouts is very interesting too. It allows her to create images the are simple and playful at one look and then distorted and disturbing at a closer look.

Have you seen any of her work? I wish I could find more images online to show you of this exhibit. The image shown is a good representation of the pieces in this exhibit. She usually only has the black silhouette figures on stark white backgrounds, sometime displayed on a wall of a gallery space (so not confined at all), so this is an interesting change from what I have seen of her previous work.

Thursday, October 04, 2007


Okay, here is a draft of the introduction for our proposal (let me know what you think):

It is important to have an active soul: A person should constantly explore who they are, what they believe, and why they are where they are. Self-reflection is important, but self-reflection without more is limited and hastens bad ideas. The ideal should never be the stoic thinker, off in the corner, who develops grand ideas through reflecting on his own insular experiences, which are caged in by his own prejudices. Rather, the ideal should be open and honest collaboration. That is, working with others to develop and crystallize your own constitution.

"Sibling Revelry" is a celebration of the importance of collaboration. "Sibling Revelry" is a multifaceted essay on collaboration in the context of our digital age--a digital age that opens the door to effective collaboration to the greatest extent in history. First, "Sibling Revelry" is a visual art show, where my sister and I have been creating and will continue to create various pieces of artwork. The artwork will be (or is) 6" x 6" in dimension, and we will be done with this project when we have create 150 unique pieces of art (I will create 50, my sister will create 50, and we will have 50 pieces where one of us has started the piece and the other finishes the piece). The second part of our essay is the process itself.

For the past six months, my sister and I have kept a blog detailing each piece and detailing our various influences: Our critiques of each other's work, various artists that inspire us, and other discussions about this project and art in general. We are also putting our work in other online forums to get feedback and inspiration from artists around the world (other forums include, among others, MySpace, Etsy, Indiepublic, and Flicr).

The third and final part of our essay is a written essay. The written essay will be more expansive than a traditional artist's statement. We will tie all of our efforts together and place our collaboration in the proper context. We will look back and explore our blog and our various discussions in other forums to see where we were and where we ended up. We will study great artistic collaborations of the past; such as, the Pre-Raphaelites, Die Neue Sachlichkeit (the New Objectivity), and Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. We will then reflect on whether and in what ways our individual work was enriched by our collaborative work.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Cool image on Flickr...another inspiration of the day

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Here is an awesome image on flickr: flickr photo

Essay Nz photo, titled Literary Art, comments says Part of the Talking Poles display, Tokoroa, New Zealand.

Inspiration of the Day: Steven Asseal

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Steven Assel is a master in composition, painting, and storytelling. He paints scenes that draw you to deeply look at the images. I have actually been a huge fan of this artist since I saw some of his work in Art News in an advertisment for Forum Gallery in New York. The image in this post is typical of his work (he often uses the gold/yellow/red highlight in the background, which I find to be a beautiful element). Let me know what you think.
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