Thursday, November 27, 2008

This is, of course, Judy Garland. Guest stars in my other pieces will remain secret until I release this series here. Think of this as your teaser! It's for an assignment for Propaganda to tackle the issue of the hetero-normative assimilation of the LGBT community in Baltimore. This specific sticker is part of a seven piece campaign for the issue, and I'm not even sure if this is the final. I have three stencil-pieces, three stickers, and one poster for this campaign*. We shall see where this series goes.

*Subject to change, seeing as t-shirts might be fun to make for this assignment too.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Political Caricatures

I hope you like these, I had so much fun doing them. This Propaganda class is really helping me try out new things, like these caricatures. More later, however. A lot of work is being done, it's just not being scanned or color corrected.

Monday, November 10, 2008

New Music Is Good

So I've been reaching out, trying to bring some new things into my life. Music is always a good start, and I've been getting a lot of it (thanks Dan). First and foremost, there is José González.

This man is an indie-folk musician from Sweden -- why is he not Aryan you ask? It's because he's of Argentine descent! His music is soft and lush, focused on his voice and acoustic guitar. His cover of fellow Swede's The Knife's "Heartbeats" is breathtaking!
Other artists include Vetiver, Bat For Lashes, and Animal Collective -- as a Baltimore resident I SHOULD have listened to Animal Collective's music before, but I had not. All in all, I'm branching out, trying to discover new musicians. Most of my favorite musicians have just finished promoting, selling, touring, and living an album. As such, I probably wont be hearing from them anytime soon, so now is the time to soak up what I can of music I am not familiar with. Pretty refreshing.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Minganji and Gitenga Masquerade

So I'm researching African mask and masquerade for an exhibition proposal for my African Art Forms. I found this image while researching different dances. It's of the Pende peoples minganji and gitenga costumes worn by masqueraders. They remind me of Björk's costume for her Volta promo shoot.

This outfit was knit by the Icelandic Love Corporation, and it seems as if they based the design for her costume on the Pende dance costumes. It's neat to see African life and dance influence other peoples art work, however orientalist it may be.