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Jack Pierce Makes it POP!

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“Giraffes”

By Caitlyn Shea

Jack Pierce is a graphic artist that combines dynamic pattern and imagery with bold text elements. Currently, he is unveiling a new series entitled Maximum Pop, which captures the zeitgeist of Pop art while adding a fresh, contemporary twist through his use of digital media.  His designs are extremely engaging and bring together surprising subject matter; for example, in his recent design “Giraffes” the viewer is met by an exceptionally large barcode with giraffes marching in the foreground.  The giraffes exceed the edges of the print, and since we do not see their heads they work as both patterns and figures.

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“Voltage”

Originally, Pierce was a painter. He explains: “I still make paintings today. Painting is much more sensual than graphic design, it is a great balance. I love painting more, but I have been sketching some of these designs for quite a while and needed to make them real, to actually design them and get large prints made of them.”  His painting background is apparent in his digital work, as he juggles composition and color in a very cohesive manner.

Pierce’s work ethic is impressive, he continuously expresses a wealth of ideas as sketches and then the strongest concepts are created digitally. These developed vector images can then become fragments for new designs.  Pierce describes his outlook as an artist:

“My personal philosophy on art is to approach it as a student who is always learning. I operate on a yearly cycle. What can I learn this year and how can I demonstrate where I am as a creative entity? It is an attempt to learn a highly cultivated form of human communication and trying to continually progress.”

Having studied visual psychology, Pierce knows how to excite his viewers.  His designs are beyond smart color and composition choices. It is through developing a strong original concept and then rethinking, reworking, and redefining his ideas that he creates work that continuously delivers unexpected results.

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“50 Birds”

On April 18th you can see Jack Pierce’s new designs in person! On Saturday Night, April 18th, join us at LaunchPad Huntington from 6-10 PM for our special #artntech event – “ART BYTES”. Featuring: Visual Art, Animation, Illustration, Videography, live painting, and musical performances. Plus, enjoy delicious food courtesy of Massa’s Coal Fired Brick Oven Pizzeria, Tasty American Coo Coo, and Neraki Greek Mediterranean Grill Drinks courtesy of Greenport Harbor Brewing co. and Hint Water.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Caitlyn SImagehea is a professional fine art painter. She studied Studio Art and Art History at Pratt Institute and Skidmore College before graduating with a BFA from Adelphi University in 2011. Outside of her studio, Shea is captivated by the pluralism that exists in art today, and the ways in which individual artists define themselves and their practices in order to carve out a unique career. By interviewing participating SPARKBOOMTM artists, Shea looks to develop a dialogue between practicing artists and an audience that does not only include other art experts, but people who have a newfound urge to become involved in experiencing the work of fresh, exciting artists.

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Kasmira Mohanty – The Creative Side of Modern Technology

Oksana

“Oksana”

By Jenna Weis

Portraiture has been a significant foundation to the art world. For centuries artists have been commissioned to paint for some of the most influential people in the world as well as the everyday folk. To master the craft is one thing, but to bring the subject such life and vibrancy is the true artistry as graphic designer Kasmira Monhanty does in her portraits. Mixing tradition with the modern techniques of Photoshop and Illustrator, Mohanty compares her preferred medium with the Impressionist era stating “The invention of the paint tube changed the art world forever and most did not get what Impressionists were creating until later on.  I think the same is happening now.  I’m grateful to be part of that experience”

"Poppie"

“Poppie”

Mohanty’s artistic journey began quite modestly compared to what you see here. As a photographer for somewhat typical gigs, an experience teaching photography to students in need of inspiration set the bar for her work. She saw such a positive and energetic reaction from her students to their own portraits which forced her to discover the sense of value a self image can ignite for someone. “A portrait was no longer an image on a flat piece of paper, but a living breathing entity.  Till this day I cherish those images” she says.

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“Lulu”

Mohanty decided to abandon the palette and brush for a computer, digitally creating her work with Photoshop which took her years to master. A common thread in these portraits is the original patterns she uses quite generously. Inspired by ancient Rangoli designs, Mohanty designs and redesigns these images off the cuff, sometimes with symbolic undertones. Using her piece entitled Tara and Ellyn as an example, she explains “I used the Gemini symbol to create a pattern and in the space that was left in between I put two circles representing the phrase ‘two peas in a pod’.”

Bold confident colors with complex and simple patterns engage the viewer. There is so much to take in visually, but what is truly amazing is despite the combination of colors and patterns that tend to make an image flat, here the subject is so alive and soulful. You get a sense of a true living and breathing person before you. These portraits are a definite must see at SPARKBOOM’s Artspace Unplugged event August 9th from 6-10PM at 20 Terry Street in Patchogue. RSVP here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rain roomJenna Weis grew up on Long Island and graduated from Commack High School in 2007. She received her Associates Degree in Visual Arts from Suffolk Community College then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Criticism from Stony Brook University. This is her second summer working for SPARKBOOMTM, first as Lead Blogger. She hopes the blog will really engage readers to want to see more of the artists work at our SPARKBOOMTM events and help further promote the artists themselves.

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