Friday, October 21, 2016

Henry Lopez reviews Gregory Crewdson

Gregory Crewdson's work in Twilight shows dark and mysterious undertones of suburban life.  He captures these transitions frozen in time that give the viewers feeling of longing or loss.  He stages these scenes with such high detail and careful selection in the objects that he sets to help create the narrative and give a more natural feeling.  He also focuses heavily on the lighting to shroud us in mystery and drama.  In this collection of his work he gives a surreal look to a familiar setting thus changing it entirely and changing the way we might think about the suburban setting.  I respond very well to most of Crewdson's work because I am also interested in the narrative side of photography and telling compelling stories through a single image.  The main things that I would like to take from his work would be his use of lighting and interesting ways that he composes scenes.  Crewdson is able to get this cinema quality look to his photos and that is something I would like to put into my future work.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Nadia C Gonzales - Blog 08 - Alex Pardee

Alex Pardee is a contemporary artist who illustrates interesting characters in vibrant colors with each having their own persona and story. I found him when he was illustrating the artwork for my favorite band The Used in 2006. I was fascinated with the cd booklet and still have it to this day. I remember looking at it and realizing I wanted to purse art to give people a positive reaction as he did to me. I was so intrigued by his skill and use of color to convey the emotions of the music and lyrics. It was a successful way of bridging the gap of music and art.
Pardee also does commissions for book covers and many other bands. Although I feel there is stigma that illustration is not high art I believe it should be. I myself would not mind making art for books or musicians.