studiotwentysix2 the art + design of tom davie

Wednesday, April 30, 2008


My new body of work is coming along quite nicely, and I’m just a few weeks away from inviting curators and gallery directors in for a visit. There’s an interesting variety of work being produced, including original works on wood and canvas, and paintings and drawings on found objects.

Here’s one of my newest found object just wasn’t complete until I added the chrome dice valve cap.

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Abortion Art

There are brilliant ideas...good ideas...bad ideas...and unbelievable head-scratchers. This concept might be so shallow; it aspires to belong in the latter group. A Yale art student allegedly decided to self-inseminate and self-induce multiple miscarriages — in order to display the discharge as her senior art project. Not only would the viewer get to see the miscarriage remains, but she filmed the events, and planned on projecting the videos as well.

The concept was apparently approved, or at least condoned by two faculty members, and was planned to go forward, until the university caught wind of the project through national media, and banned it from exhibition.

I’m all for a good debate, and as inappropriate as this piece is, I may have been able to tolerate it based on the artist’s intentions — but when she gives an interview and her two statements are, that the concept was not intended for “shock value”, and that she “hopes it inspires some sort of discourse”, you know what — screw her.

Perhaps this is just a hoax, or a performance piece, or maybe she wilted under university and media scrutiny. Who knows? But I do know that my views on art are about as liberal as they come, and in my estimation, this “project” is utter crap. Tell me you had an abortion to show the world how unbelievably cruel it is...tell me you chose this project as a penance, because you had an abortion and haven’t been able to live with yourself since. Tell me something of substance — anything — to “inspire discourse” just doesn’t cut it. You know what, just tell me you’re an immature hack douche bag, and leave it at that.

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    Thursday, April 24, 2008

    Farewell, Antioch

    Antioch College, the independent liberal arts institution, founded in 1852, will close its doors following graduation this Saturday. Antioch was committed to activism, and sought equality for all — during the 1960s; Antioch was immersed in the anti-Vietnam War and Black Power movements, and invited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to give the 1965 commencement speech.

    Antioch was certainly not an inexpensive school, but even the hefty tuition could not overcome the college’s lack of financial support. I genuinely feel for the students and faculty that committed years of their lives to an institution they believed in, and are now only left with memories, and an uncertain future. It seems like the world is a slightly better place because of Antioch, which is why this closing is such a shame.

    “Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.” – Horace Mann, Antioch College founder

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    Tuesday, April 22, 2008

    Honey Nut

    Here’s another General Mills retro cereal package — Honey Nut Cheerios...I dig the bee.

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    Kleenex is now offering customized oval tissue packaging for $4.99US (plus shipping). The formatting options and type selection seem extremely limited for anyone with any kind of design training, however, they are adequately sufficient for your average soccer mom wanting a keepsake of her adorable golden retriever, or 2.5 kids, or beige Volvo station wagon...Say cheese.

    It seems the best bet, would be to design in Illustrator or InDesign and rasterize the file into an acceptable image format. What you lose in vector crispness, you gain in overall design control. If I was still teaching, I think this could be an interesting product / package format for an introductory design class.

    Racy polaroids and the McDonald’s logo will be denied, as per the FAQ’s.

  • My Kleenex
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    Wednesday, April 16, 2008

    Jesus in Orlando

    For those of you that like to keep tabs on the occasional appearance of Jesus Christ, he was recently crying in an Orlando, Florida hospital.

    I was really excited about this picture, until I realized I wasn’t supposed to be looking at the image of Jesus hugging a little kid in the background, rather, I was supposed to focus on the glaring light and window condensation.

    After all, it’s probably Jesus...or it could be Rob Zombie, or maybe Charles Manson, although, Occam’s Razor would require me to be a cynic, and come to the conclusion that it might simply be window condensation.

  • Jesus in Orlando

  • In other equally astounding news, one of Ohio’s finest was arrested for picnic table intercourse. Please, take a moment to drink in those last three words.

  • Sexy Time
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    NFL Logo Update

    Hmmm. I guess I prefer the new logo’s modification of the upper crest, including the reduction of stars — it simplifies the mark, while improving reproducibility.

    Not to nitpick, but it seems like the curves in the football are overly stiff — the representational strings appears fine, but the lengthwise stitching comes across as pretty harsh.

    I’m really on the fence about the type modifications. The new type is resolved, but it lacks the personality of the previous lettering — it seems as if there could have been a more visually pleasing solution to adapting the curves of the former type, while still modernizing the face. Any thoughts?

  • NFL logo article
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    Monday, April 14, 2008


    I’m in desperate need of some new music — Debbie Gibson nine hours a day, tends to get a bit repetitive. Ever since the 7th grade, I’ve been Lost in Her Eyes, and just can’t seem to Shake Her’s really quite pathetic.

    Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated, or at the very least, you could pass along the number of a good psychiatrist.

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    Orwell, Reissued & Redesigned

    This July, Penguin Books is reissuing the George Orwell classic novels, 1984 and Animal Farm — which happens to be one of all my all-time favorite books. Shepard Fairey was selected to create the cover designs, in hopes of grabbing the attention of school kids. Here’s a look at the cover art.

  • The Penguin Blog
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    Tuesday, April 8, 2008


    Really interesting work by Amsterdam based Peter Schuyff. His site is well organized and beautiful in its simplicity, and the work is quite prolific — as he’s producing in various media, including: painting, drawing, sculpture and found object. My favorites are the drawings on old drawings and carved baseball bats. Good stuff.

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    Monday, April 7, 2008

    Transportation Magazine

    I swear, this 1943 article from Transportation Magazine is utterly shocking and disrespectful. The magazine’s blatant lack of sensitivity towards “underweight” individuals is downright reprehensible. The article insists on belittling not only the hand washers, but also the baggy dressers of the world.

    Let it be known that I am personally offended by this hack job disguised as useful information, but there is one point that I find absolutely inexcusable...vociferously. Who writes like that? If you believe that vociferous was part of everyday 1943 language, then I think you are probably misinformed, or a smarty-pants, or you own a dictionary with a built-in thesaurus. Yep, I got you pegged.

    Disgusted readers can fight the good fight, NOW!

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