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Registration Poster Series, November 2015

Remember the background.  Don’t leave it alone.  Don’t leave it as an afterthought.  I was tasked with creating posters for spring registration.  I wanted to start with the background patterns.  Theme was based on arcs, circles and lines with rounded caps.  I do have my favorites color combinations, but I can’t help myself when it comes to adding texture in Photoshop.  I am a sucker for Blending Modes.  With a simple brown paper bag and a camera you can get some really interesting things.  Some of the posters glow and I love it.  If you haven’t played around with Blending Modes in Photoshop yet.  Do it!  You don’t know what you are missing.  It make the most flat work have depth and dynamism.

More importantly though is that they are working.  I teach 2 of the classes here and I have already recruited students for next semester.

Look how far I’ve come.  When I got to Tarrant County College in 2010, this was the poster I designed for registration.  I remember thinking that the artwork should play center stage and nothing should distract from it.  I was also new here, scared to take risks.  Scared to offend.  Even now I do still think some of that is still present, but I have to consider my audience.  Most want it legible and thats it.  Short and to the point.  And so, I went with white.  It seemed safe.  In hindsight, it seems sterile and clinical.  I can’t believe seeing these side by side.  What a leap!

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144 Instagrams, September 2010, 30×30″, giclee’ print on enhanced matte paper

My wife and I joke that “if you didn’t Instagram it, It didn’t happen”.  This printed work catalogs about  a years worth of Instagrams.  Not everthing was used, but in this piece you can make out my love of type, movie screen captures, pottery, and common icons/architecture/fixtures that go unnoticed daily.  Instagram captures images in a square format.  I wonder why they decided that.  Maybe it is nod to the instamatic…the Polaroid.  Either way, its difficult to capture things visually within this format as we have become accustomed to a wider format and even wide-screen.  Squares remind me of grids and grids remind me of architecture.  My first introduction to drawing was in a Drafting class so many years ago in high school.  I still remember how I “got it”.  So much so that I won the award for that year.  It wouldn’t be until 10 years later that I would pursue an art education in college.  I get the square, but it’s tough to be square all the time.

My wife took some pictures of me to use in my digital work for the show this month.  Here’s the before and after shots:

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Images were manipulated in photoshop, adding elements from industrial and architectural photographs I’ve taken. Printed images are mounted to wood panels and sanded to add to aging effects, before being finished with Breathing Color Glamour 2 glicee matte finish.

Last fall I created two digital pieces for a faculty show at TCC, that I tentatively termed part of a “gizmo(logy)” series.  I had so much fun with those images, and I’ve been expanding that collection with both 2D and 3D works.

Next month FWADA is hosting it’s annual spring gallery night, and I’m so fortunate to be able to have my first solo show as a part of that event.  I’ll be showing new work from the Gizmo(logy) series, as well as some of my favorites from Clay, Light and Time, and Liquid Clay Drawings, hopefully presented in an interesting new way.  The show will be at Gallery 414 in Fort Worth, TX.

 

 

Sister in law had some strung beads and I held them up to the light. Picked up my iPhone and went to town.  Pressed the beads right up against the camera.  Amazing way to get a color palette.