Neil Fujita

12 12 2011

In the near past, I worked on a book. The Saints of Jazz. I decided to do illustrations for the prose poems. In my survey of posters and album covers for music I discovered that there were basically 3 different types. Photos of the artist. Typographic titles. And abstractions expressing the mood of the music. I ended up deciding on none of these. Neil Fujita became an earlier practitioner of the abstract. Although there are representations of the instruments, his covers look like the rhythms of the music. Jazz. Classical. He did album covers for such artists Charlie Mingus, Dave Brubeck, and Johnny Eaton.

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Amy Guidry

12 12 2011

Amy Guidry is not my favourite young artist. But I do like her work. She makes me curious about her. I read an interview with her and she sounds like one of my daughters. She is trying to be thoughtful. But sometimes you’re not smart enough to analyze your own work. I don’t think she takes enough chances with her work. It has a mystical sense to it but lacks vibrancy. There is not enough there there. Details. You’re probably wondering why I am so negative. Because, it has a chance to be special.

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