For a season of plays about science I was asked by Ensemble Studio Theatre to create an image that could encompass a very wide range of topics. Rather than making an amalgam of elements from each production, I decided to focus in on the similarity between the explosive discoveries of science and the creative burst that happens in the creation of live theater performances.
I was commissioned by the producers of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical to make this alternate poster art for their Broadway production. It was inspired by the classic illustrated Broadway show posters of the 60s as well as Art Nouveau poster art of the late 19th century/early 20th century.
The fine folks at O+M Co. once again asked me to create an original piece of art for their holiday gift. This year they provided the phrase “Broadway is Beautiful” inspired by the Broadway production Beautiful, which they are currently promoting. The resulting cut paper-style illustration was silkscreened in black and silver ink to make a limited edition poster.
For years I’ve been obsessed with the idea of breaking the tradition of websites as a 24-7 accessible version of your business. What if your site was only accessible for certain hours of the day? Sure that would be incredibly frustrating for some people, but it would be an amazing way to show a consistency of vision and would most likely garner some great publicity for the company brave enough to try it out. While I’m still waiting for a client who would embrace the idea of creating a less than fully accessible website, I’ve decided to try a less aggressive version of this idea out myself.
My resolution for 2014 is to spend less time in front of the computer doing day-to-day business and more time actually making art. As part of that I’ve restricted my office hours to only Monday through Thursday, leaving Friday for coffee shop meetings, creative projects, and other adventures out and about (for the most part). As a way to remind my clients, and myself, that I’m only available for part of the week to talk about projects, my site now changes depending on the day and time of day that it’s viewed. So if you’re seeing a black background right now then you now I’m not available and if it’s a white background I’m most likely staring at my computer screen (or a few feet away from it).
Like everything else I’ve done with Another Limited Rebellion, this is an experiment in creating a world I want to live in, rather than just accepting the way things are. Let me know what you think. And hey, if you’re willing to try the extreme version of this idea get in touch and I’ll connect you to the awesome programmers at Team Eight who hooked this up for me.
As part of my work with The Alternative Speakers Bureau I have been running creativity workshops for businesses in which I use an art making experience to exemplify essential leadership skills.
In this case, I worked with ten IT professionals at a financial institution to create an anamorphic portrait of Maggie L. Walker, the first female bank president in the US, made from real shredded US currency. The final installation was 19 feet long by 13 feet wide and remained on display in their offices for two weeks.
Over the course of the day working together this group, who otherwise would not consider themselves artists, got to practice a range of creative skills. They used collaboration and a new understanding of perspective to solve a challenging problem and create a stunning work of art in the process.
The Play Company commissioned me to create this piece for their production of the site specific play This Is My Office.
They describe the show as, “a guided tour through an empty office becomes the unexpected portal to a forgotten New York, and a father’s legacy.” So it made sense to use office supplies to create a ghostly image of the main character’s father, rising from a desk in a 70′s style office space.
Profile Theater, based in Portland, Oregon, asked me to create an updated logo for their company as they moved into their 16th year.
Their goal was to better show how they embrace and engage their audience via an in depth look at a single playwright’s work each season. They also wanted to do a better job of appealing to a younger, contemporary audience, while not losing their existing audience, and clearly distinguishing themselves from other theaters in the area.
Since they expressed an interest in retaining a relationship to their previous logo, it made sense to still include a face in profile. However, rather than working with a generic profile, I suggested that they create a family of logos with a variety of male and female faces, that could represent the range of playwrights that they produce. The logos can be used in rotation on various pieces of marketing material and new faces can be periodically be added as necessary.
Because their season is about exploring the playwrights’ work in detail it made sense to create a logo out of lots of tiny pieces of information, challenging the audience to put them together and interpret them in their own heads. Based on low-resolution LED screens, the image is created with a series of colorful dots that seem abstract up close, but become a photo-realistic image the further away the logo is viewed.