Wednesday, October 31, 2007

On the Web: warholizer

Among the most recognizable of Andy Warhol's paintings are his silkscreens in which he repeated the same object (often a celebrity or a commericial product) in multiple colors. Now you too can Warholize your images or even yourself!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Travel Journal: la facce di Italia

I used a vintage passport from 1949 and my own photographs to create a simple travel journal to remember the amazing faces of Italy. Click on any image to enlarge.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Mixed Media: brothers in arms

Mixed media tag made for a vintage tag swap on Yahoo. Click to enlarge for detail.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Underground: altered photo book - six

decay - another page in my NYC altered photo book

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

On the Web: DIY Keith Haring

Not wanting to be outdone by Jackson and Pablo, Keith decided to create an interactive web site of his own devoted to his unique art. Create your own Haring masterpiece at Haring Kids.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Mixed Media: roughcast

I have completed the pages for and binding of "half" of my mixed media book, now entitled Roughcast (meaning to make, shape, or prepare in a rough form). I say half because of the style of the binding. In one book I will be binding two sets of different size pages using a coil binding, with the hinge of the binding in different orientations for each set of pages. Does that even make sense? Maybe a picture will help (click to enlarge)...

As you can see, the first set of completed pages were coiled bound to the right side of a paper-covered book board with the binding at the top of the pages. That way the pages open upwards. In the next picture, the second set of not-yet-completed pages are on the left side of the paper-covered book board and once completed will be bound with the coil on the left. That way the pages on the left will open in the direction of a typical book. So with one book, two different set of pages will open at different orientations. Is it making sense yet?

The photos below are all the book pages completed so far. The fronts of each page have already been posted on this blog earlier. For more detail, see these previous posts and/or click on the photos below.

I will post photos of the pages from the second half of Roughcast as they are completed.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Mixed Media: yamato hotel

I am a member of a yahoo group devoted to little fat books. After a theme is chosen, each person creates an individual page, with the total number of pages made equal to the number of artists participating in the project. The pages are sent to the host who binds them together and sends one completed book to each artist. This particular group focuses on the alphabet, with 26 total participants per group. The theme of the current project is countries. A picture of my Japan page is below.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

In New York: kara walker

There is a powerful exhibit that just opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art. It is a retrospective of work by Kara Walker entitled: My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love. This is a thought provoking and emotionally wrenching exhibit that takes an unflinching look at issues of race and gender stereotypes. Although she utilizes multiple media (including painting, drawing, video, light projections, journaling, and shadow-puppetry), she is best know for her use of the 18th and 19th century medium of black, cut-paper silhouettes. And there were some amazing examples at the show. At first glance, the pieces are quite beautiful. But as you become aware of the details of the images themselves - and what they represent - the message behind the show knocks you over. It is a true example of the power of art to move, to inspire, and to even change the viewer. The museum does not allow you to take pictures but below is an image taken from the web of one of her installation pieces from the show. Click on it to enlarge.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Mixed Media: falling flower

I am involved in a Skinny Book Swap hosted by Chrysti Hydeck
who wrote a wonderful piece in Cloth Paper Scissors Issue 13 (July/August 2007). There are 25 participants per book and we all need to create 26 original 4"x8" pages, which Chrysti will bind. The extra page will go into a book that will be auctioned for charity. I have posted pictures of one of my pages below. The quote, by Arikida Moritake, is a beautiful haiku. The image is a photograph I took at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Underground: altered photo book - five

Spread 2 - with center paged flipped right then left

Monday, October 8, 2007

Underground: altered photo book - four

at home...altered photo book page

at home...detail of altered photo book page

shipping room...altered photo book page

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Underground: altered photo book - three

Another page in Underground...abridged.

page four

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Underground: altered photo book - two altered ode to NYC. One more page in my altered photo book.

page three

Monday, October 1, 2007

Underground: altered photo book - one

I love taking pictures, especially of pieces of the urban landscape of New York City. I also enjoy altering photographs by hand - sanding, inking, painting, cutting, scratching, covering, and adding text, images, rubons, & scribbles. I've combined these two passion into one handmade book that I am currently working on: altered ode to NYC.


spread one

page one

page two