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Photography :: Thinking outside of the viewfinder

21 Feb

I’m in love with photographs that go the extra step. It’s hard for me to like point and shoot photography that gives off a sickly aura of an artist that didn’t think about cropping the image, the exposure setting, did I take a black and white photo with d-max black, does it portray content thats never been seen before, etc. Suffice to say, I have a very critical eye when it comes to reviewing photo submissions.

As photo artists we have to set the mood for our contemporary culture. We need to create photos that show skill and an expertise.

Dan Mountford is a 19 year old Graphic Design student who has the “outside of the viewfinder” mentality. His double exposure photographs are modern and beautiful. There isn’t a point and shoot aura that radiates from them. You may be thinking, “He probably did all of this in photoshop.” You would be completely wrong. Dan creates his double exposure photographs in the dark room. The labor alone of creating these images is astounding!

The next time you’re thinking of going out in nature and taking photos, think to yourself, “What can I do with this photograph that no one else has ever thought of before?”

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The Artist Workspace

7 Feb

Sometimes I feel sorry for my lovely fiance Sage having to put up with living with an artist. We artists, depending on the workload/personality, are sometimes quite messy and very fickle about how we want our “workspace” organized and layed out. For me, the whole apartment is my studio, except for our 2 bedrooms. I have drawing papers on the coffee table, my drawing desk is covered with different mark making implements, there is stacks upon stacks of magazines I go to for inspiration near my bookcase, a collection of sorts of random books I buy, etc. Suffice to say, some may think our apartment is a little cluttered. My goal, whenever we move out and find a new abode, is to make sure I have a room set aside for my work needs or a little building. A girl can dream, right?

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On another note, please submit your artwork, poetry, and/or prose to thepeel@appstate.edu. We’d love to see what you create 🙂

Graphic Designers: Collectors of sorts

24 Jan

I love print and web design. If you looked on my internet browsers saved links you might be overwhelmed (8,000 in total.) Collecting websites via stumble is one of my favorite down time activities. I also save all the magazines I buy. Every. Single. One of them.  There is one magazine in particular that really totes my goats.  Flaunt Magazine is a beautiful mixture of art, music, fashion, and the strange. The graphic design is beyond speechless.  Today I bought the most recent issue and I think I fell in love. Actually, I know I fell in love, because I can’t help gazing at it with loving eyes. I think its safe to say many designers/artists are collectors of sorts when it comes to their creative need for having something beautiful (and cheap.) Like The PEEL Literary Arts print magazine 😉

I find it refreshing being one of the many graphic designer hoarders. I have cheap art on a beer budget. And all the magazines serve some creative purpose for me.

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Eco-art? More like resourceful.

18 Jan

If anyone is friends with an art major you know how much money we hemorrhage for art supplies.  Such as that awesome paper that we have to have for our next drawing assignment, archival markers for our next project (because you know that in a hundred years it will be hanging in a gallery), or chiseling tools we’ll use for that one class but we convince ourselves we’ll use them again.

I’ve been sitting on the idea of creating artwork using the books I’ve collected over the years at the abandoned book section at the library. So far they’ve just made a nice little tower in the corner of my living room, but thankfully the most I’ve spent on them has been a total of $6.

San Francisco-based Alexis Mackenzie creates meticulously abstract collages from a variety of found books.  Her works are absolutely refreshing to view and just makes me realize all the possibilities that surround me with these dust collecting books.

So while I try to save up for my wedding, I’ll be coming up with resourceful/earth friendly ways I can make art for my classes without spending too much “dolla bills y’all.”

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“Body” Art

20 Nov

Art is such a flexible, beautiful thing. The boundaries are limitless and not all art has to be done in the traditional forms such as painting, drawing, ceramics, and/or sculpture.  Liu Bolin takes his Art an extra 100 steps forward by becoming apart of the scene which he wants to capture.  It isn’t a pretty story, but a sad one.

“Liu said he wanted to show how city surroundings affected people living in them.

He added that the inspiration behind his work was a sense of not fitting in to modern society and was a silent protest against the persecution of artists.

He said: ‘Some people call me the invisible man, but for me it’s what is not seen in a picture which is really what tells the story.

‘After graduating from school I couldn’t find suitable work and I felt there was no place for me in society.

‘I experienced the dark side of society, without social relations, and had a feeling that no one cared about me, I felt myself unnecessary in this world.

‘From that time, my attitude turned from dependence into revolting against the system.’  ”

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Simple Art for the everyday

6 Nov

Simplicity is key in our modern-day world. Everything must be straight to the point and give us all the information we need in one look.  I guess it could be said that many artists as of late have taken this simple form of aesthetics and beauty with many of their projects that they wish to sell to the masses.  This could be dubbed Craft.  The cousin of Art but is more available to many people.  It’s a revival of the Victorian Art Movement where many people wanted beautiful things in their home but at a reasonable price.  Ergo coffee tins, candy jars, etc were beautifully designed with functionality in mind.

One of my facebook fan pages that I really love on a craft, handmade level is Fey Handmade.  The shop has simple pieces of everyday art.  And yes jewelry, calendars are an art form in the Craft sense 🙂

Fat Bird Calender Drawings

Magenta

25 Oct

Being a graphic design major means I’m always being bombarded by standards and practices that have been defined suitable for design. Some are fabulous and inspiring while others feel like a constricting mess.  I would love to go the route of making a technicolor, zebra rainbow of happiness in all of my designs but there are only so many things my professors can handle and will accept from me.

This Fall Break I had the pleasure of going to Nashville for AIGA’s Think Tank Conference.  I found all the speakers to very inspiring, especially Mr. Sean Adams.  I think I instantly fell in love with his work once he stated that magenta could be used in designs.  Magenta of course is one of my many obsessions at the moment so I sat there starry eyed drinking up every word he uttered.