Archive for November, 2011

Visual Poetry III: Reuben Margolin

Commentary on YouTube: Reuben Margolin, a Bay Area visionary and longtime maker, creates totally singular techno-kinetic wave sculptures. Using everything from wood to cardboard to found and salvaged objects, Reuben’s artwork is diverse, with sculptures ranging from tiny to looming, motorized to hand-cranked. Focusing on natural elements like a discrete water droplet or a powerful ocean eddy, his work is elegant and hypnotic. Also, learn how ocean waves can power our future. Learn more about Reuben at

Visual Poetry II: Holton Rower

Directing, Cinematography, Editing – Dave Kaufman

Paintings – Holton Rower

Visual Poetry: Murmuration

A murmuration of starlings:

Redefining Doodling? Really?

Sunni Brown is young, she’s smart, she’s charming—and she’s being featured on TED talks (Technology, Entertainment, Design). TED speakers are notorious for the contributions that they bring to creative problem-solving and technological innovation.

Brown’s presentation, “Doodlers Unite!” begins with some historical context, which points to the negative connotations associated with the word “doodle” in the past. She then highlights how doodling at the workplace has been viewed as an entirely inappropriate activity up to this day. Brown states,

“I think that our culture is so intensely focused on verbal information that we’re almost blinded to the value of doodling.”

To subvert traditional notions of doodling, Brown proposes a new definition: “To make spontaneous marks to help yourself think.” But are the marks that one makes when doodling really spontaneous, when an end goal for the doodle has been predetermined? Continue reading ‘Redefining Doodling? Really?’

Diario de Oaxaca by Peter Kuper

Now that I’ve signed up as a participant in the Sketchbook Project, I’ve managed to devise a clever distraction from actually sketching regularly, in the form of conducting “research” into the sketchbooks of other artists. It’s led to the realization that there is an important body of sketchbooks that have been reproduced and made commercially available by various publishers, documenting comic artists’ process in addition to finished works. Without exception, the most striking feature of all of these’ sketchbooks is the breadth of representation that these creators are capable of depicting; their artistry extends far beyond the medium of cartooning. Here is the first in a series of posts that I plan on writing on cartoonists’ published sketchbooks.

Diario de Oaxaca by Peter Kuper (PM Press, 2009)

Kuper’s “sketchbook journal of two years in Mexico” was an especially timely read for me, since when Kuper was in Oaxaca, teachers in the city were in the midst of an ongoing strike. Teachers in BC have spent the last eight months at the bargaining table, and they are engaged in a limited job action—with no signs of reaching an agreement any time soon. Though the BCTF’s circumstances are arguably very different, in these interesting times one cannot help to draw comparisons between the attitudes of Big Government worldwide and public servants’ demands for greater work equity. Continue reading ‘Diario de Oaxaca by Peter Kuper’

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