i finished the year strong, with more interviews and more fantastic artist. like Andy Goldsworthy the naturalist, Juan Casas the artist who created 10 foot tall ballpoint drawings. Eric Daigh the push pin artist. but none was more important than that the preview of the first INDIGO magazine. if you have not had a chance to download it yet, follow the link.
11.12.2010 INDIGO THE ART MAGAZINE
it took a while, but it is here and it is done...download a copy here:
11.02.2010 ARTIST OF THE DAY - ANDY GOLDSWORTHY
11.09.2010 ARTIST OF THE DAY - JUAN FRANCISCO CASAS
for my very first interview for -indigo- , i got in contact with a very good friend of mine from high school, Patrick Renner. Once again, i was so nervous that i could barely conduct the interview. but it was a chance to sharpen my skills.
what have you done since HSPVA? after high school i went to the Kansas City Art Institute where i completed my undergrad and then i went straight to grad school. sometimes i wonder if doing that was the right decision or not (going straight to grad school). i went to Alfred University in New York. after school i came back to Houston and taught at PVA for four years. and now i just started a job teaching at the International School.
describe your work and style i kind of have two different groups of work. one is kind of a continuation of the stuff i did in high school. formal; playing with structure, form, shape and color. versus everything else; any other random idea that come into my head. but it basically comes down to all sculpture in general...wood, steel, recycled and found materials.
biggest high and low points in your career there has been a lot of "highs", like recently i meet another artist that remembered my work from a show i had some years back. it was cool because i really liked his work also. really just knowing there are people who like and recognized my work. those are the good moments right there...its real interaction with people about my work.
lows?..about a few years ago my gallerist calls me and she tells me that a guy who bought a piece of mine had done irreparable damage to it. for some reason he got the idea to paint over the piece and then wanted to know if i could fix it for him. it was just a drag to know that one of my babies had been defiled, but its laughable now.
and i found out about amazing artist like Dalton Ghetti
Indigo started out a little slow. i had no idea what direction i wanted to take this thing or what exactly i was trying to do with this. Though little has changed, i still managed to get a lot accomplished in the short time. I finished the quarter strong. here are a few highlights for those who missed some of the ride.
the only african american contestant on the show, abdi struggled to break out of his mold while on show. it wasnt until the season finally, where the contestants had to put together their own gallery exhibit. the cohesiveness and overall concept of his new work impressed all that were there, including artist David Lachapelle.
i literally went to the first place i could think of that may have work showing and lucked out. this was my first show. and i was so nervous, that i couldnt even ask the artist for their pictures. but this one trip set up so many other artist connections.
one of my long term goals that i hope to achieve, is to open an art gallery. the War'hous gallery on 4715 Main, currently holds a perfect example of an exhibit that i would love to have in my gallery one day.
the montrose art society is comprised of ten young artist from diverse backgrounds. somehow, their work melds together cohesively to make an sensational exhibit.
just when i thought i have seen it all, i find someone else making art in the most improbable way. British artist Keira Rathbone uses typewriters, instead of brushes and pencils, to create amazing portraits and drawings.
In what has to be one of the trippiest yet coolest installations we've seen yet, Lead Pencil Studio has created this clean air advertisement at the U.S. and Canada border near Vancouver. The giant frame, made of stainless steel rods, curiously frames the air.
i seen this article a while back, but i was unsure whether i could classify it as art or animal cruelty. but the tattoos look awesome and from what i have read, the nerve endings on pigs skin are less sensitive than ours.
Ironically, the tattooist Wim Delvoye is a vegetarian and owns all the pigs he does work on. *all the pigs pictured are all stuffed and on were on display at the Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in Paris
this are cool trees fro the ikea era that we are in. very sleek and minimal. plus you have no pine needles to sweep up afterwards!! there are numerous sites where you can purchase these. here are a few.
i remember struggling trying to come up with a brand identity for indigo. whenever i asked for someone input on it, all hand pointed to one direction...IRON&emotion. and i always replied, "how does everyone know this girl?"anyone who is Facebook friends with her, may know her as the girl in the batmask with the vintage comics and ill typography. i reached out to her for a chance to get to more about her and how she became everyones go to person.
Would it surprise you if I told you that you are one of the most “known-Unknown” people I have ever met? Everyone seems to know of you, but no one really knows anything about you. Why, yes it would surprise me- maybe you feel that way because I'm from the other side of this great nation. I'm just an art geek with internet access.
Who is “Iron- Emotion”? tell us about yourself… IRON&emotion is my alter-ego artistic side. My art has brought me through some excruciating times in my life- creating beauty out of nothing but my imagination is a serious blessing. Considering that I get paid for what I do is the icing on the avocado cupcake.
Where did “IRON&emotion” come from? It took me two years to come up with a fitting name for my company that has some longevity to it. I wrote out who I am, where I come from and what I have to offer. Here's the breakdown:
IRON:• Proverbs 27:17 • I am born & raised in Iron Range of northern Minnesota. Which produces the most iron ore of any other state in North America. • A big part of my life is weight lifting or, "pumping iron", an art form of sculpting- body sculpting.• The element of Iron itself is "low cost and high strength make it indispensable in engineering" - something I like to think my business represents. "&" (The Ampersand) • For me, the ampersand is a such a beautiful typographical character. In my business name- this represents my love & adoration for typography. • The ampersand represents my diverse talents God has given me. EMOTION:• I'm a very emotional being- I'm very open and I wear my heart on my sleeve. I don't really believe in being a guarded individual so I love to be very open, I live out loud. • My passion for what I do is very strong- and we all know passion is one of the strongest human emotion. IRON&emotion has no spaces because it represents the web culture we all live in. The capitalization of "IRON" symbolizes my STRENGTH and boldness. The lowercase "emotion" symbolizes my softer side. This also represents contrast and balance that is always key in my designs.
Describe you work and style I always start with the typography...the correct font can make or break a design. You have to be able to communicate what you want to say with any given design. Contrast of color and balance is also vital. I love to mix my watercolor into my designs, also raw photo textures from my environment- Photoshop is a real creative beast that I plan to tame in the next 5 years to do my creative bidding.
Would you please tell us about your workspace and working habits? Which tools or software do you use for visualizing your ideas? I work on an iMac inside the Adobe Creative Suite. I also cherish my Ebony pencils, Sharpies, watercolors, Prismacolors & my precious Moleskine sketchbook. I work on a 20+ year old mahogany desk my father made for my grandmother that I brought it from my motherland here to Texas.
Judging from the pictures you upload to your page, you seem to be an art aficionado, who and what inspires you artistically? I'm just inspired by artists who bear their souls & emotions through their art. Imagery that displays love and passion really moves me- I love anything with insane color & a hint of danger. Nature is also a major vein that pumps my creative blood throughout my body.
How long have you been designing? I have been a professional designer for 5 years, but I started drawing when I was in the first grade. I won my first drawing award in the second grade.
Were you formally trained? And if so, what type of art education did you receive? (art school, etc) I'm an official college dropout- I went to photography school in Minnesota for a year, won AdFed gold for an album cover I designed. Then a year later I started going to Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, MN a school I had to commute 150 miles round-trip to & fro for 3 years. I drove through blizzards and -30º weather to get to class but when I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter I decided that 9am Psychology class was too much to handle. I dropped out and got hired at a Fortune 500 company a few months after that. The company that hired me fresh out of school (Tastefully Simple Inc.) happened to be in the same city so I got to commute everyday again.
Working in corporate America can be a double-edged sword- it offers many beneficial things but also can limit an artist. Not to mention the extreme stress that comes with wearing dress SLACKS every day for 8+ hours per day. Nowadays I'm a zealous independent artist and the only limits I have are pretty much inside my own mind.