10 May 2010


This week a team of skilled spaceship engineers, spacesuit designers and I will be turning Public Space One's performance room into SPACE SHIP 1!

You are all invited to come to the event or, better yet, come and play during the week--everyone is invited!  Anyone who likes can come by and play, help, or just chitty chat. Please bring any unwanted packaging materials, tubes, boxes, cardboard, neat stuff!

We are hoping actual kids will come on Saturday. If you have or know some, please pass on the info.

Tues: logistical planning
Weds: 3-9ish
Thursday: noon-9ish
Friday: 10 to 5
Saturday: Launch day! The event is from 1-3PM! 

03 May 2010

Intro to Portfolio Design class: Fall 2010

I recommend this class for anyone interested in having a great digital portfolio. The teacher is also going to let students kind of make what they want out of the class, as well.

What this means is that if you aren't really interested in the portfolio and branding applications of using After Effects, augmented reality, and other programs and skills, you can still structure what you do and learn toward something you are more interested in--say, animation...

If you don't know the power of After Effects or how cool augmented reality is, do a Google or YouTube search.

The course number is:



29 April 2010

I know this is the day before the SAAH Fest but if ANYONE is interested in volunteering even just for an hour here is who you need to contact.. natasha-hovey@uiowa.edu

Im sure even if you just show up at the studio art building and ask to help it would be very much appreciated. Thanks! :)
Good Luck Everyone!!

21 April 2010

Photoshop Tutorials/Graphic Designers

Here are the websites that I was referring to in the class the other day:

http://www.planetphotoshop.com/category/tutorials *I'd prefer this photoshop website

60 Graphic Designers:

Andy Goldsworthy

-British sculptor and photographer, and environmentalist living in Scotland
- produces site-specific sculpture and land art situated in natural and urban settings
- uses natural/found objects

"I find some of my new works disturbing, just as I find nature as a whole disturbing. The landscape is often perceived as pastoral, pretty, beautiful – something to be enjoyed as a backdrop to your weekend before going back to the nitty-gritty of urban life. But anybody who works the land knows it's not like that. Nature can be harsh – difficult and brutal, as well as beautiful. You couldn't walk five minutes from here without coming across something that is dead or decaying."

De Maria

Walter De Maria born in Albany, California on October 1, 1935
-an American sculptor and composer.
- Early sculptures from the 1960s were influenced by Dada and other modern art movements. 
- Led De Maria into using simple geometric shapes and industrially manufactured materials such as stainless steel and aluminum – materials which are also characteristic of Minimal Art.

“the land is not the setting for the work but a part of the work”

Nancy Holt

Nancy Holt- (April 5, 1938) was born in Worcester, Massachusetts.
-American Artist famous for her land art, installation art, and public sculpture
-Married fellow artist Smithson in 1963 
-Today Holt is most widely known for her large-scale environmental works, Sun Tunnels and Dark Star Park.

20 April 2010


Robert Smithson (January 2, 1938–July 20, 1973) was born in Passaic, New Jersey. 
  -Studied painting and drawing in New York City at the Art Students League of New York. 
  -His art and writings have had a profound impact on sculpture and art theory for over thirty years.


                                           Spiral Jetty
       Floating Island to Travel Around Manhattan Island


Simparch is a group of American artists based out of New Mexico. The group is maintained and organized by two prominent members, Matthew Lynch and Steve Badgett. Simparch creates large scale, usually interactive installations/works that examine simple architecture, building practices, and recyclable material. Simparch often works in collaberation with other artists including several musicians, filmmakers, graffiti artists, and skateboarders. Most of Simparch's works experiment with design and materials and encourage interaction.

free basin

Hell's Trailer

Manufactured Home

Rise Overrun

Michael Heizer

Michael Heizer is a contemporary artist who began his work in New York City, but soon left for the deserts of California and Nevada. Heizer's work is often created at such a large scale that it is unable to fit in any museum. Heizer began working on City in the early 1990's and has been an ongoing project ever since. Located in Nevada, it is one of the largest sculptures created at 1.25 miles long and .25 miles wide. City was inspired by ancient monuments and minimalism, and is being built using earth material, rocks, and concrete. City is scheduled to be completed sometime this year.

Double Negative


Isolated Mass/Circumflex (#2)

Ana Mendieta

Ana Mendieta was a Cuban-American artist most well known for her performance art, "earth-body" sculptures, photographic and video work. Mendieta earned her BA from the University of Iowa in 1969 and went on to get her MA in painting and MFA in intermedia. Her early work was considered strongly feminist, however, she later began focusing on a spiritual and physical connection with the land. Ana Mendieta died in 1985 after falling from the 34th floor of an apartment building.

"Uses her body like a paintbrush and the earth as a canvas"

Land Art/Earthworks/Earth Art

Land art is a movement that emerged in U.S. in late 1960’s/early 1970’s. Land art was influenced primarily by cubism, minimalism, and conceptual art. Land art revolves around nature and the landscape, and is often placed in open areas away from civilization and left to erode under natural conditions over time. Land art is usually created in nature, using nature. It began using soil, rocks, organic media (logs, branches, leaves, water), eventually incorporating other materials like concrete, metal, and recycled items. Land art is a protest mainly against artificialness and commercialization of art, rejecting the museum/gallery-like setting.

18 April 2010

Text As Image: Modern Day

Vitor Aguiar

Alex Trochut

Currently working as a freelance graphic designer from Barcelona, Alex Trochut is one of the best and most creative modern day designer. Claiming his two loves are "type and illustration" his work speaks for itself, presenting his unique and varying style. The exploration and adaption of each and every alternate situation is what Alex loves most about design. His clientele includes a variety of companies such as Adidas, Nike, British Airways, Coca-Cola, Johnny Walker, and Nixon just to name a few.


Oscar Wilson/Studio Oscar

Oscar Wilson founded his own studio out of London in 1996 titled "Studio Oscar." The images this Oscar and his studio create include hand crafted typography, also specializing in image creation. Working for clients such as Guinness, Honda, MTV, Nike and many others, with commissions from advertising, fashion, publishing, film, TV and any sort of visual communication.


2009 Grammy Posters

In honor of the 2009 Grammy's, the award winning agency of TBWA Chiat/Day released a series of posters advertising for the 2009 Grammy's. These posters displayed a variety of artists, such as Coldplay, Lenny Kravitz, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Thom Yorke (of Radiohead), Stevie Wonder and Kanye West, who were asked to choose between 10 and 20 of their favorite artists and songs, that have also influenced them in any way. These song titles and artists were then embedded into a portrait of the respected artist and seen through magazine and TV ads for the Grammy's.

Ork Designs

Ork Design, located out of Chicago creates city posters where each town of the surrounding areas are placed in a cool, typographic style. Designing posters for big cities such as Chicago, Boston, LA, Brooklyn, New York City and several others, Ork also has started a line that deals with body parts such as the brain and the heart. At Ork Designs, their intention is to keep the designs original to each, individual city and environment while having fun along the way. Such posters have been included in a wide variety of magazines, advertisements, movies, and even in the collections of celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel.