Since it’s re-blog Monday, I figured I would search some of my favorite blogs and share something wonderful with you. This Monday, I wanted to pass on Hack a Day post on The Light Painting Stick. Check it out and if you end up creating some art work, please send it my way. I would love to post to my blog and share with readers. Enjoy!

I’ve been playing around with different ways to blog and coming up with ways to stay connected to friends and family that have expressed a profound interest to know more about art (of any kind). Well, I’m hoping some of you latch on to this idea of Breaktime posts. Think about it, how long is your break at work? About 10-15 minutes, right? Now, instead of wasting the time engaging in some virtual stalking of the person you like/admire/dislike, why not watch or read something during those 10-15 minutes and delve into something you may have never seen or known before. I’m serious. If you look at infographics about how much time, collectively, we all spend tweeting and facebooking (now, you know we do this A LOT if those very words have become not only part of our lexicon but we use them as verbs), you will understand how much time we spend watching, viewing, reading, not-reading, and engaging virtually. Okay, off the soap box! Watch the video above on Typography. A little secret (which isn’t much of a secret now): I went to art school for a couple of years and studied graphic design and illustration. I’m a SUCKER for typography. And, um, if you’re wondering, creating an original typeface is hard. Very challenging. More difficult to design great and effective type than you think. Trust me (or do it yourself – and NO, changing Arial font on your gDoc from regular to bold and italicizing it DOES NOT count). All right, go forth and enjoy your break time!! 😉

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Enjoyed a lecture by Scott Summit at the California College of the Arts yesterday evening. Being a huge fan of the lecture series at CCA, I love the fact that the artist talks are open and free to the public. If you find yourself in San Francisco, it’s definitely great to take advantage of these events (especially if you want to keep yourself apprised of art and design). Above, I posted Summit’s TedxCambridge Talk. Although last night’s lecture was geared towards budding industrial designers, I found it extremely informative and learned some new things (i.e., additive fabrication/manufacturing). Overall, it was fascinating to see concepts designed virtually and brought to fruition through additive fabrication (aka 3D modeling). Having a profound interest in the translation between virtual to physical (and vice versa), the presentation was pretty enthralling. As for some of the conceptual and creative aspects of industrial design, Summit stated the importance of the following in the design process.

  1. Create uniqueness
  2. Design like Nature
  3. Create for the Body
  4. Increase Complexity to Reduce Cost
  5. Start a product company with no upfront cost
  6. Really (Truly) Optimize – Perform, Feedback, and Revision
  7. See things you couldn’t see before
  8. Low Power Consumption
  9. Self Replication – The machine’s ability to print itself

One of my favorite artist-writer, Christine Wong Yap. She shares “trinkets from the bitstream” with the rest of us! Totally worth your time. Please check out her post and blog! In addition, consider this the first installment of re-blog Mondays (a day to share some amazing thoughts and internet goodies from some of my favorite artists and writers out there)! Enjoy!!


O, Internet! Some glimmers of humor and poetry:

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In search of a book, I found this little gif. It’s a cover design that’s meant to stand in for a missing file, but it’s handsome, balanced, mysterious and beautiful on its own. Book-face with a swash-nose. I’d read it.

I’m slowly working my way through psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s books. This one, co-authored with Eugene Halton, is on how objects become associated with sentiment. It sounds very enriching for me as an artist. I love this graphic cover too: plates and photos on display, with the title in sentence casing in a gothic typeface.

Aziz Ansari’s Treat yo’ self! clip from Parks and Rec. Ridiculous, self-indulgent, yet quite possibly a brilliant idea. What if everyone had one big Treat Yo’ Self Day every year? Rewards following accomplishments are nice, but too much performance-orientation can be unsustainable…

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Four Poems of Love & a Sonnet of Despair by Carissa Potter

Hello friends and family!

If you find yourself roaming around San Francisco on Friday, February 10 not knowing what to do, please attend the opening for People I’ve Loved opening night at Wire + Nail Gallery in San Francisco’s Mission District. It will be a great show!! Please see the press release below for details!


Tricia Rampe, Curator
Telephone: (415) 645-3805


Exhibition runs: Friday, February 10, 2012 – Friday, March 16, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, February 10, 2012 7PM -9PM
3150 18th Street (at Treat Avenue), Suite 104, San Francisco, CA 94110
Gallery hours: By Appointment Only

Wire + Nail Gallery is pleased to present People I’ve Loved, a collection of multimedia installations, drawings, and video installation by Carissa Potter. Please join us on Friday, February 10, 2012 from 7-9pm for the exhibition opening.

In a world filled with cynicism and despair, a lover of love in the arts is a rarity. Contemporary art often veers away from love as a subject matter. If love does find its way into an artwork, there’s a strong sense of irony or flippant use of the word and idea. Yet, with the perfect combination of authenticity and playfulness, Carissa Potter showcases the nature of amorous human interactions in such an undeniably beguiling way. Introducing new works in this exhibition, Potter addresses the physical, emotional, psychological, and intellectual aspects of love and desire.

Potter introduces new works looking at the physical and emotional facets of love. Marry Me on Market is performance based piece where the artist conducts impromptu commitment ceremonies on one of the most highly trafficked streets in San Francisco. The participation requires one to be fearless and unafraid. While art work, All You Left Me, a necklace made from a human kidney stone calls to mind the belief in fetishes and amulets. Even though the necklace is all that is left, it serves a purpose. A reminder, a souvenir of love and loss. It marks a forgotten or remembered time. You Tell Me What I Want to Hear, interprets the game of Telephone within the context of love and longing. This piece serves as a playful look into how the our mind may perceive one thing but unable to trust what we actually hear. Finally, 5 Poems of Love and A Sonnet of Despair, by Pablo Nuerda serves as a metaphor to the way in which love may be understood. The longing to translate something enigmatic and realizing, through the translation, familiarity resides. Potter’s translations mimic the way love is felt, instantaneously and without regard to any concept of what is right or wrong but what is felt.

About the Artist

Carissa Potter is a person who lives in San Francisco, California. Carissa currently is working on her first solo show at Wire and Nail Gallery, in the past she has shown at SomArts, E6 Gallery, Kitsch Gallery, and Root Division. She has been a featured artist in Asterisk Magazine, Conveyor Arts Magazine, HoneyDove, Mauve Gallery Journal, Site95, and FFFound. Carissa is a founding member of Colpa Press, a concept based print operation. For more information about Carissa, visit or Thank-you for reading and have a nice day.

Learn more about Carissa Potter here

About Wire + Nail Gallery

Wire + Nail Gallery is located in heart of the San Francisco’s Mission District. The store-front art space was founded in February 2011 by Art Dealer, Tricia Rampe. Wire + Nail focuses on supporting emerging artists, web-based projects, and fostering Bay Area regionalism. Wire + Nail is available for art openings and single night events. Rental of the space is also available by request.

Gallery hours are based on appointments. To visit, please call (415) 645-3805 or e-mail and is located at 3150 18th Street (at Treat Avenue), Suite 104, San Francisco, CA 94110

Learn more about Wire + Nail Gallery here

Form + Code: In Design, Art, and Architecture ~ Image Source: Form + Code web site

In reference to the emerging media of his time, theorist Marshall McLuhan wrote, “Today we’re beginning to realize that the new media aren’t just mechanical gimmicks for creating worlds of illusion, but new languages with new and unique powers of expression.” Writing code is one gateway for realizing these new forms. Learning to program and to engage the computer more directly with code opens the possibility of not only creating tools, but also systems, environments, and entirely new modes of expression. It is here that the computer ceases to be a tool and instead becomes a medium.

~ Form + Code: In Design, Art, and Architecture by Casey Reas, Chandler McWilliams, and LUST

I cannot put this book down. It’s been a great resource in learning the emerging media and how artists, designers, and architects are working within a fast paced digitally laden environment. Please click on the image above to visit the Form + Code site. This book is certainly for anyone interested by new media arts and computational aesthetics.