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Thanksgiving Art

So I figured for Thanksgiving I would check out some art that is inspired by the holidays.  I really wanted to find some interesting art and I was able to find a couple great works of artist that worked their creativity with not just your usual medium but as well as food.

This particular piece really caught my eye mainly because the turkey is made out of sweet potato pinnaple casserole topped with marshmallows and pecans.


A lot of these pieces I thought were really interesting and inspired a lot of creativity especially around the holidays.  I always been a fan of food art, mainly because of the strange and crazy contraptions people come up.  When I decided to check out if there was any unique Thanksgiving art that some artists were constructing I did not expect to find food art made out of yams, potatoes and other food items.

         I found most of these food art works on a site called 14 Great Examples of Thanksgiving Food Art and I gotta say they are great examples of creativity around the holidays.  It’s almost a shame to have to eat the food because they look so realistic and awesome.  But at the same time delicious so its hard not to.  This was some great food art that is perfect for the holidays and Im sure there is more food artists out there just working up some different creations with food for the holidays.


Street Art

So I checked out some more street art and found a couple of artists that had some very unique and realistic art thrown up around different countries.  I found some work by an artist in the Ukraine off of this website unurth street art and his name is Kislow.  The site also had work by an artist in China by the name of Jana +JS and an artist from Australia by the name of ROA.  There work is very realistic and the work by ROA is huge and very detailed.




Jana + JS











A lot of the street artist’s I found on this site are from all over the world from Italy to Amsterdam to China to Australia.  The work is so unique and detailed its no wonder it is not removed by the state.  A lot of street art is mainly expressed by the artist’s personality or what he or she is inspired by.  Whether they are trying to make a political statement or spread their work around the world it is always something incredible to look at.  A lot of the work is done on the backside of buildings or more isolated settings to avoid attention.  But when the morning rolls around the public is the first to view these master pieces.




















There really is no real specifications of street art.  It is mainly the artist expressing themselves and there work to the public.  Although most of the work may be unknown of who the artists is to protect there identity.  It is still amazing to view some of the work they are able to develop.  There is such a wide variety of street art that it is almost endless like there is new work and different styles being painted and drawn on the sides of buildings and walls everyday.  Street art is by far some my favorite art work to view because of the way each artists expresses their own individual talent and work.

Trenzza Design Studio

                 So this was a really cool design company that I just stumbled about while looking at some other graphic design agency’s and major clothing lines.  What Trenzza Design Studio  is all about is they are an apparel graphic design company that provides their clients with innovated prints and unique pattern designs that keep up with the consumer trend in today’s society.  They are known in the industry from their unique apparel designs and textile designs with specialties with all gender and age clothing styles.









Men’s T-shirts


              Trenzza has a very wide variety of expertise in the clothing business.  They are a leading textile design and fashion merchandising source that provides a wide variety of design and creativity to its clients.  For their clients they offer Apparel graphic design, Placement prints and all over prints, CAD illustration/minibodies, Woven/yarn dye design, Embroidery design, Customized trend research, Creation of digital trend and color boards, Freelance CAD design, FTP folder (provided online service for clients), and finally a DVD or CD which contains purchased work.








Women’s Shirts



         There’s a lot of work that they fulfill for their clients that may seem confusing or difficult to understand such as how they print the shirts or work with textile.  However most of their major retailers such as Dillard’s Inc., JcPenny, Sears, Goody’s, Cabela’s, Savanne, and Walmart as well as small surf and skate companies can conquer that their efforts and work proceed there expectations.








              Trenzza’s websight contains a lot of solid information that one may be interested in researching.  You may even contact them if you have any questions or idea’s you wish to share with them.  They also give descriptions on how they develop their work for their clients.  On there websight they say,

“Today’s t-shirts aren’t just taking a simple graphic and placing it on an apparel piece, there is a lot of thought and research in picking the correct artwork, the perfect color scheme and the trendy techniques to keep up with the current trends in the market today.” which I completely agree with, because  I prefer a very unique, almost like there is nothing that compare to it, type of T-shirt which is what this company does for their clients.

               What I find the most interesting with this design studio is the popularity they have with most of the popular retailer stores across the country and how they are known all over the word.  I find their clothing designs very unique and awesome because it is clothing designs that I enjoy observing and creating.  The style that goes into the work is somewhat abstract and urban which may be different from other t-shirt designs.  It would be great to have a work experience with this studio and see what it is like working in New York at a famous design studio.


Who Is Banksy


    Some of you may have heard of Banksy from his unique street art or maybe from his movie that discusses street art and street artists, known as “Exit Through the Gift Shop”.  The thing about Banksy however is that his identity is so immensely concealed that there is hardly any if not no images of him and the only thing that defines himself as an artist is his street art.  With his unique stencilled graffiti he is able to accomplish work faster than your typical tagging.  In other words after his work is displayed on the sides of buildings, walls, etc it sends a unique politic/ meaningful message to the public.







According to Brian Sewell, Art Directory, Banksy was born in Bristol, UK around 1974.  Spreading his work around London after leaving Bristol he made his way to Los Angeles for his first US Exhibition in 2002.  Even though he keeps his identity concealed Banksy still manages to successfully sell his work, perform jobs for clients, and hanging his work at locations such as London’s Tate Modern, the New York Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History. 

        Banksy has released several novels, including his documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop” which takes viewers on a tour through the performing work of street artists.  The movie also includes Shepard Fairey who demonstrates how he is able to display his work throughout city’s and getting away clean with it.  Some of the work viewed in the movie is just amazing, the time and effort these artists put into their work on display in order to send their message is just motivating. 


           Overall Banksy is by far one of my favorite inspirational graffiti artists.  His work is completely different from the traditional tagging and is very settle in color but portrays an interesting meaning.  His use of stencils gives his work a cleaner more accomplished finishing and each one is more transverse then the last.  Even though most of his street art is thrown up around London, his work has been popping up in the streets of LA and other major cities.






        With his use of mainly white and black paint to demonstrate composition and texture which gives his work that graphics look to it, is what I find to be the most interesting to me.  To be able to see one of his works thrown up on a wall or building is none the less than awesome.  I am so pumped to see some of his upcoming work and maybe will get to view some in a museum.

Gothic Cathedral in France

Sooo I checked out a video by David Macaulay in which he discusses the Cathedrals’s located throughout France.  Using his award-winning Novel as an outline, he takes you through a tour of the most notable churches and discusses how they were constructed and built during that time period.  The video I watched discussed one of the Gothic Cathedral’s located in France which still remains to this day and is used for its original purpose, a place for worship and prayer.

The Chartres, Cathedral of France

Gothic Medieval Cathedral (Normandy, France)

Notre Dame, de Paris

          The word Cathedral comes from the Latin word “the throne of the bishop”,  most of them consisted of vaulted ceilings which in other words would arch upward rather them remain flat like buildings and churches around that time period.   The foundation goes 25 ft below the ground to give the Cathedral its support, and the walls needed to be thicker the higher the vaulted ceilings would go.  Due to the fact that the walls, ceilings, columns, and almost everything else was made out of stone,  economy and design was essential to move these blocks because it’s not like they had car’s back then they required other means of transportation such as oxen’s.

        I really enjoyed reading and watching David Macaulay’s video on the Cathedral’s in France because video gave me a great insight on the compassion and effort that went into building the Cathedral.  For someone to be able to stand next to or view the magnificent features within the Cathedral are more than incredible.  From the massive stone structures, sculptures to the hundreds of stain glass windows would be an incredible site for anybody to experience.



         Hirshhorn Museum

   This past saturday I got to visit the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C with my Sophomore Seminar class and we were assigned an assignment in which we would check out all the art on display such as the different color forms, the Andy Warhol headlines, and the sculpture garden.  The assignment was to choose an artists work that was on display that we would like to write about. 


Fountain (center of museum)  


Inside Sculpture Garden (back of museum)

          After checking out the four floors of incredible art work including Andy Warhol’s Shadow paintings, I found this wild abstract painting by an artist named Daniel Vladimir Baranoff-Rossine.  Yea that’s a mouth full but his painting was the first art work that drew my attention when I walked into that section of the second floor.  The painting was titled Capriccio Musicale (Circus) dated 1913.  If there wasnt the captioned titled Circus I would be clueless as to what Capriccio Musicale ment.  Even though when you look at the painting it kind of gives you the impression of a circus.  The painting was done with oil and graphite on canvas. 

Capriccio Musicale (Circus)

           What I love most about this painting is the fact that it has almost every color known to man.  The smooth transitions from one color to the next is just so expressive and unique.  Theres not many dark areas either so the whole painting stands out rather than drawing the viewer’s attention to one specific area.  You really have to look at the painting for a couple of seconds or minutes so that you can see the acrobats flipping through the air.   If you look really close you can see the whole shape of their bodies and in which direction they are flipping.  Everything blends and flows so well it’s almost like its flowing outwards almost off of the canvas like it is continuing.


                                                                                                           The Rhythem                                                                                                                        



 Still life with chair 



Nude Dancers


          Recently I have been doing some abstract work and when I was able to see Daniel Rossine’s work I was amazed with the strong use of color because I enjoy putting a ton of different color into my work.  His abstrack paintings are so smooth the transitions from one color to the next really makes the painting blend and work really well with the subject matter.  During his uprising as an abstract artists Daniel Rossine was sometimes close friends with some of the greatest artists of his time including Chagall, El Lissitsky, Kandinsky, Larionov, Gontcharova, Malevitch, Pevsner, Arp, Robert and Sonia Delaunay.  He was often known for his avant-garde abstract, ribbon-shaped painting and polychrome sculpture. 

       I really enjoyed my visit to the Hirshhorn Museum and learned and viewed different artist’s work that by far blew my mind.  From the crazy sculptures that were constructed to the color works gallery was just a awesome new experience.  Learning about Rossine’s work and his abstract art was very cool and getting to research a little bit about his work.  I was amazed of how large his paintings were.  If I had a couple hundren thousand dollars I would buy one of his paintings because they are so unique and overflowing with color.  Great time at the Museum and will for sure be going back to see the work again and the new exhibits they will have on display.


Self Portrait

Daniel Vladimir Barinoff Rossine (1888-1944)

Mark Amerika

             So last week on Thursday internationally renowned remix artist Mark Amerika visited our campus to have a talk with some of the faculty and students about his piece CODEWORK that was on display in our electronic gallery.  For my sophomore seminar and new media class I was assigned to go visit the gallery and answer a few question’s on our reactions of the gallery.  On Thursday Mark would arrive at the campus to give his talk about remixed art, his work, and how to be an internet artist, etc.


Images from CODEWORK



Artist Mark Amerika in The Electronic Gallery at Salisbury University. / MATTHEW S. GUNBY/THE DAILY TIMES MATTHEW S. GUNBY

     After viewing his piece “CODEWORK”, it was electronic work that I have never experienced before.  CODEWORK was unique and very abstract in a kind of universal way in which you almost had to watch it repeatedly to get the full experience.  CODEWORK demonstrated sound, dialogue, and images all in one dark room.  The walls were painted black,  there was surround sound speakers,  and quick time colorful abstract pictures including a mysterious female voice in the background.  The sound effects were timed perfectly with the images that were playing on the screen  and flowed from one speaker to another, almost like it circled around you.  The dialogue is what made you really have to think.  Mostly to understand it and what it meant and why it may have been said.  The images were very colorful and abstract and like nothing I have ever seen before.

              After viewing the show I felt as if I was in another dimension, almost like I was cut off from the world and in another universe.  I really liked how the sound effects flowed well with the images and cycled around the speakers liked you were closed in, in a trance like universe.  I really enjoyed Marks piece and would like to view more  of his work possibly on his website or even his site Grammatron to get a better understanding of his knowledge of being an internet artist.  I really enjoyed his visit and talk this past week and gained an understanding of his piece CODEWORK and was able to have a very interesting conversation with him and insights on his work.












Mark Amerika

Remixed Music

           Ofcourse everyone listens to some sort of remixed music or alterned new form of media that people around the world are doing by creating there own art by using other sources.  Artists are becoming internet sensations by either remixing music or film to create a new and unique form of the original.  With all of the programs such as premier pro and sound booth for adobe, students and other artists can create there own remix of original work.




             I have really been into the mashup music which is basically when a musician takes a bunch of random songs and mashes them together into one track and adjusts them to his particular liking.  In other words it would be like taking five of your favorite songs and playing the melody or beats of one song and the lyrics with the other and at certain times in the trackand then  incorporating the other songs so they flow perfectly together.

           Recently I have been bumping to Super Mash Bros which have become a huge internet sensation and have been touring around the world playing there mashups.  After releasing two albums already they are preparing to release a third album this spring.  Basically Super Mash Bros is a musical project involving Nick Fenmore and Dick Fink, taking hits from the 90’s and combining them with todays top rap, hip hop, and rock songs to give you a new genre of funkability.  I also enjoy listening to Girl Talk which is another mashup group who have also just released a new album called “All Day”.  By far these are my two favorite mash up groups and are basically one way in which to remix music and culture to form a new party style music genre. 

                I love listening to Super Mash Bros mainly because I love all the music that they mash together and how well they all flow together.  The ending of each track is what I think is the best because its almost like the grand finale of that track and then next thing you another mashup track plays right after the first one ends.  Im so pumped for there next album and will defenatly be checking for updates on there website.  If you are interested in learning or downloading music from Super Mash Bros check out there website at



Alittle bit of Inspiration

      So one my favorit singer, song writer, and artists is Brandon Boyd lead singer of  the rock band Incubus.  Not only do I love his music along with everybody else in the world but I also really like his style of painting and some of the crazy things he comes up with in his work.  I’ve been listening to Incubus for as long as I can remember,  and never really checked into his art work till a couple years ago when he did his paintings for his Ectoplasm Exhibition.   His unique style and the subject matter in all of his paintings is really awsome.  If you have not seen his work but you love his music, go online an check out his paintings right now.



















All three of the images above are part of his Ectoplasm Exhibition that took place at the Mr. Musichead Rock Art Gallery back in 2008.










So what I like most about his work that was in the Ectoplasm  expedition was his very unique choice of color and all of the line work that goes into each piece.  I really like the abstract look from all of the lines once they are brought together in the end.  I can relate some of my work to his paintings because I like drawing/painting my work with alot of color and line to give it that really cool graphic look. 

         All of his work including his music inspires me to create some unique artwork that I enjoy making.  His artwork is not only interesting and fun to look at but it motivates me and probably all artists to go do some awsome work of there own.  Brandon Boyd you rock dude, can’t wait to see some more work of yours on your websight.

Zephyr Graffiti

For the past couple years I have been drawing and painting urban and stylistic graffiti.  One of my inspirations when it comes to drawing graffiti is one of the graffiti elders, Andrew Witten also known by his name  Zephyr.  Zephyr began doing work on the side of subway trains in 1977.  Zephyr began painting his graffiti in NYC on the side of walls, freight trains, and subways.  He was part of the first wave of graffiti artists, which consisted of the transition to galleries, collectors and commercial work.  His work can also be viewed in the hip-hop documentaries Style Wars and he is featured as himself in the motion picture Wild Style.

What I like the most about his work is his strong use of color and strength in the size of the lettering which really makes his work stand out.  His use of layers such as the background coloring and the outlining is what really makes his name stand out.  The fact that he has been designing and influencing graffiti ever since the late 1970’s has inspired me to progress my graffiti as well.









A lot of graffiti started being developed and recognized on the side of box cars and freight trains.  According to Zephyr they knew when, where and how much paint they were going to use before they even began painting.  His name comes from the Greek word Ζεφυρός,  which means West wind.  Along with Witten other graffiti elders include Futura 2000, Blade, PHASE 2, Lady Pink and Taki 183 who invented styles and techniques that are still used to this day.







Brief History

           The word graffiti simply means words scratched written or painted on a wall.   The word originates from the Greek word “graphein” which means to write and it is also plural for the Italian word “graffito”.   Graffiti can also be viewed on the inside of caves which indicates that it has been around since the beginning of time or just a very long time.  Although cavemen did not have spray paint of course so they most likely used charcoal, plants, and other found resources.   The goal of graffiti is simply for an artist to get their name out into the world, spread their mark in different locations, and advertise their work to get them selves known. 

Work of my Own