Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Rockwell and Photography

Interesting post on Gizmodo about Norman Rockwell's reference to photographs in creating his paintings/illustrations, describing them as a type of early "Photoshop."

Check out the full article at Gizmodo, HERE.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Article on Unique and Personal Design @ AIGA

"A Decade of Dirty Design"
by Steven Heller

"Post-nostalgia stress syndrome for the 1990s—a curious love/hate relationship with grunge type—is finally kicking in just as the first decade of 2000 is coming to a close. Nostalgia is so last century. It is time for design pundits to start looking forward, but not before looking back at the past 10 years in order to neatly categorize and define the design aesthetic of the era (assuming this can be labeled an era). Actually, I’m putting my dibs in to be the first to offer some viable categorization. I know it is cheating to do so before 2009 is officially over.. What’s more I hold that fairness is not an issue when staking out one’s pundit-turf. So let’s begin…"

Cllick HERE to continue reading at AIGA.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Eric Testroete

Eric Testroete
made this 3D papercraft head of himself just larger. It is rather nice he has some other fun work on his site.

See all about the project HERE

Simon Schubert

Simon Schubert. So this guy is pretty nuts he makes his work by folding lines in paper, no stylus not patterns just folding and opening. Check out his paper works HERE

Monday, December 7, 2009

Are you smarter than an art history major?

Think you know art history? Test your smarts on the Free Rice Famous Paintings quiz. They give you an image and title with four artists to choose from. As you get answers correct, you move up levels so the game always challenges you. Best of all, for every correct answer you get, grains of rice are donated so you can hone your art history skills and help feed starving people.

Test your smarts HERE

Pinhole Photography, Fall 2009

Here are some of the results from our Pinhole project in ART 120 Photography this semester. We each create our own cameras, shoot to RC paper, scan and digitally enlarger them to make paper negatives, and then contact print them to RC paper.

Follow the link HERE.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

brilliant idea with flies

This is a video of some tradeshow in Germany where a company released flies with advertisements attached to them like those little planes at the beach. Great idea

Friday, December 4, 2009

An Ode to Papyrus, by Dustin Britt (@ Matchstic)

Copied and pasted directly from Matchblog, HERE.

Ready to open your own local coffee shop?

Say no more, you need Papyrus.

Yoga instructor?

Papyrus is the answer to your design dilemma.

Getting ready to start a sermon series on Joshua at your church?


Billion dollar director making a strange movie about blue aliens?

What says other-worldly better than Papyrus?


Is there really another choice?

Designed by Chris Costello in 1982, the Papyrus font was originally hand-drawn over a period of six months by means of calligraphy pen and textured paper. Costello described his goal as a font that would represent what English vernacular would have looked like if written on papyrus 2000 years ago.

A sarcastic - yes - but true look at how something can be visually popular, successful, & even trendy and too often slowly creep from the simple enjoyment of it => copycats => obscurity. Reminding me that, like Alvin said yesterday, “restraint is increasingly important“.

For more on the wild world of Papyrus use in design, you can check out:

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

ART 338 @ Larkspur Press

The Intermediate Digital Imaging class is working on a project in relation to Prof. Bolden's poetry class. The assignment is for the art students to partner with poets and create broadsides to illustrate their poems. As an introduction to traditional letter press broadsides and printing, we traveled to Larkspur Press in Monterey, KY to visit Gray Zeits. He was quite gracious and allowed us to tour the press and explain the letter press process as well as show us examples of the work they do.

To find out more about Larkspur and see examples, you can visit their site HERE.

On a side note, here's a favorite video on letterpress that we watch in ART 234...

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Kappa Pi Christmas Party!

Its that time of year again, for our annual Christmas Party. This year Daniel and his wife Holly will be hosting us at their house. The time will be from 5-6:30! Everyone needs to bring a couple of things to this party. The first being a sweet treat to share. They will be providing something Savory!

The second thing everyone needs to bring is a found object! This will be for our AMAZING gift exchange. This cannot be something you have bought! Find something really cool, then wrap it up and see what you receive in return! Be creative with your object!

After the party we will all be headed to the UK Open Studio so everyone should come out and see what other art students at our level are accomplishing! It will be held in the Reynolds building from 6-10.

Artistic Encouragement

A word from Ira Glass, host and producer of This American Life. By the way, we have seasons 1 & 2 of the television series in the LRC (but not really because I have season 2 checked out).

Monday, November 30, 2009

UK Open Studio, Friday

We'll be visiting UK's art department for their annual Open Studio this Friday, December 4. It's a great chance to mingle and see what other art students are doing. The event runs from 6-10 PM. For more info, click HERE.

We are also planning a department Christmas party on the same evening. Stay posted for more information.


Tedious book animation

So if you ever think your work is tedious take a look at this. All hand cut by the New Zealand book company. No computer anything in this one.

Friday, November 27, 2009

"look me in the eye"

Matt Hubbard's Senior show will be opening this Thursday Dec. 3rd from 5-7pm. Everyone should come out to support Matt and all of his accomplishments as an art major at Georgetown College. His show includes 11 works and will be held in the Cochenour Gallery. This provides an intimate space for the viewer to interact with the works. Again it will be a great show and refreshments will be provided!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Artist Kelly McKernan

Kelly McKernan is an artist and illustrator from Atlanta, Georgia who has, since her youth, possessed the ambition to be a full time creator. She is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. While her training was in traditional painting, her focus has been in mixed media, specifically in combining film photography and advanced darkroom techniques with aqueous media painting. Over the last two years, Kelly has received local, national, and international recognition for her unique work, has been printed in a number of major publications, and is currently showing with several notable galleries. She is also a member of the Cheap Paper artist collective."

Click HERE to see more at her site. You can also view her work (in progress) HERE at Flickr.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

New artist to see.

Make sure to check out this commercial sculptors insane work.
HERE and in the bar on the right

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Missing the Point

Join us as we show the work of two talented artists: Julie Lambert and David Lambert (a GC alum!). The exhibition includes photography, installation, drawing & painting, and even work on post-its (that's right, who knew the little office supplies could make such big and wonderful art!)

The exhibition opens Thursday, November 19th with an opening reception (this means food and fun!) from 5-7 and a short hello from the artists taking place at 6:00. The show runs through December 18th with normal gallery hours being noon-4:30.

You won't want to miss "Missing the Point"

hard case book making

This is a great lapse time video of traditional and modern print and book making processes.

It starts with printing etchings from copper plates (they are using a thin piece of mylar to block the extra ink in order to get a clean square without an embossment. Since it is a book the embossment would show through the other other side of the page) They next do some large monotype printing on copper plates (this is process of of inking up a etching plate and altering it before printing this is done in the video with Q tips and newsprint)
They then use polymer plate printing on a Vandercook to do the letterpress work. This must be done after the etchings to keep the embossment and the etchings are printed with wet paper while the letterpress is done dry.
Next the books are coptic sewn and head banded.
They make paper the right way with a vat of pulp and water and pulled through a mold and deckle then pressed and dried.
Finally the books are bounds and pressed to stay flat in drying.
Great example of process start to finish
Thanks to Darrell for showing it to me.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Large Papercut Installation

Transparent God, 2009

Some amazing papercut installations. Take a look at more HERE.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mike Smith at RC May Lecture Series, Friday

Lecture: Friday, November 13, 2009, 4:00 pm
Worsham Theater, UK Student Center
Limestone St. & Euclid Ave.

Exhibition: November 7 - December 13, 2009
Art Museum Gallery

Mike Smith's photographs of rural Tennessee embrace the lush beauty of the land, even as he reveals the suburban encroachment that threatens much of rural Appalachia. In his large-format color photographs, Smith unearths telling signs of human impact on the landscape, from aged, weather-beaten farm buildings that seem an organic part of the landscape to the jarring reality of bright, new multi-pump gas stations.

Image Credit:MIKE SMITH, Unicoi, TN, 1998, Chromogenic print, courtesy of the artist.

To find out more about the lecture, click HERE.

Visit Mike Smith's website HERE.

Photograms from ART 120, Photography

These are some of the prints produced in our photograms project in ART 120, Photography. It is perhaps the simplest of darkroom processes, but one of the most difficult to produce compelling imagery. You can see more HERE.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Simple Pledge

Does someone in your studio use one of these typefaces? Does it make your typographically sensitive skin crawl? You can help. Order this poster and make your hack designing colleague take this pledge and sign it. Preferably in their own blood. Heck, you might be an offender and need to sign one yourself. Make a difference. Do it today. Click HERE.

As if this isnt a problem already

I saw this product and just had to share, it looks like something Erica Duffy-Voss would have done. It is called the privacy scarf.

Monday, November 2, 2009

For All You Type Lovers

A great audio piece from PRI's To the Best of Our Knowledge on fonts...

"The Internet is a free flow of ideas where everyone can say whatever they want. But for all its splashy graphics and Flash animation, there's one thing that makes the Internet looks the same. Its name is Verdana. And it's a font. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk with Matthew Carter, the designer of Verdana, the Internet font. Also, the creators of Obama's font, Gotham -- The font of Hope and Change."

Click HERE to listen.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cal Lane

Hand cut lace out of steel shovels. She uses a plasma torch (which we have here at Georgetown, if you take sculpture you will learn how to use it)

A normal wheelbarrow cut into lace.

She also uses the cut steel pieces as stencils to make dirt lace works. Make sure to check out her work.

If you have not heard the name before make sure to check out her work. She can do some amazing things with simple tools. Check out her site HERE
you can even see older works that show her progression.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Photo Lecture at UK on Friday (Nexus Flex Credit)

Robert C. May Lecture Series at UK...


Lecture: Friday, October 23, 2009, 4:00 pm
Worsham Theater, UK Student Center
Limestone St. & Euclid Ave.
Exhibition: October 3 - November 1, 2009
Art Museum Gallery

Award-winning photojournalist and Lexington native Jahi Chikwendiu travels the world for the Washington Post. Chikwendiu, a University of Kentucky graduate who began his career at the Lexington Herald Leader, was named 2008 Photographer of the Year by the White House News Photographers Association. His work has taken him to Iran, Kurdistan, Uganda, and many other trouble spots.

Image Credit: JAHI CHIKWENDIU, Sally Sami, A Blogger Who Left Her Home Country of Egypt (reflected), 2007, Digital print, courtesy of the artist and The Washington Post.

To see more of Jahi's work, visit his website HERE.

For more information about the lecture or possible Nexus Flex credit, contact Prof. Darrell Kincer for more details.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Two great art openings Friday!

Georgetown College presents two great exhibitions for Homecoming opening this Friday!

First, join us in the Cochenour Gallery (located in the LRC) any time between 12 and 2 for "Coming Home...a retrospective of the home economics major." Support the students from Curatorial Studies (Hannah Snider, Rebecca Redding, Stephanie Boxx, Cortney Thorn, Angelina McCoy, Ashley Mitchell, Nick Wagner, Megan Sauter, Matt Thompson), enjoy some dainty delights courtesy of GC alum Amanda Hervey, and learn about the former Home Ec major.

Later, "Georgetown College Art Alumni Exhibition" opens in the Anne Wright Wilson Gallery (art building on the corner of College and Mulberry streets). The opening reception will last from 5-7 (just before Songfest!) and all are invited to join us for a variety of art, food, and an art department reunion.

Both exhibitions will run through November, 13th but you won't want to miss either of these spectacular opening receptions!

Pictured: Dr. Juilee Decker reviews a scrapbook made by the Home Ec club with retired professor Mrs. Hay.

Finding One's Legs Gone but Arms Long, sculpture by Christopher Wagner, class of 2007

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A great talk about color and context

This talk is worth the 15 minutes. Take the time and check out this video with Beau Lotto talking about illusions, the brain, context, and how we deal with color relationships.
Enjoy and learn from more great talks at

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Installation in Porcelan

Lauren is actually from Ohio and is still in school in Minnesota. This is an installation made out of porcelain. Make sure to check out her other works and artist statement.

See her work HERE

Thursday, October 1, 2009

woodwork like I have never seen

This guys use of wood carving is fantastic.
Click HERE to see more you have to see them as larger images to appreciate

Found him through

Alternative materials

Great example of alternative material usage. These are made out of altered cassette tapes, the plastic bodies and tapes inside.

See some more of this body of work HERE

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Splash Dance Cincinnati

In an effort to raise awareness of the arts in Cincinnati (and have a lot of fun) volunteers came together for a surprise dance in downtown Cinci. Hundreds of people volunteered and the music is all from local bands.

You can watch the video and learn more about the project at the FineArtsFund blog.
Watch it HERE

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Art:21 Prescreening Tuesday, Sept. 29

Georgetown College Hosts “Art-21” prescreening Tuesday, September 29:
Georgetown College, in conjunction with PBS, is hosting a prescreening of Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century, Season 5 Episode 1 (Compassion). The event will be held in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Building (on the corner of Mulberry and College St, Georgetown KY) beginning at 6 p.m. on September 29, 2009. There is no cost of admission for this event. The prescreening will be followed with a performance by this semester’s Performance and Installation Special Topics class.

Guests will be encouraged to come early or stay late and view student and faculty works that will be on display as well as visit our three galleries on campus: the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery featuring Sculptural Perspectives: 3d work from Ohio Wesleyan University Faculty; the Cochenour Gallery featuring Thorney Lieberman: Honoring America's Coal Miners; and the Dr. Donald L. and Dorothy Jacobs Gallery featuring an eclectic collection of modern and contemporary works of art by international, national and regional artists, along with an outstanding collection of antiquities.

A little more information about Art 21 the Series:
“Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century” is the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States, and it uses the medium of television to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions. To date, 72 artists in the series demonstrate the breadth of artistic practice in the United States today. Each one-hour program is loosely organized around a theme helps audiences analyze, compare and juxtapose the artists profiled.

Episode Compassion (to air nationally October 7) features the work of William Kentridge, Doris Salcedo, and Carrie Mae Weems. See it first at Georgetown College on Tuesday, September 29, 2009!

To find out more about Art:21 at PBS, click HERE.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Megan has a cross to bear

I had to share this picture taken during the cleanup of our newly renovated sculpture yard. Megan and Joel were moving an old metal cross that has been in our scrap area for at least 4 years. Its now reclaimed and the metal is able to be reused but it was a funny moment of Megan having a cross to bear, good thing Joel was there to help.

Don't forget to come to ART for Lunch on Thursday at noon. It will be fantastic.

New to Georgetown College

I am happy to introduce Milly to you she is new to Georgetown College but is already excited to be here. She is kinda shy so see Professor Graham for a proper introduction. She looks forward to working with all of us here in the Georgetown College Visual Arts department.

"Milly" is a Microlux mini tilt table saw and is 11-1/2 inches x 9-1/2 inches so basically a size of a sheet of notebook paper.

Art for Lunch

Join us this Thursday, September 24 at noon for pizza and presentations. A few of your fellow students will be sharing their unique art experiences and overseas travel as we enjoy a free lunch. So mark your calendars to be to be at the WAB Thursday for dejeuner.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Gallery Hop This Friday in Lexington

There will be a Gallery Hop this Friday for any and all interested. Check out what's happening in the Lexington art and gallery scene, as well as enjoy some fun and free food with friends.

For more information, you can visit the LexArts Gallery Hop informational page HERE.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Alternative Photo Show in Berea

"Photo-Alternative: the Past as Future" opens this Friday, September 11 at the Berea Arts Council at 116 N Main St. The reception will be from 5:30-7:30, featuring juror Kurt Godhe (from Transy).

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Quack Quack

Just for fun I thought you guys would love to see a student from last semesters 3D Design and Ceramics Class having a little too much fun with her safety equipment. Enjoy.

Monday, August 31, 2009

SteeP: closing reception

Closing Reception for "SteeP"
Prof. J. Daniel Graham & Prof. Darrell Kincer
Tuesday, September 1 from 5-7 PM
Scott Co. Arts Consortium
117 N Water St, Georgetown, KY

"SteeP" is an exhibition featuring the works of Darrell Kincer and J. Daniel Graham. Including photographs, woodcuts, and sculpture, the show is a collection of works dealing with personal reflections. Professor Kincer has four separate bodies of work, each displayed in a different room of the exhibition space. While some photographs focus on a recent trip to Brazil, others document his parents’ home through the surrounding plant life; all in some way are a reflection on the past. Professor Graham's work, while crossing multiple mediums, deal with the elements of storytelling and personal history. A small series of cut paper prints investigate the recent addition of a newborn daughter to his family, reflecting forward on his anticipation and excitement of being a father, while his woodcuts deal with the forced dialog of historical images creating personal narrative.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Art Talk and Reception this Wednesday!

Eden Unknown: a puZZle
How the future is written in the past.
The invention of time

Closing Reception: Wednesday, August 26th from 5-7
Gallery talk 6PM - CEP credit!

Kim Chalmers drew inspiration from his love of traditional Japanese gardens in creating his own interpretation of "paradise" in Eden Unknown, an art installation in the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibition brings the viewer into a space where they are watched by the Eye of God, drawn towards paradise and the natural world, but confronted by sin and death on all sides. Meant to bring up questions about the major issues of mortality, humanity, and the history of the world, visitors are encouraged to linger in the space.

Visit Kim Chalmers' website HERE

EKU Art + Design Faculty Show

Department of Art and Design Faculty Biennial
8/17/09 -9/25/09
Opening Reception; 8/27/09 5:00 – 7:00
An exhibition of recent work by EKU teaching staff. A wide range of approaches and media will be featured.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Melissa Forman

Here is a bit about Melissa Forman, a painter from Cleveland OH

Melissa Forman spends her days working as a commercial artist and her nights creating a richly visual world filled with characters created from an opulent, mysterious, and often eerie imagination. Her lovely, idealized figures seem lost in their own worlds, drifting between the 19th and 21st centuries. Created from a mix of appropriated imagery from the late Victorian era and modern photographs from her personal collection, her portraits draw from obvious traditions in the genre but take on a life of their own. Her figures are strangely perfect and almost frozen in their expressions and poses. They evoke a Victorian sense of etiquette and grace while reaching outside of their image to provide a window into something deeper and far more human. While these mysterious, and sometimes withdrawn, figures were created from photos of friends and family of the artist, they are not meant to represent themselves, rather, they portray emotional states and aspects of the human psyche. Melissa has carefully calculated each one by changing colors and manipulating features to evoke a mysterious and sentimental mood. Alienated from their real world and time, these images become metaphors for emotional and psychological states. They exist as a product of Melissa’s pursuit to create beauty and recognize the elegance and sincerity of genuine human emotion.

Check out her website HERE