Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Blog Personality: Alex

Oh, hey! I'm Alex and I too will be contributing to this visually-focused blog. I'm a junior at Tufts in Somerville, MA, majoring in Art History with a minor in Studio Art. You can probably expect some commentary on the Experimental Drawing and Portrait Painting classes I'm taking, since we're doing some really interesting stuff! I'm also taking a class on medieval Armenian art, a topic not too many people know about or study, but it's a really cool blend of Classical, Persian, and Christian influences. Plus, being a great admirer of Japanese culture, I'm taking a seminar on Ukiyo ("The Floating World") and we are looking at everything from literature to prints to fashion to erotica. Good times! And Learning!

I am mostly into art from 1800s and on. I love anything that's expressive and textured and encompassing and slightly dark or fantastic. I've been getting more into installation and mixed-media artists recently, with help from the internet and museums like the ICA. Incidentally, visiting museums is one of my favourite activities, and I'm hoping writing about my experiences will encourage me to go as much as I'd like to.

Other stuff I'm into/likely to talk about: German art (I'll be in Germany next semester so you'll hear tons about it then), performance and video, cinematography, Surrealism, Da Da, Dutch art, collage, graphic design, outsider art, light art, and animation.

I'm also really interested in comic book art, from standard Marvel and DC to the experimental and independent. Lately I've been reading Scott Pilgrim, the Flight anthology, and New Exiles, which all have very different styles. Comic art has influenced my own drawing style a lot and I love exploring its connections to and influences drawn from other mediums and genres.

I'm looking forward to exploring the boundaries of "visual culture" (if any) and incorporating all I'm learning and seeing into one ongoing discussion.

Anyway I guess that's me. Sorry to be long-winded but if you wanted to you could have just skipped the text and looked at the pictures.

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