Thursday, February 18, 2010

viewer participation photocomics

Comics with pictures instead of drawings are called fumetti; the wiki article references A Softer World as well as a series about zombies in a post-apocalyptic world called Night Zero and a self-explanatory spoof comic, Alien Loves Predator.

I've already expressed my love for A Softer World, and word art in general, so I took this one step further and created interactive fumetti to hang in my bathroom. The idea is that anyone can change the words whenever they feel particularly inspired.

I looked through my photos for a series of shots that could easily be edited into three pictures with people interacting, then cropped them as 5x7s and arranged them accordingly. I added white boxes for text, put them in a frame with a glass cover and then taped a dry-erase marker on a string to the frame. I added the initial text to give people ideas, but am happy to say they seem to change fairly frequently. I'm working on my next photo selection (probably something with cats) and plan to change them every few months.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

lines, cubes & blues

Blue is a well-loved color, potters often joke (lamely) about blue glazes being called "cash money blue." The fondness is translated into paintings and drawings as well, for myself at least. I am attracted to two qualities in these artists' work: their color choices and their use of lines. The thick, sketchy linearity alludes to cubism, and they have a solidity to them not easy to create in two-dimensions. Makes me want to grab a sharpie.

Kevan Murray:

Beka Goedde:

Erik Otto:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Foot in the Door @ the MIA

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) is having their fourth Foot in the Door Exhibition, which happens only once a decade, featuring any Minnesota resident that enters a piece. It runs Friday, February 19, 2010 - Sunday, June 13, 2010, with an opening reception on February18th.

The only requirements for the art is that it be smaller than one cubed foot, under 80 seconds if it's a video, and it mustn't contain any liquids, live animals or infestations (dang). So, if you fancy yourself an artist, enter something! I'm submitting the mustache mug shown below and Tom is entering his short film, Call of the Wildman. Pretty rad to say you've got artwork at the MIA!

Monday, February 1, 2010

string dance, human skateboard and opposite art wall

In honor of Conan I think we should all make flip books. Or just watch this one that someone else already made:

And, sort of like a flip book, but otherwise unrelated, check out this awesome stop-motion video by PES. (Thanks, Tom.)

Finally, here is a minimalist, opposite version of an art wall, which I rather enjoy.