Caitlin Condell

Good Vibrations


Stare into the electric blue shades of this woman’s sunglasses and what do you see?  Even if you know what you are looking for, the blue letterforms come together to form coherent words only with sustained visual focus.  If you were to advertise a concert that you wanted people to come to, would you make it this difficult for your audience to find out about it?  Or could it be that the designer had something else in mind?
Victor Moscoso, San Francisco, The Chambers Brothers, Josef Albers, Herbert Matter, Yale University, Cooper Union, color theory, New York, poster, lithography, Neon Rose, Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, Rick Griffin, typography, graphic design

Wide-eyed Printmaking


Beginning in the late 19th century, the medium of printmaking played an integral role in the creation of modern Mexican art, a tradition that can be traced back to the work of, among others, José Guadalupe Posada.  But it was in the post-revolutionary period of the early 20th century that large groups of Mexican artists, often with the support of the government, began using printmaking as a means of expression that allowed for large-scale dissemination.
Francisco Dosamantes, Mexico, printmaking, lithography, posters, Taller de Gráfica Popular, José Guadalupe Posada, Emilio Amero

Iris and the Rainbow


From high up in the heavens, the Greek goddess Iris strides forward, extending her arms in both directions. The drapery of her garments, caught by a forceful wind, clings to her legs and billows behind her. Although she seems embattled by the wind, with her head titled back and her body contorted, she remains a graceful figure in the midst of a chaotic scene. Three winged putti surround her, two fending off the storm clouds with guests of divine breath, the third flying triumphantly upward. Iris’s attention, however, is not on the storm or the putti.
Felice Giani, Italy, mythology, Iris, rainbow, drawing, watercolor

Blowing in the Mind


Blowing in the Mind/Mister Tambourine Man. Martin Sharp. 1968. Screenprint on copper foil paper, 29 5/16 x 19 3/8 in. Gift of Sara and Marc Benda. 2009-12-25
Martin Sharp, Albrecht Dürer, Bob Dylan, music, wood block prints, screenprint, Australian graphic design, graphic design, knots, Northern Renaissance, Germany, London, Donovan, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, woodcut, human reasoning, sunglasses, portraits
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