Friday, February 29, 2008

Skill w/ a Knife

This is one of my favorite books on my book shelf. Deal-only cost a dollar. It's filled with the most amazing silhouettes that make me geek out.

I ran into Rob Ryan's Blog and he has pretty neat silhouettes< check him out.


Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Gorgeous Letter R

Saturday, February 23, 2008


This spring break is road trip time. Anyone know of any places that are a must see somewhere on the way from minneapolis to new orleans? Stops in between??

Submit ideas here. Thank you.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Alain Paiement

Expansible #4
Pigment Jet Print on Polyester Face Mounted to Plexiglas

Take a look at Alain Paiement. He is a canadian artist that constructs photographs of space in a way he calls "building photogrpaphy." He has been around for a while, touching on architecture, anthropology and all form. His pictures have a ways locating yourself, of finding were we sit in relation to the image. It's like viewing the earth from space and how the view reorients us in a way that lets us understand how the world works on it's own. We inhabit the earth, yet it moves on it's own. The bubbles are just there and we orbit around them. Country Base
Edition of 5
lambda print mounted to dibond
66” in diameter

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


My father found some small plates a while back and I just finally printed them to see what they look like. It's too bad that the stamps (top two) are so delicate and didn't show up well... I think they need smoother paper, and printing them on the showcard probably wasn't the best solution. Some day I will learn how to print on the vandercook and they will be printed properly. But if you look really close the top stamp says 3 cent and possibly 1933 (I could be completely wrong). The dogs are just rediculous, especially the one with an arrow. Seriously, I really want to know why someone needed a puppy with an arrow. There is obviously was a piece with text that went I wish I had it.

Fun fun

Sunday, February 10, 2008


For my Geography of Identities class I am reading Space and Place by Yi-Fu Tuan. If you have ever been interested in the way we as humans react and experience space and the places we inhabit you should definitely pick up this book.

I just got to a section on right and left distinctions and found it oddly intriguing. It reads:

In nearly all the cultures of which information is available the right side is regarded as far superior to the left. Evidence for the bias is particularly rich in Europe, the middle East and Africa, but the bias is also well documented for India and Southeast Asia. In essence, the right is perceived to signify sacred power, the principle of all effective activity, and the source of everything that is good and legitimate. The left is it's antithesis; it signifies the profane, the impure ,the ambivalent and the feeble, which is maleficent and to be dreaded. In cosmological space the right represents what is high, the upperworld, the sky" while the left is connected with the underworld and the earth... The ancient Arabs equated the left with the north and Syria. The word šimâl indicates both north and the left side. The Araic word for Syria is Sam: its root meaning a "misfortune" or "ill augury" and "left." A related verb sa'ma, means both to bring bad luck and to turn left.

I begin to wonder weather my parents knew this when they decided to name me Samantha, or that I would later learn to write with my left hand.

Thursday, February 7, 2008


This is the first exciting piece I've created this semester. It is a single photo poster advertising the Art shanty projects on medicine lake. If you haven't been out there you really need to check it out, especially those that have never been ice fishing. Unique experience and completely bazaar atmosphere. The idea for the project seems a little too ambiguous and needs more of a narrative... I totally agree, but an interesting image nonetheless. I love the colors and composition. Hopefully if I revise the poster it can be an addition to my weak but improving portfolio.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


So I was a little disappointed when we didn't have class on monday.
I was in a screen printing mood.. But then, while I was reading up on my It's Nice That I saw this little gem. It makes everything better.

Oh Dan..

Monday, February 4, 2008


I have had these two children's book on my desk for a couple years now. It wasn't until this very moment that I realized their covers to be pretty much the same thing. I have had the Skylights book since I was little and love the the innocent illustrations and colors in all of the stories. It's a small world was a little treasure that was found on the free shelf and perhaps it attracted me in the same way. Plus it has a 45 included in the back...1978 fantastic. Thank you to who ever threw it on there.

These kind of moments make me really happy. Is this just a coincidence? or am I destined to ride in a hot air balloon?

Oh, and the back cover of the Skylights book has a fricken sweet pattern.