Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Auction item at Mattson Family Benefit

The top image is the piece framed, 8 x 12 inches. The two images underneath are the details. I like it with the Pink and Blue upright; however, you could switch if that is your preference. It is a screen-print I made based on a painting of mine. Its title is Surface Chatterinas.

Mattson Family Art Benefit: June 26

Poster art by Julie Goldstein, designed by Mark Tesi

Featuring artists:

Alberto Cuadros : Andrew Paynter : Andy Davis : Candace Anderson : Cher Pendarvis : Chivo : Ciro Bicudo : Christine Brailsford : Danny Hess : David Hanson : Droog79 : Dustin Ortiz : Ed Fladung : Frank Cubillos : Heather Brown : Jair Bortoleto : Jamie Watson : Jay Watson : Jenny McGee Dougherty : Jessica Nichols : John Zane Zappas : Jonathan Mattson : Joseph Conway : Julie Goldstein : Justin Furniss : Kassia Meador : Katrine Hildebrandt : Keiron 'Seamouse' Lewis : Kim Nguyen : Kyle Lightner : Lindsay Preston : Liz Cockrum : Luke Taaffe : Maggie Marsek : Meegan Feori : Michael Singman-Aste : Morgan Maassen : Nat Russell : Peter Jackson Hussey : Peter McBride : Ray Barbee : Renata Morrone : Rick Albano : Ryan Tatar : Serena Mitnik-Miller : Scott Massey : Scott Szegeski : Ted 'Clayfin' Gallup : Theo Hetherington : Thomas Campbell : Tiffany Campbell : Todd Stewart : Troy Dockins : Ty Williams : Yusuke Hanai

Mattson Family Art Benefit

Friday, June 26 - one night only!

4658 Mission Blvd., Pacific Beach, California

Music by the Mattson 2

 with special guest Ray Barbee!

Silent Auction 7pm - 9pm

Art to be "in hand" to winning bidder by 9:30pm

100% of the proceeds will go to the Mattson family.

$5 suggested donation at the door

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Artwork in Japan

The event will be held at club Super Deluxe in Tokyo on Thursday July 30. I sent over some super limited edition, only 5 or 6 made, screen-prints to be part of the auction. The night is set to celebrate and to educate about sharks. Here is the website www.pangeaseed.com and if you want to read an interview I had with their mascot Chum. The organizers are wonderful people and are going to let me invite A and N as "my representatives" at the event, friends of mine who live in Tokyo. Which reminds me I need to send them an email about the event.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Light Gallery in Costa Mesa: June 13

I will have a few pairs of shoes for sale at the Art of Sole 2. My apologies because I did not take photos of "my art shoes" before I sent them up to The Light Gallery. I am crossing my fingers that I make it up to the gallery for the opening. Right now I am not looking forward to more time driving or paying for gas again.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A gift I sent to France

I currently have work up at the Oxbow Store in Anglet, France. I sent this split fountain screenprint as a gift because I appreciate the opportunity to share my work. The screenprint is an adaptation of one of the paintings that is on display, see below.
The painting is on three different wood panels and is acrylic with mixed media.

Graphic Vintage Shirt

So I am wearing a vintage shirt that I embellished. It turned out quite nice, helped to make a mature shirt look younger. I will be treasure hunting through thrift stores for more shirts and make more soon. I am not sure if I will continue to model the completed shirts or not.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Regarding speculative work

The following is an email I woke up to this morning regarding my refusal to complete speculative work:


In that case, it was nice corresponding with you, but we have decided to go with another artist who had no problems creating a few sample designs in order to showcase his abilities and skills AT NO COST TO US.

A little piece of advice: Coming from a professional background, when dealing with a prospective client/employer, try being a little less stand-offish and hostile, and a little more willing and forthcoming.

Good luck with your future endeavors.


In response I sent them a pre-made AIGA letter that explains and educates how speculative work compromises the design process:

NOTE: This letter is intended to be a resource for you when preparing communication with clients who may be requesting speculative work. You should modify it based on the needs of your particular situation.

Dear [name of potential client/graphic design buyer]:
[Name of your firm] would like to work with you to produce communications materials for your organization, but we are concerned that your request for proposal includes a solicitation of design concepts to be produced on a speculative basis by the professionals you are considering.

The approach you are pursuing is one that compromises the quality of work you are entitled to and also violates a tacit, long-standing ethical standard in the communication design profession worldwide.

AIGA, the nation’s largest and oldest professional association for design, strongly discourages the practice of requesting that design work be produced and submitted on a speculative basis in order to be considered for acceptance on a project. There are two main reasons for this position:

1. To assure the client receives the most appropriate and responsive work. Successful design work results from a collaborative process between a client and the designer with the intention of developing a clear sense of the client’s objectives, competitive situation and needs. Speculative design competitions or processes result in a superficial assessment of the project at hand that is not grounded in a client’s business dynamics. Design creates value for clients as a result of the strategic approach designers take in addressing the problems or needs of the client and only at the end of that process is a “design” created. Speculative or open competitions for work based on a perfunctory problem statement will not result in the best design solution for the client.

2. Requesting work for free demonstrates a lack of respect for the designer and the design process. Requesting work for free reflects a lack of understanding and respect for the value of effective design as well as the time of the professionals who are asked to provide it. This approach, therefore, reflects on your personal practices and standards and may be harmful to the professional reputation of both you and your business. There are few professions where all possible candidates are asked to do the work first, allowing the buyer to choose which one to compensate for their efforts. (Just consider the response if you were to ask a dozen lawyers to write a brief for you, from which you would then choose which one to pay!) We realize that there are some creative professions with a different set of standards, such as advertising and architecture, for which billings are substantial and continuous after you select a firm of record. In those cases, you are not receiving the final outcome (the advertising campaign or the building) for free up front as you would be in receiving a communication design solution.

There is an appropriate way to explore the work of various designers. A more effective and ethical approach to requesting speculative work is to ask designers to submit examples of their work from previous assignments as well as a statement of how they would approach your project. You can then judge the quality of the designer’s previous work and his or her way of thinking about your business. The designer you select can then begin to work on your project by designing strategic solutions to your criteria while under contract to you, without having to
work on speculation up front.

If you would like to work with our firm in developing a process that will benefit you most and maintain the high business standards we expect of [name of soliciting company or organization], please do not hesitate to give me a call. There are many local and national designers who can provide you with solutions that will far exceed your expectations, with respect for an appropriate budget and schedule. In the end, this approach ensures a more effective, professional and profitable process for everyone involved.

Your consideration of these professional design issues is greatly appreciated.
[Member Name], AIGA

About AIGA
AIGA, the professional association for design, stimulates thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers. AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. Founded in 1914, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, and is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) educational institution. For more information on AIGA, visit www.aiga.org.


Unfortunately I am not yet an official member of AIGA. I respect their organization, have attended a few discussions and use their information as a resource. However, their fees are beyond my budget at the moment. I will be a member of the organization in the future.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Closing Art Reception for Loveswell

The information about it is here. I am tickled pink because Juxtapoz put it on their calendar. So if you are in LA on Sunday come on by.