March 28, 1992 |
Working as a part of Southern California's surf culture means doing business unconventionally. The pin-striped suit is eschewed, and you don't often "do lunch" to cut a deal. And when Thom McElroy schedules a board meeting, he looks to the ocean for a sign. The Costa Mesa graphic artist certainly does not look for some New Age-inspired omen from nature to conduct business. But if the waves are good, McElroy and his clients bring along a primary tool of their trade: surfboards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1992 |
A Calabasas-based graphics company has been chosen to design the year-old city's first logo--a simple symbol but apparently not a simple process. "It's a lot more complicated than people think," said Laurie Brecheen Ballard, co-owner of the Ballard Co., which has also produced logos for the Burbank Airport, Blue Cross of California and Los Angeles International Airport. Ballard said the process will take several months.
November 12, 1991 |
To take the idea of what constitutes a book and mess around with it until sometimes it doesn't even contain words is, in some eyes, sacrilege. To others, and to artists especially, it's fair game, a marvelous stretching of the limits of expectation. One hundred examples of what has happened when artists turned their hands to books fill the airy space at the Armory Center for the Arts, something of a pleasant discovery itself in Pasadena's Old Town.
July 10, 1991 |
Like all amateur photographers, Hollywood real estate broker Arnold Carlson wants his pictures clear and sharp. But Carlson has an additional need for detail: He paints still lifes from those photos. "I take 20 to 30 rolls a year, more lately since I got my new camera," Carlson says. "I need to get really good close-ups of things." He asked a friend who is a professional photographer to recommend a good one-hour photo processing shop where he could get high-quality prints.
May 15, 1991 |
Russia before 1917 was a thriving capitalist marketplace, a bourgeois society where exotic meals, lavish theater and the latest Western fashions were pursued as eagerly as Gorbachev's ouster is today. It was a world where emerging artist Kazimir Malevich pooled his talent with poet Vladimir Mayakovsky to design cartoon-like prints that chronicled World War I for the uneducated masses.
February 1, 1991 |
Even the tiniest business needs an identity, but many small-business owners are shocked at the price of original artwork created by a graphic designer. Don't despair. Today's personal computer technology has created a growing desktop publishing industry eager to serve cost-conscious entrepreneurs. Whether your job requires creating a daily restaurant menu, updating price lists or submitting ads to a newspaper, desktop publishers can save you time and money.
January 18, 1991 |
Much of the Czechoslovakian art on display at the Valley College Art Gallery has a double meaning. Images of concentration camps, soldiers, guard dogs and watchtowers, for instance, can evoke World War II. But they also symbolize Czechoslovakia being turned into a concentration camp by the Soviet-led 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion. The artists could never have gotten their message past censors without cloaking it in seemingly "appropriate, pro-Soviet" forms, said Henry F.
November 15, 1990
The Conejo Valley Art Museum opens Friday with an exhibit titled "Chasing the Line" by Claire Falkenstein. For Falkenstein, a major California artist best known for her metal works, this exhibit is like no other she has done before. "This will be the first time I have had an exhibition with graphics playing the dominant part of the display," she said. Falkenstein, 81, is best known for her metal sculptural webs, suggestive of molecular structure and biological growth patterns.
September 29, 1990 |
As a boy, Fritz Richard was fascinated with computers. But that took a back seat to his real passion: artwork. And when he become a graphic artist, the two interests came together. His employer bought a Macintosh computer, and work that once took hours by hand now could be done in minutes. Richard became so proficient that he was soon showing other graphic artists how to manipulate the Macintosh to make their creative ideas come to life. Now he has made a business out of it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1990 |
It all started as a public relations gesture: Put lots of original artwork in the new terminal at John Wayne Airport, give it some pizazz. Then somebody thought a poster would be a splendid commemorative gift for the 2,000 supporters invited to the terminal's grand opening. But now, like Icarus losing his wings, the poster plan has been killed, ending a week's controversy over bureaucratic snafus, disapproval of the picture's nudity and concerns over freedom of expression in art.