Abstract Advertising

Advertising can be found in many different styles or even time periods. For one of my college classes I was asked to make an advertisement for a household item in either a different time period or a style. I chose my style to be abstract and my household item to be trix cereal. This is what I came up with:


Planning Process of Eames Cards

For a final project in one of my classes, we have to create 5 eames cards that show opposites on each card. For those who don’t know what eames cards are, they are stackable cards that have notches in each side. These cards serve the sole purpose of interlocking to create a house of cards. My cards are going to be based off of kids learning. I chose this theme due to the inspiration of my 2 nephews. Each card will have simple opposites that little kids learn growing up. I am thinking of doing these: abc vs 123, up vs down, left vs right, cat vs dog, yes vs no. For each picture I plan on either taking them or creating them with computer software.


Styles are found everywhere, but what really is style. Style is the treatment of the visual elements in a design. In other words, it is the outcome of the design and how it was created to look that way. Styles can be made by the tools used  to create the design. For example, when painting the paint can be uneven or blobs of paint could be used which would cause it to have a somewhat rough style. Also, what is used to put the design on can create a style. Canvas already has a texture unlike paper which doesn’t have style unless altered to cause it to.
There are many different major styles that artists tend to classify their art work in. One of which is expressionism. This style originated in the early 20th century in Germany. It basically only took place in paintings and poetry but later on grew into literature, theatre, etc. Expressionism in it’s simplest is the act of adding emotion to an artwork by distorting it. These works of art should evoke the viewers mood and their ideas. All expressionism artwork will express a meaning or an experience. Three famous artists who worked in this style are Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, and James Ensor. Examples of their work follow.


The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh


The Scream by Edvard Munch


The Dangerous Cooks by James Ensor

Sources: Wikipedia

Who The #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?

There are many movies and documentaries  in the world about artists and their art work. One that I had gotten the chance to see recently was “Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?”. This documentary is about Teri Horton’s life after she had purchased a painting at a thrift store. She tried selling the painting at a garage sale only to find out it is possible that it is one of Jackson Pollock’s paintings. Teri then had a set a goal to prove that the painting is a Jackson Pollock and sell it for the millions of dollars that it was worth. The film compares the personalities of Teri and Jackson to being similar. They both were stubborn and would not settle for anything less than what something was worth. This can be said about Jackson because if he thought the painting was worth more than he was offered he would not accept the chance of selling it. This quality is shown in Teri because she would not settle for a smaller amount of money than what she knew the painting was worth and she would not just let an art guru say the painting was not a Jackson Polluck since she believed it was.

With all of the hassle Teri went through with the art experts I have realized how crazy the art world can get. All you need to say a painting is by a famous artist is documentation of ownership. However, in Teri’s case when she finally made up a story, which I must say was exceptionally crazy, most art experts did not want to believe it. It was almost like they thought she was a crazy lady. A crazy lady she was not though. She had gotten the help of a forensic specialist, Peter Paul Biro. Biro managed to match a fingerprint on the painting with one from a paint can of Pollock’s studio. He also managed to match up paint chips from the studio and the painting. This seems proof enough to  me that the painting is a Jackson Pollock, but to most art experts they still did not want to believe it.

Overall, I would have to say this documentary gives a glance into the art world along with the style of Jackson Pollock. The fact the film followed Teri Horton relates an everyday person’s life to that of a person of the art world’s life. If you haven’t seen ityet, I highly recommend you watch it.