Thursday, May 24, 2007
This made me think how important these peer networking sites are. Designers are oft isolated souls, working in dusty little industrial-chic garrets, pulling vectors and pushing pixels, with only an overlord (who is usually an accountant) or a client (who is usually an accountant) stooping behind us, saying things like "it just doesn't feel right" and we are always subject to their outrageous whims and “minor tweaks”. By the way, the phrase “minor tweaks” is kryptonite to even the most super of designers, when muttered at the wrong time it can reduce us to a shakey souffle of our former selves. But these peer to peer sites give us an opportunity for encouragment and constructive critique. I say "Rock on, LogoPond!"
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Here it is ...
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Artist: Zita Weelius
Exhibition: Is there life after size 16?
Where: Annex Gallery, Lion Arts Centre
When: February 1994
The Annex Gallery is a small room within the Lion Arts centre. Zita Weelius has used her limited space well for a pithy installation.
Dolls, of various sizes, hang from the ceiling by fishing wire. Most of their limbs and heads have been torn off. Surgical cut-marks are rudely sketched around the dolls’ genitals. All of them are draped in green surgical cloth. On the white floor, in a chess pattern, are photocopies of breasts. Above the surgical table hangs a light which has been encased by the cover of a Cleo magazine: the misguiding light of stereotypes, perhaps? The room is full of smoky, pungent incense.
Weelius, who has worked as a general and psychiatric nurse, told me that a “new age of aesthetic surgery is upon us. Females read women’s magazines as Bibles, which promote eternal beauty as possible, through aesthetic surgery; a new religion has begun.” Seemingly, the surgical table has become an altar, and like angels, its subjects float either to, or from it. The Barbie doll, that icon of unattainable beauty, hangs whole; the
This work intrigued me. I found myself constantly going back to it. It was so simple, so eloquent and concise. Her message, a topical one, has been successfully conveyed.
-- Wow! Great conclusion Mike!
Title: Complete visual abstraction
Exhibition: The Subconscious Moment
Where: El Space, LAC
These works are certainly colourful; however they just seem to lack something. They failed to move me. They are not refreshing reinterpretations of what can be a powerful medium. There was an awful stench of corporate art surrounding them. They seemed ideal for colouring up a drab wall and to hide behind a plastic pot plant. This could have something to do with the small scale and easily marketable canvases that he used. He told me that this was because he was not sure of the size of the gallery. I would like to see him work on larger canvases, where his potential may be unleashed.