I really enjoyed this conversation between multimedia artists Jeremy Bailey and Rafaël Rozendaal. Both artists deal with the intersections of technology, performance and the web in interesting ways. I'm particularly interested in any artists who also operates in the world of commercial digital design (Jeremy Bailey is a designer at Freshbooks - the online bookkeeping platform). Both artists have a very practical approach to what it means to be an artist in today's internet-driven world.
Back in May I completed a set of murals at GMA Architecture in Eugene, Oregon. Along with two wall pieces I did a triptych on maple panels (shown above), as well as a series of collages on paper using materials the architects provided me - renderings, conceptual sketches - mixed with my own abstract shapes. I still need to get these properly photographed with everything in its right place.
Most of my painting work is fairly messy and process oriented, but this was a good opportunity to use a lot of the bold, graphic ideas that tend to only show up in digital projects. Everything I put on the walls was in fact designed in Illustrator, and then either projected or in the case of the entry wall, drawn in place using a grid. I've been using broken letterforms a lot in newer work still in process, and they are derived from discarded stencil letter shapes.
Much thanks to Joe and Danny at GMA. It was a fun weekend of late nights and podcast listening in order to get it all done between the work week. Looking forward to doing some more work like this.
In an earlier post I shared an image I made at the studio during a slow work day. The statement "Art is Hard" is so basic and simple it's kind of stupid, like it should have been around forever. Maybe that's why it's stuck with me. I've also posted in the alley window of my studio. It's rad watching people stop to take pictures of it.
Anyway, I realized I wanted this statement on a t-shirt, so I submitted it to Cottonbureau.com. It's now live and available to order. The way Cottonbureau works is, a given design needs to get 12 orders inside 2 weeks to go to print. It's a really cool model, and they do a good job curating. One of the founders just posted a really interesting read on how they developed on Medium.
My design hit the target last night.
I shared the image on Ello.co and someone responded with "fuck yeah, that's what makes it so rad." It's true.
Art making is rad because it's hard to do it right.
Get the shirt here: http://bit.ly/art-is-hard
P.S. If you're an artist in need of a kick in the brain, I would recommend checking out Elliot Earl's Youtube series "Studio Practice". Check out this episode titled "Destroy habit, synthesize knowledge and take action". Good stuff.
This is not a complaint. Merely and acknowledgment on a Monday. Also I wanted to smell paint while I was working on a client project.
This image popped in my head the other day as something I wanted to say to someone, after hearing them talk about a struggle with a new set of pieces they were working on. I literally pictured it as tossed-off spray paint on paper or a wall. Deliberately non-art, as most blunt communication is.
I made this today, before I started work. One of the best things about a dedicated workspace is the narrowing of time between idea and execution. Even if it's a silly mental image you need to get out of your brain, so you can move on with your day.
The 8th grader who lives inside my head is very real. This kid has all of his dreams and interests wrapped into a single workspace, and it financially sustains itself. It includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Art studio for both client and personal work
- Practices space for drumming/music projects
- A mini halfpipe, 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 feet tall, with maybe a painted parking block or two in a corner for mid day sessions.
In truth, I feel like I'm halfway there.
My 450 square foot design studio exists primarily as my base of operations for client work. I've had weekly rehearsals for a new music project, in the space for about a month, and my drums are scattered all over. I currently can't play during the day due to other nearby professional offices, but I do take screen breaks over my practice pad throughout the day, working on getting my chops back.
I've recently moved my painting studio out of the dark corner of my garage, into the design office, and have spent more "design hours" doing things by hand, at least in the early stages of the creative process for client work. This has been awesome. Computers are killing me softly and I need to get out of my chair more.
The 41 year old, who hangs out with the kid in my head, would only add the following requirements:
- Double the square footage, and the monthly revenue to expand into a neighboring unit. Right now I can't leave everything out all at once. Everything needs it's own corner.
- Enough white wall space to continue holding monthly pop-up shows and showcase new design artifacts I'd like to make and sell this coming year.
- A shower so I could work out and go running during the day and smell good for the wife and daughter when I get home. The sons don't care.
The building I'm currently renting space in is completely empty, except for me. Unfortunately the whole building is for sale, who knows how long it will stay on the market and/or sit empty. I have a gut feeling it will get torn down when it sells. It's the only building available on this block to demolish and rebuild in it's place, and the city is all about new development.
More dreaming later. Back to work for now.
I keep coming up with these ideas
In this case, I've had this one for almost 2 years now, and I had to get it out of my head. "Wouldn't it be cool to do a show about giving, and make prints that say the word "Give", really big, and then give all the money to a charity?"
Yes. It would be cool. And so it shall be. I'm designing the print myself. If it goes well, I'd like to rope in other designers to contribute, and keep the party going year after year. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Get all the event details over at artsdigital.co. I'm acting as my own sponsor once again, combining resources from ECA and my design studio. I'm also teaming up with the amazing Threadbare Press, who will be doing the screen printing magic on her portable PrintCycle.
5:30 – 9pm
First Friday, December 4th
at the Artsdigital.co design studio
945 Olive, in Broadway Alley (map)
A recent interview on the Unit Editions blog on how two, well known, UK design studios got their start.
AS: So it seems that the motivation in all cases was not money, but a desire for autonomy, wanting to be in charge of your own destiny. And that’s more important than money.
That pretty much sums it up for me as well.
I made you a pep talk. Quit complaining.
Been looking at a lot of zine galleries online this week. I've started working on a couple myself. I'll most likely will release them digitally first.
Here's a page from the first one.Read More
Found this really great skate zine archive/gallery. All handmade/photocopied zines like your older brother had. These zines were largely how the backyard ramp scene spreadRead More
Don't Fall Apart
So I submitted a graphic I had kicking around to CottonBureau.com and they went for it. I actually had several versions with dismembered body parts, but the above image seemed the most likely to get the thumbs up (see what I did there?) from...Read More
New Skatepark coming to Eugene
As a fan of skateboarding and someone who has been skating off and on since the mid-80's, I am so stoked for this thing to be finished. It will open this spring, and make skating in our rainy town possible year round.
It's being built by Dreamland Skateparks. See more pics after the jump-->Read More
I've found a stack of t-shirts I made with my art-school-homie-and-artist Spencer Reynolds. The Boom Box graphic was a collaborative game of layer tennis between the both of us. I've only got a few left so get on it and grab one.Read More
One Day You Wake Up and Everything Changes
As of September 1st, I left my job of 6 years at Copic Marker, USA / Imagination International, Inc. Things had run their course, restructuring was happening, and ultimately I wasn't able to do design on my terms.
Up until the summer of 2013, it had been a great place to work, and I learned so much from my time there. I don't regret it at all. I began as the lone staff designer, and worked my way into a Creative Director position with a programmer and two designers working for me by the time I left.Read More
Been looking at Dieter Rams this week in between projects. Looking at his output is a good way to remember how important it is to distill things down to their essence.Read More
It's been a while since this space had any real action, but I'm starting to get the itch to use it again. I've had a busy several months so I'll start by recapping some recent projects.Read More
I recently complete some identity work for Morones Analytics - a Portland, Oregon forensic accounting firm.Read More