Book Review: The Rudy Letters

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the_rudy_lettersRudy Schumann is a oddly-mannered American who lets his thoughts be known. Uninhibited with his prose, he takes to writing letters to a variety of companies and entities detailing bits of his personal life and making strange requests. At times, mistaken in his understanding and other times perverse and absurd. All the letters were actually mailed and the recipients replies are included. Delightful, witty and funny, The Rudy Letters take you on one mans’ trek to connect with the world. A great read!

Ezra Li Eismont at Redux Gallery

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photo 2Ezra Li Eismont : How High The Sky, Measuring The Infinite

June 13 – August 2, 2014

A great show from Oakland, CA. based artist Ezra Li Eismont. His current show at Redux is the result of a residency with Saint Vincent De Paul’s Redux Gallery. SVDP offers artists salvaged materials in order to produce a show that is relative to their goal of recycling and re-purposing items.

Ezra has a long history with recycled materials, in the past he was part owner of Re-Made in America- a recycled clothing company that silkscreened and redefined second hand clothing. In addition his earlier artworks contained many collaged recycled/ found objects. He is a master of combining and redefining objects through collage and sewing them together with his creative savoir faire which includes his love of mathematical alchemy and eastern spiritual symbolism.
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The Redux show is comprised of one central piece that works as a large mural made up of individual pieces and then a few satellite works. His work is well focused and brilliantly executed. The influences and variety of imagery is anchored by his imitable painting and beautiful drawing  style which is the hallmark of his work. He  borrows much from his graffiti roots yet transcends into art that is uniquely his own. Some included pieces are interactive Geo Manadalas that have magnets on the individual pieces so the viewer can rearrange the art work. More of Ezra Li Eismont’s work can be found at Ezrali.com

This is a great show and well worth the trip to Alameda!

The exhibit will remain in place through Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Redux Studios and Gallery is located at 2315 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda and is open Monday through Sunday, 11:00 am to 6:30 pm.

Review: Art Hazelwood and William Wolf @ ArtZone 461 Gallery

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Steven Lopez and Eric Koehler at ArtZone 461 Gallery : Art Hazelwood and William Wolf Print show
Gallery Director Steven Lopez and Eric Koehler at ArtZone 461 Gallery : Art Hazelwood and William Wolf print show 2014

San Francisco, CA. – Up now at ArtZone 461 Gallery March 1 – April 6, 2014 is a two man show of printmakers Art Hazelwood and William Wolf. This show is produced in conjunction with the SGC International 42nd Annual Conference in San Francisco. ArtZone is the host gallery. Both Artists have incredible artistic vision and technical mastery to match. This is a posthumous show for Wolf who passed away in 2004. Wolf was one part of the early bay area figurative movement. Hazelwood worked with Wolf over the last years of his life as archivist and friend.  Wolf’s works on display are truly poetic. Many are a collage of body parts disjointed and visually bound by their eloquent composition. Subdued colors along with exquisite print textures exude a harmony which runs through all of his work. His modus operandi included repeatedly re-working plates so that there was an unending evolution, resulting in one plate having many different print incarnations. In contrast Hazelwood’s prints of political inspired themes, with rich black ink and melodious line quality, speak volumes of his interest in bell ringing the injustices of America. His figures are beautifully drawn, and orchestrated into scenes which touch upon the political pain points with a style that is reminiscent of satirical cartoons. There is much theater in Hazelwood’s work and his vision and characters come to life on the paper. This is a unique opportunity to see two masterful printmakers side by side. I recommend you take the time to go by and experience the work for yourself. The show is up thru April 6 at ArtZone 46 Gallery. Located at 461 Valenica St. San Francisco, CA.

1 minute of video is worth 1.8 million words: Misinformation or Hyperbole?

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Screen shot 2013-12-22 at 12.59.25 AMThe other day I sat in on a marketing Webcast and the presenter made the statement “1 minute of video is worth 1.8 million words.” He attributed this to no one. When I heard it I thought, “Woa- that is an interesting stat.” So I googled it, and indeed I found the quote all over the web and many people attributed it to Dr. James McQuivery of Forrester Research. I searched further because I wanted to find the white paper or report in which this statement first appeared. Alas I couldn’t find it. Nonetheless I tweeted it out. Shortly after a friend tweeted back on it and said “@gpbprince Wow, amazing! Do you have a link for that?” But I didn’t.

This statement had been quoted hundreds of times (maybe more), included in countless Powerpoints, a bullet point in gobs of marketing materials, used in ads, regurgitated by marketing pros who use it to back up their reasons why companies should use video to market their products…but the source is nebulous. For all the times this statement is used not a single one links back to the original statement. So I emailed Dr. James McQuivery of Forrester research and asked him to share. I am still waiting for a response (intermission music plays) and I’m still waiting.

I actually don’t like be part of the misinformation feed and when backing up my marketing, I do my best to use reliable resources. On my drive into SF this morning an annoying thought came to me. How could Dr. Quigley measure video in such a manner as to determine that 1 minute of video is worth 18 million words. What was his formula? Then it came to me. Duh!

It IS a formula. 1.8 million, 18 is divisible by 6 and 3. There are 60 seconds in a minute and a standard frames per second for video is 30. There is no research, there is no white paper, there is nothing. This statement is just an extrapolation of the statement ” A picture is worth a 1000 words.”

1 second = 1 picture in video media, 30 frames per second x 60 = 1,800 pictures x 1000 words = 1.8 million words

So the statement, often quoted, should be prefaced by the statement “If 1 picture is worth 1000 words, than …”

Even that statement is a made up stat that has been peddled since as far back as 1911. “Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.” appears in a 1911 newspaper article quoting newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane discussing journalism and publicity - Wikipedia

This statement had been used over and over to describe the strength of pictorials in marketing/publicity and advertising. Is it scientific – no! Does it sound believable? Apparently so, because since 1911 that message has been hammered into marketing statements and the public consciousness.  We could make the argument that a picture (and symbols) relay ideas very strongly and indeed in a more concise manner than the written word. Why have a road sign that say “Drive slowly there are school kids crossing the street frequently at this intersection.” When we can post a silhouette of small stick figures and the word “school.”

So in a process of truth in advertising it is better to say “If a picture is worth a 1000 words, than 1 minute of video is worth 1.8 million words.”

This statement is clear and honest and most certainly makes the argument more believable than willy nilly stating that 1 minute of video equals 1.8 million words.

Of course if you are shooting at 60 frames per second and in HD, than one minute of video must be worth a heck of a lot more than 1.8 million words.

 

 

 

Art Review: Rocky Angel at 2520 Telegraph

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Oakland, CA. This month’s Art Murmur was a bit dampened by the rain and cold. Folks here in the SF Bay Area are spoiled by generally great weather year round, so rain and cold can be off-putting. Nonetheless, I braved the elements and made my way down to see Rocky Angel’s latest work at 2520 Telegraph… and I was glad I did!

I met Rocky years ago when I first opened INFERNO gallery, he came to all the shows and he was a ardent fan my own art work. We also share an interest in the world of conspiracy and unexplained phenomenon. After seeing his work, I liked it so much I asked him to join with me for a two man show at INFERNO. So when he recently told me he had new work, I was eager to get out and see it.

Rocky’s paintings are visual answers to the great mysteries of the universe. His show at 2520 Telegraph is a continuation of his artistic research resulting in an eye-popping explosion of religion, UFOs and sexuality. The latest works show a refinement in his technique without losing his imitable style and freshness. “Space Bottle” is a wonderful painting that eloquently translates a sky of stars into a quasi-pointillist field embellished with a stylized milky way, and faraway  galaxies. The centerpiece of this painting is a multi-appendaged spaceship with happy nude figures at the helm.

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Space Bottle by Rocky Angel © 2013

So much a part of Rocky’s personae is that of a nudist, which comes out gloriously in his work. Many of the figures tend to be nude, this is in parity to the idea of aliens and how they are typically nude as well. The nude figures in the Spaceship in “Space Bottle” appear perfectly natural, the same as Adam and Eve in a jungle paradise.

“Sci-Fi Seaside Smash-Up” is a beach scene of aliens and humans engaged in pleasant debauchery and manic brotherhood. The sky is filled with spaceships clashing and exploding. For all the mayhem there seems to be an underlying sense that all is well and the world is moving towards a landscape where humans and aliens are to live together.

Rocky peels away the falseness of our current social structure and declares a cosmic new world hedonistic order. Take the time to go down and see this show. It’s not to be missed. Recommended! 2520 Telegraph Oakland, CA.

reviewed by GP Barbosa Prince

Artist Rocky Angel with his painting “Sci-Fi Seaside Smash-Up”

 

Let Me Google That For You: Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions

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Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 11.11.41 PMWhen I was  kid I loved MAD magazine. One of the artist, Al Jaffee, came up with “Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions.” This was hands down one of my favorite bits. Jaffee’s great drawings were paired with several choices of answers to stupid questions. The quips blended with his unique style of drawing was pure genius. When you work in an office environment you become accustomed to the pervasive culture of “information need” and along with that comes a lot of stupid questions.

What is a stupid question? Well, it is anything that can be easily answered by doing a quick search on Google, looking in your email, or reviewing information that has been previously provided to you. Basically it a question birthed from laziness. As an event manager I can’t enumerate the amount of times I have been asked the dates and details of an event by my colleagues. Honestly, some folks ask for all the information that could easily be acquired if they would just go directly to the show web site. The amount time they take connecting with me and asking the question is longer, and takes more energy, than it would take for them to look it up for themselves.

So here is one quick way to provide a snappy answer to a stupid question, while also sending the message that in the future the questioner can take initiative and answer their own question. When approached with a stupid question simply go to:

www.Letmegooglethatforyou.com

Type in the pertinent search criteria and then click  “Search Google.” You will then be provided with a URL that you can send to the questioner as your “Snappy Answer.” You can formulate your response like so ( I also provided a URL for you to test):

_________

Hi

Here is the answer to your question about stupid questions : http://lmgtfy.com/?q=Stupid+questions

Have a great day!
Gary-Paul

__________

Once they click on the URL it takes the user to a page that shows their question being typed into a Google like interface, searched and results appear. It is a wonderful site and I use it all the time – needless to say I have received a lot fewer stupid questions and time wasting queries.

 

Book Review: Rise of the DEO

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Rise of the DEO bookI consider myself lucky that I have worked in the area of creative how-to publishing for so long and that my job is actually an education and skill building endeavor. I am basically paid to learn and stay on top of technology trends – there is one other plus, and that is working and getting to know the brilliant minds who are our authors. Maria Giudice is a fountain head of creative savvy. From the early days of the web she has been a leader in creating design that enhances and extends user experience and heightened visual continuity. She has spoken at conferences the world over and co-teaches a Business and Design course at the California College of the Arts with co-author Christopher Ireland. After running HOT Studio, hands down the most successful design studio in San Francisco, Facebook recently purchased HOT in order to bring in Maria as Director of Product Design.

In Rise of the DEO Maria and Christopher recognize the function of the Artists’ role operating at the highest level in the corporate structure. In the new paradigm the MBA left brain approach which dominated the 20th century corporate structure has given way to the DEO. Design and data are paired with intuition and savoir-faire that understands evolving media.
Well written and structured to real-world application. Maria and Christopher share practical knowledge that is helpful to all levels of leadership. I recommend you get a copy for everyone in your organization. This book is destined to be a classic!

Rise of the DEO
ISBN-13: 978-0-321-93439-0
Published by New Riders

Fine Art: Sell it but never do this!

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photoThis post is for the young uninitiated artist. Don’t ever (ever) place a sign on your art that says: Clearance.

This is tantamount to placing a sign that says: Garbage.

Admittedly the panels in this picture, with what seems to be acrylic paint smeared on them, can be debated as to whether they are Art or garbage.

Nonetheless the purveyor was posing as an artist so we can guesstimate that the panels are presented as art.

That’s your lesson for today.

In the Creative Cloud: Adobe MAX 2013

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Last week I went to Adobe MAX 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. I have been attending this show since it was run by Macromedia and called the UCON – Adobe inherited MAX which was primarily a developer show with a smattering of content for designers. Four years ago the decision was made focus more on designers. Fast forward to 2013 – Adobe launches The Creativity Conference.

For my part Adobe has always been about creativity and although developers dream up and create the tools that fuel the creative world, it is designers who take those tools and model a new reality. This was hands down the most exciting MAX to date. The keynotes were spectacular and the session schedule was incredible.

The Keynote on Tuesday morning was comprised of four presentations: graphic designer and illustrator (Pentagram) Paula Scher, multimedia artist Phil Hansen, photographer Erik Johansson,  and designer writer Rob Legato. I encourage you to visit their sites. Each of them gave inspiring talks about their work and how Adobe’s drive to make creative tools helps them realize their artwork. My favorite was Phil Hansen who is so talented and a driver of the “think in the box” mentality. His work is true genius – he has made paintings from regurgitated food, hamburger grease, candles and utilized application methods from spitting to karate chops instead of brushes. He also discussed a new collaborative work of capturing stories into art. He basically will take your call listen to your story and use the text to make his work. Here is the link to the kickstartr campaign which includes his phone number so you can actually be a part of the process.

A large majority of the sessions filled up rather quickly. If you go next year make sure you get your badge early and sign up for sessions immediately, as they fill up and Adobe keeps a tight lid on classes. So now standing room opportunities, once a class is full you don’t get in. Most all of the Premiere and After Effects session were full as well the publishing on the iPad sessions. Here is a list of sessions so you can know what to expect next year if you decide to come.

Adobe’s big announcement that seemed to irritate some, perplex a few and made all the sense in the world to everyone else, was the new rev of Creative Suite that is now called Creative Cloud.  As you could guess Creative Cloud is subscription based. Access to Creative Cloud runs from $19.99 to $49.99

I have heard some gnashing of teeth but in all honesty when you see it all laid out and understand the brilliance of having access to all the CC tools, you will find that Adobe has given digital artists what they always wanted – endless room to create whatever their mind and heart desires. This will also stick a pin in those who pirate software so if you are one of them just know now the free ride is over. My word of advice is honesty is the best policy. I heard there are some folks who want to petition Adobe to change their minds about CC. There will always be detractors and they have their reasons but progress moves quickly and it doesn’t go backwards.

MAX is a great place to connect with like minded people as well as make new friends. I recommend designers and digital artists look to MAX as the go to conference for inspiration, learning new tools, and getting the inside track on where digital technology is headed. I’ll see you there next year!