Tuesday, March 31, 2009

First Place!!! YAYYY!!

Guys, Im super super happy! I won first place in the Loyola Bling competition for my piece, "Survive in Style" Wow, i never really won anything before. Especially in art. Im ecstatic! On a more serious note, I intend to continue with idea and theme. I am planning on making a series of not only blinged out gas masks but other war equitment and survival equitment. I feel like this is the start of something that I can truley be passionate about. In your face Loyola!! Go Flames!

Monday, March 30, 2009

So I was watching Color Splash on HGTV the other day and they went to this place that hand printed wallpaper. It was really amazing how beautiful and perfect each strip of wallpaper was printed as well as the many number of layers they used. They even quickly showed the process on the show. The wallpaper printers did each print with silk screen and all by hand, no giant machines doing any of the work, it was amazing! I was very impressed. This image in the exact print they were printing. :)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Murals in BK

Some stuff we came across while we were in Brooklyn last week

Also my pals that live in Humbolt Park make their apartment into an exhibition space 4 times a year. Basically everything in their house is screenprinted, they use their bathtub to rinse screens and such. Next time there's a show I would check it out.. Humbolt Exhibition

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Do you want to look like them?

What are you waiting for? Transform yourself into a Julian Opie piece, go to http://www.designandtech.com/fotoshop/tutorials/julianopie/julian_opie_tutorial.htm and do the whole tutorial then post your picture on the blog!!! Have fun... also if your interested in more of his work this video is pretty cool it explains the process to some of his most recent work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8c1HFMp3T0

Thursday, March 19, 2009


While doing research for a bread-making project I had been working on recently (creating sourdough bread from a starter which included samples of my own vaginal yeast), I stumbled upon the work of Kittiwat Unarrom, an artist who creates body parts out of bread. I was interested in the implications of the human body providing food for itself, and though this is more figurative than my approach, the shock value of the work is undeniable. This Thai artist has been producing these gruesome looking works out of his family's bakery, making it a local attraction.

The work can be interpreted in a myriad of directions from political statements to religion to the desire or repulsion stemming from the idea of cannibalism.

His work is fully edible, and reportedly tastes like normal bread, though even with that knowledge, I wonder how many can work up the nerve to eat it?

Read More About Kittiwat Unarrom

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Survive In Style

Remember that post from the beginning of the semester? The call for bling? Well I entered that competition, and heres what I made. Its a blinged out gas mask, i titled "Survive in Style". The money sign eyes are spinners, so you could spin them around.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Philip Matesic Demands Your Attention...

Well, I do anyway . . . through him. I took Sculpture I with Philip Matesic last spring and found several of his pieces that fit in pretty well with what we've been doing this semester. While there isn't a whole lot that's print-related, most of his work addresses social space and interaction. A couple of my favorites are titled "Stop Carrying Out Your Intentions and Watch for My Signals" and "I Wish To Communicate with You". For these, Philip constructed two shelters based on images from the International Code (a series of flags used for communication between mariners), installed them at various beaches in Denmark and let his audience do the rest. Not a bad way to spend a day at the beach. Click here to check out more of his work.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dog Poo Graffiti

It sounds gross. What it really is, is someone sprayed over all the dog poo that wasnt picked up on his or her street. Its crazy how many dog droppings there actually are on that block. I imagine this intersting graffiti will drastically cut down the amount of people who dont clean up after their dogs.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Visiting the Three Walls gallery was really cool. I think my favorite part was the t-shirt printing! I was in awe of how many shirts there were, it must have taken them a really long time to make all the shirts. What I found most interesting was the range in craft. Some of the shirts were PERFECT, as I closely inspected some of them I did not see one printing flaw! I was in awe. But as I continued to walk around the walls of hanging shirt I started to see that the craft tended to vary, and some had some printing mistakes. But overall the shirts were really great, my favorite one was Rabbit Season and Duck Season, I wanted one! I even read the description, but didn't quite understand the reference to the election. In general I really enjoyed all three of the exhibits!

Tract House at ThreeWalls

There are three shows at the Three Walls gallery. Holle Cambodia, Dispatch, and Tract House. Each is shown in a seperate room throughout the gallery. My favorite was the Tract House. In the back room there is a large table filled with zines of all sizes, colors, and content. I picked up one of each zine and read each one. It was intimidating at first, I honestly did not think i would gt through reading them all like i told myself to, but luckily I have a long train ride home. I ended up liking a lot of the reads. They ranged from promoting minamalist lifestyles, to religion, to cooking tips. Some of them were quite funny. The illustrations were interesting; politicians' heads on dinosaur bodies, greek gods, rolie polie men, and women from the fifties. I thought the most interesting part of this display was how the working was handed out. in class, we were to take our zines with a predetermined audience and disperse them, here, the artists (as written on the wall) are asking us to take these and do what we please with them, letting us pick and chose an audience for them.
If you get the chance, pick up these zines and read them. It may take some time, but they are all very interesting, and i am sure with each one you read, you will think of a possible person to pass it off to as an audience.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I picked this up at the coffee shop near my house. I thought it may be interesting to check out since we have done some stencil work in class.
I actually tried to go an see the exhibit this afternoon, but it was closed due to the owners being out of town. The man working there said the best day to stop by would be Saturday between noon and four pm. I peeked through the window and it all seemed like very interesting work, I would like to see it up close and encourage everyone to go down and check it out.
It's located on Chicago near Damen at 1953-55 W. Chicago Ave. It's attached to Rotofugi the designer toy store.
If you can't read what the flier says, the featured artists are Johnathan Wakuda Fischer, David Soukup, and Peat Wollager.
I plan on visiting soon. Oh, and the toy store is worth stopping in too.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

laser-etched monoprints!

First: no I don't know how to do it. I looked around and couldn't find anything.

Second: these were made by Damion Silver. I found this looking around this amazing blog called booooooom. There are multiple updates everyday with everything from photos to laser-etched monoprints. All posts are of different artists and most of them are very good.

Monday, March 2, 2009

so i found these on my local trees...

this is a Knit Down the Block Project. I guess they had to put up signs so the village wouldn't pull down their tree sweaters but for a long time they seemed to be anonymous. i just thought this was a really neat idea of art in social places.