Typeface Hell

Here’s a hot tip: DON’T USE PAPYRUS!

Since its creation in 1982 this stylized font has graced everything from nail salons to the logo for the movie Avatar.

What began as rub-off characters from Letraset eventually made its way on to computer screens and now has become the latest salvo in a barrage of overused fonts. Even the designer who dreamed up the Papyrus typeface has complained that it’s gone too far.

Let’s stop the madness.

Fun with Tumblr

A couple of years ago I started a photo album on Facebook called I Saw Art Today.

It started out as a repository for unusual paintings I discovered in thrift stores and resale shops. Eventually it grew to contain dozens of snapshots of strange and unusual works- sculptures, prints, etc. It seemed perfectly suited for a Tumblr project.

Tumblr is essentially a photo-blogging platform. Not to say you can’t post words- you can. But the main attraction is image sharing.

Unlike typical blogs Tumblr does not support comments. Instead users are urged to Like or Reblog a post to show their approval. By reblogging one user’s post it spreads it around the Interwebulars. Plus it’s very easy to post photos from your smartphone!

To see what I have managed to cobble together take a look at…

more-bad-art.tumblr.com

The Car as Art

A 1952 Cunningham race car
The 1952 Cunningham must surely qualify.

Circulating around the Blue Dome Arts Festival this weekend (it’s that thing next to Mayfest where you see artists from Tulsa) we got to see a lot of old friends and meet some interesting and creative people.

When we wandered down to Living Arts it was time to stroll through the vehicles on display for the Art Car Weekend. It reminded me of a meeting several years ago. Steve Liggett and a fledgeling group of organizers wanted to produce an event inspired by the massive Houston Art Car event. Steve asked me to attend because he knew I was a “car guy.” Continue reading The Car as Art

Local Cover Art

The Art of This Land

The Art of This Land..was an exhibit at Black Optical on Brookside which featured artwork and photography from the newspaper This Land Press. The one-night exhibit was held April 26th.

Images of local celebrities as diverse as Leon Russell, Woody Guthrie and Mary Beth Babcock graced the walls of the narrow retail space. It was quite a shindig and attendance was impressive. The eclectic crowd was enjoying the evening and I only wished the display would have been left up for a few days so others could enjoy it.

Here’s a more detailed rundown of the evening from Tulsa Art Spot.

Correction

4/29/2012: The exhibit is actually on display through the month of May. So get your butt down there and check it out!