The gallery talk I attended was "Expressions of Blackness" in February during Black History Month. As seen in these photos, there were some serious issues raised on campus about race. I learned a lot about the SMCM campus through this event. Most notably, the amount of racism on campus when people are able to hide behind anonymity. The YikYaks, as seen above, are crude and disgusting. The Expressions of Blackness gallery installation starts a dialogue with the campus. People are forced to recognize the racism and disgrace that is seen all around our campus and even on social media.
Monday, March 30, 2015
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
(Merriweather Post Pavilion editorial spread for Animal Collective)
(Large scale mural and characters for the ‘Celebration Europe‘ Star Wars 30th anniversary event in London)
TADO is two people, Mike and Katie, based in Sheffield, UK who have a distinct eye-catching style to their vector art. They design mainly posters for bands, concerts, and have large scale clients such as Xbox and MTV. Morphing both colorful imagery with the bizarre, TADO brings to life a new dimension of vector art.
The first piece, a work highlighting the psychedelic nature of the experimental band Animal Collective, has multitudes of themes. The animals on stage reference one of the stage names of members in the band-- Panda Bear. The band prides itself on its unique, strange sound and this piece exemplifies that. The neon colors clash with the strange imagery and the display of a team of animals performing a show. Additionally, the image is referencing Merriweather Post Pavilion--an album by Animal Collective and also a popular concert venue in MD. Overall, the piece creates a strange feeling in me. The cute animals are juxtaposed to their strange environment and attire.