Thursday, December 1, 2011

Art Appreciation

Today is this week's art appreciation day.  Which is not to say that that I don't appreciate art the other six days of the week but today we had a scheduled appreciation.  My friend Jason is graduating from East Carolina University and had his senior show and reception this evening.   Most of Jason's work is in linoleum reductions and draws influence from the the graphic style of comic book art.  Now; I exist in a state completely devoid of artistic ability, at least as far as the fine arts are concerned, so I am usually impressed by pretty much any art more intricate than stick figures but I found Jason's work particularly interesting.  First because I find the process behind a linoleum reduction intriguing and for the way in which he married fine art techniques with a more cultural arts comic book feel.   He made a point during the show of stating that bridging the gap between fine and cultural arts was one of his goals and I think he succeeded.  The theme for the bulk of the pieces he showed were the seven deadly sins.  For example wrath...

And gluttony...

I also decided to purchase several of the prints he had for sale. I acquired two prints of pieces not in his deadly sins series.
The first is of koi...

And was something he did as an experiment in styles other than linoleum reductions.  The second is of the Marvel comics character Thor...

And as a comic geek I simply had to have one.  And yes it is pink.  So what.

On a tangentially related note I've discovered that when natural light is unavailable and the standard incandescent light found in my home proves ineffective a Surefire high output LED weapon-light is a remarkably versatile lighting solution for photography.

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