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It started as a box but turned into a very bad die. The 3 sides you see all have just one dot on them, and I’m pretty sure the 3 sides you don’t see do as well. Sometimes you gotta roll with it.
If you keep up with my shenanigans online you probably already know about Guess The Photo, a little game we play where I post a photo, and people try to guess what it is. (See the Flickr set.) We’ve been doing this for about 6 months now. It’s played across Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. Sometimes people guess it right away, and sometimes I end up giving out a bunch of clues and people get it eventually. If you don’t mind being frustrated and annoyed, it’s a fun time.
When I heard the organizers of the Delafield Art Walk were looking for artists to exhibit their work, I pitched the idea of showing the Guess The Photos images, saying it was an interactive piece, and they liked the sound of that. But showing your work online is way different than showing your work in person. I had to get photos printed (I used AdoramaPix) I needed to mount them (I got boards, blades, and such at Artist and Display) and I had to find the time to get it all together. I ended up getting a tent and grid from Luke at Beyond Studio + Publishing, and with the help of a co-worker and the wife, somehow managed to get everything I needed to display my work pulled together, at pretty much the last minute.
Now, my original plan was to make a little card for each image that you could flip over and it would tell you what was. But since I ran out of time, I ended up making a sign explaining that this was an INTERACTIVE display, and questions were encouraged. This worked out well, and as people came into the tent, I welcomed them and told them I could provide hints if needed.
It ended up being a lot of fun. People would come in, and I’d challenge them to Guess The Photo and mention that if they needed clues, they should ask. Most participants seemed to enjoy it, and it was great hearing people’s guesses. Many of the photos got the same (incorrect) guesses over and over from people. When I finally revealed what something was, I’d get an “ooooh, yeah, now I see it!” response.
The hard part was when more than one group of people would be in, as it was hard to work two groups at once, but I tried my best to bounce around as people stared at the images trying to figure them out.
This was a lot more work than just putting up some photos and letting people look at them. It was sort of a cross between an art showing, and performance art, and it was a bit exhausting, still… it was a good time, and I’m glad I got to do it.
The Eisner American Museum of Advertising & Design is holding it’s “I Love The Eisner” event on February 20th, 2009 and it will be featuring the “250 Square Feet of Art” exhibit.
The description says: “250 Square Feet of Art” gathers the work of local artists who each received a square foot of plywood with which they could create a work of art.
I submitted a piece this year, it’s titled “Crayons” and it looks like this:
I believe they auction them off to help raise funds for the Eisner, though I’m still not sure if there are more than 250, and only 250 get selected, or if they all get auctioned off, or what… Yes, I’m short on the details.
Anyway, if you happen to be there, keep an eye out for my piece, and let me know if you see it there… Thanks!
I’d like to get more familiar with Adobe Illustrator, which is an application I’ve used on and off for the past 15 years or so, but mainly as a utility, and not so much as an illustration tool. (Bézier curves are cool.)
I’d like to draw simple shapes to start with, so I did, and then I ended up making them into patterns, as you can see below.
Pretty exciting, huh? I guess my motivation for making these may be caused by the fact that I’ve used other people patterns (with permission) in the past. Which brings up an interesting point… How do you license something like this? I guess a Creative Commons license makes sense. Attribution I suppose? So how would you attribute it to me? Well, if you use one of these, just say “Thanks!” really loudly in public, and assume that I heard you. (And if someone else hears you say it, that’s ok too…)