Thursday, April 29, 2010


Alright, when Lady Gaga first came on the scene, I must admit, I was NOT impressed. All she did was run around with out any clothes on, acted sexually on stage, and dressed up like Madonna. Her recent video, telephone, did catch my attention however. Although it is a complete appropriation of Quentin Tarantino's hit Kill Bill - appropriation seems to be a common theme with Gaga - there are several unique creative elements to note. The art direction is fantastic! Hello? A telephone hat? Cigarette sunglasses?

Check it out:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Scoop away stop motion videos

Selling kitty litter, the stuff your fuzzy little friend poops in, must be a challenge to sell... but not with these videos! They are well made, creative AND cute. I do have a soft spot for stop motion, marketing, and kitties however....

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Wanderlust: A&D senior thesis. Checking up on my alma matter.

Exactly a year ago, I was preparing the finishing touches on my senior thesis, Adventitious Synesthesia. All of the students work incredibly hard for exactly a year on highly conceptual piece while simultaneously trying to find employment and determine what to do with their life post art school. In short, it is a stressful year. Today, soon to be graduated A&D students are doing the same. I was visiting the A & D site today, browsing through some of the students websites and checking up on my alma matter. Below are few highlights. The rest can be found after the jump.

Katie Brooks: "This jewelry series contains materials that show the interaction between the wearer and the jewelry over time and through movement."

Katie Horn: "26.2 miles. Training for the Detroit Marathon from the inside out." This artist developed an visual mind map and provides insight to what is running through a runners mind while preparing for a marathon. Check out her site, it is well concepted and beautifully executed.

Courtney Michalik
: "Everything must go somewhere, is a multi-media installation that incorporates plastic sculpture and digital underwater images." Her ghostly images of plastic objects photographed underwater are not only beautiful, but pack a powerful message about the environmental effects of plastics in our trash. And what a better time (Earth day is right around the corner!) for this show to be exhibited. I know that recycling isn't the answer to all of our problems, but you can get cool stuff for recycling! Visit the recycle bank to earn rewards.

Chealsea Neman: She had no description, but her paintings are reminiscent of Klien and echo certain characteristics I am trying to depict in my paintings.

Well done Michigan, well done A & D.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tara Donovan

By far one of the first artists I ever gained exposure to, and one of my favorite artists, is Tara Donovan. This incredible woman uses every day objects in repetition to create ethereal, organic, unrecognizable art. For example...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Why do my paintings always begin looking like vommit?

As most of my paintings begin, they are messy, unorganized bursts of energy, sometimes (as my dear friends have pointed out) resembling something like technicolor vomit. My current piece in progress has taken a similar turn. Sunday I painted what looked like a series of line drawings in paint. The result was chaotic and very linear. In the moment, I was at peace. Today, I began to loathe my creation and layered a coat of white gesso over the dried noodles of primary colored paint, creating a textured backdrop. The next step is to place boldly colored convex and concave shapes over the piece, hopefully bring it farther away from the appearance from regurgitated food. Despite the horrible image you may have in your mind right now, the end result will be beautiful, energetic and fun.

Below is photo of my work done today.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Chandelier Black by Lorraine Peltz


I know I already posted this link :
but I absolutely love the work this hotel features, including this amazing bunny painting.

I am currently working on a painting, now in its early stages. I want to include more blocks of color as it is mostly line drawings. Chor Boogie, a bay area local artist, is also a source of inspiration, particularly his birds. I will post photos of my piece as it progresses.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Shameless self promotion

Summer 2008, I had a photo internship with Uline shipping and supply, located in Chicago. The majority of my photos were used for web, with one being selected for the catalog. The CEO loved my photo SO much that she decided to use it for a mailer that was distributed to over 3 million recipients! The idea is that Uline's boxes are incredibly sturdy and strong (hence the boxing gloves). YAY!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

If I had a million dollars...

These hotels are fantastic!

Maison Mochino, located in the center of Milan, has incredibly unique rooms:

Hotel des arts
, in our very own San Francisco. Keep in mind, the site is a little shoty, but the rooms look incredible. The hotel even boasts work by the local artist Chor Boogie. Funky name, but great work.

By far my favorite hotel, is the Ice Hotel located just across the pond, in Sweden. I would LOVE to visit this place! It is quite a process to create this hotel, as the entire building melts every year and has to be rebuilt. What an opportunity to experiment with new architectural designs.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Lomography: it was cool before every single hipster started doing it

Initially, the Marc Jacobs ads set off my love for this style of photography with the saturated colors and unique subject matter.

The style of photography has permeated society so heavily now by this point, even more hipsters are taking photos of themselves in 'unique' outfits and posting it on the lookbook. The funny thing is however, their 'unique' outfits and 'unique' style of photography no longer is unique. To illustrate my point further, now i phones can be equipped with the 'hipstamatic' iphone app, allowing the user to take an analog looking photo. Every time I go on facebook, a flood of them clog up the home page. Worst of all, the individuals that take these photos don't even know what lomography is!

Rants and raves aside, the actual film cameras are in fact fun. I own two lomography cameras, a holga and one with four lenses. Below are few of my favorites.

We've come along way baby

A year ago, I was working in Ann Arbor Michigan on my senior thesis in the art school at the University of Michigan. It was a long grueling process with sleepness nights, but the results were fruitful. Simultaneously, I was working as a photo editor for SHEI magazine and job searching. Although SHEI had been in the digital space with a website for a few years, we did not get going on hosting a frequently updated content heavy website until the beginning of '09. A year ago, this site was bare bones. Look at how far it has come!

SHEI now boasts frequently updated articles, photo shoots and community related content, such as their SHEI shots around campus section. Proud of you SHEI....

Easter isn't just for egg coloring anymore.

Long gone are the days where simply coloring eggs with dye, crayons and stickers would satiate your once a year Easter creativity. The wall street journal held a competition to create diorama's using peeps... check 'em out and vote online!

I have to say, I think the 'up' diorama may just be my fav...

Pretty creative 'set design' using peeps as the main characters... more after the jump.