Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist – The Barnes Foundation

Over this past weekend, I made it back to The Barnes Foundation for the first time since I visited when I toured Penn as a high school student. I was especially excited to see the specially exhibition about Berthe Morisot, a female artist who produced — impressionist works during her lifetime.  It was super inspiring…

Penntrification and Project 4

For Project 4, Jesse and I chose to explore the topic of “Penntrification” or gentrification perpetuated by Penn’s administration. We decided to project images and text onto a chosen building in University City.  The content of the projections described the impact that Penn’s expansion has had on the surrounding neighborhood of West Philadelphia. Our intention…

Local design lab’s LED sculptures for TedxPenn

I was watching old TedxPenn clips on Youtube recently and these colorful, cyndrical LED sculptures on the stage caught my eye.  I found out thought some internet scouring that they were produced by PXL Labs, a local design lab/production space/gallery in Philly.  I love the aesthetic of their work.  They are definitely worth checking out…

Everlasting Sigh

Everlasting Sigh is a song by Moses Sumney. It is very melodic with up tempo and rhythmic percussion. It’s album cover does a perfect job of matching what we hear with what is seen in it. There is a lot of layering sort of perpetuating the idea of fullness of sound in the song itself…

Sustainable Coffee Packing Installation

This pice is a sprawling colorful and richly textured installation done by Lisa Hoke for Lavazza’s headquarters in Italy. They are an Italian coffee company dedicated to sustainability. So Lisa was able to use nearly all the materials they use in their packaging plant in whatever quantity she needed to make this installation. I think…

First Christmas Short Animation

Recently I stumbled across this video that was not only seasonal but got me very emotional.  The transitions in the short film between scenes are done beautifully where the hedgehog maintains the same pose and it highlights the continuity of his loneliness across the many scenarios.  The progression of time from autumn to Christmas was…

Restoration of WWI Footage

Going along with the small archival theme of our class in analyzing gentrification and historical events in Philadelphia, I recently discovered that there are efforts to clean up 100 year old World War I footage.  The restoration project requires a lot of effort not only in adding frames to make the footage play smoother, clean…

Living Coral: 2019 Color of the Year

I didn’t know that there was an official color of the year (as official as a color of the year designated by Pantone, a for-profit enterprise, can be).  According to Pantone’s VP, “We’re looking toward those colors that bring nourishment and the comfort and familiarity that make us feel good. It’s not too heavy. We…