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History of the Internet by Melih Bilgil

The graphic design and visual art in this piece are extremely effective.

We’re posting on the internet every week, some of us everyday. Here’s a history of the internet that artists rely so heavily on. Do you take pulling reference material off the internet for granted? Take a brief look at it’s history.


February 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This is a short introducing the artist, Dougls Johnson, watercolorist inspired by Pierre Bonnard. Since he identifies with Bonnard, perhaps his palette can give some suggestions for a video inspired by “The Dining Room in the Country.”

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Photomotion isn’t too different than flip books. This would be a great idea for future projects. If it applies to the material, I’ll explore with this idea. Perhaps a short film based on a still image of a painting might be worth exploring with this.

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The Dining Room Research

The Dining Room in the Country, by Pierre Bonnard

Post-Impressionistic painter, Pierre Bonnard was born in 1867 and passed in 1947. Bonnard was born into a privileged family and trained as a lawyer before working in art.  “The Dining Room in the Country,” is the view found at his home, “Ma Roulotte” (My Caravan), in Vernonnet, France. His wife, Marthe de Méligny, a frequent model for Bonnard[i], is seen in the window of a red dining room with the remnants of a meal on the table. The painting was done and 1913, oil on canvas, 64 1/4” x 81” wide. It’s signed by the artist and is currently owned by the Minneapolis Museum of Arts. The painting is a fearless mastery of color, using it to define shape, with always at least two colors working together everywhere in obvious brush work.

What a joy it must be to paint the woman you love in your beautiful house on the Normandy coast.  On such a day one wouldn’t even mind painting a cat or two. The vibrant colors contrast the interior with the softer hues of the countryside. The colors of this painting are enhanced, drawing our attention to the beauty of everyday life.[ii] Bonnard held the philosophy of transforming the mundane to a higher plane through color and design.[iii] He was concerned with the reflection of the beauty of real life. In fact the philosophy of Bonnard and Les Nabis, his group of collaborators, was to integrate art and daily life through a synthesis of nature and personal aesthetics and symbolism.[iv]


Bonnard, Model in Backlight

Bonnard, Siesta




February 28, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Internet censorship

Censorship of any kind should raise the hackles of artists, and internet censorship is an especially serious subject for artists who must use technology to make a living in the 21st century. Imagine you post a work of art that authorities say is pornography? It could happen to any artist young or old.  “You know it when you see it” is the Supreme Court’s way of defining porn. Now imagine authorities saying not only are you a pornographer, but you also lose your privilege to use the internet. Goodbye revenue source, hello “Starving Artists Anonymous.”

Is that just a silly conspiracy? It’s interesting what conspiracies (or plots and plans) we subscribe to and which we do not. Here’s an interesting article about the use of  ridicule and propaganda to protect the State and powerful elite when their plots are uncovered.

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February 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Dr. Strangesound


Dr. Strangelove by Stanley Kubrick

This opening sequence from the 1964 movie, Dr. Strangelove,  employs hectic handmade lettering that contrasts a ostensibly peaceful scene. The song, “Try a Little Tenderness,” ironically casts the nuclear bomber and the fueling jet in a romantic affair, a brilliant example of what sound can do for a motion sequence.

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How to Report the News… And tell a good story.

Charlie Brooker

Since we’re working with editing and narrative I’ve included this funny look at editing news stories that shows how editing can create an effect – if not manipulate – the viewer.

February 8, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Must see Vanishing Point

Must see from Japanese digital artist, Takuya Hosogane. The use of digital motion is amazing. I can apply his use of color to all areas of my work.

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