Menomena concert poster
at the Mercy Lounge- Oct 9, 2010
hand made 2 color screen print
poster measures 18 inches x 24 inches
signed & numbered edition of 75
artist: Andrew Vastagh (Boss Construction)
Just so I don't get all nostalgic on myself, I am going to force my research to alternate between the old and the current. Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
- Paul Gauguin. I'm going to shamelessly steal from many. There is the interesting nuance right there; that razor's edge that makes originality so coveted in the painting world. That is, the high-horse-on-a-pedestal-in-a-white-cube-at-the-top-of-an-ivory-tower vibe that is often associated with the fine art gallery culture, doesn't translate to this illustrator/designer identity I'm exploring. Obviously, there are exceptions and cross-overs, but I can tell I am going to dig the intelligent craft of my new chosen profession. I'm sure once I get me feet on the ground, I'll feel the visceral tug of oil paint once again, but right now, I'm a bull in a candy shop.
I need to focus. I need to be efficient. Am I going to be a Jack-of-all-Trades or a Shtick Meister? Do I study hard and become an Adobe Certified Expert or do I try to make what I think is cool and see how my chops and aesthetics develop? Should I be a Designer-Illustrator with a unique brand, or the glib, facile, and charming translator of whatever the client wants?
Shit. . . I still gotta put my name on the mailbox and unpack boxes.
I guess if I've learned anything from painting paintings is that it is helpful to start with a grand idea and work the details out later. "Paint the dog before the fleas" I always say. Less obvious, but more beautiful is when I shout "You can't cram a cake inside the frosting!"
Either way I go, there is an over-arching name or company logo that needs to be developed. Am I Steven LaRose Graphic Design? SLGD? LaRose Illustration and Design? LID? The Fish or Cut Bait Group? FoCB Design? Teresa Sloven Graphic Design? Some made-up word that still has an available url and sounds like illustration? etc. etc.