I’m working on my upcoming art show (Sept 4, 2014 at the Manning Centre in Calgary).
It’s been a challenge to conceptualize something that can be called “art” as opposed to mere design.
I was inspired by an exhibition in Charleston, SC featuring an artist-designer: Shepard Fairey (of Obama hope poster fame). He does a great job using icons and decorative art elements to get his ideas across:
I don’t share Fairey’s politics, however.
A book on Art Deco in the gallery library got me thinking: what if rather than criticizing our Oil Age, art celebrated it – like it does for electrification in the bas-relief below?
Call-outs are a good principle of visual design. This article shows how minimalism works better. I love that people take the time to look into this.
It’s not every day you get to design your own wedding invite. My best “man” – the wonderful and design-conscious Falice Chin – referred to it in her speech at the reception (I paraphrase):
“I knew that Olivier was a changed man after meeting Sarah (the bride), because there were birds on his wedding invitation and it didn’t include Helvetica – he even went so far as to use a serif font!”
Other than pleasing my fiancé, I also wanted to refer to the upcoming arrival of our child. However, we had to send the invites during the first trimester, before we wanted to announce. Therefore, I created a second version to send post-announcement.
Here I am around age 10, entering the Canada Day poster contest. Without being too hard on my younger self, I can’t help but wince at my banal concept: a row of Canadian archetypes (see the coloured lumber jack, as well as an astronaut — Marc Garneau was a big deal — and I’m sure there was an Inuit guy too) with a giant maple leaf backdrop. It may have presaged my love of Soviet poster art:
Another project I did for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). I had to experiment to get the right look for the moving highway – opting for a simple green field over a row of trees. Also notice the slight texture on the signs and the whooshing sound effects.