Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Graffiti Animation for Shu and Jeff

By a Graffiti artist from Buenos Aires.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Art we can do as a class....



Can you believe that ever small canvas is done by a different artist? It's amazing how as a whole, the painting still looks like it's done in one style, although all the artists, obviously, paint differently.

This is just another interesting way to do art...maybe we can do a collective piece like this? (AFTER our DaVinci photo of course..hahaa)

gmail art

I was browsing around youtube the other day and I came upon this. Its pretty interesting.. Who would have thought of painting a webpage?! We are becoming to dependent on computers, browsing through many sites each day... But still! I dont know if it would affect you guys as much as it affected me.. I just thought i was something different... really exciting :D.

We paint objects, photos, landscape etc... but the idea of painting a screenshot problably never hit any of us... Wouldnt be that interesting to look at. But it was pretty funny :P

gmail art

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Unscrew America

I was on and I saw this little ad on the bottom left. It looked pretty interesting with its these little graphic circles. The design of the website was actually pretty awesome, its wasnt like one of those flash websites that were overly flash-like that you couldn't read any information. This website was very creative, free, fun, and informative all at the same time. I usually don't have appreciation for web design, but I'd have to admit this one was good. So good in fact that I read every article on it. The websites about switching from stoopid conventional lightbulbs to CFLS and LEDS.

Heres the website

Travis Millard

I was looking through Juxtapose, this art magazine in the library and I found this really interesting artist named Travis Millard. Some of his stuff is kinda strange, but I really like his quirky style, especially his creative ways of of making interesting, often humorous associations.
He has a couple of these, on the left is the topic and the right are comical descriptions of the often
negative effects of doing the activity on the right. This illustrations that go with the words are sometimes literal, but sometimes metaphorical such as the ropes that symbolize intestines.

This one is my favorite. If you dont understand, he blames his failing stomach lining (ulcers) on things that cause him stress.
I also found these two very intriguing. He utilizes his stylized faces to emphasize the fine difference between crying of sadness and crying of happiness. And he composes the arms and faces to incorporate a sense of movement even though the figures seem to be a grid-like static formation. A contrast is incorporated by using warm colors colors for the women and cool colors for the men, also not the little clouds. Yet with these fairly obvious contrasts its easy to confuse the two, and the emotions, which is likely the point.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

I just wanted to share this artist because well when i watch a really good movie or hear a really good song i can feel myself smiling but when i look at artwork, even if it manages to convey something important to me, i dont usually find myself smiling. But when i saw this man wesley hitts photographs i found myself smiling. Even at images that seem kind of random, i feel he managed to capture it in a way that made me feel a certain happiness. I think that is a real talent because well i dont know if its just for me but i feel he just manages to capture moments so well. Anyone with a camera can take a picture but it takes someone who is really talented to get that just right.

i cant upload the pictures here becuase of copyright issues but you can go there to see them

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Pregnant Man

I remember Mr. Reyes once talking about what it'd be like to have men give birth. Well, after Mr. Lee Mingwei does, we shall know.

What does a pregnant man have to do with art?
Well, Lee Mingwei is an artist himself, and he's done a lot work that's been featured in many cities, including New York. I thought he did traditional Chinese paintings, but he's actually a contemporary artist. For example, one of his projects was called "Guernica in Sand." It looks nothing like Guernica though, I admit.

He also used different materials, like cloth and wood and... tea sets? And a few of his projects reminded me of Do Ho Suh, the Korean artist we watched a film on in the beginning of the year, who built houses out of fabric.

Check him out. For his art and his pregnancy.

Monday, March 10, 2008

A Dead Dog as Art?

I was looking around and found this TERRIBLE TERRIBLE news that happene a year ago.

A Costa Rican artist found himself in hot water with the animal protection people in his home country after using a starving, sick street dog as part of an exposition in Managua, Nicaragua, in August. Guillermo “Habacuc” Vargas allegedly found the dog tied up on a street corner in a poor Nicaragua barrio and brought it to the showing. He tied the dog, according to furious animal lovers, in a corner of the salon where it died after a day.


According to the artist, his “art” was a tribute to Natividad Canda, a Nicaraguan burglar killed in Costa Rica by two rottweilers guarding property he had entered at night. The incident caused friction between the two countries. Habacuc told the daily La Nacion, “I won’t say the dog died. The importance to me is the hypocracy of the people where an animal is the focus of attention where people come to see art but not when it’s in the street starving to death.” “The same thing happened withpoor Natividad Canda. The people sympathized with him only after he was dead,” the artist added.

Picture included:

Is this art...
I think this is just a crime!!!!! A true artist should be able to express what he wants to express w/o any torture of any animal...
This poor poor dog died for the artist's art...
I just thought since we are all artist we should consider the question
"what is art"
even though art is something that we cannot really judge...

Monday, March 03, 2008

John Maeda advice

I recently came across John Maeda's blog where he gives advice about design:

I gave a talk at Parsons School for Design in New York City last week, and the school kindly put me up in an old hotel in Washington Square. After I got off the elevator, I was immediately confronted with the skinniest hallway I had ever seen. Entering my actual room, I was surprised at how spacious it was because the ultraslim hallway had signaled to me that I might need to be prepared to assume the Munchkin position in my room.

This experience reminded me of the three C's I try to teach my students as the three core principles of design:

Content: There needs to be a message or meaning. Everything needs a reason to exist, otherwise it shouldn't.
Context: Content doesn't live in a vacuum. A Chanel bag sitting on a shelf at Wal-Mart will only confuse.
Contrast: An element is made stronger when a counterelement is offered. Salt tastes saltier after one has had some sugar.

Sunday, February 24, 2008


Kate posted the chocolate runway post a while ago, but i just saw this picture, and it kinda made me wonder if the models will accidently eat the "art" while on the runway, since the mask is made of chocolate too..

anyways! the real reason i posted is to share this video with you guys! it's just soo cute,
and since we've been looking at paul pfeffier who works frame by frame to create video clips, and dealing with food themes..this is a clip created by 2-D animation specialists.
HA HA after this video, you just feel like life'ss goooodd..righht?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Crazy but good artist

Thanks Ev! I will take a look at that newspaper dress...

I just found this artists website, with all hie works on it. They are all really weird, but they are creative so I thought I would share them. He has some great ideas, though some are a little scary. He has done a painting out of blood for example.
I thought this particular piece was really cool. The artist, Phil Hansen doesn't just make his art on canvas with paint, he in this work did Jimi Hendrix out of match heads, and in the end he lit it on fire. Which looks like a massive waste of his time as it would have taken ages to create, but this artist isn't doing art for money, he is genuinly fasinated by art and ways in which he can create new and different peices that havnt been created before.
All of the artwork seen on this website are completley differnet peices from different points of view. If you look closely at one peice, you can tell the whole picture has been made out of tiny words, or bible references, and when you step back and look at the whole work, you can see that all those words together make a giant picture. Its really clever and detailed.
If you want to see more of his work heres the website :
Make sure you read what he has written about how he makes the work!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Recycled Fashion

I was researching for my next project when I came across this article from a while back. It's quite old but I thought it was cool to share anyway. This dress is designed by fashion designer Gary Harvey for last year's Recycle Now Week, a government-funded campaign in the UK to encourage recycling! The dress is made out of soda cans, soup cans, bottle caps, wrappers, plastic bags, etc.
And or the same designer:

Newspaper dress!

Here's the link.

Sunday, February 10, 2008


yess after coincidently reading shu's last post about cars
and coming across this picture..i decided to post it!

can you guys believe this is acutally in a museum?
and actually the art on it reminds me of graffitii art..(jeff&shu)

-karen (more info)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Car Commercial

This is one of the articles posted on I was drawn to looking into when I saw a little animated kid who above him was titled "Mitsubishi Lancer." No where within me could I find an association that would put a cat-suit wearing child next to a suburban vehicle. After watching the video, I immediately realized that making the association was the whole point of the short. The director says, ""With the skew towards women and young families, we wanted to tell a story that would engage with families on an emotional level." The initial scene sets the stage, a depressed, somewhat sad looking toddler likely driving home with his mom. The skies are warm toned. With so much focus on the emotions of the child, it is easy to forget you are looking at car commercial. However as the story progresses, the child begins to draw is focus onto the car. As he develops a sense of safety with the car, so does the audience. I thought this short was so cleverly done, that after watching, you almost want to be like the child driving home in the with nothing worry about (especially the car).

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Earphones Dress, by Daryl van Wouw

I found this browsing online.
Kate, I told you I would upload it for you.
Here you go:

I had no idea where it was from so I did a little researching.

The designer's name is Daryl Van Wouw, who graduated from the Academy of Art in Arnhem. He interned for Donna Karan! His work was first presented at the Amsterdam International Fashion Week in 2005, and then New York Fashion Week in 2005. His designs are mixes of street style or sportswear with hints of couture, which make them more interesting, and because of this he is known as "the Street-Couture designer"
I got really absorbed into his designs.

Here are some of his Autumn-Winter 2007 designs, I couldn't find out where the earphones dress was from. His inspiration here was mensuits, and you can see that in the designs of the dresses. The pink head and headphones is the logo of his brand; the head is the face of Daryl himself. The dresses are made with trouser bands..

Finally, I leave you with this one.. ... What do you think?
photos from: here

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Origami House

Hey guys,

Here's a video of the Origami House from last semester. ITS SO COOL.

"Origami House" is the largest house made of folded paper. In total, the team used up OVER 1 square kilometer of paper (!), 15,000 folds, around 8 full-day weekends to fold, and 5 days to simply install.

The design of the bricks used in the house are pretty incredible. It's a modular model with the size 2 x 1 that interlocks like normal bricks. It has a really strong strength vs. weight ratio; ONE brick can hold over 6 kg of water without showing any signs of buckling.

The purpose was just to create something childlike, a house with the typical triangle and squares.. etc. That's why they used 45 degree angles for the rooftop. People viewing it are intended to walk INSIDE the house and notice all the details, the strength, the scale, and also reflect upon the process.

Video: The Process


Can't help it. I have to show you guys more photos:

that's origami SUSHI!

These orchids look so real..


It's a penguin!

View from the right front window

Okay, sorry for the long post.
PS. THE VIDEO WOULDNT WORK but i think i fixed it.
PPS. The exhibition was in Australia!



Chocolate Runway

I just found a catwalk in Moscow which the theme was chocolate! The models all had chocolate on them, if it was a chocolate umbrella, hat or entire dress. Its crazy how detailed and cool these look, i wouldnt have suspected it was actullay edible. There is no article with the pics, but if you want to see them its really cool, at :

Monday, January 21, 2008

Strange juxtapositions...

As we have been working on juxtapositions, contradictions, oxymorons, irony, I've been more aware than ever of all the artwork out there that uses these techniques.

For example, Kehinde Wiley is a great example of someone who can intelligently juxtapose two worlds seemingly apart. The truth is, there are often more areas that overlap than we might expect.

Then there's Jen, who was talking to me yesterday about her two different interests: Disney characters and Taiwanese Aboriginal Art...or lack of. How do you combine those two interests??? Maybe it just hasn't been done and the door is open to invent something new!

Finally, there's SuWei who was talking to me about "Oribotics".

True?? Yes, you actually check out how robotics and origami meet in the middle, and you can feed the little critters too. Thanks SuWei.

ok, that's it for now.

graphic design... in motion!

I was watching Yuka's video and i remembered some things about graphic design. There are a couple branches of graphic design: the visual communication, which is basically... flat graphics? where things are done in two dimentions, but theres also motion graphics. I forget the other parts of graphic design but anyhow. I was watching youtube and I came upon this.
Funny, my sister's boyfriend does motion graphics... this stuff usually appears on TV .. obviously since its animated, but you know how during commercials theres always flashing text and stuff that animates and advertises... the next football game? Stuff like that... motion graphic is rather new and I dont know much about it either. But i saw it a couple of times on tv when I was in the states.
Heres the video:
Also sweet

This is also kinda funky... and i have a feeling SOMEBODY :O got their inspiration from this for their last project. hahaha
peace :D

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

This is a video for a song called Heart Made of Sound by a band called SoftLightes and i thought it was really interesting because usually music videos follow the story the song tells but this video follows more the words literally. I just thought it was something ive never really seen before and it caught my eye. I also thought the way the video was made with a lot of stop motion was very interesting.

Monday, January 14, 2008

For Karen! (again..)

I don't even remember how I came across this site, I think I just clicked on link after link and eventually ended up on the page. In fact, it's in a language I can't even interpret, does anyone know? Anyway, it's a bunch of food art! Except now the food is used as a scene and little figurines are being put on the food, hiking up the dessert "hill", mowing the lawn of..a kiwi. It's some really crazy stuff I absolutely love it. Just thought I'd share.

More pictures here!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

I was just looking through some pictures used as advertisements and i realized there were a lot of bad ones but i found a few that were interesting in the way that they were presented. There are a lot of ads placed on buses but these showed creativity and had ideas that fit with what the ad was on. So they used the fact that they were on buses to make them more interesting. I think that's an important thing to do with all art, to think of the context and the materials and setting and use them to make it better.