today was a long day. so i did a bit of sketching.
today was a long day. so i did a bit of sketching.
I’m a mess.
well at least if you take a look at my digital files. which is a bit scary considering most of my life is digital files. this past year has flown by, and suddenly i’m about to graduate. now i’m looking back at some of the pieces i worked on during graduate school and trying to look at them from a more objective point of view, or at least see what is there and how i might begin to present them to a new audience, or rennovate them for consumption.
state of design was one of only a few pieces i made in graduate school that was prompted by an outside source. i was asked to consider what the state of the design world is today. my answer was an ever-changing television set that screamed numerous unrelated message to the viewer. my idea was that there is so much information exploding out of numerous media sources that it becomes overwhelming and nonsensical.
however, in reviewing this short film, it’s interesting to see how personal this is, especially after spending my thesis year heavily devoted to self-exploration. i took nearly all these clips from youtube, except for a few that were from other art videos i was working on at the time (buffalo wings, alka-seltzer, sound project with jeff).
however, even the videos that i appropriated have a personal connection to past experiences (dawson’s creek, ninja turles, professional wrestling, george brett, oj simpson) but messages embedded within each individual episode sometimes give commands or aggressively address the viewer, or at least allude to an overall message from artist to audience. an obvious example is an early message saying, “you should not appropriate” while this video clearly appropriates nearly all the clips. two of my favorite clips feature an actor from beetlejuice proclaiming, “psychologically complex,” a religious leader announcing, “you must be crazy,” while later on animated character Freakazoid screams as if he can’t handle anymore of this madness.
i intend to break this piece down more and possibly revise it in places… but for now i will present the original version with a transcript of understandable speaking.
the state of design- transcribed
joy of driving
go to the dollar store
we’re not ready to go yet
you should not appropriate
home, pay attention
and this is what your
he won one
it’s gonna work
love is my property
cleaner solution than ordinary cooking
don’t know and you haven’t been able
you must be crazy
up and down the
thank you so much, uh
gray areas in the first amendement
don’t even talk to him
from heaven above
flip it as much as you want
call on me!
now we’ve got the all time favorite
all right yeah!
we curl down the ice!
butter cream creamy spreads butter cream creamy
In honor of installation week, I just wanted to show a favorite icon of mine and some of the process that led to its creation… this image still feels strong to me despite all the ups and downs of my thesis journey…
In two weeks in I install my thesis exhibition. The art department created individual posters for each of the students graduating this semester. My poster features a still from my short film entitled, “Perfection.” The film parodies design and advertising by using techniques from the recent Chanel No. 5 commercial.
My thesis journey (as well as graduate school as a whole) has been a process of deconstructing myself.
My past experiences
My own image
My artistic and design choices
My methodologies for working
My beliefs about American culture
My MFA thesis exhibition involves many layers of art and design in digital and physical space. One component is an animation that I am currently developing in Adobe After Effects. I have only created small stop-motion animations in the past, so this work is a bit challenging. I’m excited about the end result though. Here is just a bit of the process.
“Mattman Is” is a piece from a series of posters that I designed fall 2012. The series deals with the juxtaposition of my own comical appearance and the serious high-gloss design of fashion photography. The series started by actually adding images of my face to real fashion images but lead to full on Mattman modeling sessions. I feel that this piece best represents the series because it has this mixed element of humor and seriousness, and the viewer questions whether or not they should take me seriously or not. I wanted to use this blog to show the process and life of this piece from initial photograph to final display in a multi-light-box gallery exhibition.
I was super excited to see that my work was recently accepted into an exhibition for international design. “New Generation” The 9th International Exhibition by Professors and Students of Visual Communication was on display at SangMyung University in Korea. Here’s a few images from the published catalog along with the original illustration:
Most of the writing I have been working on lately has been for my thesis, so I have not contributed much to the blog lately. However, I recently submitted work for an exhibition at Finlandia University International School of Art and Design. The exhibition was entitled, “Small Spaces: Significant Sway” and the work submitted focused on the following points:
My current research deals with my personal relationship with art and design. I view my work as a journey that explores my own definition of success and failure as well as how contemporary America views these ideas.