April 25, 2012

Pratt Show 2012: Brigid Bjorklund














Brigid Bjorklund explores the need for spaces which foster connections and connectivity in her Interior Design Thesis' Bringing American Workers Back together'. In this project she explores the artist's commune, redefined for the American telecommuter. See this innovative project and much more at the Pratt Show, May 7-10, at the Manhattan Center, 311 W. 34th St. Open 9-9 most days. This juried show features work by seniors in Communications Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Digital Arts and Jewelry. More information at www.pratt.edu/show


Pratt Show
May 7th-10th
Manhattan Center
311 West 34th Street
New York, New York

April 20, 2012

Pratt Show 2012: Seong Gon Yoon

















Fun furniture and a friendly container for a rainy day, Seong Gon Yoon  brings a playful design sense to everyday products. The locks of Rapunzel actually make a comfy perch when you want to ‘curl’ up with a cup of tea on a rainy day!  


See edgy design concepts like this and many, many more at this juried show of Pratt’s graduating seniors in Communications Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Digital Arts and Jewelry. More information at http://www.pratt.edu/show

April 18, 2012

Pratt Show 2012: Stephanie Choi

















Eat your spoon!  Have a toddler who dislikes eating with a spoon? Don’t want to pack utensils on your picnic? Stephanie Choi has solved the problem with edible molded spoons which come in a ‘brick’ and can be broken off and used as needed. How nice to reach for a treat that has a practical and tasty purpose. See this and other creations which continue the 125 year history of Pratt Talent. Come discover what’s next at this year’s Pratt Show, a juried show that features the work of over 300 designers from this year's graduating classes in Communication Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Digital Arts, and Jewelry.

Pratt Show
May 7th-10th
Manhattan Center
311 West 34th Street
New York, New York


April 17, 2012

Pratt Show 2012: Carmen Wong & Yasemin Uyar
















            


          Exquisitely simple and elegant forms to enhance your table. These two collections of sophisticated and classy tabletop design by Carmen Wong and Yasemin Uyar create a unique design language. 


See these two works and more at this years Pratt Show! This juried show features the work of over 300 designers from this year's graduating classes in Communication Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Digital Arts, and Jewelry. 


Pratt Show
May 7th- 10th
Manhattan Center
311 West 34th Street
New York, New York

April 16, 2012

Pratt Show 2012: Kelly Proscio














                                    
It's that time of year again, and we've got some amazing Pratt Show previews for you all. The first comes from Kelly Proscio. Her urban bag with Victorian overtones emerges from an exploration of clustered forms.

See this and more innovative design at the 2012 Pratt Show! This juried show features the work of over 300 designers from this year's graduating classes in Communication Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Digital Arts, and Jewelry. 

Pratt Show
May 7th- 10th
Manhattan Center
311 West 34th Street
New York, New York

April 11, 2012

D.J. Perera, "Black Tranquility", Solo Show in East One Gallery

Review by Tiffany Von Cannon, History of Art Undergraduate Student (2013)

Black on Black in a World of Color


B ii 2011, oil
The East One Gallery in the Career Services Office currently exhibits 'Black Tranquility' - paintings by artist DJ Perera (a graduate student at Pratt Institute).

'The impetus for my abstract exploration derives through a "less is more" directive,' DJ quotes. His aim is to progressively explore a new form of cultural representation by introducing a profoundly new sense of compositional space. In effect, the color of his paintings are all black. As the title of his exhibition asserts, tranquility defined is the state of being calm.

On a personal note - to the audience of DJ's art - one must certainly incline to the presence of each work of art and particularly to its metaphysical composure that is conceived from Perera's mind: a single idea, a single thought. This notion has enabled the art-making process to be wholly intuitive for not only the artist but for the engagement between art piece and viewer as well.





B x 2012, oil
This BLACK transcends above any material construct, opaque shade or opposing color. DJ experiments with what is beneath the dark of night. Its omnipresent quality and the rest of its obscurities. This BLACK can be perceived as a paradox in the means of casting while evoking a stir of sensations congested from its very nature. The viewer succumbs to the color of these compositions whether she/he is aware of it or not.

Due to the absence of or complete absorption of light, the eye of the beholder pays more attention than she/he might have usually done under preconditioned terms. Within seconds, the visual rendition of spilled, splotched and lathered paint reveals itself in microcosmic detail.

"Imagination thus generates an entirely new language that is a
visual context in which the artist becomes both creator and spectator." -DJ Perera


Exhibition Photos by Lauren Smith


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 9, 2012

Matice McMillan, Solo Show in the Alcove Gallery

 By: Carolyn Osorio , Theory, Criticism and History of Art Undergraduate Student (2013)


Circle, Square, Triangle 2012, tracing paper and sharpie
When you first walk into the Student Affairs Office in the Main Building, you almost miss the orderly works of Matice McMillan. So subtle are her geometric creations, that it’s easy to overlook them amongst the hectic elements of the office. Upon further inspection, however, it becomes clear that there is a very deliberate formula being represented along the walls. The main and largest wall of the office (also referred to as the Alcove Gallery) contains small wooden blocks of various shapes with a modest screw embedded in the center. Their extreme simplicity is actually highly theoretical, and the geometric sharpie drawings along the other walls of the gallery contest to the artist’s clearly conceptually driven vision.

Matice describes this work as being predominately motivated by her need for exact and correct answers. “The work I create is based on a mathematical formula known as a permutation formula. I use math as the center for my work because I am interested in the results that, if calculated correctly cannot be wrong.” The precision of her forms and the attention given to their geometric qualities show a definite and fundamental connection to mathematics.  The linear aspects of this exhibition leave the viewer with an uncluttered, direct approach to art that’s both perplexing and accessible.

Big Square, Small Square 2012, wood and screws
 “The strict outcomes give me satisfaction that cannot be explained other than saying that it is because it provides me with a way to work wear I am always pleased with the outcome.”

Exhibition Photos by Lauren Smith



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 2, 2012

Internship Success: WaterFire Providence

Dina Cheng is a sophomore Communications Design major who managed to get an internship after her first year at Pratt. This past summer she interned with WaterFire Providence in Rhode Island and answered the following questions about her experience:

What was the company/business/studio you worked at? What do they do?
I interned for WaterFire Providence, a world renowned live art festival. There is music, food, and obviously art. The art director, Barnaby Evans was commissioned to design something that would bring people out to Providence at night. Since Providence was basically an 'empty' city, bringing people out to have fun was a big deal. So now, every other Saturday night during the summer, Providence is lit up with braziers down the rivers and the city is filled with thousands of people from around the world. The crew spends weeks preparing for the day and hours keeping everything organized and running.

How did you find your internship?
At the time, I was an upcoming sophomore in the Communications Design department, so I knew I wanted an internship close to home. WaterFire Providence, was something I, and many Rhode Island natives grew up with. Through networking and a couple of e-mails later, I was able to get in contact with the Graphics Designer at WaterFire and everything fell in place from there.

What did you do as an intern?
Because this was such a huge event that took up a huge chunk of Providence, signage was needed to inform the people. That was what I mostly worked on. In the beginning of the season, I worked with advertisement and created many ads for booklets that would be handed out to nearby hotels.

What was the best part of being an intern at this job?
Being able to see your work being used and seen by other people. It is true that people may not appreciate the simplicity of an informational piece, but the fact that someone can look at it, understand it, and use it, is rather satisfying. Many times, everyone is working up to the day before the event, and you are able to see everything you did and everything you worked for the WaterFire night. 
During the night, I also worked at the merchandise tent, where merchandise also had to set up to draw in people visually. I love designing, but the best part of this internship is that there is more to sitting in front of a computer all day.

What did you learn the most?
I learned a lot about time management. Most of the time, the employers at WaterFire work up to the last second and its quite amazing how much they get done. There is no slacking going on. Their focus on the tasks at hand was amazing, and I think I was able to come away with that. Also, graphic design is much more than just ink on paper, I was not prepared to create 3D things, like packaging, or even merchandise set up.

Any advice for students trying to intern in your field?
Graphic Design is such a wide and vague major, and we are lucky to be able to pick a 'sub' hobby. For example, if you are into fashion, you can be designing advertisement for a fashion firm. So pick a internship thats based on something that you are interested in, it makes it that much more fun.

--Thanks Dina! We look forward to hearing more from you!