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Art and Electioneering: A Short History of Campaign Posters

In the United States, art and politics have long been uneasy bedfellows. This has largely been true since  the onset of the Cold War, which effectively silenced many artists who had been weaned on the radical, leftist ideologies that had prevailed among the American avant-garde during the Twenties and Thirties.

Today, the trend has reversed itself somewhat.  On the whole, however, art remains more an instrument of personal expression (or simply “art for art’s sake”) than a means for making big political statements.

But even if artists try to stay away from politics, politics is by no means devoid of art. One can see this every election year, when Americans are inundated with paraphernalia from various political campaigns: posters, flyers, buttons bumper stickers, etc. Among these, posters tend to be the most interesting and the most likely to yield iconic cultural images.

So, in honor of election day 2014, let’s take look back at the history of the too-often neglected art of the campaign poster.

The first American president to use campaign posters to great effect was John Quincy Adams, who won the hotly contested election of 1824. They began to take on more interesting forms, however, during the presidential election of 1840, which saw the coming out party of Whig Party candidate and Indian Wars veteran William Henry Harrison.

Running under the slogan “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too”, Harrison styled himself as a bona fide Continue reading Art and Electioneering: A Short History of Campaign Posters

Kimble Bromley’s Art of Hypnosis

Picasso famously said that “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Kimble Bromley believes he has found one potential solution: hypnosis.

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Last Saturday, Bromley, whose series Moby Dick is currently on display at the Washington Pavilion, conducted a hypnosis workshop intended to unleash the inner child-artist of all those in attendance, including this writer.

Each participant was asked to Continue reading Kimble Bromley’s Art of Hypnosis

Celebrate Halloween: Francisco Goya and Cindy Sherman Style

Halloween is once again upon us, and, while art is not usually thought of as a great source thrills and chills, there have been plenty artists whose work channels the spirit of the holiday.

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One is the Spanish painter and print-maker Francisco Goya, who emerged as part of the early 19th century Romantic movement. Like his contemporary Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) Goya proved Continue reading Celebrate Halloween: Francisco Goya and Cindy Sherman Style

An Ear to the Ground #15

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Gulu Real Art Studio: Found Photograph book by Martina Bacigalupo Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #15

Around and About – Photographing Artwork

Are you discouraged from entering your work into exhibitions and ignore calls for artists because you don’t have quality images of your work? Are you thinking about getting prints of your painting? Do you need a website, but lack ambition because you lack outstanding photographs?camera-artist-taking-photograph-sioux-fallsIt can be an expensive process to have someone else do this for you. I work in a printshop where I’ve photographed and scanned art. In order to get the best looking photo of your work, take the class at Exposure Gallery & Studios and learn from a professional!

This Sunday afternoon from Continue reading Around and About – Photographing Artwork

LAURA JEWELL – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

LAURA-JEWELL-FEATUREDWhat does home mean? Is it where you were raised? Where you are now? Even if you’ve never left, there is that special gut feeling that just tells you… you are here. You are home. The sanctity of that word blankets many attachments to the notion. That creaky second stair on your family’s porch, the soft nape of your mother’s neck, the warm smell of the wood burning tool you were given as a child. Anything can be home, if it is home to you. Laura Jewell recognizes the importance of knowing your home, and understanding your roots.

 Laura is the kind of person that makes you want to close your eyes and smile. She has a captivating, almost magical quality to her that is effortlessly translated into her artwork. Her most recent series, Rural Superstitions and Astrology, focuses on different lessons she has taken from Old Farmer’s Almanacs. In approaching these lessons, Jewell has had the opportunity to reconnect to her roots as a country girl from rural Kansas, and find re-purpose in the activities of her youth. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to hear her words, and am happy to share them with you. Please read on, and reflect on the lessons that you’ve learned, and the home that you hold dear.  -Amy

What is the path that has led you to where you are today?

I’ve been interested in art since I can remember. I grew up in the country, in Kansas, and my first art set was a wood burning tool, which I thought was the coolest. I did 4H and did the arts and crafts, did that in high school. Then when I went to college I tried some different things, like Agriculture Business. I just wasn’t into the math part of things, so I started taking art classes and went from there. I moved up here and finished school at USD,  and just kept going I guess.

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Were you attending school in Kansas before USD? What was your major?

Yes, I have a BFA in printmaking.

Did you have mentors, or anyone that helped you through the schooling process?

I had a lot of really fantastic professors. I took a couple of classes from Continue reading LAURA JEWELL – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

An Ear to the Ground #14

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Giving Kids LSD Since 1980: Carsten Holler’s Shroom Room

Carsten Holler is back with another life reversing installation at the Gagosian Gallery booth at Frieze in London. I wish I could attend this one. I am always attracted to large exhibits that separate viewers from reality.

Ant Man Strength:  Shanghai’s Migrant Workers

“Shanghai’s migrant workers are the foundation of Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #14

An Ear to the Ground #13

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Article in the New York Times about appreciating art and giving the work the time it needs to truly make an impact on yourself.

The Best way to take in art: Breathe in and slow down

“When you go to the library,” said James O. Pawelski,  Director of Education for the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, “you don’t walk along the shelves looking at the spines of the books and on your way out tweet to your Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #13

David Lethcoe: An Inspired Interview

 

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I once had a tae kwon do coach tell me that when you’re out there on the mat, you want your performance to inspire people. Your performance should look effortless, but high energy. It should be fun, so that people think, “I want to do that, I want to start practicing tae kwon do.” David Lethcoe does this with his sculptures; his creations are fun and carry a lot of energy and he makes me want to create. But Dave isn’t performing or just acting inspired. He knows how to stay inspired; you have to keep learning different things. When you keep learning you don’t have to think out every step–your subconscious can work out the problems that your mind creates. You just need to keep it simple.
Some people intuitively know how simple the world can be. That doesn’t mean they’re simple people. With Dave, it’s just the opposite. He has theory, art history, and new art movements all rolling through his head, fighting for his attention, when deep down he knows that just looking at the sky will suffice. It takes courage to admit that your subconscious can solve problems better than your ego can. Dave’s approach to life is romantic. I am a romantic—that’s probably why I became an artist. I like the idea of working in your studio, having your whole day to just clear your mind and cut materials. To me, when Dave tells us about a day in his studio, it is inspiring and encouraging. Keep things simple. Learn so your mind can stay fresh, and every now and then, look up at the sky. ~Jess 

JAM: What is the path that has led you to where you are today?

Dave: I’ve always wanted to be an artist since I was young. I drew all the time and played outside. I didn’t have any artists in the family, but my older brother drew as well. I always thought he was good, and I wanted to be as good as him. After a while, he got to point where he didn’t draw any more and I kept doing it. When you’re in elementary school, art kind of makes you the cool kid because everyone wants to see what you’re doing. I would compete with another kid in the class by trying to outdraw him. We were Continue reading David Lethcoe: An Inspired Interview

Heading off to College? Or wish you were?

Hi everyone! I’m going to keep this really, really short because I have too much to do to write much this week, but I wanted all of you to know about the internship that we’re offering. If you know of anyone that would be interested in this blogging internship please pass it on. -Jess
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Join our start-up team of creatives by becoming an intern at JAM Art & Supplies. JAM Art & Supplies is a nonprofit by artists for artists aspiring to open a new and used art supply store in 2015. Currently JAM gathers art supplies for other nonprofits with art programs. We use the JAM blog to locally interview artists, to promote, and review local art happenings. Help us focus on opening our doors by becoming an intern blogger.

Blogging has becoming a must-do aspect for any artist or creative business. Come experience how our team works together maintaining a website for the community. We will help foster your ideas and get you started with your blogging career.

Applications due September 30, 2014

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