Archive for July, 2012

Elements and Angels

July 29, 2012

Elements

I mentioned last week that I’d been thinking of self-publishing some of my work. Well, I’ve started by collecting a couple of series that I finished over the last year or so. If you’re interested in getting your own copy of either of these little ditties just send an email to toddpowelson{at}comcast.net and I will be happy to send it along in the mail.

For only $5, you can get a nice book reproduction of my series Angels, Demons & Animals (linked here and pictured below). This series is one of my personal favorites, and through it I’ve communicated some ideas that had been on my mind for quite some time. I love how it turned out.

I’ve also collected my Elements, which is another favorite series of mine. Check it out, only $4!

I’ve been working on other ideas too, so expect more soon!

Angels, Demons & Animals

The Drama of Natural History

July 27, 2012

Salt Lake City is lucky to have a beautiful new Natural History Museum of Utah to call our own. This summer, the Museum is running week-long summer camps for youth.  The camps touch different subjects, but of course, since this is an art blog, the workshops that combine science and the arts are of greatest interest to me.

A few weeks ago, a summer camp invited dancers to explore nature and science and how it can inspire their art. Next week, the Museum will hold a camp that combines drama with science, called Dramatic Deserts. The workshop is conducted in partnership with the Children’s Theatre.

Dramatic Deserts campers will explore the desert through hands-on science and theater. Each morning, they will develop acting skills as they rehearse a desert drama with The Children’s Theatre. In the afternoons, participants will investigate deserts, hot and cold, throughout the museum. The camp runs  Monday, July 30 – Aug 3, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. For more information, visit the Natural History Museum of Utah’s website at http://nhmu.utah.edu/.

Zines

July 22, 2012

A couple of weeks ago I made it down to the SLC Main Library for the annual Alt Press Fest. There were many fine artists and zine publishers and, although I was kind of rushed because I had some work waiting for me that I needed to do, I really enjoyed myself. I’ve been thinking about zines for a long long time, and I am planning on making something along those lines. As a matter of fact, I’ve started a few projects already and I’m pretty excited by them.

It was great to visit this festival, meet and catch up with people, and take a look at all of the fine work that is out there. Its always good to see the work of artists like Nic Annette Miller, Travis Gray, Evan Jed Memmott, Potter Press, Copper Palate Press, and many many others. I really enjoyed what I saw.

At the Alt Press Fest I picked up a book called “Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine?” by Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson. Like I say, I’ve been thinking of zines and self publishing for quite a while now but, even though I work as a graphic designer and understand the technical side of printing very well, I still had questions. Questions about inexpensive materials and methods, distribution, and how to spread the word. I’ve found this book to be a very good resource and starting point, with some very good advice. If you have any interest in creating zines, maybe this book would be a good starting point for you too.

Some additional helpful links:

slcplaltpress.wordpress.com/alternative-press-resources

rookiemag.com/2012/05/how-to-make-a-zine

zinewiki.com/Main_Page

Abstract Comics

July 15, 2012

by Richard Hahn

by Isaac Freeman

Well, it is that time of year again. San Diego Comic Con, don’t you know. Even though I am not there, the event does inspire me to write about the medium. Specifically about a book I picked up a while ago called Abstract Comics.

Abstract Comics was published by Fantagraphics Books, and collect the work of artists from all over the world, showcasing the combination of sequential and abstract artwork. I tend to love looking at Abstract Expressionist paintings in general, and much of the work in this book can stand with the giants of that artistic style. The book explores all sorts of new possibilities in sequential art, evoking humor, sometimes horror, and every emotion in between.

There is also a blog going related to this book (linked below) and it is definitely worth exploring. The curators of this blog also appeared at Comic Con this year and presented a breakout session called “Kirby, Modernism and Abstraction“, comparing the work of legendary comic book creator and artist Jack Kirby to more modern artists like Wassily Kandinsky. I would have loved to have attended that presentation.

abstractcomics.blogspot.com

by Andrei Molotiu

La Vie

July 7, 2012

“La Vie” – 1903

I was lucky enough to get to the UMFA a few years back to see their show “Monet to Picasso”. There were some very nice pieces, but I especially liked the work they had by Cezanne, a piece by Juan Gris, and a Max Ernst. But what really stood out the most for me was Pablo Picasso‘s incredible La Vie. I didn’t expect to see it at all, and to tell you the truth, when I entered and saw it across the room I had to sneak away and leave for a bit and then come back in. It kinda freaked me out seeing that painting there. I imagine the only thing that might have surprised me more was maybe Les Demoiselles, or Guernica, and maybe a couple others.

La Vie is a good representation of Picasso’s Blue Period, which started after his friend Carlos Casagemas committed suicide in 1901. Carlos and Pablo were very close, and Carlos’ very public and very violent suicide left Picasso depressed and feeling guilt. Not that he was responsible in any way, but I imagine its normal to take that on. It didn’t take long for the color blue to overwhelm Picasso’s work, and the subject of his work changed primarily to the poor and downtrodden. Just looking at these pictures, you can  tell it is a very sad time in Picasso’s life.

I came across a reproduction of La Vie recently, and I guess that is what has me thinking about it. That and Anna’s last post. Plus, I could look at Picasso’s work all damn day and never get tired of it. I hope to see the painting again, maybe I’ll bump into it somewhere soon and be surprised all over again.

Pablo Picasso Was Never Called an Asshole

July 5, 2012

Only a 22-year-old would think it was cool to spray paint a Picasso. video.today.msnbc.msn.com

I hope they catch this up and coming artist! Someone should have told him “Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl8sWnUZVL4

Alt Press Festival

July 3, 2012

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The Alt Press Festival is coming up on July 7th. It’s held at the Main Library from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Don’t miss this celebration of locally made books and ‘zines. My pal, Travis Gray is joining the festival for the first time with some tiny books for kids. Our friends Isha and Raffi will also perform, rounding out the festival with music. Don’t miss it!

Begin it now

July 1, 2012

“Goethe” by Andy Warhol

Sometimes, when feeling discouraged or frustrated, it is necessary to hear someone else’s story or read encouraging words. I subscribe to Audible.com and on a whim I picked up the excellent book, the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. In his book, Pressfield quotes W. H. Murray, who is in turn quoting Goethe. I really like what they all had to say, and I need to remember it and move some projects and goals forward. I also like that there was so much quoting going on!

“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and endless plans. That the moment one definitely commits oneself then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents, and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way.  I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.’”

W. H. Murray


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