Archive for October 6, 2010

Collage and visual artist Frances Stark…

the artist was born in 1967. Her collages are the work I find most inspirational from here.  Her use of empty space and use of text to help the viewer understand her point view make her work unique. The artist likes to indicate herself in her works.

This clip is from a college lecture given by Ms. Stark @ Cal Arts. The college started to educate the animators of Disney long ago.

A quick shout out to and Mario the artist for inspiring me to get into caricatures a few years back! I have learned a lot and continue to learn from such artists as Joe Bluhm and Jan Op De Beeck and of course Sebastien Kruger.

The use of text can add exciting ideas and pull the viewer in closer. Try a piece using some text in your own unique way.

keep trying! It will some come !


Artist of the moment… graffiti artist James Top…

this guy is a New York City legend who has just recently found his way into major art galleries. After making marks on subways and walls of the city the artist was able to have a solo show called “Afrology”  in 2008. It featured several 1970s type figures with huge afros but combining some modern social statements such as PROFITS and big oil as well.

CBS has a clip here you should view that talks about the artist finally making it to the big time after all these years. The artist even teaches youngsters in the community how to use art in a uplifting way, rather than ruin things. Graffiti at its highest is fine art, at its lowest is vandalism.

The show is about using mixed media to communicate different views within the black community.

The artist in the 70s was a founding member of the TOP group The Odd Partners. The group was among the most famous taggers, or vandals if you look at it that way, that existed, spraying paint all along the subways in the 70s and early 80s. He feels he is the voice of his community.

Everything is to like about this artist. The bold statements. Putting his work in front of public eyes for 30 years, and people who aren’t inclined to look at other art that what they walk by on a normal working day. The artist even gives back to the young in his community, how taking some time to study other taggers out there such as Daze of Phoenix or the great John “Crash” Matos.

keep learning and having fun! Smile, just do it!