New Season, New Semester, New Inspiration

I’m glad September is finally here. This is by far my favorite month of the year. The weather is perfect and the city is getting back to it’s usual  energetic pace. The classes I teach at Parsons and NYU have begun and my students are fantastic. Lots of talent and creative ambition in each group so I’m looking forward to a fun and productive fall semester. Massimo Vignelli spoke tonight at the New School and I was sorry to have missed it. This month is packed though with other inspirational events – here’s a few that I’d love to attend … (anyone interested in an art date?)

De Nijl Architecten, Karel Martens /

Karel Martens

Wednesday September 7th 2011, 6:30 – 8:30pm / Tishman Auditorium / 66 West 12th Street

In a special visit by one of the world’s most influential and beloved graphic designers and design teachers, Karel Martens will headline AIGA/NY’s fall season. Martens has been practicing for fifty years and continues to create forward-looking and technologically ground-breaking work that is comfortable in the current moment but not consumed by it. He is a highly influential book designer but considers himself more broadly a “designer of the printed word.” But he’s really a designer of language, even abstract and photographic language. His work extends with equal innovation and clarity of communication across almost all imaginable media, from coins and postage stamps to monoprints to ASCII art to experimental video to electric signs to textiles to building facades. Martens himself says simply that his work should “respect the receiver of the message” and be “answerable.” Honesty and economy of language and material are crucial values in his work, but so are rhythm, color, and “delight.” Martens has described form as content’s “melody.” Robin Kinross says Martens’s work “is not wrapped up, as a closed and sealed thing. Rather, there is openness, textures that you can feel with your hands.” Paul Elliman has pointed out Martens’s love for “working or thinking in the language of the things around him” and says his work invites recipients to feel “how we ourselves, our ideas and perceptions, are formed by what happens around us.”

Global Issues of Design & Visuality in the 21st Century

September 13, 2011 6:00 p.m. / Tishman Auditorium / 66 West 12th Street

Presented by Susan Yelavich of the School of Art and Design History and Theory, Global Issues is both a course and a lecture series that is open to the community. It is designed to identify the broad issues that are shaping design and art—and in turn, culture—in the early 21st century. Beginning with an introduction to cultural theory, Global Issues looks at the ways design and art mirror, critique, and change contemporary culture. Guest speakers—drawn from the fields of art, architecture, and fashion, product, and communication design, as well as philosophy, anthropology, and design history—examine the concept of culture and its dynamics in light of the radical changes brought about by globalization. Collectively they demonstrate the unique potential of designers and artists to serve as both mediators and critics of culture through their studio practices.

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Dana McClure is a Brooklyn-based visual artist & designer working across a variety of disciplines including printmaking, collage, painting, graphic design, & time-based media. This archive is a shared collection of inspiration, work-in-process, & studio updates. { studio site }


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