The first semester at PAFA (Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts) went by so fast. It still feels like the beginning. One class that I really enjoyed this semester is Relief (Woodcut). You can think of it as a big wooden stamp. I loved making the prints so much that I have decided to sell a few.
My process with Woodcut is simple. I use the grain of the wood as inspiration and following the pattern. I love to use all my gouges (woodcut tools) to create unique textures. Then I would test the relief with color. I would spend hours figuring out the perfect color combination. And once I have figured that out I would make multiples of the print. If you have anymore questions about my process please comment.
Want to buy please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember these prints are handmade, so each print is unique.
Something that everyone must do really soon, is see the Doug Wheeler exhibit at the David Zwirner Gallery is Chelsea. It is a once in a lifetime exhibition that would change anyone’s perception on art. I felt as if I was in another universe where spaces is endless and time stops. Its an experience that everyone should live, so go see it. Please comment if you have seen it though I would love to know your interpretation of it.
For a better explenation of Doug Wheeler and one of his earlier works click the this link – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/15/arts/design/doug-wheeler-builds-infinity-environment-at-david-zwirner.html?_r=0
The David Zwirner Gallery, one of my favorite galleries in New York City – http://www.davidzwirner.com/
This is my design for the Directory of NYC Public High Schools Cover Competition. Although I am not a finalist, I am extremely proud of my hard work and my design, and I hope to share it with as many people as possible. My idea was that NYC has many special public high schools and that students have the unique opportunity to choose the high school that is right for them. There is every single NYC Public HS on this Design. Each borough is color coded; Brooklyn – Red, Manhattan – Green, Bronx – Purple, Queens – Orange, Staten Island – Blue. I would really appreciate you sharing or liking this so that my desire to have the public see my work can happen. Thank you!
How to look find a school:
1. Find the school name on either the Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan or Staten Island picture of the HS list.
2. Find the hand written # near the name.
3. Use that # to find which part of the grid the HS is in.
Last fall I was in this program called TRaC ( teen reviewing and critics) for high school students. I this program teen have the chance to go all over the city and see are shows like film, dance, photography, theater and more for free. I was in the new TRaC, the Media TRaC, where the idea was to understand how the public sees art and how they know about it. One thing that my teacher was really into was this thing called Zeega. Now at first I didn’t know what a Zeega was and still don’t know exactly how to explain it. So here I go, a Zeega is a series of over laying gifts with music and text that try to portray a message. Click here for the Zeega I created with my TRaC team. The second one and then the Mandel Zeega that is just so so good!!! (It’s my favorite)
Have you ever thought that theses days in the modern world nothing is interesting, unless it is totally out of the blue? For example when was the last time someone was known for painting a person that is smiling or creating a utopia? Is it just me, but don’t you think that you would look longer at a painting of hell then of heaven? For me that is absolutely without a doubt true. (Right now I’m just going to be speaking about paintings of heaven and hell, so please do not get offended by my language. I do not want to offend anyone who is religious.) For me heaven is boring there is nothing crazy about wanting to be in heaven. I’m just saying who wants to live in a world where everything is perfect nothing ever changes and when nothing changes you don’t see whats good any more. We all know what a heaven would look like, but how long will you stare at a painting of it? I personally would rather look at a picture of hell. I want to see crazy and creepy things happening in a painting. If I see that then my eyes are glued to it. Just seeing all the blood and bad things happening, people eating other people, people being hung over a fire, people being chased by mythical creators. It’s just so bizarre, it’s interesting. NO?
Everyone wants to know it. Everyone whats to me it. What makes you good and special at what you love to do. Some people think that your only good if no one ells can do what you do. That could be true for the most part but to me it really isn’t true. What makes you good at something like art, writing, music, etc. is how your views view it. I know it might seem weird at first, but what I’m trying to make you understand is that what really draws people in. Is how relatable it is to them. You want your work to be BAM, WOW and you want people to OOOOW and AAHHH over what you do. Don’t worry I get it. Though to make it really stick in there minds you want to touch them and to do that you have to make your work relatable. Making something relatable to someone ells would open them up. It’s something we go through everyday, thinking if someone really understands us. Then when you find someone that does. It just blows your mind away.
For example “the Mona Lisa” . One of the reasons its so famous is because of her eyes. They can see in to your solo and it seems like she understands you. She is having a silent conversation with you. She is relating to you.
So be relatable to others and they will understand.