Category Archives: Art

New Piece of Art in the Herman Household

As many of you know, I went down to SXSW this year to check out the Interactive sessions and while walking through the exhibit hall, I saw that one of my favorite artists, Hugh Macleod of Gapingvoid fame had a booth and was selling some of his original art.  I’ve been a fan of his art for years and have always thought about owning some for the home office.  Well, now I do.

Below is the original that I acquired:

Why I selected this piece over others was because I think it’s really relevant to me.  While I’m not on the Venture Capital or large Angel side of the business (i.e. the guy on the left – in red), I have been known to start and fund companies and always love figuring out a business model.   This piece gives me a chuckle each time I read it and it’s relevant to the first and second dot com bubble I’ve lived through.

I also feel right now, this is very relevant to many of the companies being funded.

Eclectic Curation: Sales & Art

Thought I’d write a simple post about two totally different people that I’d like to highlight.  The first, Jen Stark, is one of the most creative and colorful sculpturists and artist that I’ve seen and I’m totally inspired by her work.

The second, Mark LaRosa is the writer of Quotacrush, one of the best sales blogs out there.

If you have a spare minute to be inspired, check out their sites.

Concert Art: Dave Matthews Band Style

It took lots of negotiating to make this happen, but I’ve convinced Sherri to let me professionally frame and hang some of my concert posters of The Dave Matthews Band in our living room.  This is the most used room in our home when guests come (the bar is second) and it’s only fitting to have these gorgeous limited edition pieces of art hang to share with everyone.

DMB Wall Art

Each of these posters are part of a limited edition (hand signed and numbered) by Methane Studios.  For each concert, Methane creates a totally unique poster and only runs a limited edition of each (250-400).  Generally, these sell out QUICKLY (within 5 mins of the concert doors opening) but you can get them on the second hand market such as eBay.

DMB Long

Each of these posters are extremely intricate and it takes a good 15 minutes to stare at each one to find all of the hidden gems.  I’m always looking to expand the collection and add shows that I may not have, so if you are a collector, please don’t hesitate reaching out.

Back in Action (Happy New Year!)

I took a brief blogging hiatus as Sherri and I ventured to Mohegan Sun, Saratoga Springs, and a few days in Vermont.  It certainly took a little getting used to, but switching off [connectivity] completely was an amazing feeling.

Here are a few pictures from our trip which were taken with my new camera that Sherri gave me for Hannukah.  My friend Lee knew I was in the market for a camera and he highly recommended it, and I’ve been nothing but impressed.

Click the thumbnail to see the full image:

Bright Tree

Barn in Wild

Tractor Sign

Chess

Old Town

If you are interested in seeing more pictures from the set, click here.

Digital media and technology postings to resume shortly… need to catch up on my RSS feeds!

Happy New Years to everyone.  Lets have an amazing 2008…

Art 101: Buying Prints

For most of us, we can’t always buy original pieces of art because of their high price tag. For much of the art that both Sherri and I like, original pieces range from $25k-$500k+ and at this point, we have other areas that we’re prioritizing our investments.

Artists generally make different types of prints of their work so that the particular piece exists far beyond that one original master. There is certainly a market for buying/selling/trading high quality prints and that is an area that I’ve been exploring for a while now, whilst we furnish our new home here in Westchester.

Once you fall in love with a piece, you’ll find out that the gallery or artist has the piece in special prints. I would highly suggest you only buy prints that are part of a limited edition as you don’t want the artist creating more supply, as the price of your new art will potentially go down (supply/demand science). If it’s not part of a limited edition, chances are, the print is part of an Open Edition. This means that the artist or his publishing company will still have the right to create more prints and send them into the market.

The most common types of prints are: serigraph, lithograph, and giclee. Please note that I’m not an expert but have found the following information to be useful.

Serigraph: Considered an original graphic, they are produced as multiples. The process employs silk mesh, which is blocked by a photoemulsive varnish. Various color separations are projected onto the photosensitive surface that create stencils through which ink is rolled, brushed or “squeegee´d” onto high-quality paper in multiple layers. Each color requires a separate “screen” and may number into the hundreds; resulting in vibrant and richly textured silkscreen prints.

Lithograph: Considered an original graphic, they are produced as multiples. The artist draws on the surface of a limestone block (traditionally) or metal alloy plate (contemporarily), with a grease pencil or “touché”, where he would like his image to appear. The surface is dampened with water and oily ink is rolled over the drawn areas. The ink clings to the greasy marks, but not to the dampened areas. Paper is applied to the stone and the ink is transferred from the greasy, inked areas. Each color in the print requires a separate stone or plate and sometimes as many as fifty stones or plates are used.

Giclee: Considered an original graphic, they are produced as multiples. The term originates from the French “to spray” and employs inkjet color application and digital color separation. Millions of ink particles can be applied simultaneously to the paper. Flawless color reproduction and extraordinary consistency are the trademarks of this new technology and is rapidly becoming the preferred method of fine-art print production.

Just because a piece of art is a print, doesn’t mean there isn’t a heavy price tag associated with it. We’ve found above prints to be anywhere from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. The prints are usually signed by the artist and come with a COA (certificate of authenticity).

When buying prints, there are different editions that you can purchase which include the limited edition, artist proof and so on. You’ll usually always buy from the limited edition (mostly 100-250 prints) but if there are any prints labeled a/p (or AP), you may want to consider that. An a/p is an artist proof.

Artist Proof: An old tradition of reserving a quantity of prints for the artist’s use, usually equal to about 10% of the edition. In the early days of printing, these prints were the only remuneration the poor artist received. Proofs are signed by the artist and numbered showing the quantity of Artist’s Proofs issued in the edition and generally marked a/p. Because of their highly restricted number, Artist’s Proofs are sold at a higher value than the regular prints in the edition.

Hopefully, you found this post useful. There is certainly a lot more to talk about which I’ll cover in the coming weeks. Have fun art spotting… and don’t forget to send me links to artists that you find interesting!

Art Posting: Joe Average

Born to PollinateWhen I first announced that I would be blogging about art, a friend of mine recommended that I check out Joe Average.  I’ll admit that I hadn’t heard of Joe Average before, but I did some poking around and diligence and it turns out that Sherri and I both love his style and will be adding a piece or two to our home collection.

I love the use of color in any art.  For me, life should be vibrant and beautiful and I think Joe Average uses bold color to invoke emotion.  Joe also uses subtle humor and contradiction in his art which make people smile.

Here are some details taken from various sources (including Wikipedia) about Joe:

Joe Average is a Canadian artist who lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Diagnosed HIV+ at age 27, Average made the decision to commit the rest of his life to art, and to challenge himself to live by his art.

 

Average frequently donates work to charitable causes, such as Vancouver’s annual Art for Life auction. His work has been used for such projects as A Loving Spoonful (a charity which provides meals to people with terminal illnesses) and the Davie Village. Average has also been selected to judge submissions for Vancouver’s AIDS memorial and anti-homophobia posters.

 

Average is known for his cheerful, colourful, cartoony work, including images of flowers, animals and insects, and people. He has received many awards and honours, including civic merit awards, the Caring Canadian Award (1998) and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Silver Medal for Outstanding Community Achievement (2002). Vancouver’s mayor also pronounced November 3, 2002 as “Joe Average Day.”

Another artist’s work that we have hanging in our house is Keith Haring, which is also an artist that unfortunately was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.  Haring passed away in 1990 but his art has lived on and is almost icononic in nature.  Haring and Average share similar color palletes and overall themes.  I love the boldness of their art.

Art Posting: Eyvind Earle

Last week, I alluded to writing about artists and if you look to the left of this posting on the navigation bar, you’ll see a category for it. For all of you RSS readers, you’ll have to come back to the website to see it.

Eyvind EarleAnyway, the first artist that I would like to highlight is Eyvind Earle (1916-2000). Not only was Earle a contemporary artist, but also an author and illustrator. He’s been talked about in such publications as Time, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Art News, and many, many others.

Many people who know Earle may not realize that he was the production designer, color stylist, and background painter for Disney’s animated classics Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and Sleeping Beauty.

When I first saw Eyvind Earle’s work, I had no idea about the Disney relationship. You would probably never guess that he was affiliated (not that it’s a bad thing). Over his brilliant career, his pieces have ranged so much from each other; one might think his portfolio was created by different artists.

What I love about his work are his beautiful landscapes and use of varied color. Earle’s attention to detail is amazing, though doesn’t go overboard, and tends to use blocky colors to draw sharp contrast from touching shapes. He also likes to play with light in his pieces and really call out areas that may otherwise go unrecognizable.

One our recent trip to Carmel, California, we picked up a beautiful piece of his work to put above our fireplace in the den… one of two most prominent areas of our home. His work is that beautiful. After spending almost a full day with the Gallery owner, and looking at over two dozen pieces to select from, we drove away and continued our journey to San Francisco. Over the course of the trip, we instantly saw where Earle drew his inspiration from and it was blatantly obvious: the Carmel/San Francisco landscape (amongst others). The colors matched, the shapes were similar, and the views were exact. It was a perfect piece to recap our memorable trip.

Apparently, there are some galleries here in New York (Soho) that carry his work… I plan on checking out the galleries and viewing his work closer to home.

If you happen to like Earle, check out Bruce Ricker. I was originally drawn to this style because of Ricker, but ended up with Earle first… but may get a small piece of Ricker eventually. Major difference between the two: Earle looks much more polished and ‘finished’ than Ricker. Also, Earle uses bolder colors.

(Please note that the picture above does not do Earle justice. You need to go see the piece in a gallery)

New Blog Ingredient: Art

Over the past 3 weeks, I had visited many different art galleries in the West. Some of the galleries were the typical beautiful galleries like you’d find in Soho, some were at truck stops, and others were along highways that stretched across Indian reservations. For anyone who visited me in Manhattan when I lived on 74th Street, I am a sucker for beautiful art and you probably noticed a few pieces on my walls.

Art is art. Probably one of the most subjective forms of ANYTHING out there. What one person may love is something someone else may hate. Luckily, my wife and I have similar tastes, yet even we conflict at times.

Art plays a roll in both the offline AND online world. Of course we know of the Picasso’s, Chagal’s, Haring’s, etc – but all of these artists (and millions more) influence our computer graphics gurus that we all use for GUIs, web design, etc. It’s not rare that I’ll visit a website and see an influence of Keith Haring on the background of the site and contact the designer and talk about it. More often than not, I’m right. Other times, I feel like an idiot :)

So I was wrestling with the idea of starting an art blog. Sort of like Art 101. However, I’m not a professional NOR have I even taken Art History back in college (now I’m shooting myself in the foot!). I’m an everday art lover who has no other experience than appreciating art and having the thirst to learn a lot more about it, so I ask questions. The Art 101 blog concept actually scared me and I’m probably not going through with it. Why? Because I’d just have to focus on Art and I barely have enough time to keep this blog up and current :)

So, using my rationale that art influences everything, including the digital media world, I’m going to throw a new ingredient into this blog…. Art. I’ve done some in the past including my eboy posting, but may have a post or two a week that showcases some Art that I happen to like. Would love for any comments, criticism, or ideas about this concept as it’s extremely new to me and I want to do this correctly. (though what is correct?)

Look for some upcoming pieces/artists over the next few days.