Accidently Creativity Web and graphic de

Accidently Creativity
Web and graphic designer Seth Hardie recently posted the accidental creative process behind an image he created. Hardie used his iPhone, the Grid Lens app and the Image Blender app to layer several images together. Visit his blog here to read about the process behind this image:

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-Jayme Catalano
Canary Public Relations

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Contemporary Life. Doesn’t that sound fu

Contemporary Life.
Doesn’t that sound funny? Nobody says “I’m living a contemporary life” (at least I haven’t heard that phrase). Synonyms for the word ‘contemporary’ are ‘current’, ‘up to date’, ‘present-day’, all words that mean right now, just like life is occurring right now. Now why do I mention contemporary life, or life? Because I want to point out how puzzling the phrase ‘contemporary art’ may sound to those not well versed in the art world. Contemporary art to them sounds like ‘contemporary life’ sounds to me—strange, funny, and possibly a bit confusing. Contemporary art is simply art that is produced at the present point in time, just like ‘contemporary life’ is life that is lived at the present point in time. Directly stated, contemporary art is art and ‘contemporary life’ is life. During my years of appreciating, loving, and creating art (Yes, I’m only 22, but bear with me) I’ve come across many people who scoff at, dislike the idea of, or who don’t understand contemporary art. I believe the term is seen as limiting, possibly a bit intimidating, and it sounds or appears to be exclusive. I know I feel daunted when I’m creating art because I worry whether or not my work will be viewed as old news or belonging in the contemporary bracket. But then I remember that ‘contemporary’ is just a word in front of that which I, and all of us here, love—art. I believe many people have a misconception of what contemporary art is, which therefore can cause potential and future art lovers to turn away from the category all together. I bring up this topic because I think we as supporters, lovers, and artists need to explain away the false impression that some may have about contemporary art. Simply put, as people and artists we aren’t merely creating contemporary art, we’re creating art, plain and simple. Now I understand the term ‘Contemporary Art’ and its purpose trust me. I minored in Art History. But I feel the term belongs in the books, museums, and galleries rather than in everyday conversation or creation of art. We all want the appreciation and support of art to grow, and in order to expand we need more people supporting art. Here at CAGO, contemporary art is our business and that’s not going to change. But I think we should all encourage people to view contemporary art as just art, opening their minds to all art can be without their connotations that are connected to the word ‘contemporary’. I know there are some people who won’t agree with my thoughts on this topic, but in saying all of this – my goal is to open up the art and contemporary art world to everyone, those that are curious, uncertain, who question its validity, or who have a misunderstanding regarding contemporary art. The artists on CAGO create contemporary art, I can create contemporary art, and even a middle-schooler can create contemporary art—the ability is within all of us. Just as we all live life, we can all create art and appreciate art, art that belongs to today, the contemporary.

CMYK Embrodery Evelin Kasikov is a woman

CMYK Embrodery
Evelin Kasikov is a woman moving backward in time, combining cutting edge digital design with the old-fashioned and historically feminine pursuit of embroidery. Trained as a graphic designer, Kasikov’s work challenges preconceived notions of embroidery and handicraft. Deeply analytical, her approach to needlework uses typography, design techniques, and grid systems to create her embroidered illustrations. Her stitching commission have included The Guardian, WIRED, and the New York Times.
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-Jayme Catalano
Canary Public Relations
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Art In a Box The Compound Gallery in San

Art In a Box
The Compound Gallery in San Francisco has an answer to the ubiquitous wine and produce subscription services: art subscription! Just like a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), subscribers answer a few questions about their likes/dislikes and how often they’d like to receive their $50 deliveries. Instead of organic produce, however, they receive artwork in a variety of mediums by Bay Area artists. Featured artists have included ceramicists, print makers, painters, etc.
Image is of A recent subscriber box containing work by Jeanne Lorenz.
Visit Art in a Box to sign up. Click here for more work by Jeanne Lorenz.
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-Jayme Catalano
Canary Public Relations
Canary Public Relations is a boutique firm specializing in marketing, branding and public relations for small businesses. They specialize in working with fine artists, designers, and creative professionals of all types.

A Common Name by Jayme Catalano Graphic

A Common Name by Jayme Catalano

Graphic designer Paige Smith has created a street art project in the nooks and crannies of urban Los Angeles. Working under the pseudonym A Common Name, her three dimensional paper objects represent crystal, quartz, and geodes, mineral formations normally found in nature. The results are whimsical, mystical, and more than a little magical. As she says, “A parallel aspect of these ‘geodes’ in nature and in the city is they are always unexpected treasures. You might go hunting for treasures but you generally happen upon them during your adventures or casual interaction with the environment.” Visit her website for information on the specific…

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Geode #2, Arts District LA by A Common Name
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Geode #9, Downtown LA, A Common Name
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Geode #10, Arts District, A Common Name
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Geode #7, Daily Dose DTLA, A Common Name

Decimated Americana by Jayme Catalano Su

Decimated Americana by Jayme Catalano
Susan Mikula uses expired and aged Polaroid film found at rummage sales to capture images of decimated Americana, ghostly figures, and haunting landscapes. Like the badly outdated film itself, the images tell a story of the American Dream gone sour. As her website describes, “Mikula has captured a fading aspect of a bygone era with fading film and an obsolete technology.” Whether derelict and deserted industrial buildings, docks, or houses, the images all evoke the same feeling of barely remembered, semi-coherent dreams and memories. Mikula’s work is showing in Secretly Seeking at the Curatorium in Hudson, New York.

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A Photo Hunt This assignment can be done

A Photo Hunt
This assignment can be done one of two ways. The 1st being that you look at the below list and go out with your digital camera and photograph as many of the items listed below in one image. I do not want to give you a brief definition of what all of the items in the list mean; I rather leave it up to your own definitions. What I am hoping that this will do is give you some direction. You might even go out and shoot if not hundreds thousands of images, Just to find one or two that really work. That is ok; photography sometimes is a number game. What I find out with this assignment is that the more of the items check off on the list the stronger the composition.
The other way this assignment can be done is by going online to websites that display well known photographers. Try to stick with people that have extensive list of exhibition or that are in field as a professional photographer. You can even go to the library and look at a lot of different photographic books. I would suggest the library 1st only because so many people publish online but so few are “Real Photographers”. If you can get a publishing company to publish your work, you must be doing something right. See what images you’re attracted to. See what photographers you like. Then go through the list pulling the images that you are attracted to and see how many of the items on the list you can check off.
Either way you are exercising your sight, which is really important to becoming a good photographer. I find that so many photographers start out photographing with their new camera, but have no direction. They tend to not be sure of what they want to photograph. I even had students that tell me that they live in a boring place with nothing to really photograph. I laugh because these students live in Miami FL, and they don’t see it. Please post your best findings here so that I can see them too. Make sure to tell us which items on the list you were able to check off with that image. Most of all just have

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