Organic Symmetry in a Cross-App Illustration

As I prepare to make some sugar skulls this year, I thought it would be fun to start with a primer. I found this tutorial and couldn’t resist. I approached this piece a little differently than did the author of the tutorial—a professional illustrator. I don’t think there’s any right or wrong way to execute this … Continue reading

Art & Advertising: Portland’s Loyalty to a Chop Suey Sign

Hung Far Low

The American Advertising Museum once took up a storefront in Old Town. Its kitschy collection included Bob’s Big Boy, Buster Brown, Mr. Peanut, and the Jantzen Diving Girl in her red tank suit. I visited in 1999, five years before it was shuttered, and I became infatuated with its collection of Volkswagen magazine ads with … Continue reading

Dada, Found-Object Art, and Altered Books

I wanted to make a sculpture out of a urinal so art students could write papers about me ninety-five years from now, but Marcel Duchamp beat me to it. As an undergrad I thought he was brilliant. Now I feel, by turns, duped and in on the joke. The Dada art movement was NOT an … Continue reading