Monday, November 28, 2011

Routed Texture Sample Board

Designed, routed and painted this last week as a sample for the shop at the University of Minnesota Department of Art where I work as the CNC Router Tech. Some of the textures I made in Photoshop as bitmaps, some were made in Illustrator, and others were used from the EnRoute software's texture database.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Parade

This Friday I had the opportunity to check out Nathalie Djurberg's incredible exhibition, The Parade, at the Walker Art Center. The 80 handmade bird sculptures alone were incredible with their life-like human qualities, intricate textural and colored details and dramatic shift in scale, posture and personality. But on top of that was a series of six stop-motion animation videos, whose deceivingly whimsical aesthetic was a stark contrast from their darker themes including gluttony, greed, lust and torture. It was incredible how a material as primal as a colorful clay could communicate such powerful imagery and squeamish responses. If you get a chance to see this one, I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Give to the Max Day

Northern Spark 2011 - trailer from Northern Spark on Vimeo.

Today is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota, where donations to non-profits will be matched. Please take this time to support Northern Spark 2012 and the arts by donating any amount! CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Work of Mike Davis

I am a HUGE fan of local artist Mike Davis of Burlesque North America. So much that one of his prints hangs in the treasured spot, centered above my bed. And I recently had the joy of buying some of his alphabet keychains made by KidRobot. And then I had the even more exciting joy of bumping into him at the grocery store! Anyhow, thanks for making awesome work Mike.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Work of Erik Benson

Eric Benson's paintings are informed by fragments of urban landscape and culture that are found in the everyday. His process involves pouring acrylic paint onto sheets of glass, allowing them to dry, then peeling the dried shapes off and collaging them into larger compositions. I admire his attention to detail, shifts in visual focus, and his conveyance of both isolation and temporality. I particularly admire the playgrounds.