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Allan Kaprow

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Allan Kaprow was born on August 23, 1927 and was an American painter, assemblist and a pinoneer in establishing the concepts of performance art. He attended boarding school in Tucson, Arizona and later went to the High School of Music and Art in New York. As a young man, he attended New York University and got his masters in art history from Columbia University. He started his studio career as a painter, and later co-founded the Hansa and Reuben Galleries in New York and became the director of the Judson Gallery. During his school years, he started with a style of action painting, which greatly influenced his Happenings pieces in years to come.

The “Happenings” first started as tightly scripted events, in which the audience and performers followed cues to experience the art. There was no structured beginning, middle, or end, and there was no distinction or hierarchy between artist and viewer. It was the viewer’s reaction that decided the art piece, making each Happening a unique experience that cannot be replicated. The “Happening” allows the artist to experiment with body motion, recorded sounds, written and spoken texts, and even smells. These “Happenings” are now considered new media art,  and are participatory and interactive.

He also had a long teaching career, and held teaching positions at Rutgers, Pratt Institute, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the California Institute of the Arts, and University of California.

Overall, his work attempts to integrate art and life. He also published works, including Assemblage,Environments, and Happenings, a book about the work of like-minded artists through both photographs and critical essays, as well as the Essays on the Blurring of Art and Life, a collection of pieces written over four decades.

Looking at his work, I think it is very interesting. His “Happenings” are mysterious and makes me wonder what was really behind them. The use of so many tires in his work also confuses me, but keeps me intrigued. I love the fact that the photos are in black and white. Nowadays with everything being in color, things can get a bit too overwhelming. His work also gives me a sense of constructed chaos, which is awesome.





David Em

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2011 at 4:47 am



David Em is an American electronic artist. His work spans multiple media, including all-electronic virtual worlds, filmmaking, photography, and printmaking. He has also worked with live performance and theater.

He was born in Los Angeles in 1952 and grew up in Colombia, Venezuela, and Argentina (something that I find very cool since I am from there). He studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia, interdisciplinary art at Goddard College, and film directing at the American Film Institute in Hollywood.

In the 1970’s he began to produce digital art. In 1976, he made an articulated 3D digital insect at Information International, Inc, and it was actually the first 3D character created by a fine artist; it could walk, jump, and fly. He was also the first to produce a navigable virtual world at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. After working for the California Institute of Technology and Apple Computer, he decided to create art on his own, and has been doing so since the early nineties.

His work has been featured in many publications, including SmithsonianNewsweekDer Spiegel, and the textbook Gardner’s Art Through the Ages and has been exhibited in museums in the US, Europe, and Japan. He currently  lives in Sierra Madre, California with his wife Michele and son Griffin.

His artwork has a surrealist and abstract feel to it, and a lot of it is non-objective. It’s not my favorite, just because it is not something that holds my attention for very long…I look at it, think “Oh, that’s cool!” but that’s about it. It has too much of a sci-fi look to it. It’s interesting though, and respect it because it doesn’t look like it is easy to make.


In Uncategorized on October 6, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Interactivity to me is how one interacts or forms a temporary connection with something else while hopefully learning from it. With interaction you become engaged in something and your actions are what keeps the interaction going. I do believe that you can always learn something by interacting, even if it is the smallest of things, or even if you don’t even think that you are learning something.

It is a transfer of information between A and B, whether they are people or computers or both. Interaction is something that we do every day of our lives and that is necessary to survive. Interacting is needed to get by…you need it to learn new skills, socialize and accomplish things.


Neville Brody

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Neville Brody is an English graphic designer, typographer and art director. He is very well known for his work on The Face and Arena magazines, as well as record covers for music artists.

He was born in London, did a Fine Art foundation course at Hornsey College of Art, and later started a three-year B.A. course in graphics at the London College of Printing. At first he was strongly influenced by punk rock music, which at the time was beggining to have a major impact on London life, but later on, he was influenced by Dadaism and pop art.

His typography is also very well known, and he is actually one of the founding members of FontWorks in London.

In 1994 he and partner Fwa Richards launched his own design practice called Research Studios. Research studios is all around the world, in cities like San Francisco, Berlin, Paris and New York. Some recent projects of theirs include the redesign of the BBC in September 2011, and The Times in November 2006. Today, he continues to work as a graphic designer.

His art is personally one of my favorites, along with Kate Moross’. The magazine covers and spreads that he has done are phenomenal, and his use of type is very intriguing and interesting. I love the colors that he uses for posters because for a lot of them there is a lot of clashing. His bold and unique typefaces also are a great addition to his designs. Another thing that fascinates me about his designs is how he arranges his columns and the type that is in them.