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New Book Review: Alfons Mucha The Master of Art Nouveau

Posted by sdsherman on March 31, 2010

New Book Review

Alfons Mucha

The Master of Art Nouveau

By: Renate Ulmer

N6834.5.M8 U45 1994

“Alfons Mucha is an art of seduction. His graceful

women, delicate colours and decorative style add

up to an unashamed act of temptation.”

Renate Ulmer

Alfons Mucha is one of the most influential and revered illustrators in the history of the craft. His sense of graphic design has inspired artists for over a century, and his craftsmanship has set a high standard for anyone attempting to create images in the style of Art Nouveau.

With Alfons Mucha The Master of Art Nouveau, we get a historical look at the life and work of this legendary artist. Author Renate Ulmer delves into the life and times of Mucha with brevity and insight, pairing valuable biographical insight with brief passages of historical context. Each piece of artwork is accompanied by a short description of his commission, granting the reader a rare opportunity to understand the ‘assignment’ behind the image.

Portable and practical, Alfons Mucha The Master of Art Nouveau is sure to inspire and educate, whether you need biographical information for a project or are interested in Mucha’s particular brand of image-making, this book is sure to meet all your Mucha needs. Available for checkout now!

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Scott Sherman 3/10

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Pop Up & Paper Craft Books

Posted by Carter on March 31, 2010

On display now at the library – pop up and paper craft books to play with.  Come in and find your inner child, all the while learning about how to make these amazing books!

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Book Review: Two Faced by Daniel Firth

Posted by courtneycox2009 on March 29, 2010

New Book


Two Faced- The Changing Face of Portraiture

Daniel Firth

N 7575 .T96 2007

Two Faced is a showcase of over 200 unique portraits from numerous artists. This collection of work can be viewed as an inspiration to all artists and designers. There are many different techniques used by the designers in Two Faced. An artist that particularly stands out is Stefan Sagemeister. He got his intern to physically carve the typography of a poster for AIGA Detroit into his body which was later photographed and used as an ad. This shows the passion and pain an artist will go through to make a unique design. Stefan Sagemeister has also made numerous CD covers and a poster for Lou Reed which incorporates his technique of ink on photography.

Two Faced has very little text but a remarkable amount of breath taking designs by brilliant artists. Another artist that stands out is Marc Altan’s piece, “David Shrigley.” David Shrigley’s illustrations have appeared in different magazines around the world and studied Fine Arts at the Glasgow School of Art. Marc Altan decided to use David Shrigley’s photo for his submission to Two Faced because “David makes me laugh, wince, cringe, and sometimes cry at the same time, which is not that pleasant, but I deeply thank him for that experience.” Marc Altan decided to embed a picture of Shrigley into a crystal paper weight and put “It’s freezing in here,” a line of text taken from one of Shrigley’s works.

Courtney Cox, 3/2010

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MTV Producer David Grad is coming to Ringling!

Posted by courtneycox2009 on March 29, 2010

David Grad, MTV producer is coming to Ringling to speak about creativity, careers, branding, and promotion from 7:00 – 9:00 on Thursday, April 1st. He has been a cameraman, editor, photographer, and creator and producer for Television and Web purposes, and has won a handful of outstanding awards. In 2007, he produced a campaign for MTV2′ s Sucker Free Week that won a Mark Award for excellence. David Grad is a very successful producer and businessman who lives and breathes creativity.

Tickets  for David Grad will be available March 22nd on a first come first serve basis in Student Life.

Interested in music videos and MTV? Check out  these books and DVD’s!

Rocking Around the Clock

by Ann Kaplan

PN 1992.8 .M87 K36 1987

Dancing in the Distraction Factory

by Andrew Goodwin

PN 1992.8 .M87 G66 1992

Reinventing Music Video

by Matt Hanson

PN 1992 .M87 H36  2006

MTV20 Collection V.1- V.4 (DVD)

DVD M 1630.18 .M87 2001

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Garbage Warrior — Movie Review

Posted by artlikeart on March 29, 2010

TH 4860.G37 2008

Garbage Warrior is a documentary about Michael Reynolds, an architect with radical ideas about architecture. His 30+ year career is committed to developing off-the-grid, sustainable, low-cost housing. His experimental designs using reclaimed materials, called “earthships,” brought him trouble in the 1990s, when a number of client lawsuits resulted in the loss of his professional licenses.

Filmed over three years, it begins during his reputation’s downward slope. Perceived as an outlaw, he restyles himself to work within the confines of the establishment. Then, he and his crew go to two foreign communities devastated by natural disasters to help rebuild using “earthship” plans. In the end, he clears his reputation, regains his licenses, and succeeds in passing a law in his home state of New Mexico, furthering the development and regulation of sustainable building methods.

Be warned, Reynolds is a character who uses a fair sprinkling of profanities. However, his personality and unwavering vision in adversity are what make this film fun to watch.

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Book Review — China: Portrait of a Country

Posted by Lindsey Batdorf on March 28, 2010

New Book


DS 777 .55 .C55 2008

China is a fascinating—yet mysterious—part of the world to many westerners. We know of their food, their pirated DVDs and that they use chopsticks to eat their food, but beneath the shallow exterior popularized by pop culture is a long, detailed history that can be both captivating and daunting.  China: Portrait of a Country gives us a glimpse into the rise and current rule of Communist China.

While the book may appear daunting with its large size, it is full of wonderful photographs that depict very real situations in modern China. The material ranges from plays enacted by young Chinese stage performers to criminals being publicly humiliated and executed for opposing the party. We see the rise of Mao’s power and modern China’s conflict with identity in vivid color photographs that pop off of the page.

China: Portrait of a Country is a little difficult to navigate at first, having been written in three different languages: English, French and German. However, the text itself is interesting and details every photograph in stunning detail, along with a three-page-long description of each decade in China from 1945 on.

Whether you’re very familiar with Chinese history and want to dive deeper into the realism depicted in China: Portrait of a Country or you’ve suddenly developed a curiosity of the country, sit down and have a look at this book!

Lindsey Batdorf, 03/2010

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Book Review: Television Technology Demystified

Posted by annfinn on March 23, 2010

Television Technology Demystified: a non-technical guide,  by Aleksandar Louis Todorovic, Focal Press/Elsevier, Burlington, MA. c20006  271 p.

Imagine you’re someone like I used to be…someone who had only a vague awareness of the basics of electronics and was even less knowledgeable about all things digital.  Only then can you imagine how delighted and surprised I was to find this non-technical guide to television.  It’s a book that’s understandable to anyone–whether your future includes television production work, television watching, or both.

The author, Mr. Todorovic, promises that… “…this book will be nonmathematical, and essential concepts and parameters will be easy to understand without the need to call upon previous scientific or engineering knowledge.”   Though containing only concise text and simple diagrams, the book is not just a guide to the world of television technology, but a virtual tour guide to our digital world.  Every time I felt at the furthest limits of my technical abilities, the author summarized my new-found knowledge, assuring me as to what I now understood.  Then, I was immediately shown how to build on what I had learned using the next topic.

Beginning with an overview of the apparatus and mechanics of human vision and hearing, the book proceeds with the fascinating history of the efforts to capture (and transmit) analog sights and sounds, starting with the camera.   (Did you know that the invention of television was set in motion when the photoconductivity of certain metals was first noticed by a telegraph operator in 1873?)  I had no idea that the first TV picture was received in 1925—nor did I know that the first public TV service was in Great Britain.  And, I bet you never knew that crooner Bing Crosby personally financed the project that produced the first recording of a video signal, way back in 1952!

The author then supplied the technical background for everything important in television: photographing television scenes, scanning the scene to create the video picture, color television, videotape recording, video editing, digital sampling, digital television, digital video & digital audio compression, exchanging data in bitstreams, metadata, networked production, television graphics, integrated digital newsrooms, blue screens, virtual sets, and HDTV.  Not only does he bring you all the way to state-of-the-art as of 2005, but he introduces the “next new thing”: D-cinema.

Along the way, the author answers a host of interesting questions, such as:

  • Why, in motion pictures, do stage coach wheels seem to rotate backwards?
  • How does a camcorder work?
  • What causes dropouts?
  • Why are the primary colors for painting Red, Blue, and Yellow, but the primary colors for lighting a television studio and producing TV in color are Red, Blue, and Green?
  • In old, analog TV broadcasts, why did I sometimes see “snow” or “ghosts”?
  • And, arguably, the most important question of all these days:  Why is digital now preferred for the creation, transmission, and storage of electronic communication– when our eyes and ears only can only register analog?

As he answers your questions, Todorovic explains all those ubiquitous (mostly digital) acronyms, such as:  VTR, PAL, NTSC, DV, DVB, DVC, DVD, JPEG, MPEG, MP3, IP, LAN, WAN, UTP, CG, etc., etc.  He knows them all quite well, as he has spent over 40 years in the broadcasting field.  In fact, he was a member of many of the committees which established the various international technical standards by which world-wide television operates.  Yet, his writing brings his insights within reach of any beginner.

No, it’s not a book for the beach as it’s over 15 inches wide when opened all the way.  Organized like a textbook, it’s also rather slick, and I found it slipping off my lap. However, the novice who overlooks its few faults can learn a lot.

And now, a case study of how this book has proved useful to me already:

Recently, I was watching on DVD an episode of the 1960s TV series, Mission: Impossible.  Barney, the character who’s the Impossible Mission team’s electronics & tech wizard, had only a few moments in which he needed to edit part of a videotape—cutting out a portion of a speech being delivered.   Using his film editing equipment, he proceeded to cut the tape in three sections & pulled out a section.  At this point I thought to myself: “That’s impossible, because videotape cannot be edited mechanically unlike already-developed film.”  As professor Todorovic notes the book’s page 199: “On all VTRs [videotape recorders] the sound track is recorded on a separate track or on a separate segment, and in spatial terms a piece of audio is not collocated with its corresponding video frame.”  Yes, what Barney was purportedly doing was not just improbable, it was totally impossible!

Armed with information from this book, you, too, will be able to begin to understand our digital world—and also, maybe, even spot when you’ve been had!

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New Book Review: Beyond Illustration

Posted by sdsherman on March 21, 2010

New Book Review

Beyond Illustration

Editors: Patrick Hartl,

Yvonne Winkler

NC45 .B49 2009

“According to the classical definition, Illustration is regarded as a service. It serves a customer and his text. On the other hand, in art the creator is his own customer. Using various views and positions of invited artists and illustrators we will try to discuss this phenomenon.”

Patrick Hartl & Yvonne Winkler

Beyond Illustration is a compilation of artwork gathered from some of the field’s most influential artists. This book seeks to expand the boundaries of what Illustration can be, offering images and interviews that will push the definition of Illustration beyond its restrictive roots.

Illustrators from around the world have contributed to this collection, showcasing a variety of mediums. Cambodian artist Andrew Hem starts the lineup , followed by artist s from Japan, France, Poland, Germany, United States, Israel, Belgium, Argentina, Amsterdam, and Brazil. Traditional painting, photo-manipulation, spray paint and digital painting are just a few of the mediums on display in Beyond Illustration.

If you’re looking for inspiration, need to research an illustrator, or if you just want to look at some mesmerizing images, you can’t do much better than Beyond Illustration. Available for checkout today!

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Scott Sherman 3/10

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Survey Says

Posted by Carter on March 15, 2010

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Take a survey about how you prefer to find out about Library news and enter to win a $25 campus bookstore gift certificate.

You must be a currently enrolled Ringling College student to participate.  A winner will be drawn on April 14th.

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New Movie Review: Beautiful Losers

Posted by sdsherman on March 11, 2010

Beautiful Losers

A Film by Aaron Rose

N6536 .B43 2009

Art comes in many forms, and the artists who make it are as varied as the works they create. For many the inspiration to make art is rooted in childhood, the discoveries and wonders of youth form a foundation from which to explore creativity. Filled with emotion and passion, Beautiful Losers is a charismatic and eccentric look into the creative spirit.

Beautiful Losers is a testament to that journey of creative expression, following the images and experiences of what would become one of the most recognized groups of artists in today’s fine artistic community. Pro-skater Ed Templeton, OBEY founder Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine, Mike Mills, Barry McGee, Chris Johanson, Geoff McFetridge, Jo Jackson, Margaret Kilgallen, Stephen Powers and Thomas Campbell have been creating work and touring together since the early 1990′s. Their work has been catapulted onto the international stage, and now in this documentary we are able to catch a glimpse into the people behind the paintings; their life stories and the motivations that drive them to create.

More than anything, Beautiful Losers serves as a platform for these artists to speak their minds; to reflect on their art-making careers, and the meaning they attribute to their artistic journey. They talk of their pursuit of a grounded reality, one where they feel authentic and uninhibited. Their words ring true for today’s artists and youth, the discontent of a generation and a desire for a deeper meaning.

Beautiful Losers is a MUST WATCH. Every frame is saturated with creativity, images an sounds bound together in a tapestry of artistic expression. Accompanied by a quirky and harmonious soundtrack these stories are sure to inspire your artistic drive, and you may find yourself needing a second viewing just to soak it all in again. Rent Beautiful Losers today!

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Scott Sherman 2/10

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