Sep 15, 2014

The Project Room at Arte Actual in Quito

The Project Room at Arte Actual in Quito

Last November I had the pleasure of doing a portfolio review with members of the Antagonist Art Movement, Central Dogma, and fellow area artists. Recently they did a write up about it and added us to their catalogue for 2013. I'm honored and humbled to see some of my work on their site, and in the catalogue!

For more have a look here: http://www.flacsoandes.org/arteactual/?p=1844

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Sep 13, 2014

Revamping some Letters

Revamping some Letters

I'll be part of the "Antagonists Art Movement Goes back to School" at Bennington College the weekend of October 3rd through the 5th. After using these letters in two other workshops, they sure have gotten their use. I'm going through cleaning them, recarving some, and backing them all. Its a lot of work but definitely worth it. I spent the better part of the morning sorting out stock images and lettering stuffs for not only my workshop, but the Fanzine one as well. The weekend starts off with films from the last two Antagonist Projects, where I will be there to answer a few Q & A questions with Ethan Minsker and Richard Denny.

Here is a brief rundown of whats happeneing while we are in town. If you know anyone interested, send them our way!

Fanzine
Making fanzines from scratch. What is a fanzine? An independently made publication. Bring your own artwork. Not originals. We will cut and glue it to the page and make a zine. In a time when blogs rule the web fanzines are the low tech answer to getting your artwork seen in the real world. 

Print making and Typography 
The use of letter forms and symbolism has been, and will always be, instrumental in communication. This workshop focuses on students creating their own visual dialogue using type. Letter blocks are handcarved and will serve as printing tools in the workshop. Each print will vary slightly during the process. You can add your own materials to enhance and accommodate your personal aesthetic.

Friday night 

The Dolls of Lisbon
72 minutes, Documentary
Ethan H. Minsker, Filmmaker
Winner "Best Of Fest" at the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival.
The Dolls of Lisbon portrays a collective of international artists who were each given a blank canvas doll and asked to create a unique piece of art, the culmination of which was then displayed at an annual art fair in Lisbon, Portugal. The larger story – a story almost every artist knows well – is the struggle to create art while surviving in a monetarily based world. 
The film employs stop-motion animation and a vibrant alternative soundtrack. The Dolls of Lisbon was the official selection of the Royal Flush Festival, G40 Art Summit, DC independent film festival and the Hong Kong Underground Film Festival and was recently screened at the Queens Museum of Art as part of an art exhibition. The film features the artwork of rock ‘n’ roll royalties such as Fabrizio Moretti of the Strokes, Arturo Vega from the Ramones and Ted Riederer of Never Records fame.

Saturday screening:

Self Medicated: a film about art
93 min
from Ethan Minsker
Winner D.I.Y. award at RXSM 2014
Whether you are a successful artist, an unproven entity, or struggling to create while working a 9-5, there is a common thread amongst most creative types: a depression that is kept at bay by producing new works. Art can serve an artist much in the same way any drug might. “Self Medicated” is a new film about art, artists, and their struggles to stay happy. The Antagonist Movement was formed by a group of unknown artists in 2000. Begun in bars and clubs of the Lower East Side, the movement promoted lesser-known works by up-and-coming talent. Over the last thirteen years the Antagonist Movement has grown and expanded from its base in New York to show in cities around the world, including Berlin, Lisbon, and Quito. This film documents the entire history of the Antagonist Movement and the artists involved, employing animation, stop-motion film techniques, interviews, and a killer soundtrack that spans the globe. From the street to the gallery and back again, “Self Medicated” reveals a new wave in art from the last American art movement.

There will be a Q and A after the screening. Free copies of our Psycho Moto Zine will be given out. 

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Sep 9, 2014

Open Studio Sunday

Open Studio Sunday

Shannon Squared is an open studio event hosted the last two Sundays in September by myself and my studio mate. Come out and have a drink and look at what we have been up to!

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The latest Films

The blog portion of the website is new to me, but something I have been wanting to do for a while now. Well thats sort of true. I started one years ago under the alias "Miss Gunns" somewhere on Google, but has since gone to the wayside. I think I even had a note section on Myspace when that site was still popular. Anyways, I felt the necessity to open a writing platform back up, and what better way than on my own website? I would like to take a moment to introduce the latest film from the Antagonist Art Movement. This is the second film I have appeared in with the group and could not be happier for our director, Ethan Minsker about the latest showing at the Santa Fe film festival coming up. Through the years he has filmed the events that I have done with the group. Its been a blessing in disguise. I have watched myself grow on camera: not only as a person, but my artwork and how I discuss it with others.

I have added the trailers to the post, but when you get a moment, have a look at the link and for all of Ethan's other films. You can check him out on Vimeo, or the AAM's website at Antagonist Art Movement. You can also see the other films available on Amazon's one-click movie option. 

The Self Medicated trailer:

http://vimeo.com/104053581

Dolls of Lisbon trailer:

http://vimeo.com/22367952

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