Day 10 . 07. 28.10

July 29, 2010

Paper: An old hand out from an art history class explaining the Bauhaus curriculum

Materials: Cyanotype bleeds , pen, frustration.

It reads ( roughly)

“Did you know Bauhaus was in fact the main inspiration of not only Harder Hall but the influence and driving force of Freshman Foundations and the whole art program at Alfred for that matter. What is ironic about all of this is that this piece of paper, this very piece of paper which is a detailed diagram of the art curriculum at Bauhaus is what made me do poorly on an exam given at Alfred the very school that is modeled after Bauhaus”

Half inside joke with my friend. 100% truth.

Day 9. 07.27.2010

July 28, 2010

Paper: Graph paper with cyanotype bleeds

Materials: paper, box cutter, spray paint, double stick tape.

Made a stencil today… I wish I was more graphic…in general

Day 2. 07.20.2010

July 21, 2010

Detail

‘Paper’ -Acetate

Materials- an old eye liner pencil, thread ( both machine and hand stitching) and sharpie.

my plan was to make this art nuevo  meets colorful  acrylics, but instead I wallowed in self pity and refused to add color ( I don”t have enough space to create as my bedroom serves as both sleeping quarters and studio space ) After I added some bookshelves to my  cramped space with help from mi padre I feel a bit better about things ( that and the fact millions have it worse than me and I have no need to complain) Hopefully tomorrows entry is more ….positive, and one that I am not completely embarrassed about.

Ever since high school, It was instilled in me by my teacher to keep a good sketchbook. Since I was around the age of 9 I’ve been keeping one , I’ve accumulated close to 30 now, some more full than others. I enjoy leafing through them…especially some of the earlier ones. I kept three sketchbooks last year and filled them up ( for the most part), and I thinks it really when I started to understand what to put in it and how to organize it. I no longer have that new sketchbook anxiety (fear of starting a sketchbook because you didn’t want the first page to look like feces and if you mess up your too afraid of ripping it out for fear of wasting paper and money.)

I digress

I enjoy blogging, but I feel like some artists may use it as a way to get out of keeping a sketchbook. I say why not integrate the two.

so here ladies and gents is pieces of my beloved sketchbook, and my thought process behind my ‘staged photo’ project.

Untitled-1Untitled-3Untitled-5

Lastly I feel the need to give props to Keri Smith and her book Wreck this Journal. I call it ‘Freshman Foundations ” in a book. But basically it gives you prompts to destroy the book. Some of my favorite pages included “cover this page in fruit stickers” and “take this book in the shower with you” .The back even has a mailing label and it tells you to tape the book shut and mail it to yourself. It really changed the way I kept a sketchbook….I encourage you all to splurge on the 10-15 bucks for the book. You wont be sorry.