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Wednesday
Jan112012

artist profile: vincent jackson

From our friends at the Creativity Explored studio in San Francisco—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—the graphic lady runner depicts a provocative figure.

Like the complex lady depicted in this wool runner, large-scale figurative oil pastels define the work of artist Vincent Jackson—notorious as one of the longest practicing artist in residence at
the studio.

Via a sum of geometric shapes—with elements of traditional African and oceanic imagery, and almost Cubist, her full figure takes form within these densely layered bold linear shapes and softer patterns.

To spend one minute with Vincent Jackson in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Tuesday
Jan032012

artist profile: dan golden

Where was your favorite place to live?
I haven’t found my absolute favorite place to live just yet, but can tell you that it will have lots of space and incredible views.

What’s your favorite room in your home?
Either the living room or the bedroom; the living room because it’s filled with art & design books, paper, pens and inspirational objects. The bedroom because it’s where we can just chill out and rest/think.

What are your sources of inspiration?
Experiences—alone, with friends, with new people…making connections. And the usual suspects: artists, films/filmmakers, designers, music, books, etc.

What do you drive?
Well, I drive a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta, but I would really love to drive one of these: a vintage Jaguar e-type, a 60s Mercedes 220se, or a BMW model 2002. One day.

What one item do you wish you owned?
Hmmmm….maybe a Rothko.

What are your interests outside of design?
I love comedy/comedians, movies, music, technology, graphic novels (Daniel Clowes type stuff), napping, running, and laughing.

Form vs. Function?
Form and Function, but not necessarily always at the same time.

Your personal decorating style is?
Minimal and vintage.

What’s your favorite element/possession?
Can a dog qualify as an element? If so, then definitely our dog Nutley—he brings a lot of happiness and humor into our lives.

What was/is your biggest indulgence?
Probably my vintage Rolex watch. I obsessed on getting a classic stainless steel oyster perpetual Rolex watch for a long time and finally found the one I was looking for. It has a certain personal significance to me so it’s a very special possession/indulgence.

Do you have one low budget decorating tip?
Draw on your walls.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Ever gave?
Years ago—when I was a waiter/aspiring singer-songwriter—I met Tom Waits. His advice was to be original and not try to be like anybody else. This advice was simple and true, and applies equally to being a designer.

Tuesday
Dec132011

artist profile: gordon chin

Only artist Gordon Chin from the Creativity Explored studio in San Francisco—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—could have created such playful imagery.

One of his favorite foods—besides pizza and ice cream—this variety of donut appetizer plates is a quick study of a subject that could be endlessly explored.

Born in 1962 and of Chinese descent, Gordon has been experimenting with the many mediums offered at the studios since 2005. But since 2006, he has produced hundreds of greeting cards—most often with an image, a curious phrase, and a wash of watercolor.

To spend one minute with Gordon Chin in the Creativity Explored studio, go here.

Wednesday
Nov162011

artist profile: hope goodall

From the Creativity Explored studio in San Francisco—a nonprofit visual arts center where artists with developmental disabilities create, exhibit and sell art—comes a quirky watercolored menagerie by artist Hope Goodall.

Born in St. Louis in 1965, she made art at Creativity Explored for these past 20 years—sadly, Hope passed away earlier this year.

In 2010, Goodall completed a series of self-portraits—similar to other figurative works such as these seven critters—composed of loose lines layered with washes of muted color.

Furry friends frolic…hedgehogs and cats cohabitate with a bear, a mouse and a dog…as Hope’s memory lives on.

Thursday
Nov032011

preserving belkin's mural: new york

Murals are about the communities and neighborhoods that they becomes a part of—not to mention the building walls. Whether indoors or outside, inherently they’re one of the most fragile types of artwork created.

And as public art, or street art, there’s no museum staff or board of directors to protect them. Or to preserve them—one of the biggest challenges for outdoor works which are exposed to harsh elements 24/7.

Thankfully, the Heritage Preservation—a DC based national organization—is recognizing the need for such preservation and restoration at the local, community level.

Earlier this month it assessed Against Domestic Colonialism, a 50’ x 60’ outdoor mural in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. Painted in 1972, the stucco—or canvas of the mural—is separating from the building’s wall, most likely due to water seepage between the two. Over time, colors have faded and large areas have simply fallen off looking like missing puzzle pieces.

Over the past few years, Hell’s Kitchen has been getting more attention and rehabilitation. But it was over 30 years ago that CITYArts, inc., found Belkin to create a work on one of the building walls overlooking May Mathews and Alexandra Palmer Park.

Other major cities also have mural arts programs such as Los Angeles and Chicago—but in Philadelphia, where hundreds of murals can be found, their Mural Arts Program employs hundreds of artists, gives tours, and generates millions for the local economy.

Referring to artist Arnold Belkin’s mural as not only his only outdoor work in the US, but also one of the most endangered public murals in the country in need of urgent preservation efforts. Today, Heritage Preservation considers about a dozen equally significant murals to be highly endangered.

Thanks to skip, soho sales, for the photo.