Let Me Share With You Something

Spring break is here and unlike most college students loaded with lust, cash, and drugs; I am stuck working my ass off in my hometown. Although I tell myself this is for the better in the long run, I’m starting to realize that college is the only time I will get to be self indulgent. After that I’ll (hopefully) have a carrer and I won’t be able to afford taking a week long trip to a tropical resort. I’ve realized that life is supposed to be fun and interesting, and that I haven’t done anything really for my own selfish benefit for awhile. It’s like a midlife crisis during my freshman year.

As I was driving around running errands and what not I came upon this nothing that I need a good sound system in my new car. I thought about it and realized that I neither had the money or the knowledge of installing such a system. I told myself that the money used to buy a stereo system could be better put towards college. But then I realized that I would never want a loud, bone-rattling sub in my car after college. I know I am going to miss these college years, and maybe I’ll never leave them, just for the sake of learning and of having no worries that accompany adulthood. College students have it made whether we realize it or not. We are in between two phases of our lives. The first one being our childhood, when we are told what to do and how to do it constantly by “adults.” And our adult lives where we work a 9 – 5 job, have bills piling up, children, and stress. Ryan O’Connell from the Thought Catalog expresses this best in his essay “Things You’ll Miss About College.” I am going to miss my life that I have now, and I wish I could never grow up and live in these years for the rest of my life.

Right now, I would easily say that if I could choose what ages I would like to live over and over again, I would choose from the time I was born until my college graduation. Maybe as I get older I’ll just keep moving the latter date back more and more, and I truly hope so, but I don’t think that I will. Never again in my lifetime will life be this carefree and fun.

But I’ll try to make it that way.

And here is a video to get you thinking about life. By Luke Redowski and titled “Just Keep Going, You’ve Got Nothing to Lose” it’s a beautiful video interviewing people on New York City’s metro. Enjoy. 

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New York HDR

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So I recently went to New York and it was amazing. I saw a broadway show featuring the Beatles titled “RAIN.” Here are some of my pictures that I turned into HDR using photoshop.

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Showcase of Beautiful QR Codes

Recently I read an interesting article on Mashable on how to create beautiful qr codes and so I thought that I would compile a gallery of the most creative, best looking qr codes I could find. Here are those codes. (All codes can be scanned and will take you to their respective sites.

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Pixel Perfect now has a new look! Browse around, and see what’s new as I work through the kinks.

What is Fear?

My worst fear in life is failure. Fear is more abstract to me and it’s more internal than external. I think anything can be overcome, especially fear, and that I, and everybody else, can always attain the impossible. I think my fear is more abstract because of the lives we live, but also how my philosophy of life is. First, our culture is so fast-paced and complex that most things people feel are abstract. If all everybody felt was simple and single-sided then life would be simple and boring, abstract feeling outside of our survival instincts are necessary for a thriving community and culture.

My fear drawn in aliens.

Here are my ideas for drawings for this project. I really like all three of them though and might do them all.

Spiders crawling toward a bed from all directions. Millions of them.

This is my fear of being abducted my aliens. It's not that I'm scared of what would happen or what I would see, it's much more childish than that. From watching sci fi movies with my dad.

My drawings of a small man surrounded by rubbish and barren land. His shadow is extremely exaggeratedly long.

An artist on Drawing Center’s Viewing Program who’s work relates to me is Sarah Hardesty. Her installation art reminds me of falling, and how anything at anytime can collapse on you. Your dreams could fall away at any moment and that thought scares me.

 

The Negation of Fear Wood, gesso, string 2010 Dimensions variable

"If All Else Fails" Wood (from original Maxon Mills building construction), string 2009 Dimensions variable

"In What Direction Wood" acrylic, thread 2009 Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
I am interested in pulling things together amongst some kind of aftermath, with a subtle sense of urgency and responding to the environment with optimism amidst potentially destructive circumstances. Or creating a situation that anticipates but alleviates the potential for damage. Using raw materials that are often site specific (wood, glass), found objects that convey playfulness, and the immediacy of wall drawing, I hope to initiate a response to feelings of destruction, fear, and anxiety within a framework of self-protection, control, and certainty.

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People Towels Design Contest – Deadline March 11th

The designers over at Inhabitat have decided to extend the deadline for their contest for PeopleTowels. The contest is called Stop the Paper Towels! and here is their press release:

Use your design skills to save trees and slash waste!

Every day, the United States generates over 3,000 tons of paper towel waste – and to produce every one of those tons, 17 trees are cut down and 20,000 gallons of water are consumed, contributing to deforestation, water pollution and global warming. It’s an ugly situation, but if you want to do something about it, now is your chance. Inhabitat is teaming up with PeopleTowels to challenge eco-minded
designers everywhere to enter our Stop the Paper Towels! Design Contest. We’re looking for clever, compelling green-themed graphic designs that can be printed onto a reusable cloth PeopleTowel to open people’s eyes to the situation and encourage the world to cut paper towel waste. The grand prize winner of this competition will receive $500 and 10% of royalties on every towel sold and the winning design will be published on Inhabitat.com and our future Inhabitat t-shirts! So what are you waiting for? Hit the big blue button below and get your design in it to win it!

I encourage all to enter this contest, especially since they extended the deadline to this Friday March 11th. I am actually currently working on a design myself, and although it’s not finished here’s a preview of the final version. Keep coming back for the final version, as I’ll edit this post and insert it once it’s done.

My Contest Entry

This is not a web-optimized version and the color is off but here is the design. Let me know what I could do to change it to make it better!

 

EDIT: I fixed the colors, had to switch the file to a rgb instead of the preset cymk. Also this is the final version that I sent in today, and just a reminder, the contest ends tomorrow! Best of luck!

Final Version

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My Social Commentary on Commercialism and Consumerism

Commercialism – the society, usually capitalism, that turns all meaningful things into objects that are meant to generate a profit

Consumerism – the society, paired with commercialism, of buying excessively.

Commercialism examples are Christmas and Easter, where capitalism has turned religious holidays into money generators. Consumerism examples are McDonalds and Wal-Mart, where these companies try to make money off of anything efficiently as possible. My whole life is is affected by these two things because I’m surrounded by it all the time.

 

Clothes Piled

Trash Overflow

Commercialism Overload

 

 

Social Commentary – asserting an opinion on an problem in the artist’s culture or society, usually to fix the problem.

 

Population Loss

The newspaper headline that most affects me

 

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Culturally Metaphorical

Culture – your surroundings that you are most familiar with and associate yourself with.

 

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My culture is art. I spend so much time focused on art that it is my life. I grew up in a house that encouraged me to follow what I enjoyed and I’ve always enjoyed art.

 

Metaphor – a metaphor is a comparison between to objects that doesn’t use “like” or “as.” It also can be used to portray something indirectly.

 

A coffee cup symbolizes how I am always busy and always on the go. I need the caffeine to keep me going sometimes.

This image captures how mobile our society is and especially my culture. I'm always running around and without my phone I'd be really disorganized

Shoes are the ultimate example of moving around. And these shoes are different than any other and I'd like to think the art culture is like that.

Richard Garrison is an artist who uses color and shape to portray consumerism and different geographical locations he is familiar with. For example, he remembers a market and it is significant to him so he portray it in a painting. Here are some of his works.

 

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Circular Color Scheme (Target) by Richard Garrison-1

Circular Color Scheme (Target) by Richard Garrison

 

 

 

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