studiotwentysix2 the art + design of tom davie

Monday, January 29, 2007

Parishioner Series Update

Ladies and gentlemen, the tease is over.

I have just finished updating the Parishioner Series site with new work. The link below will take you directly to the never-before-seen group of paintings. I have one remaining 24" x 24" canvas to finish, and then it's on to self-promotion and contacting a new group of galleries for exhibition and representation.

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    The Final Frontier

    This will be the last installment in the "How not to get a job!" series. It has been a blast to reminisce with my old amigos, but much like twelve-day-old tuna in August, they need to stop stinkin' up my workspace. These "How not to get a job!" inspirations keep staring at me, calling me, seeking my attention like fresh road kill, a pink polo shirt or a Vanilla Ice video. Even though I shouldn't, I continue to gaze, the professor in me evaluating, editing, making mental adjustments and improvements, despite the fact that no changes can, or will, be made. This is finished work, heaved into the world with hopes of returning prosperity, security and respect to its creator. Okay, now I'm just depressing myself...on to the eulogy.

    A.K.A. Tim, it has been great having you (and your grimace, tee-shirt, thums, Flipflops and kung-fu attack approach) around. I will miss your use of Helvetica in six different point (font) sizes. I will never forget your uneven paragraph spacing, improper punctuation, partially developed thoughts and avoidance of spell-check. I feel bad that six laser beams unnecessarily impaled you, fortunately, the laser at your feet missed its target, sparing you from further harm. Words cannot describe my anguish concerning the disappearance of your lower left leg's shadow, the physics behind such a phenomenon would have Einstein as confused as my grandfather at a Lindsay Lohan concert.

    Adieu A.K.A. Tim, may your thums always remain in the upright position.

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    Friday, January 26, 2007

    American Top 40

    In late 2005, the American Society of Magazine Editors revealed the Top 40 magazine covers of the Last 40 years. The selection of Rolling Stone's tribute to John Lennon (January 22, 1981) as #1, is a great pick, and would find very few detractors, if any. However, outside of a handful of other covers, I couldn't believe how indifferent I was toward the remainder of the list.

    Perhaps my expectations for the list were too high, or I may be failing to realize the importance of the covers at the time of their release. Overall though, my feelings toward the Top 40 are lukewarm, or tepid if you please.

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    Flower Power

    For years, Beatriz Milhazes' paintings have been some of my favorites. Her work is inspired by Brazilian motifs such as tropical flora and Carnaval, while her compositions, vivid use of color, and overall sense of energy inspire me. I have provided the link for an informative 2004 article about Milhazes (from Tate Etc.), and also a link showing several examples of her work. I wish she had a personal site, but alas, what I've provided will have to suffice.

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    Thursday, January 25, 2007

    Ginormous Baby Head

    Sculpture is not a medium I follow closely, or often get excited about, but the work of Ron Mueck has me thinking I should pay closer attention. Mueck's sculptures are made of fiberglass resin, and appear so life-like, I'm not sure photo-realism is an adequate classifier. His use of scale and subject matter are fantastic, and the work is undeniably first-rate. As an example of scale, the baby head below is 7 feet tall, in other word(s), ginormous.

    The first link contains work samples as represented by James Cohen Gallery; the second link contains exhibition photos from the Washington Post, which show viewers interacting with the work (great for scale reference).

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    Wednesday, January 24, 2007

    Simple and Clever

    Darwin Bell's Sign Language project puts an interesting twist on urban signage and typography. Each piece contains a series of mounted Polaroid images, which are arranged to create witty, cliché and somewhat nonsensical sayings. The whole project has a nice sense of humor, and it's obvious the artist has fun creating the work.

    The site layout is decent and easy to navigate, and Bell has a large quantity of examples. My only complaint is the photography of the final work, it's inconsistent, sometimes blurry, catches too many reflections (or the flash), in short, it stinks. However, If you are able to look past the aforementioned shortcoming, the concept has loads of potential.

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    Tuesday, January 23, 2007

    Brand Spankin' New

    It looks as if I'll have ten paintings completed by the end of the week, and as a thoughtful gesture, I decided to photograph one as a preview. The painting below is 40" x 40", which may be my new favorite canvas size. I will post more paintings next week. (High quality image placed on 1/25/07).

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    American Design Awards

    As I was perusing the incoming links for the studiotwentysix2 web site, I noticed quite a few visitors coming from the American Design Awards site – so I went for a look. As it turns out, my site is listed as one of 56 winners (for the month of July, even though visitors have just recently showed up) from 1422 submissions.

    I have to be honest, I've never heard of the American Design Awards, and can't remember submitting my site for consideration. However, I've never been one to shun free publicity or random accolades, so I accept this listing with gratitude. If someone out there actually did submit the studiotwentysix2 site, my web presence thanks you.

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    Friday, January 19, 2007

    El Trifecta

    Even in my sickened state, these three videos can make me giggle like a five year old. All three contain language that would make your grandmother blush, but hey, sometimes that's the price you pay for comedy, and who told grandma she could get up from her nap anyway.

  • Terry Tate Office Linebacker

  • Dick in a Box

  • Cox + Combes', Washington
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    Thursday, January 18, 2007

    Oh, Crap!

    I've been fighting a cold for what seems like weeks now, and since I feel like crap, I figured what better topic to post about.

    Daniel Edwards, the sculptor that brought us the original Britney Spears money shot, or as it's better known, "Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston", has once again reached into his celebrity bag o' tricks to create, "Suri's bronzed baby poop".

    Yes, Edwards made a bronze sculpture depicting the first "poop", from the offspring of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. The sculpture was rumored to have auctioned on eBay, although I could not confirm the sale or the price.

    "Suri's bronzed baby poop" is crap, literally and figuratively. I much prefer Piero Manzoni's, Merda d'artista (artist's shit), 1961. Manzoni canned ninety tins of shit, each to be sold for its equivalent weight in gold. I'll take artist's wit over pseudo-celebrity shit, any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.

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    Tuesday, January 16, 2007

    Chip Kidd Lecture

    Chip Kidd, the legendary book jacket designer, spoke January 11, 2007 in Denver at an AIGA Colorado event. Be a Design Group was kind enough to record the event, and create a 75 minute Podcast of the lecture in its entirety. Enjoy...You will want to avoid using the play button below (unless you want the 2-minute super fast-forwarded version), just click on the link I provided.

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    Monday, January 15, 2007

    The Humble Magnificent

    Up to this point, I have not dedicated a post to music, because musical tastes tend to be more personal than general, however, I recently came across an album that is just too good not to post. Beauty and the Beat by Edan, is one of the best hip-hop album's I've heard in the past few years, the following is from the iTunes album review, "If hip-hop had existed in the days of Filmore, Woodstock and the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Edan would have been right on the bus". Solid tracks: Torture Chamber, Making Planets and Rock and Roll.

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    Design Triennial

    The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum has created a site (designed by William Berry, Ellen Lupton, & Woody Batts) for Design Life Now, the 2006 national design triennial. The triennial brings together work from the disciplines of animation, new media, fashion, architecture, product and graphic design from 2003 - 2006. I wasn't completely blown away by a lot of the work (just my opinion), but it's certainly worth a bookmark.

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    Wednesday, January 10, 2007

    All Things Retro

    The web designers at Bit Lounge have assembled a comprehensive collection of retro links at their Retrolounge site. The categories, which range from the 1800's through the 1980's, include: advertising, design, toys, fashion, architecture and music, along with a few others.

    The hairstyle names in this 1972 ad for Duke hair sheen are fan-freakin'-tastic. What I wouldn't give to be able to walk into a barber shop and ask for the "Private Eye" or "The Jet Setter". One can only dream.

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    Tuesday, January 9, 2007

    Things That Make You Go Hmmm...

    I offer another cover letter from my esteemed collection of, "How not to get a job!”

    If memory serves me correctly, we received this cover letter during the summer of 2000, it has haunted me since. I can get over a lot of the design miscues going on here, because for the most part, it's a pretty straight-forward layout: off-center single-justified column of text, with the name as display, some awkward word spacing, a widow and large body font...fine, whatever. It's the photo selection I'm concerned with. Even after six years, I still can't figure out why anyone would do this, let alone a woman in her early to mid-thirties.

    Notice the scoop neck top with her ever so slightly arched back, notice the fully exposed upper thigh, due to the misplacing of her pants, or the pulling up of her dress – I'm really not sure which of those two options would make me feel better about the entire thing. Possible theories I've thrown around: 1) She's artistic, independent and will express herself however she likes. 2) She pissed off her ex-"friend", and while bitter, said "friend" makes numerous phony cover letters sending them to any studio where Leslie might want to work in the future. 3) She fell off her chair as the camera's self-timer went off, and thought the resulting photograph seemed spontaneous and fun. 4) If hired, she offers the employer a "perks package".

    If you are a student, you may want to avoid this cover letter concept, mainly because it may end up on a blog someday. I'm open to any additional theories, if you have one, let us hear it.

    (I apologize for the poor image quality...the original is a bad ink jet print)

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    Monday, January 8, 2007


    Peter Jaworowski has created a nice showcase site. I really enjoy the minimalist single page approach, which offers just enough activity in the flash rollovers, that you forget the rest of the site is static. Jaworowski has a good mix of client and personal work, both of which rely heavily on illustration and photo-collage.

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    Deep and Dark

    Canadian painter Maya Kulenovic is one of my personal favorites, her work is dark, emotional and powerful. I think this quote (the author is uncredited on her site) sums up my feelings extremely well, "MKulenovic's paintings portray dark, mysterious imagery. Her paintings explore social and philosophical questions of violence, illness, war and genocide ; yet these images are ambiguous enough to affect the viewer on a deeply personal level...These luscious, painterly, painfully direct and larger than life paintings offer an intense visual and emotional experience...". The work is absolutely worth a look.

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    Thursday, January 4, 2007

    Lord, It's a Miracle

    According to Local 6 News (WKMG for those of you interested in call letters)... Jesus is among us, and is currently residing in an Arlington, Florida tree. I repeat, the world's Savior has returned to earth, taking on the form of tree bark. At first I was skeptical of this news, so many questions running through my mind: Why a tree? Why Florida? Where in the hell is Arlington? Is Paris Hilton possibly a genius? How did I not puke on New Year's Eve? Is my dinner ready yet? But alas, I knew salvation had arrived upon reading the tree owner's eloquent words, "Jesus don't just pop up like that. If you know the word of Jesus and you believe in Jesus, then there you go. He does exist."

    There you go my friends, proof He does exist. Upon further Google research, Jesus has shown up at least six times in the past two years, as tree bark, salt residue and the ever popular burned fish stick.

    This would be an excellent time to offer the link for one of my guilty pleasure sites, I'm not sayin' all these people are delusional, I'm just sayin'...

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    Wednesday, January 3, 2007

    Little Superstar

    This video is too good not to post, a YouTube classic if you will. Any movie clip involving a boom box, some head-bobbin' and a dancing shirtless dwarf*, is okay in my book.

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    Slingbox, Now for Mac

    An advertiser I am not, but every once in a while some gadget will catch my attention. In this case, the gadget is Slingbox (which I believe has been around for a year or two, but recently became Mac compatible). Anyway, Slingbox is a tuner that installs through a basic home cable line, and allows the cable signal to be watched by (a single) computer anywhere in the world. Solid idea, no additional service fees and nice looking looks like a winner.

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    Southern Fried

    I really enjoy work which is created with passion toward its subject matter. Travis Somerville uses a combination of slang, social injustice and stereotypical race-related imagery to depict southern inequality. I don't know Travis, and certainly can't speak about the personal motivations for his work, but as someone who deals with demons in his own work, Somerville's imagery is only a starting point for that which he struggles with internally.

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    If you're looking for 1800’s ephemera, this site has you covered. There are tons of samples of bank notes, advertisements, menus, letters, photographs and a variety of other categories. The layout is not appealing, and some of the scans appear grainy or oversharpened, but this a great site for typographic and layout inspiration circa the 19th century.

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