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.
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