Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
The 1000 Journals Project is an ongoing collaborative experiment attempting to follow 1000 journals throughout their travels. The goal is to provide a method for interaction and shared creativity among friends and strangers. This awesome idea is only slightly flawed in the sense that you have a better chance at winning the lottery than coming across one of the original 1000. There is is this new 1001 journals (i think thats what its called) that you can go to and request a journal.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Though the artist doesn't present her name.. her website shows tons of material of book alterations. Apparently it's what she specializes in, but she also does shrines and other various things. Her technique is a little different than most examples I've seen because she covers each and every page with art and pictures (like a scrapbook) without using any of the actual lettering from the books. She also types up what she wants to put in the book herself, to glue in. She explains that the purpose of her work as an artist is one of revelation. Her work is detailed and complex so that something new is revealed withe very viewing.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Barton Lidice Benes is an artist dating back to around 1974. This specific piece is titled Livre Censure (or censored book). He started this technique after being on a train going to Philadelpha and was reading a biography about Nixon. He started scratching things out as he read it, and by the time he reached Philadelphia he had basically scratched out the entire book. After that, he started nailing books shut and tying them up.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Gordon Parks is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and is best known for his work as a photojournalist. His images display an enduring message of hope and are very carefully juxtaposed.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
MC Escher, Relativity
So this lithograph is absolutely insane. The way he completely distorts your understanding of perspective is astounding! While this image lacks color the lines and the wide range of value probably does it more justice than color would have.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Some really great examples of altered book pages by Will Ashford. He makes very visually interesting use of both his own media and the text of the book he has chosen, and has interwoven the images so well into the text that it almost looks like it's part of the book itself. He creates a dark, enigmatic feel in a lot of his pages that draws the viewer in and makes them wonder. He has some more excellent examples on his website that might help anyone having trouble incorporating text and media in a cohesive way.
This is a video of J.K. Rowling speaking about a new website experience, Pottermore. The video displays graphics of a book being designed through cut outs of the pages of the book to create other images. I think this is a very unique way to approach the 'humenent' idea that we have been talking about in class. In addition, the way that it was presented to the public was especially intriguing because it turned it into a digital, moving, object to tell the story that J.K. Rowling is talking us through.
Friday, November 4, 2011
He began with simple letters and then moved on to increasingly more complex typefaces. Depending on the intricacy of the letters, each artwork takes anywhere from a day to two weeks each to complete, using only basic arithmetic and an exacto knife as he does. He derives his inspiration from the content of the material he is working with. For example, he carved a recycle symbol on Robert Lamb’s A World without Trees.
An advocate of alternative energy and recycling, he rarely uses new books, but opts instead for books that may otherwise go to waste. He cuts, folds, and slices carefully, so as to preserve the books’ integrity. Recently, he has ventured into logos and symbols—an area he would like to pursue further.
This sculpture made by two Cuban artists Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz is entirely made from old shirts. The sparse use of color and near-symmetry are very powerful. It's particularly fascinating, because I imagine it would be very difficult to build a sculpture using objects as big as shirts. Each shirt would need to be very deliberately placed to give it the realistic aspect it undoubtedly achieves.