My artist website →
another best of list of photographs →
My Friend's, Caitlin Brutger, Artist Website →
Midwest Center of Photography Gallery Submission
The two most important goals of my artwork are (1) creating a pleasant aesthetic that allows the viewer to see the world from an unconventional angle and (2) an important, comprehensible message that can help better the world. The first allows the second to be possible, for it creates interest in the viewer, and entices him/her to assemble visual impressions and comprehend the message....
a [beautiful] face over five years →
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
"This is our problem as artists, we are in the...
Notes from a seminar I attended regarding pricing your artwork. Make a range of products 500 dollars 200 dollars 60 dollars then someone who really likes your 500 dollar piece will probably buy a 60 dollar piece. think about pricing in comparison with each other, after you cover all your expenses and time, you multiply it by your keystone 120 vs 140 vs 160. Which one would be most...
transparent church →
"They work, on some levels, in the same spirit as... →
urban artists using the power of a CLEAN wall to display messages. so great.
New Idea: Collages
So, I’m really attracted to “The Most Powerful Photos of 2011” magazine that’s out, I think Times Mag has a similar version. And I had this huge draw to make a Dada-like collage out of them, for one of the pieces for my senior project. Then I decided that I could also do collages from old photos, but that might be kinda weird, but I kind of like it because I don’t...
Jenny Seville = amazing →
David Hockney →
the most powerful photos of 2011 →
"We didn’t even push the limits, we just showed... →
This is a talk given by man who goes by JR, who takes simple, comical, black and white portraits of people from all around the world and pastes them onto our human-contrived landscape - builings, slums, towers, etc. He uses his art to help the world, it’s incredible and incredibly inspiring. Everyone should watch this. These are my notes from his talk: Art can change the world The people...
Post Modern Thought... and now what?
“Western tradition had for too long falsely supposed that the relationship between language and world was… well founded and reliable. (and even, for some religions, guaranteed by God.) This false logocentric confidence in language as the mirror of nature is the illusion that the meaning of a word has its origin in the structure of reality itself and hence makes the truth about that...
"The knowledge of self, one’s own ideal, own’s own...
Alexey Titarenko lives in the former USSR, and takes fantastic long exposure shots of the city he lives in, loves, and despises, St. Petersburg. (see previous post for a link to his work). Here are some very poignant and inspiring notes from a youtube video we watched in Critical Theory: ““Artists have ideas without knowing what they look like. The act of creation is the process of making...
amazing sculptures - idea for blending painting... →
amazing long exposure photography →
Reaction to Painting Critique
I presented my source images to my class, and it went pretty well. The biggest problem they had was the “love as a drug that blinds you” painting, that the drug aspect wasn’t evident enough. It was suggested to show the brain in my skull, perhaps even show the activity in the area of the brain that is affected by feelings of love. I liked this idea at first, but then I thought...
the ocean's soul - high definition photos, watch... →
angiogram - beautiful images of the heart in... →
An angiogram consists of injecting the blood stream near the heart with something that shows up on this sort of image generator. The resulting image is really, really cool and beautiful. not going to use it at all but it’s beautiful nonetheless.
SO I’ve had many trepidations about my idea for the senior thesis. But I feel better now cuz I have a plan B that I feel like is pretty good about. And Elaine feels better about it too, which is good. I’ll fully explain the idea if it proves necessary. But for now, it’s onward with the original idea. I really believe in it, I think it could be really cool. I’ve spent...
“…artists do not seek to give what can, after all, be but a pale reflex of actual appearance, but to arouse the conviction of a new and definite reality. They do not seek to imitate form, but to create form; to imitate life, but to find an equivalent for life… In fact, they aim not at illusion but at [a new] reality. “ –Roger Fry (1866 – 1934)
Possible inspiration for backgrounds of paintings? →
midterm evaluation of goal accomplishment
Overall, I’ve had to devote the majority of my time to overcoming technicalities and obstacles with the physical possibility of my senior thesis. I’ve had to get permission to construct in the gallery space, figure out how I’m going to construct the entire thing in the gallery space, how I’m going to build it, how I’m going to pay for it, etc. etc. So I regretfully...
hot damn these portraits are so moving! →
JFK & Nixon Debate →
I may get my source photo from this footage.
Painting Ideas from "The Rum Diaries"
The Rum Diaries is a fantastic movie. I very much reccomend anyone to see it. It gets a little long, and there’s some things that could use improvement, but overall, great movie. One of the best I’ve seen in a while. One of the best things about this movie is that it stirred me intellectually and artistically. I think an entire semester class could watch and discuss this movie and...
Painting Critique Things I want the class to think about: How are you responding to color? Are they too elementary? Too crayon – boxy? I think that’s kind of interesting. And it will be reduced more as I fade things in and out… class likes the colors. Are the colors in the top of the painting too distracting? class- no. How do the paintings make you feel? Christina - sense of...
Egon Schiele - emotional portraits →
Elaine recommended this artist as a reference for the emotional nature of my love box. I like Schiele a lot, I think his abstraction of form and color is very evocative, especially in the painting that is linked above. I appreciate the few paintings of his that are positive in tone, and I want to be conscious of that effect while I complete my thesis. I don’t want my overall message to be...
severe, uncomfortable emotion
I just started my first painting for my senior thesis. and I can’t believe it’s already October 25th. I’ve been figuring everything out, for 2 months? How did that happen? Personal Distractions - that’s how. Aka the girl that I’m painting. I have to prsent to my contemporary theory class about psychoanalysis of art, and it freaked me out! I found this quote...
Photographs that make you woozy. in a good way. →
“Only in art does it still happen that a man who is consumed by desires performs something resembling the accomplishment of those desires and … produces emotional effects –thanks to artistic illusion – just as though it were something real.” – Sigmund Freud, Totem and Taboo