December 14, 2009

Career Coffee Break- Michael A. Rippens

Pratt Institute Alumnus, Bachelors of Fine Arts, 2000.

We met up with Michael Rippens in September to see what he had been up to since graduating in 2000.  He was back in Brooklyn from LA for an exhibition called Brooklyn Utopias at the Brooklyn Historical Society.  In the interview, Michael talks about the exhibition and his piece Civil Rides: Brooklyn (2009) which is on view from 10/02/09- 01/03/10.

CAREER COFFEE BREAK: Micahel A. Rippens from Peer to Peer on Vimeo.

Career Coffee Break- Michael A. Rippens from Peer to Peer on Vimeo.

Interview by Micah Bozeman, Brynna Tucker
Edited by Micah Bozeman

Posted by Micah Bozeman

December 11, 2009


Folds of Light, 1.5 x 3.5, Ceramic, 2007

On view currently in Pratt Institute's Fishbowl Gallery is Dakota Sica’s solo show entitled, Paranoid. An interesting title from an artist who seems anything but paranoid when eloquently discussing his work, processes and inspirations.

Sica focuses much of his attention on personal experiences with friends, family and encounters which take the form of his muse.  These experiences formulate through a process Sica describes as solutions to a sickness that he refers to as “The Social Nutshell” which is, to “eat, procreate, urinate and defecate.”  Sica spoke to me of his relationships with people battling various addictions or struggles and his own process of making art or “solutions” speaking to these issues. 

One piece in particular addresses the disease of alcoholism, entitled Folds of Light.  Three figures stand side by side representing the first three lines of The Serenity Prayer, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

Spirituality abounds in this show.  Playing with conflicts of lightness and dark, beauty and ugliness and the hidden or evident, Sica aims to encourage the viewer to have an emotional experience of their own.  With his sophisticated handling of materials, exploration of form and deeply emotive sentiment, Sica has successfully succeeded in what he set out to do.

Dakota Sica is a freshman in the Fine Arts Program at The Pratt Institute.  For more information on Sica please visit his website:

Review by Ryan Turley

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 for more information.

December 9, 2009

Oliver Vranesh

Oliver Vranesh, Industrial Design

A recent alumnus of the Pratt Institute, Oliver Vranesh graduated in May 2009 majoring in Industrial Design. After acceptance, and participation in the annual Pratt Show, Oliver has done work with LG Mobile, INI marketing, and designed a Coleman 10th anniversary grill with Paul Jr. Teutul from American Chopper. Currently Oliver works as a Story Board Specialist for a Video Production Firm in Washington DC. Although originally intending to attend graduate school Oliver recently had a change of plans and is currently preparing to go overseas to work for FILA as a Junior Product Designer.

Online Spotlight: Natasha Saipradist

Natasha Saipradist, Communication Design

   Natasha Saipradist is a recent alumnus, 2009, of the Pratt Institute. Majoring in Graphic Design, in her senior year she was accepted into the annual Pratt show. A very talented designer, Natasha’s work is highly conceptual, incorporating pop culture associations while considering human emotions. The appeal of her work is playful and colorful, designing a variety of products, conveying a unique versatility in her style. Her ability to infuse her work with feeling gives them a depth and meaning that surpasses their useful application.

She also says she enjoyed her experience at the Pratt show and found it was a great networking opportunity. Currently she is working as a freelance designer, though she is very open to obtaining a regular design position.
Posted by Raymond Miller

December 7, 2009


Ken Marshall, Industrial Design 

     Ken Marshall left Pratt with a degree in Industrial Design, but has found his way into the world of graphics.He currently lives and works in  Busan, Korea mainly as a t-shirt designer. Ken has worked on band tees, which can be found in Hot Topic stores for bands Cute is What We Aim For,Cobra Starship,All Time Low, and The Maine, among many others. His other projects include designing skateboard decks and t-shirts for,, and
Ken's amazing graphic work can be seen and purchased on his website.