Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Harry the Bunny

I made this woodblock painting for my nephew Thaddeus. Based on his favorite character Harry the Bunny. He probably won't remember Harry one day because he is 8 months presently. I love you, TJ. Love AJ. xo

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Gadhafi / Robots / 560,000-year-old tooth

A more-interesting-than-usual A2 I designed for 7.29.15

  • A court in Libya’s capital Tuesday sentenced a son of the late strongman Moammar Gadhafi and members of his regime to death by firing squad for crimes committed during the 2011 war that toppled his father. 

I thought this quote was memorable:
///// “Who cares about them anymore? Every Libyan knows they are guilty,” a customer in a cafe told the Libya Herald, an online daily. “We’re facing much more serious problems, like the lack of money and terrorism.”

• Scientists and tech experts — including professor Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — warned Tuesday of a global arms race with weapons using artificial intelligence.

• Two students have found a human tooth from about 560,000 years ago in a famous prehistoric cave in southwestern France, a discovery praised by archaeologists as the oldest human body part discovered in the country and being rare from that period in Europe. 

Paleoanthropologist Tony Chevalier, a researcher at Tautavel’s archaeological laboratory, called it a “major discovery.” Chevalier said the adult tooth would help fill a gap between the very few oldest human fossils, notably found in Spain and Germany, and more recent ones.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Putin // East Liberty front page

• Ukrainian artist Daria Marchenko constructs a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin called “The Face of War,” made out of 5,000 ammunition shells collected by volunteers from sites near Donetsk airport, in eastern Ukraine, and battlefields in Donbass. The portrait will be presented with a novel sharing stories of six people involved in the project. “The war is full of lives, which are like cartridge cases,” Marchenko says. “If people remember this, if people who came to Ukrainian lands with aggression remember this, war will not begin.”

•  Jerry Murry doesn’t know where he will go if he’s evicted from the affordable Penn Plaza Apartments where he has lived for 10 years. Long waiting lists for affordable units in East Liberty mean he probably will have to leave the neighborhood and maybe the city, Murry said. Residents of East Liberty complain that growth in luxury apartments and high-end commercial properties is displacing low-income people, particularly blacks. Read this important story by the Trib's Bob Bauder.

Monday, July 20, 2015

They're creepy, and they're kooky

My A1 design for 7.21.15: I got to promo a feature story on artist Daniel Baxter and his Kreepy Doll Factory. The doll you see is Charlie the Gigolo, who once rubbed two pennies together to try and make a nickel. “There’s no rules,” said Baxter, who is the resident artist this summer at the Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip District. “It’s going to be a Kreepy Doll ... no matter what.” 
I love these dolls; I want one of his; I want to make my own. August projects!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Monday, July 13, 2015

Meet me under the Kaufmann's bell

A1 design for 7.14.15: Downtown will lose the last of its major retail destinations and a stalwart of holiday celebrations when Macy’s closes its store in the Golden Triangle to make way for a radical makeover of the historic property. The developer's plans fit within the trend Downtown for more residential living with new luxury hotels, apartments and condo projects.
I guess the city is the new suburbs? Lots of Pittsburghers used to meet under that famous clock back in the day. Not that I grew up in the 412 or have any connection to that building, but it is pretty sad. My good friend, Jenn C., has a tradition of going to the Christmas window displays that will be no more. I was singing Petula Clark "Downtown" all night, which I used to sing every time I went into Center City Philadelphia when I was in my growing teen wonder years.
<<< When you're alone and life is making you lonely
You can always go, downtown
When you've got worries all the noise and the hurry
Seems to help I know, downtown
Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk, where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose? The lights are much brighter there
You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares
So go
Downtown, things will be great when you're
Downtown, no finer place for sure
Downtown, every thing's waiting for you >>>