Archive for July, 2007

Art Series: Cool Globe Artists (#2) – One Earth, Multiple Resources

ArtStyle will be presenting a weekly art series throughout the summer on the participating Cool Globe Exhibit artists. In this second series, we feature: Joe Compean’s One Earth; Deirdre A. Fox’s Tapping Geothermal Resources; Alessandra Kelley’s Spiral Chance; and Nancy L. Steinmeyer’s First We Scream, Then We Act. All images are provided courtesy of the artists unless otherwise noted.

Joe Compean

Joe Compean Peep Hole View
Peep Hole View

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Interview with M. M. Robinson: New Media, New Direction

I first wrote about M. M. Robinson for UR Chicago Magazine (April 12 – May 19, 2007) in an article entitled (theirs, not mine) Technicolor Fantasy, M. M. Robinson's Creations Take Imagination to a New Level. In it, I describe Robinson's multimedia installation Synthesizer as re-defining “techno art in Chicago with graphic design intermixed with personal-reality symbolism.” As a follow-up, I asked him about Synthesizer and his new direction in art as the new director for NAB Gallery, one of the oldest artist-owned galleries in Chicago.

MM Robinson Chimera IV
Chimera IV. Inkjet on Vinyl. Courtesy of the artist.

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Interview with Steven Husby: Op Art – Colors and Numbers

Steven Husby, designer and painter, uses Photoshop in his design process and then paints hard-edged images using acrylic on panel, creating abstract compositional permutations with a 3-D sensibility by applying gradations of color. The resulting “new media” optical art is both playful and visually appealing.

ArtStyle: How do you create your compositions?

Steven Husby (SH): I compose most of my work beforehand on the computer using Photoshop, starting with simple gradations of 4 to 12 colors. I stretch, distort, copy and paste the initial gradient into simple patterns that make up the virtual first stage of the work. Sometimes I make paintings from these initial solutions. But more often than not I keep going — cutting and pasting biomorphic fragments of the initial pattern back onto itself. No matter how complicated and obscure the work gets, it’s always held together by the initial pattern. From a practical standpoint, the key to my drawing process is trial and error and working in layers.

Steven Husby 1b
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