“In China, it is traditional for students to wear a small red scarf on their necks as a symbol of their identity and role within society. I upheld this convention until the age of eight when I immigrated to Canada. The resulting sharp transition of customs and cultures became a formative experience in my early life.In this drawing, I am recalling a memory of a nosebleed from my childhood. This ephemeral moment became not just an illustration of my experience in China but also a critical analysis of my past. Nosebleeds are surprising yet beautiful moments in life blood is expelled from the body, yet it is not always complimented by physical pain. It is the body’s response to shock; the byproduct of a broken boundary.There is something provocative about depicting a coarse image with a precise sensitivity.”

©Jason Guo 2011

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Second Semester started awhile ago… ARTBASH 2011 is coming up and being a first year… well it is an opportunity I can’t dare miss… here are some pieces that I have completed recently that have yet to go up on my artist website!

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Duke it out, Duke.

Gregory Thielker and Robyn Cumming, in regards to their artist websites, both follow a minimalist format. The websites, due to the simple and clean displays, are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also fairly easy to navigate. There are subtle differences that I think make one better than the other that will be discussed in the following breakdown:

*NOTE Robyn Cumming’s website is designed by Wassenaar Design (whose website is ironically not there because it is being worked on)

Main/Home/Index Page
Both contain:
-Title of site in browser
-Artist name (in caps)
-Navigation bar
-Image of their work

The title of GT (Gregory Thielker)’s site is ‘Gregory Thielker . com’ I think that simply stating artist name, like in RC (Robyn Cumming)’s site, looks cleaner, but I did see that GT has a blog which is titled ‘GREGORY THIELKER’, which he updates frequently and probably wants his audience to continuously check out more than his artist site.

I find that text in all caps or all lowercase instead of a standard combination of both is preferred in modern/minimalist websites. I find I am attracted to text in all caps… I also write in all caps, so there is a bias there. =]

Navigation bar will be discussed in its own category because it is oh so special…

Both artists chose rather interesting and more recent images of their work. I prefer that the image is not too large that all the content is on one page, it does not require a scroll bar such as in RC, this is because her navigation bar is…well since it keeps coming up let’s give the nav bar some light.

Navigation Bar

RC’s navigation bar is fixed to the left of the screen and so all the content from other pages is located to the right of the nav bar. This is convenient for pages such as the ABOUT/CV page which contains a long list from her bio. The nav bar stays visible even while scrolling through the content, nice.

I also prefer the vertical positioning of RC navigation bar opposed to GT  horizontal bar. As I stated previously, I am partial to all caps, thus another point for RC’s navigation bar.

I do, however, like that in GT’s nav bar the viewer can go back to the main/home/index page, there is a page, Links, for other artist’s sites, and that there are more links to distribute material. GT also has different titles for each link, the view clicks News, the browser is titled News. In RC’s website, it consistently remains her name, I know I get it.

Both contain:
-Titles of series of works listed
-Contact sheets with thumbnails of work
-Images, when clicked, contain title and year
-Navigation with next, previous arrows

GT contains an artist statement for each of his series (nice touch), located on the contact sheet page underneath the thumbnails. Also when clicked on the thumbnails, the contact sheet disappears for a new page that allows the viewer to navigate through the series by clicking next (>>) or previous (<<) arrows and allows the viewer to go back to the index/contact sheet page.

RC also has the navigation with next/previous arrows when images are clicked, but it seems to contain too much of the wrong information. GT’s images when clicked contain information concerning the Title/Year/Medium/Size and RC contains only Title/Year and then random unnecessary information such as ‘Image 1 of 10’ and close or Esc Key… GT’s version is just a lot cleaner and more dedicated to the minimalist format.

Visual Aspects: Links/Text/Colors (or lack of)
-White backgrounds, easy on the eyes, clean, modern, good.
-Grey/Black text
-Clean, readable font

When hovering over the links in RC’s site a dash goes through the words. I think it is kind of cute so I like it, when hovering over GT’s the link fades to a lighter grey. I really like that both artist’s websites don’t have crazy ‘fancy’ font, the text remains clean and simple.


Everything looks great. Each artist’s websites both stem from a modern/minimalist format, but through each artist’s individual content the viewer is allowed to have a proper sense of the artist and their work. Unlike Hamish Fulton’s artist website, which was obviously not designed by him because I met him and I did not relate his website to him… but that’s a different story.

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Response to Vannevar Bush, As We May Think

As We May Think published July 1945 in The Atlantic Magazine

The idea of the memex, this pre-computer memory index contained in a desk, is extremely interesting and very radical of idea created by Vannevar Bush in 1945. The article is very well thought out and scientific in its nature of the eight sections of background information, creation, and application. The content was interesting especially placed in a historical context, but I did find myself skimming over the scientific garble. The description of the memex desk is probably what I find easiest to read about because of the visual detailed description. It is really reminiscent of the excitement that comes with inventions  to make life easier. The memex is a very advanced idea: ‘A memex is a device in which an individual stores all his books, records, and communications, and which is mechanized so that it may be consulted with exceeding speed and flexibility.’ All of which is contained in a convenience of a piece of furniture, a desk space. It does depend greatly on the users participation, it requires the user to maintain physical updates in a code book, impractical, of what is in storage, which evidently is explained as extremely vast. All in all, an extremely inventive and well considered idea.

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Testing Different Stylesheets for Webpage!

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Artist Statement (in progress)

Still can’t connect to Secure FTP!!!!! -___-

My name is Moki Tantoco. I am currently enrolled at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a BFA with emphasis in art history, theory, and criticism. I am inspired by the materials I work with and so my work is very based upon collecting. I have many traditional collections such as stamps, photographs, and movie ticket stubs, but an even larger collection of unusual items. I have large quantities of broken stringed instruments, paper umbrellas, technological hardware, organic materials: bones and shells, and much more. Currently I am working on a project completely dependent on public participation, using Facebook as a vehicle of communication. I create a group called Moki’s Tea Collection, and invited everyone I am friends with to join. I simply asked for a documentation of Name, Date, Flavor, and Location of the tea (used or unused). As of today, there are 166 members and I have received over thirty bags of tea from many individuals. I am excited to see the project grow and expand in this documentation of identity.

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Cousins <3

Isabella, Moki, & Maddie

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