DoN was invited to the Moore College of Art and Design Senior Exhibit 2012 by graduating artist Hayley Tomlinson, as soon as he arrived DoN ran into professor of illustration Rich Harrington who asked if I was covering the story for DoNArTNeWs? That was not originally the plan but when DoN was presented with the massive show of talent in the Galleries at Moore it made him realize how illustration works and it’s continued relevance in the modern world.
Visual cues, archetypes and formats are integrated into images creating patterns that trigger memories and memes of experiences. Presentation was key, each artist created their own sense of self identity and accomplishments in a very professional manner. DoN was impressed with the level of business acumen and polished presentations of the artists with their thoughtful projects and confident communication skills, with business cards, art cards, websites, Tumblr blogs and all sorts of swag to accompany and sell their main objective of making memorable images.
We want the funk, get up off that funk. Jaine Kopala, digital prints.
2 = 2 = 22, 2012, hand cut Sintra, acrylic and monofilament, Breana Karnis‘ majored in textile design but this mixed media artwork works as fine art, installation, decor and more.
Natalie Helman, Moore College of Art and Design Senior Exhibit 2012
Rich Harrington introduced DoN to Jennifer Villareale, one of his illustration students who overcame shyness with her aggressive, tough illustrations of heroic adventure. The watercolors are vibrant and controlled, “Watercolors are tough. I went through some really bad paintings but, you know, every single painting you do get’s a little bit better. And as I was going I got tighter and tighter, even with the gradations of the color, each painting got better. You have to do thin layers and it takes a lot longer.” said Jennifer Villareale.
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The experience design in Basma Abouelenein‘s installation was multi-media and multi-faceted from the business card to the rustic box of problem’s to the unusual use of an overhead video monitor, the craft and sense of the hand was strong but the obvious competence and cleverness in the use of technology asserts the new direction illustration and experience design is headed.
Instead of business cards Sandy Frank gave away flags.
Congratulations to the Class of 2012 at Moore College of Art and Design.
Sunday is the opening of Phillustration 2012 at The Philadelphia Sketch Club under the artistic direction of Moore’s Rich Harrington, the reception is 2-4:00 PM. The annual show always exhibits the state of the art in contemporary illustration in the historic gallery/studio on the Avenue of the Artists.
Written and photographed by DoN
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