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Monday, February 27, 2012

Make yo' World GO PUFF !!

Heres a tiny little tease of the magical creations Ive seen these days around the west coast. It feels as if a second renaissance is well on the way even tho to a majority of the populace it might not be aware of it, people are radiating their love of life and the world thru vibrant colors that express our inner self. This rebirth of creativity is facing great growth - it goes hand in hand with the development of today's music scene with a stronger emphasis in the underground bass culture. Many artists can be seen year round at different events but the high season for the market comes with the large amount of music festivals around the country during summer.

 Its a pleasure to demonstrate here these artists who have taken fashion to new levels. Making one of a kind products they're able to create a unique style of clothing designs as well as other accessories. This is part of a response to a world overwhelmed with corporate commercialism of synthetic and many times booooringgg products that the mainstream offers. Instead they have created great networks of artists who share knowledge and skills to evolve all as one in a very creative and unique way. 

Evan Smith

Evan smith has dropped all aliases and can be found any where the seen has not seen, if u know what I mean. We are collaboratering on a movement that loves to break the boundaries of practicalia and part of the message is , "it's OK" I strive to let people be right, with their own thoughts beliefs and opinions. Society loves to tell people they are incorrect and that" I" know best so you are wrong and over looks the outrageously obvious... If it feels rite to U in ur universe, whats wrong with it? GO WITH IT! The sad fact is people let them selfs be stuck, hindered and uninspired for a living. We all have so much to offer and we are all amazing artist, we just need the right tools, art is life and this is the art of life! How did u create ur life? Is it exciting or are u stuck doing some thing u despise? If ur not happy with what u have painted... Start a new image u would love to portray (NOW). This may sound like a ranting tangent and it may be...but I just want to let u know that puff paint is more than a silly kids arts and craft project, it's one of many mediums that have helped people shred the box of robot society limitations by letting people be right. The potential applications are endless, our friends come up with new skills and tricks we all conglomerate together in to a gnarled out free biter culture. If some one gets upset because some one took "their thing"... Fronxin deal wit it! Because any and all styles/trends are originated from out side influences, people build their lives/personalities based on every thing they have ever seen and related to. We are all ripping off some thing and the point is, it dose not matter, if your the didactic daredevil U claim to be, then u will just come up with some thing new. Sharing is caring, that's write I dropped it! Selfishness is what has got the world in to the squallered out state of being it is in, along side with secrets, deception, lies and ego. For our world to thrive we must teach and be open to learning, to pass on the old wisdom to the youth. So much truth and knowledge has been lost to time, so isn't it about time to share so we can get some where? Puff paint has been an amazing catalyst that has expanded my imagination and taken me so much farther than schools or jobs, it showed me paths to becoming free and completely ME!

Coming Soon ; Nick yings

And much more on the way !!! :) :) :)

Bless <3

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Interview with Student Artist Jessica Hayworth

From: South Shore CA
Age: 22
Major: Fine Arts (2D practices)

Interview by Sean Collins and Rachael Robertson

Q: When did you first discover your artistic talent and decide to become an artist?

A: I grew up on comics and illustrations and was heavily inspired by the fine detail of the line work. I was about 8 years old when I knew that art was something that I seriously wanted to pursue.

Q: Do you remember what your first piece of artwork was?

A: It was an 8 page graphic story that I made about a journey to meet the sun. I remember an adult pointing out that the sun's nose looked funny and I was devastated.

Q: Where do you find inspiration? What artists have influenced your work?

A: I find inspiration everywhere. I am a big fan of graphic novelists, especially the works of Stephen Gammell and Dr. Seuss when I was younger. As I grew older, I became more influenced by the work of artists such as Max Ernst and surrealist work.

Q: Describe the style of your work. Do you utilize a lot of symbolic imagery?

A: Yes, I use a lot of personal symbolic imagery. As far as styles go, I often use cross hatching and small, fine lines. Most of my work is in black and white. My work is often described as being dark. I like using the darker stylistic values in my work to transform an image that is humorous in nature. Basically I don't like to make light of otherwise dark subject matter, but I do want to make dark subject matter more bearable.

Q: What is your favorite medium and why?

A: My favorite medium would have to be pen and ink. I like the fine detail and control that I have over the line work.

Q: What role does recognition or awards play, if any, in the creation of your artwork?

A: Awards are not necessarily very important to me, however it is always nice for people to recognize or praise your artwork. Having people notice your work makes you feel like you are doing something right.

Q: What is your favorite critique you have received?

A: My most memorable was from a classmate during a critique in reference to my mural. She said when she walked by it there was "a twinge in [her] heart." It was the sweetest response that I have ever received.

Q: Any words of advice for aspiring artists?

A: Keep at it. Don't be discouraged by any negative feedback. You learn more from your failures than you do from your successes.

(above: Jessica drawing out the number of days she's been alive, on her studio wall; it actually seemed like a lot fewer days than she figured, once she was done)

For posts that Jessica made when she was student blogger of the month, click here. Her blog is at

Monday, February 13, 2012

Light On Your Feet: Closing

(An en"light"ening dance choreographed by the chair of the fine arts department, Sheri Leigh O'Connor)

This past Thursday night the closing for the Light On Your Feet exhibition was held in the gallery. The space was full of lots of people, movement, break dancing, t-shirt selling, rapping, and many other activities one wouldn't expect to find in such a place.

(Shadow drawings by Jessica Hayworth)

While attending the opening Kasey and I had the opportunity to interview some students who had participated in creating artwork in the space, or who had collaborated with other students. Jessica Hayworth, who is currently working on her own BFA show, commented on how interesting it was to work in the gallery prior to her own installation. She said how "freeing" this experience was and enjoyed exploring other mediums. She's collaborated before, but never needed the involvement of participants to create the work – for instance, she traced the shadows of other students on the walls.

After spending time in the gallery we migrated into the lecture hall to hear Autumn Beck, the curator of the show, speak and recap on the happenings of the past month.

She described how exploration, synergy, and play in the gallery was vital to the success and concept behind the show.

She set the stage for interactive works, inviting others to join, and left the rest up to the students, visitors, and faculty here to participate while she was gone.
We worked well as a collaborative group, tapped into our friend base and faced challenges and created new ideas about how to activate the gallery space.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Clay Club Pottery Sale

There's an SNC Pottery Sale at Austin's Restaurant Feb. 9-12 – click on the flyer below to see a bigger version, for more info:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Light On Your Feet

Playing dress up, singing karaoke, getting a tattoo: it is all possible in the gallery. From January 18th- February 9th Sierra Nevada College is hosting an exhibition entitled Light On Your Feet: A Study in Play, Participation, and Collaboration. The show is a month long exploration of improvisation, performance, movement, and synergy in which everyone is invited to come in and use the space. Curated by Autumn Beck, the show includes artwork and inspiration from: Jahan Khajavipour, SCTV, Eve Fowler, Book Club, Jason Gomez, Justin Vivian Bond, Christine Finley, Dawn Kasper and Jason Akira Somma.

For part of the exhibition Autumn brought in Austin Young and Chloë Flores to give a talk in the gallery on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 31st.

Austin, a fine art photographer and film maker based out of LA, spoke about a show of his entitled Your Face Here that was held at LA’s Pop tART Gallery. People were able to purchase a space on the gallery wall in which a photograph of them would be placed. Austin was present at the gallery during their hours of operation for portrait sittings and at the reception there were make-up artists and hairdressers styling people for the photograph Austin would be taking. For a look at Austin’s work and the Your Face Here show click HERE

As for Chloë, she is an art curator and is currently doing a project in which a Facebook page has been created as an art space and curatorial project where artists are invited to take a residency on her page and to be her, impersonate her, and update her social networking life. Ironically enough, Austin is currently the resident to the page. As stated on Chloe’s Facebook,
“Chloë Flores effectively explores how an existing public platform embedded with it’s own system for individual representation and identity can be used as an art space and for cultural production. Chloë Flores has not been conceived as a place for the display, presentation and exhibition of artworks per se, but rather as an alternative public space for cultural production, critical gestures, artistic practice, discourse, and exchange; and by extension of being situated within the structure of Facebook, Chloë Flores provides a place for the exploration of collective authorship in place-making, the notions surrounding identity as it relates to social networking, and the performative gestures engendered in self-representation.”
For a look at the page yourself click HERE

The closing will be held on Thursday, February 9th at 5:00pm on the 3rd floor of the Prim Library in the Tahoe Gallery. We hope to see you there!

For the Light On Your Feet Facebook event page click HERE

To check-out photos and happenings and become a member of the Light On Your Feet Facebook group click HERE

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