It’s not your typical beach destination: the rocky cliffs are steep, the coastline is enveloped by thick fog embankments, the winds are ferocious, and the beaches aren’t swimmable, but that doesn’t deter many Bay Area residents from visiting this special seaside community. Tucked away in a coastal enclave 100 miles north of San Francisco, The … Continue reading Sustaining Simplicity: The Sea Ranch
“It’s a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eye of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.” W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk In yesterday’s post we placed a spotlight on Theaster Gates … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (10): W.E.B Du Bois, Writer, Scholar, Artist?
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”- Marcus Garvey Fred Martins, a Nigerian visual artist based in the Ukraine has recently completed a new series of images called “Orange, Black and Freedom”. His work combines vibrant graphic design with photography through his use of digitally created hair picks that are transformed into African and … Continue reading Fred Martins Transforms Cultural Symbols into Historical Icons
The Friday before a long weekend holds so much promise. I’m counting down the minutes until 5:00, so until then I am living for the work of Lakwena Maciver. Her work combines the bold, geometric lines found in Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings with the colorful graphics of 8 bit video games. Lakwena’s energetic paintings are punctuated with woodblock … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-12: Lakwena
The graphics were bold, the symbolism was strong and the messages were provocative. Emory Douglas’ graphic design work became the visual voice of movement dedicated to the fight for civil rights and social justice. As the “Minister of Culture” for the Black Panther Party, Emory Douglas used punchy printmaking to tell captivatingly strong stories that depicted the … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2016-5: Emory Douglas on Creating a Culture of Resistance
I thought I would share my latest post on TONDI featuring Corita Kent who was a nun/art director who harmonized social activism with punchy graphic, pop art. Her work was inspired by Andy Warhol and it is currently on view in an exhibition called “Someday Is Now” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. For more on Sister … Continue reading Re-Post: “The Joyous Revolutionary: The Art of Corita Kent”
I am forever on the lookout for new graphic artists and animators to follow, so we headed to DesigerCon at the Pasadena Convention Center on Sunday. DCON has been around for 8 years, and is a convention that fuses urban, underground, pop art with animation, vinyl collectible toys, and clothing. The result was a mass … Continue reading DesignerCon 2013