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Artist of the moment….Michael Bevilacqua

Michael Bevilacqua was born in Carmel, Georgia in the year 1966.

In this clip we see and hear the artist talk about his work. He is very energetic and one important thing to remember about his work is that he is always listening to music when he creates. I find this very inspirational also, to be inspired to do my art by listening to someone else perform their craft orally.

For his collegiate studies Bevilacqua first went to the Cambridge College of Art and Technology located in Great Britain. Bevilacqua then attended Santa Barbara City College and Long Beach State University both located in California.

Bevilacqua currently lives and works out of New York city.

The artist has works in many prominent collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of New York, and museums located in Greece, Denmark, Norway, and Japan.

The artist reminds me of several people but first off Mel Bochner. Bochner is renown for using text and sometimes quite vulgar text to spread his message. ┬áBochner was born in 1940 and still produces works in this very expressive style. Below is a great example of Bochner’s work and sometimes vulgar way of painting.

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And another work below is titled “Money.” I love the way he takes one theme, and then uses words to bring the viewer closer to his thoughts. Money is the idea, then we have what money is called in various places around the world, and finally the effects of money such as the root of all evil. Bochner is very creative in his designs but always straight forward in his message.

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Lets take a quick glance at someone else doing great work with text, Stephen Powers. Very expressive and blunt in the same manner as Bochner, but with a more colorful palette. Here are two great examples of Power’s style.

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And another example of Stephen Power’s work below.

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Bevilacqua’s style is perfect for modernism and art. He uses a variety of highly recognizable logos, music, fashion, and even children’s cartoons. Where as Andy Warhol’s work was a snapshot of the consumer in the 1950s and 1960s, Bevilacqua’s work is a great snapshot of what it is to be a consumer in the world of today. Where as in the 1950s and 60s some logos might only be known in a certain area of the world, the internet and globalization will make many companies more familiar outside of their own borders.

 

Try designing and executing a great work of art using text as the subject!

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