Posts Tagged ‘design’

Poster for Maricopa Community Colleges Student Art Competition

October 19th, 2011 | No Comments

A new poster, based upon one of my recent paintings, will soon be circulating throughout the 10 campuses of Maricopa Community Colleges (MCC), promoting the college system’s 26th Annual League for Innovation Student Art Competition.

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Posters for Maricopa Community Colleges’ 26th Annual League for Innovation Student Art Competition.

The poster is based upon my 2010 painting Flat Space, Imagined Place. MCC designer Janet Sieradzki used the graphics file that resulted from original digital sketches for the painting. (Since 2001, I have designed all of my paintings digitally before painting them.)

I’ve enjoyed a fruitful, collaborative relationship with Maricopa Community Colleges over the past several years. In 2004 and 2005, I designed a pair of posters for MCC’s Honors Forum Lecture Series. My art has been featured on a 2007 faculty convocation program and a collection of winning entries for a 2007-2008 student writing competition.

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2007-2008 MCC publications featuring designs adaptated from my paintings.

Overall, I’m very happy with this new poster, and I’m very excited to see how the art competition turns out. My thanks go to Ms. Sieradzki for inviting me to share my work. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with her yet again!


Football and art

October 18th, 2009 | No Comments

Until this morning, I long had forgotten how watching football — particularly Italian football, or calcio, to be precise — has provided me with a profound source of visual inspiration for my art.

It’s not the game, itself, mind you. It’s the stuff going around the game: the uniforms — the sponsorships on the uniforms — the corporate advertising on the flashy, pitch-enveloping electronic billboards, which at once adorn and distract from the game.

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Juve’s Felipe Melo advances past players from Fiorentina, his former club.

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The fabulous crest that Fiorentina sported in the 1980s.

This is where I find logos of corporations I’ve never heard of — corporations whose role in the industrial ecosystem are a complete mystery to me. I like this; I can appreciate these logos for their graphical properties, without understanding the purpose or cultural baggage behind them. I don’t know what they mean. They are like alien symbols to me.

This morning, Juventus hosted Fiorentina. The frenetic, scrappy match, in which both sides counteracted their opponent’s nearly every move, resulted in a 1-1 draw. But I came away with some great ideas for color combinations, shapes and stripes, all gleaned from momentary glimpses.

I think I should watch football more often!


Please make the 1980s go away…for once and for all.

February 19th, 2009 | 2 Comments

Face it: In terms of design, the 1980s was a wasteland. Postmodernism was cool. … And Panton went pastel, for crissakes.

But the decade’s lack of design sensibility is coming back more and more each day. And it’s bad.

Do your best: Please make the 1980s go away. Karl Lagerfeld knows what’s going on. Converse with him. Think about the future, even if it means drawing from the past. Nostalgia is an enervating pursuit.