studiotwentysix2 the art + design of tom davie

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Global Warming

When you are able to combine a strong concept with sugar on a stick, you’ve got a winner. Meredith Allen has created a photographic series, which humorously depicts “Ice Pops” of well-known characters, including: Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny and SpongeBob SquarePants (pictured below), during the melting process.

I’m trying not to read too deeply into the work, as it probably is what it is, but thoughts like “deteriorating pop culture” and “destruction of youth”, keep my brain busy. Anyway, I sure to check out the work and have a laugh, I know I did.

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    Tuesday, February 27, 2007

    Lucky Seven

    I’m knee deep in experimentation, but am going to try to post once a day this week (though the commentary might be brief), making-up for the recent past.

    I really dig what SectionSeven has going on. It’s rare to find a studio where the work and site complement each other so well. The navigation is fun, adds to the experience; yet doesn’t distract from the portfolio. The site feels confident, well thought out and complete — just how a studio should present itself. Most definitely worth your time and attention.

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    Monday, February 26, 2007

    Don’t Hassel the HOFF!

    I’m back and ready to lighten the mood with a little Hasselhoff action. Apparently being around scores of half-naked, oiled-up women on Baywatch wasn’t fulfilling enough for him. He needed to be greedy, and throw his hat into the world of pop/adult contemporary/below-average music. Against better judgment, I offer you the fruits of Hasselhoff’s musical labor.

    I warn you, viewing these videos is like witnessing a freeway pile-up involving kitties, puppies and babies. You’re completely disgusted with yourself for looking, but it’s near impossible to turn away. Even after watching a handful of times, I’m still not sure whether to laugh with him or at him, usually though; I just feel stupid and embarrassed for him.

    On second thought, I’m just going to pretend these videos were never made. I will remember Hasselhoff the way he was in my youth, talking to cars and bulging from his Levi’s...oh, the humanity.

  • Jump in My Car

  • Hooked on a Feeling
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    Monday, February 19, 2007

    Rest In Peace

    The world lost a great man today, my grandfather passed away at age 90. He was humble, witty, creative, and one of my favorite people on this planet. He fought in World War II, grew up during the Great Depression, and understood the importance of education by helping to send my sister, cousins and I to college (who have now become a pharmacist, engineer, librarian, artist and teacher). He had a positive influence on my life, and I am a better person because of him.

    Below is a photograph from his high school days, and my corresponding painting.

    I'll start posting again next week, or whenever I feel up to it. Right now, words escape me...

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    All Things Handmade

    I recently came across the site, and was impressed with the concept and its realization. Etsy exists to connect artists of all disciplines and mediums, with interested buyers. Artists are able to set-up a free shop, and are required to only pay a small listing fee per item (20 cents for 4 months), and 3% of the sales price. There doesn't seem to be a lot of high-priced art for sale, as many items fall in the $10 – $200 range.

    I haven't bought or sold anything on the site (so I can't speak from personal experience), but Etsy seems to have potential — Definitely worth a look.

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    Mixed Media

    Artist and designer Paul Drohan has updated his site, D5ive, with samples of recent work. His art has a nice textural quality, and Drohan creates some interesting compositions, by successfully integrating collage, painting, drawing and typography.

    The recent work is shown in a simple, single-page format, which doesn't seem to jive with the moody and complex main site; regardless, the work is strong in both instances.

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    Tuesday, February 13, 2007


    To put this simply, I need your help.

    I wish the help I needed was the really easy, two-seconds-of-your-time kind of help, but unfortunately, it is not. It's a brain-churning, somewhat uncomfortable, philosophical, very-personal kind of help. Many of you will not want to participate, and I completely understand, but for those with an open mind, please read on.

    For the past three years, I have been working on series of paintings depicting parishioners from the church I attended as a child. As the work has developed, I have become extremely interested in others’ opinions concerning faith, religion, God and mortality. As a way to document those valuable opinions, I would like to create a simple, text-only book (which will accompany my paintings at exhibitions) with insightful responses to a series of eight questions.

    I am looking for a diverse group of intelligent, well-thought-out responses. You are only asked to provide your first name and location (anonymity will be protected).

    My ability to add this important piece of work to future exhibitions is in your hands, as it doesn't exist without you. Below you will find several links. The first is a downloadable Word document containing the eight questions. Second is a simple HTML page, where the questions can be copied and pasted into a separate document. Third is a completed questionnaire in its final formatted layout; this will give you an idea of how your completed responses will look in the book.

    If you decide to participate, you have my sincere thanks. Whether you choose to participate or not, please consider forwarding this to any family, friends or acquaintances you think might have an interest in responding. Your response can either be attached as a Word document or typed directly into an email and sent to Tom.

  • Word document

  • Simple HTML

  • Completed PDF sample
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    Friday, February 9, 2007

    Commercial Illumination

    James Jean has created an impressive body of illustration work, and a stellar client list, including Nike, Playboy, Target and Atlantic Records. His illustrations are produced at a high level, but what I find most appealing, is his ability to find the style that best serves his subject matter.

    In addition to illustration work, Jean also shows examples of paintings, sketchbooks and magazine/comic book covers. In some instances, showing early sketches, in relation to the finished piece. Check him out...

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    Thursday, February 8, 2007

    The Brothers Clayton

    Rob and Christian Clayton, or, as they are better known, Clayton Brothers, are producing some fantastic work. The brothers, who are graduates of Art Center College of Design, create collaborative paintings by editing, improvising and adding to each other’s work. Although they work together, it is rarely on the same canvas at the same time.

    The Clayton Brothers are producing visually intense concept-driven narratives that happen to be some of my current favorites.

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    Wednesday, February 7, 2007

    Rank ’em (1 – 75,000) is a vast cornucopia of artist and gallery information, and by vast, I mean super-duper-whoppin’ huge. The site has compiled a ranked listing of the most influential artists of 2006 (listed as dead, living or combined) from #1 through #75,000. Most artists have a profile/bio, list of museum and gallery exhibitions and also the galleries which represent their work.

    The information provided by is phenomenal, and I can’t imagine the amount of blood, sweat and tears that went into compiling this research. It’s interesting to see how contemporaries such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons, (even Shepard Fairey and Ryan McGinness) stack up against Cézanne, Dali and Matisse.

    Let’s face it, if you’re like me, you have an unquenchable desire to know who the #1,286 most influential artist of 2006 if I needed to tell you, Svetlana Kopystianskaja.

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    Monday, February 5, 2007

    I. Hate. You.

    Apparently “a woman scorned” is not above seeking legal council against a cheating ex-boyfriend who decided to photograph angry break-up e-mails, in a new body of work called, “I. Hate. You. Letters to a Cheating Boyfriend”. Photographer Doug Sanford’s work is currently on display at Fraser Gallery of Bethesda, Maryland. The work itself is okay, but what I find interesting is the copyright struggle between the disgruntled couple. She claims ownership of her words, as a professional writer, and is of the opinion that she is entitled to any proceeds gained through sale of the work.

    He claims that he is not suggesting to be the author, however, he does claim ownership of the work based on the facts that he printed the work, cropped it through photography and blurred and omitted certain aspects of the words. It should also be noted that he keeps her identity protected throughout the body of work.

    An independent lawyer who was consulted, ultimately believes that Sanford is the rightful owner of the work, saying Sanford, “may not be able to claim authorship rights in the underlying text of the e-mail, he may have a copyright in the unique photographic image he created because of the way he has put it together...That’s all his artistic expression and interpretation.”

    Gosh, this story wraps me in a warm blanket of love.

  • Washington City Paper article
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    Noteworthy Articles

    I thought the following were interesting and worthwhile reads.

    The first link is a posting that originally appeared on craigslist, in response to individuals and businesses looking for free design and artwork. The author is unknown, but the post has been placed on NO!SPEC, as reference for the art and design community. In short, the post discusses how rare a creative person's talents are, and how insulting it is for businesses to expect free or "spec" work.

    While it is tragic that creatives are taken advantage of, it is ultimately our responsibility to respect our work's value. Until we can all stand together and refuse to do work for free, why would unethical (or cheap) businesses change their practices? If there is no one to do free work, we all earn more in the end.

  • I Wish I had Written This

  • The second link is an article from Fast Company, titled, "No Accounting For Design?". This article is focused on the difficulty of being able to measure the worth of quality design, strictly relating to financial gain and increased profit margins.

  • No Accounting For Design?
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    Thursday, February 1, 2007

    Super Ad – 1984

    Since I'm in the Super Bowl mood, how could I not recognize the most famous commercial aired during the game?

    Apple's "1984" commercial, which was Chiat/Day conceived and Ridley Scott directed, aired nationally only once, despite the fact that it cost $800,000 to produce (along with an additional $800,000 for air time).

    It has been reported that Apple executives disliked the commercial so much, that they asked Chiat/Day to sell the 90 seconds worth of airtime it had purchased. In an act of defiance, Chiat/Day sold only 30 of the 90 seconds, keeping the remaining sixty-second time-slot to air the commercial. The rest as they say, is history.

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    Super Rings

    Whether you care about football or not, it is Super Bowl week, and in honor of the event, I thought a relevant post (or two) was in order.

    For the past 40 years, each member of the winning Super Bowl team has been awarded a commemorative ring. is running a feature showcasing every ring design from the Super Bowl era. I much prefer the minimal designs, however, the current trend is all about the diamonds.

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