Tag Archives: Fine Arts

SUCCESSFUL ROMANCE NOVEL COVER ILLUSTRATOR’S LIFE AFTER THE DEATH OF THE ROMANCE NOVEL COVER

For more than 20 years, Leslie Peck, Illustration ’87, painted the covers of romance novels, bodice ripper and genteel love story alike. Although the contents may have been tawdry (Hue wouldn’t know), the covers were often masterful. Take a look at some of those covers in Hue’s summer issue.

But they didn’t come cheap, and, as publishing houses looked to cut their spending, these lush paintings went by the wayside. Peck, looking for a new career, turned to painting the world around her: farm animals, still lifes, potraits. Hue thinks she gets them just right.

See more painted beauties on Leslie Peck’s website.

ALL THE SCHOOL’S A STAGE

FIT is in bloom this month — and we’re not talking boring old flowers.

Through May 23, the culminating work of 800 graduating Art and Design students is displayed all throughout the school; for example, Accessories Design and Photography in the Feldman lobby, more Photography in the library, Fine Arts in the Great Hall, Packaging and Fashion Design in the museum lobby, and, oh gosh, just take a gander at this chart.

Hue will post a few more times about the exhibition before its end; for today, here’s a sampling of stunners.

“Transience,” fantastically fluorescent shoes by Rachel Bohn, Accessories Design.

“Ode to Southern Summer,” a necklace by Daniell Hudson, Jewelry Design, made with real cicadas, just in time for the Jurassic Park rerelease this summer. Oh, and the cicada “swarmageddon.”

Spectacle in the Fine Arts exhibition hall. The green resin clutter of body parts is “Ouch,” by Dimitri Dimizas, Fine Arts, a commentary on our culture’s lust for violence.

The “Sammy” plush toy and the “Sammy Can’t Stand Her Bangs” book. Is it a response to Michelle Obama’s look at the inauguration this year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LIFE OF AN ARTIST: BOOKMAKER, EDUCATOR, ADVOCATE

On Valentine’s Day, artist Beth Thielen spoke at FIT as part of ARTSpeak’s series, “Open Book: Conversations on Art and the Book.” Instead of love letters, she brought books.

Thielen is an artist known for her beautiful and fascinating book structures, like this one:

Beth Thielen’s “The Tower,” a tiny architecture from which four books unfold.

Take that, Kindle.

She loves the primitive technology of monoprints, a printmaking technique in which each impression is unique. The imperfections make the images look antique and wise.

But the technology that truly mystifies her is the interaction of writing and consciousness. “These little scratches of black on white paper jump through 12 inches of air into my mind,” she said. (Hue finds that the scratches jump more easily through 36 inches of air; perhaps it’s time for reading glasses.)

Beth Thielen, at right, with an admiring audience.

She talked about teaching art to inmates in California prisons, and she showed both their work and hers that they inspired. The images of struggle in the face of natural and cultural disasters were often haunting, but the forms–pop-up books, a miniature house–retained a sense of play.

“There’s something about people in prison and artists that understand deeply the need for freedom,” she said.

A collection of Thielen’s art books.

Her presence in the prisons served a second purpose, perhaps just as important: watchdog. When she was teaching, a prison guard killed an inmate; she helped ensure that justice was served.

“Almost all the prison art programs in California are gone,” she said, “which means there’s a lot less transparency in the system. It troubles me.”

FINE ARTS GRADS GIVE HUE SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Calling all potential viewers of FIT’s Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition: Tomorrow (May 22) is its last day.

Hue was struck by much of the art in the Great Hall, but especially by the installations that invited the viewer inside. Take, for example, “Graveyard” by Marcel Bornstein, a concrete foundation with several plots.

Installation in FIT's Great Hall

"Graveyard" by Marcel Bornstein '12

At the entrance, Hue found a poem and a handwritten note that read, “YOU CAN WALK ON IT (PLEASE)”. Hue complied. Being inside the installation almost felt like walking through a graveyard; Bornstein captured the dark solitude of it quite viscerally.

A closeup shot of the Graveyard installation

More of "Graveyard"

Also in the show was “Vestige,” which resembled a scrapbooking desk straight outta grandma’s house. As directed, Hue sat in the chair, opened the drawers, and flipped through the books.

An artwork in FIT's A&D exhibition

"Vestige" by Cassandra Holden, Fine Arts '12

The drawers were filled with (surprise!) hair. The books contained shapes and textures that felt resonant, even if Hue wasn’t sure what they meant.

Hue definitely appreciates art more from the inside.