Tuesday, November 24, 2009

jeremy fish studio visit

i was searching the web for info on this week's artist of the week - david choong lee, and in my lengthy web-travels, came across this jeremy fish studio visit on fecalface.com. terrible website name, great website.
they often have studio visits with contemporary urban artists, showing images of their workspaces, the artwork (sometimes in progress), and video interviews. its pretty awesome. i particularly love looking at the studios themselves - it gives you a glipse not only into their mind, but it lets you put together how they do what they do.

here are some pictures of jeremy fish's studio:

artist of the week :: david choong lee

David Choong Lee was born in 1966 in Seoul, Korea. David arrived in San Francisco from Seoul, Korea in 1993 with little money and speaking very little English but found a way to study art. While studying he lived downtown where he was surrounded by homeless people who became the focus for his painting for many years). They became his friends, helped him with his English and in turn he used his formal drawing skills to capture very moving portraits. He found that he was very interested in the art of young people after his graduation from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, in 1997.
After seven years of focusing on the figure, he began to explore different concepts, such as mixed media, sculpture and graphic design. He's been influenced by such diverse sources as Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Sukdo, and underground music DJ scenes. He ended up creating his own artistic style that is a combination of graffiti, collage, portrait, and classical realistic skill with bold graphic elements. As you can see by the release of his products, he has combined many different forces to create his own, distinctive style.

see more of david's work on his photostream or his website

thanks to matt lucci for the heads up on this week's artist.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

new show at the memorial art gallery

there is a new painting exhibit at rochester's memorial art gallery - finally, something worth getting really excited about!

the show is called paint made flesh, and it brings together 34 powerful american and european works, all created since the 1950s, that explore the biological, psychological or spiritual volatility of the human figure. the works, by such painters as georg baselitz, hyman bloom, willem de kooning, eric fischl, lucien freud, alice neel, pablo picasso, jenny saville and julian schnabel, employ a wide range of painterly effects to suggest the carnal properties of human flesh, as well as its metaphorical significance. MAG is one of only two tour stops for this show.

AP drawing students - we'll be taking a field trip there on december 11th. thanks go out to the arts in education committee, and our PTSA for giving us the money to make it happen.

Friday, November 20, 2009

AP thanksgiving dinner.

so, my AP class decided that they wanted to do a thanksgiving dinner together this year. they also wanted to make hand turkeys, naturally.

i feel honored to be a part of this group of young people... they, along with many students before them, are truly remarkable. i am blessed to have the job that i do.

heres some pics...

friday wisdom :: AP thanksgiving day