High Art Billboard Project

Vanderkolk High Art billboard

Last shot of my High Art Billboard

Goodbye Billboard!

So fall is here and my billboard has been down for about a month. The other day I recieved a suprise email from the Arts council, and it turns out that once the billboard is retired, they give the billboards back to the artists. I’m picking mine up this week, and I’ll be posting updates.

If you get a chance try to find all of the 2018/19 season High Art Billboards around Indianapolis, Ive seen about four so far and they look great.

High Art Billboard Project: 2017 – 2018

Brilliant color moon

My High Art Billboard Project piece is finally up and installed, 30 feet above the city! It looks fantastic. Check it out at 6320 38th Street (50 ft. west of High School Road  behind the Dairy Queen). Fairway and the Indianapolis Arts Council did a wonderful job with printing all the billboards. I have seen three of them so far. […]

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Space card screen print

Throwback Thursday – Space card edition.4 color poster

Heres a poster design I mocked up in the cold end of  2016. I originally drew the moon and astronaut illustrations a few years ago.  I thought they went together quite nicely, and I hadn’t used them for anything, so I scanned ’em in to the old electro-computer-magic-machine-o-macajiggy, brought them together and added the colors. Turquoise,  navy,  gray and yellow on white. I was originally planning on printing these as a 4 color screen print on white paper, but I’m thinking now that if I can find some nice gray stock I would leave out the white and just print the navy, turquoise and yellow and do a run of 30 or so.

 

Pi-Fi Hot Spots

Pizza + wireless internet = The Pi-Fi Hotspot.

Cheese Pizza Wi-Fi symbol

I just finished a some stickers with two versions of a custom illustration – The Pi-Fi Hotspot. I started handing them out so I thought I’d post them here for y’all to see.

 

For this illustration, I drew all the vector shapes in Adobe Illustrator with the pencil tool. Eventually I’ll get to mastering the pen tool but for now the pencil tool is working fine. I started with the classic, cheese, and then upped my game by adding some pepperonis to a second version.pi-fi Stickers

Not only did these stickers turn out looking quite delicious, but they are also dairy free, gluten free and vegan. They are on Flexcon Busmark for a high quality sticker that is easily repositioned. Pi-Ff, peperoni

Say Cheesey!
#Pi-Fi  #pizza  #Wi-Fi

Van Gogh Museum – The French Print Collection

For those interested in the history of printmaking the Van Gogh museum inas an extrordinary colection of French prints from fin de siècle (end of the century; 1890-1905) on their website vangoghmuseum.nl. This remarkable collection is organized by technique, object type, artist, printer, publisher, and subject on the site.

A printer printing pictures of a printer printing prints. 

Fin de siècle means end of the century in French and refers to the last ten years of the 19th century and the first few of the 20th. Fin de siècle is especially notable because around 1890, artists became more aware of printmaking as an art form in and of itself. The big names in modern art at the time (Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and Steinlen), experimented with woodcuts, etching and lithography, and worked more closely than ever with their printers. These artists have their prints not only used as adverts for cafes and programs for theaters all over Paris as well as gallery shows and books. 

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The collection consists of prints that are more than a hundred years old and every time they are shown in person the museum runs the risk of damaging the prints as they are light sensitive. Luckily for us, the museum chose to upload these prints and that allows for their display in a unique way. displayed as a patchwork of images. Every click changes the gallery order showcasing similarities between different works whether it be in style, subject, print technique or even printer.

Below I offer a small sample of this collection but be sure to view the whole gallery featured by The Van Gogh museum on www.vangoghmuseum.nl!

There are classics like this:

le Chat Noir (the Black Cat)

Le Chat Noir

by Théophile Alexandre Steinlen – 1896

 

Lesser known works are also available for viewing on the site such as these:

Tête de femme (Head of a Woman)

Head of a Woman (Tête de femme)

by Eugène Carrière – 1895

Les pauvres {The poor) from the series - Bruges mystique et sensuelle

The poor (Les pauvres) from the series Bruges mystique et sensuelle

by Georges de Feure – 1899

Tigre dans les Jungles (Tiger in the Jungle)

Tiger in the Jungle (Tigre dans les jungles)

by Paul Elie Ranson

 

“The Van Gogh Museum manages one of the world’s most important collections of French prints from the fin de siècle (1890-1905). The special collection is not often displayed in the museum galleries due to light sensitivity, so discover it online now.”- Source: the French print collection