Saturday, October 30, 2010


amerrrrika, AMERIKA

hi everyone, i don't know why i spelled the country's name just like jerry rubin, but i did.
so there.  YUPPIES.
i don't even think i have anything to link to right now, or even a pretty picture to put up.  sorry.
however, i just spent a week in arizona (at least i think it was a week) and within that time frame i saw approximately 2, 301 saguaros, told maybe 18 lies, wrote some music, ate four gourmet cookies (delish), and had one sweet sweet lucid dream (finally again).
now i am packing and leaving and getting on a plane in the morning, just in time for a party back in homelandottawa (sincerely one word)
no more smear campaigns haunting my television!  because i don't have a television back home!  yaaaaay!
OK i lied (#~19), here's a picture, it's my new guitar.  i bought it in a sketchy county, through an intreenet ad, hooray!

my sleep cycle is gonna be silly back in the ex-colony.  no more underage beers&tequila in barz :-(

Friday, October 29, 2010

First art related thing that I've posted.


I can be cool too!

Real non-billboard in Washington State

The story that goes with it:

Painting WIP

I promised my GM I'd paint him that Projector painting.. so I finally go going on it...

I just need to finish up the lenses.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Here are some samplings of what I've been working on for the past 3 weeks; I've been focused on fractions and abstraction. The themes are caves, and presence. All WIP except the first one.

Actually these are all the really abstract ones... but number 2 and 3 especially are very new will turn into landscapes.

Prepare Your Eyes

Unicron from Will Goodan on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We'll all die alone someday

So yeah . . . according to this article most of our TV is about how we're alone and work obsessed. Wicked Good Times! But seriosuly, The Atlantic, awesome magazine/website

Saturday, October 23, 2010

nom nom nom

I thought I'd share this with you here.. because it is just so darn adorable!

I'm a Real Artist

Doing research for my Art After Modernism essay. This is the last page of "Late Modern: The Visual Arts since 1945." I found it interesting. The beginning of the first paragraph reads:

"'Pure' conceptual art - an art of statements only, or an art in which the audience is asked to find its satisfaction by following the creator step by step in his thought processes, without asking that these should take a form more concrete than words..."

My feelings towards Conceptual art are mixed. It's safe to say i feel "weird" about the subject. On one hand it's fascinating to study the ideas in a university course setting. On the other it alienates people in an odd way that produces hostile attitudes towards art in general. And then there's the whole mess about to what extent a concept can be considered art if its main form is cognitive instead of physical/emotional.

bahh it makes my head hurt.

Any thoughts?
sarah xoxo

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


This one is about jumping in bushes

Also found a hand written card on the ground that said, "To Liz Love Jack. [heart on the front of the card]. [on the inside] I wish you the very best of luck during your courageous foray into the depth of the [ilegible]-vasse"

take that! caring about other peope! psh!

Monday, October 18, 2010


So if you don't already know who Tao Lin is, you do now. He's know mainly for his strange literary publications, including such titles as "Shoplifting from American Apparel" and "Richard Yates". But it seems recently he has been branching out to the visual arts.

I loled. Hard. This guy's a genius.

Tao Lin: How to Draw a Hamster from Graham Kolbeins on Vimeo.


Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.

Creepy but cool.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Redacted Studies

for a drawing project on raw canvas with cheap acrylic paint stains and image transfers using clear gesso which may or may not include text *inhale*

the project is supposed to be about mapping...

sarah xoxo

Friday, October 15, 2010

90s Fridays

Not really 90s as it was released in 2000, but whatever it was 10 years ago. It's old enough.


sarah xoxo

Victor Hugo and Troy Brauntuch

The guy who wrote Les Mis, and Notre-Dame; when he was bored between writing iconic French literature made some of themost fantastic ink drawings I've ever seen.

The internet is seriously lacking in his work; the Drawing Center has a book called "Shadows of the Hand" that is phenomenal and should be looked at if the opportunity ever arises, it has alot more of his abstract works (if you consider google image search it looks like he only ever drew Gothic castles).

I also really like this NY artist Troy Brauntuch; a teacher complained that he was cool, but now he's been doing the same thing for years and it's a little too slick... (i.e. he makes boatloads selling really classy looking, very clean stuff to rich people). Conte on black canvas, cool no?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Not exactly art related...

This is a webcomic I LOOOOOVE. (I wonder why?)

These are some of my faves:

And a little bit of INCEPTION for you.


Check out

There's approximately a MILLION ones to go over before you're up to date.. but it's awesome!



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Hung Liu

Artist: Hung Liu - painting over archival photographs, she blurs and runs the paint to subvert the Chinese propaganda tradition she was originally trained in.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Banksy + The Simpsons

Banksy does the Simpsons from Transfer.TV on Vimeo.

I'm surprised this even got to air. It's pretty funny though, especially the animal exploitation bit.

This went viral a few days ago but I wasn't able to see it because it got taken off Youtube pretty quickly by Twentieth Century Fox. But now it's on Vimeo, where apparently the word copyright has no meaning, at least for now.

well apparently it's private now. BUT now there's another one on youtube :P

sarah xoxo

Monday, October 11, 2010

Conrad Ruiz

After viewing Conrad Ruiz’s epic paintings, I feel like I got hit in the face with a cat covered in cayenne pepper. (note: I'm allergic to cats. Not cayenne pepper though. But I'm sensitive to spicy foods.. anyway, getting it in the eyes or nose would suck.)

Anyway... here's an interview with him talking about how he got into art after losing fights in the park and his insecurity fueled goal to make the worlds biggest watercolour.

Conrad Ruiz: The World's Largest Watercolor from Graham Kolbeins on Vimeo.


yo, hi hi
i am gearing up for a showing, and i have to have a self-portrait.  i am simultaneously working on a portrait of my friend sarah.

this is my self-portrait...from a little polaroid that sandra took when i left last year.

shots. (19th birthday)

and, well, that's all.  i'm going back to watching south park now...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

So I'm hanging out with a friend of mine on her bed and I comment on how much I prefer beds that have no box-spring and are just a mattress on the floor.

Now I'm like most other people and enjoy xkcd and I recall this comic:

Remembering this comic I come to the the obvious conclusion: I am an adult! I live on my own! I can do whatever I want and by God I should totally get rid of my bed-frame and put my mattress on the floor just like I'd prefer.

However, my bed-frame is too big and too difficult to fit through the doorway to actually be thrown out of my apartment. This means that due to a stupid chance of events (ie the person before me just happening to purchase this particular bed-frame which is difficult to move) I can't live out my childhood dream of just having a mattress on the floor. At least not quite yet. . .

Damn you universe! *Shakes fist*


So old project done... the new one is gonna be done in layers, lots of layers. The one above is a test I'm doing with an old image that i've painted over in oil (it's only like 2 layers in, so consider it to be a serious WIP). I have 3 small wood panels in the works, I photographed them, but they're only 4 layers in, so I'll show you what they look like when they're farther along I think. Here' one with 2 layers on.


Drew this in Art and New Tech.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Creepy Contemporary Artist is creepy. (Yokomizo Shizuka)

but her photos are pretty
p.s. the guy in the boxers looks like liev schreiber

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Ira Glass' good advice

I just remembered this awesome clip of Ira Glass giving a kind of universal pep talk to anyone frustrated with their artistic practice. I found it very motivating back in first year. He talks about the importance of productivity and deadlines for people doing creative work.

So I guess that's kinda what I'm trying to do with this blog. Though it's mostly links right now, I kind of want it to turn into a collective creative instigator. A place to motivate us to produce material no matter how good or bad and share it with the group. A place where inactivity *coughcourtneycough* doesn't go unnoticed and we keep each other on our toes.

Just a thought. This will be whatever it turns into and that's cool too. Am I still making sense? I guess it's bed time...

sarah xoxo

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


I enjoy the self referencing use of media in these sculpture works by Kelly Mark.

Also, this blog in general makes me kinda wish I had taken more sculpture studios.

sarah xoxo

Monday, October 4, 2010

Songs from the Second Floor

It's this dark Swedish film, by Roy Andersson, that we screened in my drawing studio this morning (we were drawing blind contours of the entire movie). It's appropriately labeled as a "film poem" and "tragicomedy" by Wikipedia. The pacing is quite slow but it's well worth it I think. I found myself forgetting to draw as I became mesmerized by the lonely, weirdly funny beauty of it.

Don't watch this on a first date.

sarah xoxo

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Prophetic dreams

Oh Hai interwebs.
Haven't posted anything in awhile so heres a work in progress shot of my (now finished) painting. Must admit I was a little more than upset (and cranky) when I found out that we were not having a crit at all.

Untitled Patternscape

My first finished painting of the semester. I need to come up with better titles..

sarah xoxo

dilly dali

i went to a moustache and sunglasses party last nite with facial hair that would maybe make dali proud then comment on how he dreamt up the whole party and that this isn't even reality because you can't silmultaneously exist in two states of consciousness, who cares, smoke cigarettes.  wow is that a melting clock overthere?


that party was one of the highlights of a rather hilarious day.
i am working on tons of stuff right now for an art show that my aunt is hosting on october 15th in elmvale, ontario (not elmvale by ottawa, elmvale by springwater twsp)  it's good except i need to start paying more attention to my actual studio classes.  i started a really huge drawing today for monday morns' studio, tho.


it's a baby blueprint right now.

i should probably go to the studio, but my glass isn't empty yet.