Friday, May 8, 2009

BMW Kinetic Sculpture

My teacher just showed me this video this morning and I thought it was amazing. It is a good example of how designers can create fine art as well as commercial art. 

This is a kinetic sculpture located at the BMW museum.

Kelsey Brooks

Kelsey Brookes was born in 1978. A formally trained scientist who spent years tracking viruses for the U.S. government, he now lives and works in San Diego as a painter. His art can be found broadly throughout the US and Europe and is represented internationally by the Lazarides gallery (London).

Kelsey's figurative paintings draw influence from Hindu and Buddhist deities, exotic animals and sex, as well as rustic American quilts. Each figure id adorned with ghostly representations of the natural world... animals and plants that unfold from the body into the surrounding canvas. His chimeras are frozen with animalistic intensity in explosive and sometimes tortured positions. Kelsey blames the raw, anxious form of art on the U.S. University system which refuses to teach its scientists how to draw.

Yang Yongliang

Here is a chinese artist who studied graphic design but now does fine art pieces concerning the cultural lose that has begun recently in china, specifically in his area.

This is his series entitled the Phantom Landscape Series. They are a series of prints that resemble traditional chinese landscape scrolls however they are composed of photographs of buildings and construction from Shanghai, China.

This is a good example of commercial and fine art working hand in hand.

Visual Advocacy: a blog for design activism

Here is a link to my visual advocacy class that inspired a lot of my projects this semester. There is a lot of interesting ideas and discussions on this blog. Feel free to join and contribute to my blog as well as this. It is open to all individuals who want to spread an idea or just find some interesting articles.

here is a link as well as a screen shot.

Ideation Artist Forum

Recently I have been working on an idea for an artist forum that is similar to that of only with more focus on the image and collaboration in a web-flash based medium. The result was Right now it is only a prototype but my hopes are to get this up and running soon after my graduation, when I'll have a little more time to work on all of the action-script fine tuning. It carries generally the same message that this blog is after however it is more of an amatuer and professional design gallery and forum for collaboration. 

I will let you know when the site is fully functional. For now here are some screen shots.


Thursday, May 7, 2009


Welcome to the first official blog for the creative thinking campaign. Below there are photographs and text informing you of our mission. To unite all creative individuals one person at a time as well as provide a forum to spread your message and promote the arts. If you would like to contribute to our cause please subscribe to this blog and become and active participant.

our fearless leader, 

Justin Schulte

Manifesto Content

a public manifesto by Justin Schulte for every creative individual

All to often these days I hear the question 'what is art?' And more importantly 'what isn't art?' I understand that part of the artist's persona is a keen eye and a cynical mind, but I will never understand this rivalry that exists between artist's and their respective disciplines, especially when it comes to the war that has been going on for years between the commercial and the fine arts. Why is this? Can't we just accept that we all have a different idea of what 'art' is and try to learn from each other rather than separate ourselves. We should all work together for the simple goal of improving visual communication as well as feeding our desire to create.

Painters working with designers, sculptors with animators, commercial and fine artists working hand in hand to produce something better than if it were to be done by just one person, because the only way that we can strive to establish ourselves again as necessary is  by working together and changing that perception of what art is. Putting an end to the blind pride and  pretentiousness that is all to present in the visual community today, and instead leave your mind open to all possibilities. 

And after all is said and done we are not that different. Composition, color, texture, form, space, and more importantly concept, are all things that the commercial and fine artist deal with on a daily basis. I would argue that the only difference is the perception that ones has about what 'art' truly is.

So let us end this interdisciplinary  feud and join minds across campus and across the world. No longer will we be labeled as painter, or designer, but instead as a creative thinker united as the minds that shape visual culture. Renaissance men (and women) of sorts, disciplined in all media, or at least studying or collaborating with others from a media outside your own for the collective goal of improving visual culture and the world around us.