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I just launched a new, fully responsive website for an incredibly talented sculptor and doll artist, Dustin Poché. Dustin does beautiful work and makes every aspect of the sculptures by hand including the clothing, bead work, jewelry, and hair. This project included a website and branding as well as all photography (except where noted). View the site at: www.dustinpoche.com

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This was the poster I designed for the Spring 2012 University Dance Company concerts. The performances, music and costumes were incredible and there was a lot of very modern dance this time around which was really interesting to watch. It’s such a fun and creative group to work with!

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While in Puerto Rico, I went to see the Pablo Casals museum which is in a tiny building on the edge of Old San Juan. It’s easy to walk through in a few minutes and only costs $1 to get in! It has a number of interesting artifacts related to the famous cellist including some beautiful photographs and several concert posters. It turns out, the posters are all designed by a famous Puerto Rican graphic designer, Lorenzo Homar. His typography, color, and bold graphics are really vibrant and are all really appropriate for the music they represent. These are the posters in the museum, the top one is a beautiful silk screen and the bottom two are HAND PAINTED. That’s right, even the type.

You can see a lot more of Homar’s excellent design work here.

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I submitted a couple of pieces to the Hott Sheet show at the Wonder Fair gallery here in Lawrence. I don’t show much of my “art” all that often, cure so I thought I’d post what I submitted to the show. The show’s opening sounds like it’s going to be a big party, look so if you’re looking for something to do on Friday, nurse you should definitely stop by!

Hott Sheets Art Exhibition
When: Friday, June 25, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Wonder Fair: Art Gallery, Shoppe and Studio, Lawrence

I’ve been thinking about starting a series of flat, graphic African masks since I really love working with the shapes, colors and emotion. This piece is an initial exploration of this concept, painted in acrylics.

This piece is based on the nursery rhyme:
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

There are some very colorful explanations of what this nursery rhyme means, so I thought I’d work that into the piece as well! I also wanted to work on some drawn type, so this seemed like a great place to experiment with that.

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I recently did a poster for the University of Georgia that centered around a musical piece called The Here and Now by Christopher Theofanidis. The work is based on selected poems by the Persian poet Rumi and uses the powerful and mysterious qualities of band and choir. They wanted it to have a decidedly Middle Eastern/Turkish feel to it and so I thought it would be the perfect chance to try doing some hand-drawn calligraphy.

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thru_you

In the “culture of the remix” that we are currently experiencing, approved there are some pretty fascinating and creative things going on. The appropriating of other visual elements to create new work can be seen in streets all over the world. This technique was taken further into the public eye when, in 2008, street artist Shepard Fairey became world famous (infamous?) with his graphic of Barack Obama taken from an AP photograph.

In the popular musical world, there are “mashup” artists like Girl Talk who take all kinds of different music and mix it together (check out Feed the Animals). However, this is not a new technique as DJ Shadow pioneered this on his critically acclaimed debut album Endtroducing….. in 1996.

This past week, a new website launched that really caught my eye. Thru You is the creation of Israeli musician and producer, Ophir Kutiel, aka Kutiman. He’s taken a number of unrelated YouTube videos and compiled them together to create some really amazing pieces. You just have to see it to get the full effect and I was completely impressed.

Of course, all of these different interpretations of these mediums bring a lot of questions to the surface which I can’t quickly cover here, but like them or not, they are starting to shape the culture that we live in. Feel free to weigh in and share your thoughts!

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