Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Blogging Guest Spot

I was commissioned my by friend Katie to do a guest spot on her blog The Daily Telecraft. This is the first time my writing has appeared somewhere else other than my personal blog. The post is an overview of one of my favorite art movements. Check it out in the link below. I am happy for the opportunity to appear in Katie's blog and hope to do more off site work in the future.

 The Daily Telecraft: Bay Area Figurative Movement

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Look at What the Light Did Now- Community and the Creative Process


In early November I had the privilage of seeing Feist perform at The Tablernacle in Atlanta. It was a brilliant concert showcasing selections from her critically acclaimed 2011 album Metals. The former Broken Social Scene bandmember incorporates a strong visual presence in her shows to carry the stories in the music, making them tangible to the audience. This marriage of visual art and sound requires a talented group of artists beyond Feist. 2010 documentary Look at What the Light Did Now, directed by Anthony Seck, is a documentary that explores the group effort that goes into creating such an experience. Instead of a standard rock doc, What the Light Did Now is a rich video scrapbook of the four year process of creating Feist's previous album The Reminder.

Trailer for Look at What the Light Did Now

Feist is very aware of how important others are because she has spent a great deal of her musical career collaborating with fellow artists such as Peaches, Gonzales, By Devine Right, Beck, Wilco, and Kings of Convenience to name a few. Her own recording work echos this. For The Reminder she called in the help of performance artists, graphic designers, photographers, fellow musicians, and friends. Look at What the Light Did Now is a powerful reminder of how the creative process can a collaborative effort instead of singularly focued on the artist alone.

Feist and Athony Seck interview for Qtv

As an artist it is very easy to become so focused on personal work and become isolated, especially when you are not in a school studio situation. I believe that the reason for some of my own artistic blockage, other than grad school stress, was not taking time to become involved with other creative people. After visiting art friends and getting outside myself by listening to music, looking at art, and watching inspiring films I have been doing more creative work. I currently have some short stories and an extended project of a book in the works. Maybe more work of the visual nature before long. The point is to reach out to likeminded people and influences. Other people can help guide you into creative avenues you would not normally venture on your own.  Feist's documentary is a great example of this practice at work.

For more on Feist visit her offical website :ListenToFeist.
To find a copy of Look at What the Light Did Now Amazon
For more on Metals check the AVclub.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hertzfeldt

Although I haven't made any art in awhile, I think I've finally busted through whatever barrier that's been damming up my creativity the past couple of years. My curiosity about filmmaking has been elevated since I notice a link on Facebook to a Don Hertzfeldt article on CartoonNetwork's Adult Swim website. This guy's crude, little hand drawn cartoons are what I think would happen if you took some Shel Silverstein and threw it in a blender with David Lynch and a dash Charlie Kaufman. Erie, yet really clever and inviting. Below are a few of my favorites.

Everything Will Be Okay, 2006

 
Ah, L'Amour, 1995


Billy's Balloon, 1999

For more on Don check out his person website Bitter Films or good ol' fashioned wikipedia.

In personal news: My last graduate class ended a few days ago. I still have my thesis due next semester and that's pretty much it. In order to catch a break I decided to just forgo the crazy to have an extra semester to work. It's felt pretty good to know I have some time for myself. You need to just stop everything sometimes to rebuild. Happy creating, folks.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Artist Statement 2006

"The act of making marks is perhaps the most basic human instinct. Drawing is what makes me human. My art keeps me sane. It is such a release to me. I cannot see myself doing anything else in my life other than creating art and learning about it. Art helps me communicate my emotions better than using words. I am a visual person at heart. I do not want to merely  project my own emotions on paper, I want to inspire emotions in others. My goal is to pull the viewer into my work and invite them to feel what I am trying to say about the world visually. I want to evoke a sense of empathy with my work and the type of feelings I portray in my drawings and paintings. When I do this I feel successful as an artist..."
That was something I wrote around five years ago my mom found in a closet today. When I first read it I dismissed it as amateurish drabble, but after reading it again around 3:30 in the morning it made me think. The writing may have not been the best- but it was very honest.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Video Blog- No. 1

video

So there we go. I finally  figured out how to film on my MacBook. This is just a rough video I made a few days ago (be kind, please!). The video is one of the few creative endeavors I've been able to complete since summer classes are so busy. I know I have said this a million times, but I'm planning on doing a lot more with this thing to promote my artwork and a little bit of creative writing that is currently in the works. 

A little bit of news, this weekend definitely expect another post. I've been approached by my friend Katie to do a guest spot on her art blog The Daily Telecraft. If there are any new artists you are curious about check her blog, she is serious art history buff. The post I'm going to be writing this weekend is a spotlight on a painting movement that has inspired a lot of my work called the Bay Area Figure movement. 

Stay tuned! 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Fosterisms

"As far as walking away from someone who's struggling, I mean, if you love somebody, and you know them, and they have proven themselves as a friend over and over again in your life, and they're somebody who's really a member of your family, when someone's struggling, you don't walk away from them. You stand by them. . ."
-Jodie Foster 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Getting Serious About Getting Serious

Okay, as I write this I have been up for nearly 20 hours straight. Why? I have three big deadlines hanging over my head for the 4th of May. Stress when I have really important things to do (especially writing) has a really weird affect on me. When I know I have a lot to do I freeze, panic, and do nothing but stay online half the night watching cartoons or something else equally nonproductive. Then I have to deal with the almost cardiac failure inducing stress of doing everything at the last minute. And-surprise- I don't do a very good job.
So, enough. No more. I will not check my e-mail/facebook/blogger every 10 minutes. I will not stay in bed until 1:30 because I was too stressed out to sleep. I will not reminisce my grade school years by watching Ed, Edd, n Eddy episodes on YouTube at 3 AM. I will not freak out because my writing isn't good enough to be publishable (that's what drafting is for).
What I will do is write. 15 minutes just force myself to do it. After so many times doing something I'm afraid of eventually it won't be so bad. I will accept that I am only human, can do so much, and take comfort in the knowledge that my classmates are going through the exact same thing.
Count down to May 4th six days. Wish me luck.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

New Work Preview- Finally!




Nothing big, just a few pastel studies. I am trying to figure out how to work with color again. These turned out surprisingly well. Over the summer I hope to make some paintings from these.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Research Hero Sandwhich

Why in the world does paper writing have to be such a tedious process? The odd thing is that I really enjoy doing research. If I have a topic I really like I could read about it for days. Then comes the business of having to compile my own thoughts with what I'm reading. While having a conversation with one of my art history buddies, the best analogy we could come up with for building research around your thesis topic is kind of like a deli sandwich from a Tex Avery cartoon. You have this massive tower of ingredients- slices of bread, lettuce, cheese, and tomato; with this toothpick running through the whole thing. Found research equating to what the sandwich is made up of and the toothpick holding it together being your thesis statement. In the next two weeks, I've got some serious sandwiches to make....

Oh, and disclaimer. I know I promised images of what I've been working on lately. They are coming. I finally got my new computer yesterday and I need to figure out how to get the photos from my camera on it. Some of the drawing from my figure class may be taking an interesting turn tomorrow. We are going to the cadaver lab... Let you know how that one turns out.

Cheers.

Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm Not Dead

After seeing some of the great work my old USM art department buddies have been doing on their blogs, I've realized how much I really neglected this thing! The truth is, I have not been doing a lot of artwork lately. Other than my figure drawing class my own work has been pretty non-existent except for a few pastels in a sketchbook over Spring Break. Another reason I want to do a lot more on this blog is because of a discussion I had with some other art ed. colleagues after class tonight. Balancing teaching and creating your own work is really difficult. (Especially if YOU are in school too!) It seems for the most part all we have been doing is talking about theory and writing papers. For the summer semester Libba, Brooke, Tammy, and I have decided to remedy this. We are planning to meet once a week and just work on art after class. I am really looking forward to this! With as crazy as the summer semesters get not only will this be a good way to squeeze in some creativity, but it will help me keep my sanity. Sorry this is such a short post. I'll get some of my figure drawings up here after portfolio review next weekend. In the meantime, here's a short list of things that have happened or that I've been working on making happen over the past months:

  • In 7 more months I will be COMPLETELY done with grad school! This is really exciting, but I'm also terrified that I won't be able to find a job with as crazy as the economy is. 
  • For the past semester I have been working as a tour guide at the Georgia Museum of Art. I cannot tell you what a great opportunity this has been for me. Not just the experience working with kids again, but being able to see some of the works in the exhibitions: Picasso, Rodin, Dali, Matisse, Joan Mitchell, O'Keeffe, and Richard Diebenkorn just to name a few. 
  • With all the good things going on in my life right now, there has been one major hit to my family this month. My mom recently had heart surgery. It wasn't anything life threatening (she had a pacemaker put in), but this experience has put things in perspective for me. I am really hoping to get a job on the Gulf Coast to stay closer to my family and friends. Life is way too short to not be with the people you love.
  • My computer is DEAD. After four years of faithful service my Hp has had all it can take. I'm finally biting the bullet and buying a MacBook. It makes me sick to spend that much money on anything, but I think it will be a really good investment. They are not prone to viruses and an unreliable computer is the last thing I need while writing my thesis.
  • While I thought summer school was going to take up my entire summer, I was glad to find out that I'm only in class for a month. This makes for some much needed reconnection time with family and friends. I'm also pretty sure I will be teaching a figure drawing class at the Meridian Museum of Art since I'll have some time off. I'll keep everyone posted.
Well, that's it from me for awhile. I hope things are going great with all of you (whoever reads this thing). Expect more posts soon!
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