Archive for ‘Paint & Print’

November 2, 2010

Ahmed Alsoudani: After the Attack

by Matt Forcey

In 1995, a 19 year-old budding artist, rambling about the streets of his Baghdad neighborhood, thought it would be a good idea to deface the local mural of Saddam Hussein. Ahmed Alsoudani, saw this as prank, not any sort of political statement. It was a prank he immediately began to regret. Under Iraq’s violent Baathist regime the consequences for such an action were severe. With a growing feeling that his life was in danger, Ahmed hightailed it out of town in the back of a taxi and made his way to Syria, where he lived for four years before being granted political asylum by the United States.

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October 4, 2010

Week’s 5 Most Popular Stories: Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2010

by Matt Forcey

Determined by your clicks!

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October 2, 2010

How Ink is Made

by Matt Forcey

Sometimes we find beauty in unexpected places.  Set to Brendel’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major, this video reveals to us the surprisingly elegant process of creating printing ink, from start to finish.  Like a master vintner, the professional inkmaker hand mixes various components and colors to achieve the desired result.

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September 30, 2010

Robert L. Barnum: Sweeping Regionalism

by Matt Forcey

 

Robert Barnum carries a national reputation in the world of modern art.  His style is one of sweeping motion in the tradition of “regionalism,” a movement that grew in the U.S. from the early 1900s to World War II. His preferred medium is watercolor; however, also works in oil and sculpts in metal. 

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September 28, 2010

Francoise Nielly Lives in a World of Images

by Matt Forcey


She has explored the different facets of “image” all her life , through painting, photography, roughs, illustrations and virtual, computer generated animated graphics. It is clear now that painting is her direction and her passion.

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September 20, 2010

Drainspotting: Japan’s Beautiful Manhole Covers

by Matt Forcey

As the title suggests, Remo Camerota’s blog Drainspotting,  requires an eye for the odd bursts of color along city streets.  The covers are part of a 20 year beautification program between Japanese cities and various foundries to make manhole covers that reflect the particular culture of the city in which it’s located.

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September 16, 2010

NASA’s 1970s Space Colony Designs

by Matt Forcey

In the 1970’s, NASA’s Ames Research Center collaborated with Princeton and Stanford universities to study the posibilities of the human colonization of our solar system.  Under the direction of Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill, the working group developed concepts for giant spaceships that would eventually orbit around Earth, The Moon, or other planetary bodies.

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September 15, 2010

Budem zdorovy! Soviet Era Anti-Alcohol Posters

by Matt Forcey

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According to Christina Gathmann, a post-doctoral fellow with Stanford University’s Center for Health Policy, this anti-alcohol campaign started in 1985 as a top-down decision from Mikhail Gorbachev, ostensibly because he was always drinking water while his fellow government officials had a preference for other beverages. 

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September 15, 2010

Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

by Matt Forcey

By Michael Kurcfeld

Today we take it for granted when seeing graffiti art in a posh gallery, but arguably the first artist to channel the urban street frequencies of his time and get it onto the “white walls with white people with white wine” was Jean-Michel Basquiat.

In 1988 this singularly gifted artist, who had leapt to fame in Warhol’s New York, died of a drug overdose at the age of 27. Filmmaker Tamra Davis took all of the footage she had shot of her good friend, including a never-seen interview and B-roll of him working in his studio, and put it in away in a drawer. 20 years later, she decided it was not hers to hide anymore and made it the core of a superb documentary, Jean Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child.

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September 14, 2010

Movie House Pulp: Tyler Stout’s Frenetic Posters

by Matt Forcey

Master graphic designer Tyler Stout has created this movie poster for Let the Right One In, a killer Swedish Vampire movie, based on an even better book.  As we talked about last week, a new U.S.-produced take on this story will be hitting theaters in a couple of weeks, under the title Let Me In.

Wildly lush and frenetic with imagery, I’ve always grooved on Tyler’s illustrations, the best of which visualize films of the bombastic 1980’s and early 90’s, and live music (concerts and festivals) like The Decemberists, Death Cab for Cutie, Bonnaroo.  Here are some of Tyler’s other movie posters, all of which are available for purchase thru his website.

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September 12, 2010

What if Music Videos Had Posters?

by Matt Forcey

Taking his cue from the minimal movie posters floating around the blogosphere as of late, graphic designer Federico Mancosu designs posters for music videos instead.

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September 7, 2010

Grafica Fildalga, a Printing Press, an Arthouse

by Matt Forcey

Grafica Fidalga, a printing press in São Paulo, Brazil, makes posters on a 1929 German letterpress using hand-carved wooden letters. In this video, we visit the trio of friends who make up Grafica Fidalga to watch them make a poster.

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