December 12, 2008

Micah Bozeman - Drawings at EastOne Gallery


Review by Cat Metayer
Micah Bozeman's artwork tends to make its surroundings more rustic by association. While some of his work is ink and charcoal on paper, the majority of the exhibition employs recycled wood. Bozeman works with natural shapes and lines and using wood for a medium showcases his style.
Bozeman is a Fine Arts major with a concentration on sculpture at Pratt Institute in his junior year. For the work in this exhibition, Bozeman collected the wood from different parts of New York, most of which comes from used wooden pallets. He claims that while he strives to make organic shapes, the lumber itself influences what he draws on it. Bozeman chooses to work with instead of against the basis for his art. Some of the pieces are wood displaying art, and others are art displaying wood, in all instances both art and timber compliment one another. Bozeman’s concentration on sculpture creates a harmony between the two and three dimensional aspects of his work. Some of the wooden pieces are focused on the drawing itself, while others are focused on all facets of the wood, thus creating an entirely new breadth for his vocation.
The general reaction to the exhibit has been one of intrigue and surprise. In a severe contrast to the more colorful prior exhibits, Bozeman’s display is much more understated and minimal. Passersby have called the show’s organic shapes “lively” and “sexual.” The drawn shapes seem to be a meditation on the organic topic; with curves and upswept lines further weaving together the natural theme of the exhibit.

Micah Bozeman Drawings
Exhibition at EastOne Gallery
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
November 10th, 2008 – December 2
nd, 2008

This exhibition is part of the Student Exhibition Spaces Program coordinated by the Center for Career and Professional Development at Pratt Institute.  All current students can submit work for inclusion in future exhibitions by emailing ccpdprograms@gmail.com for more information.

October 28, 2008

Anthony Morton The Miss Series, Exhibition at EastOne Gallery


Review by Cat Metayer

Anthony Morton’s paintings stand out in a beige and brown office setting; their vibrant colors and contrasts creating an appreciated focal point for an art school career workplace. Morton utilizes college, internet, and popular culture for his “Miss Series;” a collection of paintings based on pictures taken from popular networking site, myspace.com.
Morton, a sophomore at Pratt Institute, works primarily with acrylics for the series, with a combination of realism and imagination. The paintings themselves are highly stylized interpretations of the photographs, with colorful embellishments; whimsical, cartoon inspired shapes, adding a touch of fantastic to the portraits. The colors of the flourishes are reminiscent of the 80’s, a decade widely mined by the modern youth culture. The largest painting, titled “Miss Ali S.” is Morton’s first experiment with oil based paints and perhaps his most resolved.
The photographs used for his work are the images which these women chose to display themselves to the internet populace, a fact that Morton bases the series on. Attention is paid not only to the subjects, but also to their chosen attire; their designer sunglasses, necklaces, and earrings, giving the consideration to the items which these characters use to build their image.
The popular “myspace pic” the very best image, according to the subject, based on lighting, angle, and fashionable attire, is a mainstay for modern youth culture. Some say this gives the subject a feeling of power over their image in the world, while others claim that it is a deceit of the internet public. Morton’s work seems to speak to the former, further stylizing an image deemed by the subject as the best depiction of themselves.

October 13th-November 4th, 2008


This exhibition is part of the Student Exhibition Spaces Program coordinated by the Center for Career and Professional Development at Pratt Institute.  All current students can submit work for inclusion in future exhibitions by emailing ccpdprograms@gmail.com for more information.

April 10, 2008

PRATT SHOW 2008



TIFFANY BURNETTE
Updated 04/10/2008


The Costa Rican mug is actually a set, the dessert dish and mug so I sent you two images, one of just the mug and one with both. The description follows below. Thanks again!
Paper coffee or horchata cup and dessert dish inspired by Costa Rican ox-cart wheels and the Tico's love of children. Costa Rican ox-carts are used during almost all national and local festivals as they portray a national icon. The set was designed with a child and playful adult in mind.

We found a refreshing breath of South American culture in Tiffany Burnette’s Costa Rican dessert dish and mug. Burnette, an Industrial Design senior at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, created this paper set inspired by the country’s traditional ox-carts. The hand-crafted ox-carts, or carretas, are now typically built as folding miniature trolleys to serve as small tables, and the rising folds of this angular piece certainly reflect that.

We love the inspiration of brightly-painted mandala wheels and flower-laden festival carts of Sarchi [http://www.fascinationcostarica.com/entry.cfm?nEntrada=4112], but Burnette certainly took a smartly edited approach to her color choices that appeals to adults as much as to children. This sophisticated tabletop set, though an appealing memory of Costa Rican festival, is better-suited to an afternoon cup of coffee in your stylish adobe kitchen after a siesta, than to simple street food.

See Tiffany Burnette’s Costa Rican dessert dish and mug with the work of other top innovative seniors at the Pratt Show. Pratt Students display the creative edge that alters consumers’ lifestyles and promotes company growth. More than 1,000 representatives from 400 companies attended last year’s show. See for yourself!

The Pratt Show
May 6-8th, 2008
Manhattan Center
311 W. 34th Street (at 8th Ave.)
New York, NY

Public Show Hours:
Tuesday, May 6th - 9 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday, May 7th – 9 AM to 9 PM
Thursday, May 8th – 9 AM to 1 PM
Posted by Annie Beth Ericsson


MIRO KODAMA Updated 04/10/2008

How can you add a little hint of color and humor to your living environment?
The DOOR SPLAT is the solution; it's a door stop that looks like a splash of paint. Made of 100% rubber, the DOOR SPLAT comes in five playful colors.

The whimsical nature of Pratt’s student body is exemplified in Miro Kodama’s Door Splat. Kodama, an Industrial Design senior at Pratt, turns a basic necessity into a visually stunning splash of color, like the fantasy form of a typical art student’s paint mess. And it seems ironic that such a liquid, wildly biomorphic shape would be the very structure to hold your heavy door open. Because when we first saw Kodama’s design, we couldn’t help but think of the holy grail of petty – I mean putty – distractions… Nickelodeon’s Gak! { http://www.retrojunk.com/details_commercial/2644/}

For children of the 90s, Nickelodeon is probably our first universal example of “Well, back in MY day… everything was SO much better.” And back in our day, there was Double Dare, a game show that made the most ridiculous, slimy messes a reality. Not to mention that we could have our very own green slime at home with Gak, a moldable compound that blew Play-Doh out of the water and we’re sure inspired an artist or two (plus, who could forget the noises?). Then came the Gak Pak, Floam, Smud, Goooze, Squeeez, and Squand. It was the decade of onomatopeic cool!

We’re impressed that from such a funny concept, a refined design is born. There’s nothing more important than maintaining a sense of humor and childlike inspiration with success. And now that we’re mature, sophisticated New Yorkers, it’s nice to know that we can still have a door stop that looks like a splat!

For more information, check out www.mkodama.com.

See Miro Kodama’s Door Splat with the work of other top innovative seniors at the Pratt Show. Pratt Students display the creative edge that alters consumers’ lifestyles and promotes company growth. More than 1,000 representatives from 400 companies attended last year’s show. See for yourself!


The Pratt Show
May 6-8th, 2008
Manhattan Center
311 W. 34th Street (at 8th Ave.)
New York, NY

Public Show Hours:
Tuesday, May 6th - 9 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday, May 7th – 9 AM to 9 PM
Thursday, May 8th – 9 AM to 1 PM
Posted by Annie Beth Ericsson