Thursday, March 26, 2009


Welllllllll This has been a pretty insane week. I'm it won't seem as insane later, but right now it feels pretty rough. I've spent pretty much the whole week working on an essay and it's finally finished!!

On a side note - AMAZING!

As for art, I have not made much recently, I tried pastels yesterday, it was fun but messy. I suppose the last prints I made were for the Emily Carr print exchange. In total, an edition of 66! CRAZY! The most I've ever made, but for the most part they look great.

Well, that's it for now. Hopefully I can get some intaglio prints done in the next few days as well.


Listening to:

Death Cab For Cutie - I Will Follow You Into The Dark
Bloc Party (saw them, it was fun!)
Calvin Harris
Gang Of Four
The Fall Of Troy
Number Girl
The Smiths

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mostly Asleep


So far it has been a crazy week. Loads of work, plenty of me being untimely and sleeping badly. So more or less the usual. Friday evening promises to be eventful and fun however, so salvation comes.

I've been really busy with lithography this week and have successfully printed the icon of a big idea I plan on developing when I have the time. In the summer I want to make a zine as sort of the handbook/bible for this notion, but for now, just symbols.

The idea came to me just as I was falling asleep one night, as most of my ideas seem to. I've been watching lots of dystopian films (Children Of Men, Wall-E, Watchmen) and reading about social and artist trends and revolutions of the 20th century and a number of recent traumatic events have all lead me to lose faith in the future. I guess these things have made me aware of a lack of faith in my generation. I don't think kids my age, a bit older and mostly younger, are at all like the preceding generations. The internet, video games, literature, movies/TV, art, popular and not-so-mainstream music, the news, ugh, so much (I'm really tired and am having a hard time articulating my ideas) have all lead to what I think is a significant distancing of us from reality, older generations and any semblance of real life.

Ugh, I know that when I reread this in the morning it's going to be embarrassingly terrible, but who reads this anyway?

My point is: my generation is marred by psuedo-nihilism, cliche cynicism, immaturity, fragile emotional states, extreme desensitization, moral neglect and corruption, self-centeredness, laziness, stupidity and a host of other physical and social ills. I don't want to sound like an angry priest, bigoted old man or hypocritical/niave/idealistic art jerk, but there are a lot of problems created by my generation and many we will inherit which I think will be detrimental to an extant that I don't care to fathom right now. The current economy, environmental salvage and sustainability, some kind of moral standards overarching all social, religious and cultural establishments are all a inspirations of this idea. I think that to boil down the solution it comes to compassion and thought: heart and mind. Thus the phrase that came to me in that semi-conscious state so many weeks ago: OPEN HEARTS OPEN MINDS.

It's something of a play on words and has no punctuation, and I think embodies the spirit of the ideas I want to propegate. I'm sure I sound really wishy washy, socialist and pretentious right now, but well, maybe I am.

I'll elaborate on this when I am less exhausted and don't need to be in class in 6 hours.

Oh, also I've been working on this up until this week for my digital printmaking class. It's a mix of ink, spray paint and digital printing on wood. Or psuedo wood anyway, that compressed stuff.


Saturday, March 7, 2009


Ok, not that much to say, but I printed those shirts in time and about 12 of 15 turned out to be usable. Hooray! Plus my presentation and explanation of the assignment went over seemingly very well and stimulated much conversation. Hopefully lots of thinking too. Hooray! Plus I was told that I was one of the better presentations, so that is expecially nice as class presentations have not been a high light of my past. I gave away the 10 shirts I brought to class, plan to do more for the next Printmaking fundraiser around the end of the month. Also my etching and litho having been coming along, although there is always more to do.

In other news I saw Watchmen today. It was really good, although I left the theatre with mixed feelings about it overall. I read a review somewhere saying it was too true to the book to stand on it's own but not true enough to be the book brought to life. A weird grey area. I'd advise to go see it and read the book, or actually do that in opposite order. If anything, the movie sums up and simplifies the book (basically) into 2 hours what took me a few weeks to read.


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Burritos, Laundry and Subways, Oh My!

That about sums up what I've done today. Not as productive as I wanted to be. Not that bad though. I've got a lot on my plate this time of year. Alphabot is playing a show at the Horseshoe Tavern on Thursday, excited/nervous for that. Most reputable venue I've ever played in.

I've got a lithograph to be working on but have no idea what I'm going to do yet, something involving a wash and possibly colour. I forget how to do both but I'm sure I'll figure it out.

I think I'm going to do a run of ten shirts that look like this for a class on Friday. The idea behind this is that it's something of an 'anti-graphic-t-shirt-t-shirt'. There are SOOOOO many awful graphic T's these days, things like and Bluenotes have commodified something that punks and rock bands wore as symbols of their 'counter culture-ness'. Now its completely over-the-counter-culture and all the originality is gone. So this bold, simple design, with echoes of human anatomy, is intended to be a middle finger to graphic t-shirts everywhere.

Hey I'm pretty good at that. Although it is late and I think I'm just rambling.

Here is part of a chine colle print I've been working on. I'm clinging to a theme for as many assignments as possible right now. Something that isn't complete bull but also looks neat so I don't spend forever contemplating what to do for each assignment.

These 'Super 8 Birds' are something of a visual metaphor of how humans frequently (if not always) react to cameras. See Kodak Courage Once someone pulls a camera people become more courageous and try to be funny or acrobatic or silly. We try to impress this little machine, or who we think will be seeing our antics later. Same goes for security cameras. We treat them like there's a guard or a cop or something really threatening right there. The consequences of potential actions dictate our behaviour: fear. But it's just wire, plastic and a bit of glass. Weird huh?

There's more to be explored on this subject, for now I'm mostly just playing with imagery and trying to work out some kind of personal aesthetic. I've been told that you're just supposed to do what you enjoy and what ever happens is your style, but there are some really cool things I want to try and experiment and push my work in the direction of. Oh well, you can't learn unless you make mistakes, right?

Listening to:

Mikey Dread
Deadmau5 - Random Album Title
Benga - Diary Of An Afro Warrior
The Beatles - I'm So Tired
Tom Gabel - Heart Burns
The Verve - Urban Hymns
........I recommend all very highly

Monday, March 2, 2009


Well, I guess I'm a blogger now. It's official.

I don't expect I'll get much traffic, that's fine, I don't have much to see on here yet. But if you're reading this, thanks!

I created this blog for a weird reason. I guess more of an experiment than a reason. I want to objectively see the artwork that I produce, as I am an art student, and see how that affects what I do. Right now, I don't think I make enough or particularly great work. Hopefully being able to see quite clearly what I've made over time I'll be more motivated to be productive!

Here goes nothin...