ASARO’s Revolutionary Art @ Princeton

ASARO: “The Assembly of Revolutionary Artists of Oaxaca” ASARO is a collective of radical young Mexican artists. I met them in 2007.  ASARO’s woodblock prints were laying in the street near Oaxaca’s cathedral. The artists were sitting on the curb. Some looked to be fifteen years old. Broom handles and chunks of stone kept theContinue reading “ASARO’s Revolutionary Art @ Princeton”

19th century British illustrations from the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge

I picked up a copy The Penny Magazine of  the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. I got it at  Renninger’s, the Kutztown Farmer’s Market. This magazine was published in 1834. It cost me one dollar. Consulting an online Historical UK Price Convertor reveals one British 1834 penny is today worth nearly .97 pound sterling, orContinue reading “19th century British illustrations from the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge”

Another Year, Another Calendar

Black is back. Twenty years ago at a party in Hoboken I overheard a young punk mother complaining because she couldn’t find black baby clothes for her toddler. Today black is back. I got two presents wrapped in black. One was a brilliant new calendar from CD alum Ross Moody’s greeting collective, 55his.com. It couldn’tContinue reading “Another Year, Another Calendar”

Bruce Waldman: Fine Illustrator & Fine Artist

The Fine Arts Department is bringing Bruce Waldman to Kutztown. The Communication Design faculty and students are supporting this visiting artist event with a poster and pizza. Waldman is primarily a printmaker and a friend of our notably friendly Fine Arts Professor Evan Summer. He teaches at SVA, the School of Visual Arts, NYC. His printsContinue reading “Bruce Waldman: Fine Illustrator & Fine Artist”

César Chávez: Éxito!

Éxito means success in Spanish. César Chávez has been in the U.S for just about two weeks. He first crossed the border on foot in Arizona. He has already forgiven the policeman there who forced him to kneel on the pavement with his hands up while drug dogs sniffed his backpack. Fortunately, César has sinceContinue reading “César Chávez: Éxito!”

César Chávez in Gringolandia

My friend, César Chávez, a great young Mexican artist, is in Kutztown. He was the master printer for the ASARO collective back in 2006 when Oaxaca’s streets were filled with tear gas and protesters’ blood. After a teachers’ strike got out of control hundreds of thousands of people marched on Oaxaca and took over of theContinue reading “César Chávez in Gringolandia”

Lorem ipsum & thoughts on swiping other’s artwork

The New York Times 6th Floor Design blog recently featured artwork by Zoe McCloskey which should be familiar to graphic designers. In the image above Zoe takes individual block printed letters to spell out “Lorem ipsum dolor sit…”  The Times’ Hilary Greenbaum calls it “the most popular sentence in the world that is not meant toContinue reading “Lorem ipsum & thoughts on swiping other’s artwork”

Don’t Call it Sharadin Gallery Anymore.

Sharadin Gallery will soon have a new name, The Marlin and Regina Miller Gallery. I once proposed that after “Gallery” the words “of Art and Design” be added, to be more inclusive of design. Oddly enough, that modest proposal was met with fierce resistance from some faculty. KU Faculty Exhibition:  Sept. 8 – Oct. 3,Continue reading “Don’t Call it Sharadin Gallery Anymore.”

artnoose & her Underground Press

In the “letterpress/zine” circle artnoose is a superstar. Admittedly, this is a smallish orbit, but lately interest in zines and letterpress is exploding. I ran into her the other day when she was printing in the damp basement of the Cyberpunk Apocalypse. Cyberpunk Apocalypse is a two-house writer’s colony in Pittsburgh. It is where myContinue reading “artnoose & her Underground Press”

Brooklyn, Zombies & the News from St. Louis

Martin Lemelman, beloved Kutztown illustration faculty emeritus, shared some good news. He learned that his graphic novel, Two Cents Plain: My Brooklyn Boyhood was chosen by The New York Society Library  as a winner in the 2010-2011 New York City Book Awards. He didn’t even know the book was in the running. Martin was onContinue reading “Brooklyn, Zombies & the News from St. Louis”