White casting slip, cotton fish netting
White casting slip, cotton fish netting
Bought one of these beauties at the Cups of Merit fundraiser and sought out the artist today and introduced myself. Emily Christopherson, a student of Art Institute of Chicago, does beautifully simple, tactile work that is such an experience to feel in your hand.
I had an excellent time attending NCECA 2016 and came away quite inspired and with that little fire inside to get back to work. I also appreciated the time to meet and bond with fellow artists and cherish the new friendships made. Above all, it was quite cool to see that ceramics is a community, a growing family of like-minded souls that are kind and encouraging of one another. It was a blast Kansas City.
I've recently received a rather prestigious nomination from the University of Texas at Tyler Studio Art Department I study in. I feel very honored that they would consider me to represent them within the institution and I am very thankful for the acknowledgement.
In recognition of the work I have produced during my time at UT Tyler, the faculty have put my name forward as a candidate for the Regents' Outstanding Art & Humanities Award.
Each UT System campus has been asked to nominate six representatives from the BFA in Studio Art program to represent their respective university for the award, which recognizes students in the visual arts. The UT System Board of Regents will ultimately select two students for the award in visual arts, with a $1,500 award made in the winner's name to the department of their choice.
Wish me luck!
UPDATE: Not this time. :) Congratulations to the selected partied.
And still a 4.0 GPA maintained!
I'm back in the studio again, this time trying to gain a firmer grasp on what kind of work I want to make, and more so, what it means to me. Researching, I uncovered a Japanese concept called "Wabi-Sabi" that really intrigued me and appeared hold true to my visual approach and overall concept.
Maybe, my work is a direct reflection of my life, or more specifically, my late start in accomplishing my goals. I'm getting older. I'm definitely imperfect. The suffering associated to all the hard work when I'm more easily tired from a long day may be where these kinships are coming from. I feel like my work sometimes: aged, worn, but still worthy of being filled with life.
I also lost my father recently, and that specific loss may be behind my imagery of deconstructed, broken forms and my embracing of wabi-sabi that supports an acceptance of loss and death.
I'm calling this piece "the departing year", which is a line pulled from the final line of a haiku from Kobayaski Issa, a haiku master poet from the late 1700s.
In an effort to try to keep pace with my twin brother who has recently dropped roughly 10 lbs of weight - I don't want to be the "fat" twin; I've been looking for a way to motivate myself to get on the "fitness" lifestyle track. My twin is very organized and loves to track data, record metrics, and tabulate findings, it's his nature. I, on the other hand, am very much a come what, come may, undisciplined type. I live and eat modestly and am healthy enough, but without counting calories and a total absence of exercise in my daily routine, I've put on more weight than I am comfortable with. Unfortunately, I've always struggled with my self-esteem for bring too skinny - odd that I find myself on the other end of the spectrum now.
I've tried numerous times to start and follow a routine, but find that I drop off pretty quick. I really don't like counting calories in apps (though admittedly, this process does work well), and I tend to jump in with both feet, forcing myself into several uncomfortable practices all at the same time. I change my world, my entire lifestyle, in one single moment.... and hate it.
So, now I'm going to try something new. A slower approach.
In my graphic design classes, I take my students through very complex processes and programs using delineated steps - one small thing at a time, assess, and then add the next. The content comes at them in levels rather that all at once. No one could do it all at the same time without becoming discouraged.
Leo Babauta of Zen Habits, a professional minimalist, worked out his own weight loss in levels. Every week, he took a small step forward in his weight loss, assessed his progress, and then leveled up. I'm going to try this same mental maneuver.
For the walking, I've placed a treadmill in my studio. I'm going to start with 1 mile a day (15 mins) for a week. Too easy? Maybe, but I haven't regularly exercised in a while, and a 'baby step' will make this process easier to commit to.
The eating will remove all sugary sodas. NO MORE DR. PEPPERS! I am also going to cut late night snacking. I'm horrible about eating chips, kid's cereal... basically anything I can find, at night.
I will only progress past this level after I’ve successfully done it for a week.
Here goes nothing. Thanks, Leo!
A concept for a tattoo that mixes a love of books with flights of fantasy into one merged image about escapism via reading fiction. A piece of art for my best friend, and I love that she loves it. ;)
This was the initial concept executed in vector. Thought I'd include it since it was part of the process.
Here's a cool development - I'll be writing, on a story-by-story basis, for a new media company called Telepathic. Telepathic is a sci-fi fantasy media company in the San Francisco Bay area that specializes in innovating the art of storytelling for the modern age. Currently, Telepathic is looking into bringing flash fiction to the mobile arena; think "short fiction meets snap chat."
They focus on the genres of Sci-fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Paranormal, all of which are right up my alley. Now, I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll stop their, but I'll tell you this - they have a really cool format/platform that is quite fun to experience. I'll keep you posted when content officially releases.
My first story is a Horror short that warns you to be careful who you trade pics with over chat.
I had a good time yesterday working on some art for a couple of good buddies of mine who have started a podcast called the Norrath News Network, a conversational news podcast for the Everquest franchise from Sony Online Games (now Daybreak Game Company.)
N3, is an abbreviation of their longer official name - Norrath News Network.
For this identity, I worked the letterform 'N' using Adobe Illustrator to resemble the edge of a weapon, with a pitted sword blade in mind. Working out the facets and their metallic gradients was especially enjoyable. I used Sanitarium from Blambot.com, always a great resource for these type of heavily thematic brand attributes, for a modern (podcast tech) yet still fantasy-styled (medieval world setting) feel, plus the curving serifs made great sword-like points. I decided to use a warm gold for the color palette so that the mark would pop forward on the cooler toned imagery of the Everquest setting.
Special attention was given to social media, realizing N3 would appear in many smaller profile picture type situations from Facebook to Twitter.
If you're a gamer who loved the old days of Everquest and Everquest II, or are looking forward to the upcoming Everquest Next, you should check these guys out.
And still at a 4.0 GPA.
After my first two semesters at the University of Texas at Tyler, and my first introduction to ceramics, I have two of my pieces (Barnacle and Amphora) exhibited in the annual 2015 Juried Student Exhibition curated by John T. Handley, Director of Galleries and the Cole Art Center for Stephen F. Austin State University. I feel honored to have been selected to show in this event - the competition was very steep. The work will be open to the public from May 29th - August 14th.
Roughly 100* works were narrowed down to a spacious 30* and 6 artists were selected to receive awards. I was one of them, with an Honorable Mention for Barnacle. Other winners included Jerid Watson (the letters folded into paper hats), Wesley Stolusky, Nora Joanna, Kayla Suverkrubbe, and Best in Show going to fellow oil painter, Josh Ware. What made it even more special, is that these guys are all friends of mine; it was a fine winner's circle indeed.
That's your's truly on the far left.
Kudos to all the exhibitors, the juror, and the professors that guide us.
These three phrases I live by.
...and you should too.
Recently, I've been working in ceramics. Being more of a painter, this has been a new experience, but one that I find quite a lot of joy in. It's a challenge and a new way of thinking, and I like that.
As a person who loves form, I've been able to transfer my desire to paint the human form into the clay. I'm working with finishing pieces in raw, unglazed manners, letting the natural "skin" of the clay and it's varied innate pigments that become apparent after firing be the work's strength.
I'm basically keeping it naked. Thus, I'm calling the body of work 'Nudes.'
To create interest, I am exploring textures using organic inclusion wedged and pressed into the clay body to be burned out later in the kiln, leaving behind naturalistic voids that nod to nature. You'll see in the photos, if can identify the voids' shapes, sunflower seeds, oats, lentils, and coffee grains. I am using one inorganic material - perlite, which is the white, inorganic stone found in potting soil.
I'm working with spherical forms and then exploring how I can further manipulate and/or join the forms I create. I'm working with porcelain and white stoneware clay bodies and plan to investigate naked raku techniques to further push the 'nude' message of the series.
I'll post finished work when I have it.
The highlight of the year had to be our family vacation, the Christmas present we gave to our kids. My wife and I believe that experiences are more valuable than material objects. Instead of giving presents, we give an experience to be shared as a family, an event the kids will remember their entire lives after all the material things are forgotten about and lost to time.
2014 found us at Pensacola Beach,. Florida. We love the beach. :) As a plus, we happen to be in town while the Blue Angels were on training runs and so we got to meet each pilot and spend some time touring their facility and air base. Amy is a huge fan.
For me, it was just getting time with my wife and children. I am usually, in both nature and necessity, very busy with work and school, and to be able to just sit and watch the waves while holding my daughter; or running and laughing in the breakers with Aiden; or dodging flying trashcan lids with my wife at dinner during a gale force storm (that happened), it was all a great and memorable time for bonding and loving. 2014 was filled with hard work and time away from my family. For 2015, I hope for more time to love them, times like these especially.
<-- See those faces? Worth it.
Looking back over 2014, I discovered that I spent very little time reading... anything. With the exception of a few sci-fi books, it appears that 2014 was spent with my nose buried in social media and college textbooks.
For the record, I HATE college mathematics.
For 2015, I plan to change things up and challenge myself with replacing nonsensical Facebook posts regarding what my friends ate for lunch and the newest meme with actual content for my own personal development and enjoyment.
I'm starting with the classic Dragonlance Chronicles.
Why these? I grew up on this stuff. I can recall a time where I spent hours deep within my imagination, visualizing the adventures of Tanis Half-elven, Flint Fireforge, and Tasslehoff the Kender as they trekked through dismal, subterranean dungeons and fought all manner of terrifying dragonkind... however, I never read the books. My imaginary journeys took place while looking at the spectacular artwork and maps of the 15 adventure modules from TSR that accompanied the novels in 1984 - my older brother had them hidden away in a less than secure filing cabinet.
30 some odd years later, it's time to actually read those novels of old and relive the adventures I fashioned for myself as a child. I may even buy the modules just to share with my son. :)