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SFAI Graduate Open Studios

Today was the open studios event at the SFAI graduate studios on 3rd street. I was able to pin up my work and showcase what I have worked on. I pinned up what I feel is my most developed work which are the digital composites and manual collages of the baseball stadium. It turned out to be a really good event and I got to see what other students have been working on. It actually got me motivated to finish the semester strong. Here are some of my fellow post-baccalaureate class mates setting up for the event:


The following are some snapshots of art, people. and the event itself:






I gotta say, today it was a good day...

Today was a very fruitful day! I registered for spring classes and I surprisingly got all the classes I wanted plus a very desirable schedule. I'll only have classes two days out of the week (Mon & Tue...f-yeah!). SO SO SO EXCITED!! Did you know that the speakers from Adobe Photoshop are referred to as "evangelist"? Well they are and one of them came to speak to my Art + Commerce class. He went over how to properly use HDR, Sharpening in camera RAW, how to use puppet warp, and the thing that blew me away...Content Aware Fill...sick!

The graduate and photo-alliance lecture series (held every Friday night at SFAI) was GREAT!

First speaker: Tucker Nichols who's approach to art is very unique, is commissioned by corporate and entertainment companies (like Bravo TV) to draw on their walls.

Another project he has that is worth checking out is this. It's a project where he receives claims from people (good and bad) to give to certain product companies. It is hilarious! I can't explain it, you just have to see it for yourself.

Second speaker and the man of the hour: Jack Fulton. He's such a special character and I feel lucky to have him as a professor at SFAI. His lecture had the whole room laughing. What I love about him is that he uses his background in literature and applies it to his work in a very thoughtful and funny way. What surprised me is that he has a degree in architecture, like me :)

Here's a Fulton image that I thought was beautiful and breathtaking (ignore my reflection in the image):

Also, here's the on-going process of the mural that was being worked on yesterday at school (see previous post for the work in progress image):

October in S.F.

[slideshow] The month of October was awesome. The weather was perfect and I got to explore the city a little better. It's worth mentioning some of the images that are in the slideshow. I went to a free "opera in the park" which was an event where the opera (the play Aida) was being broadcasted from AT&T park. I was able to go inside the park for free, and watch the play-but to be honest I was just there to get some interior shots of the stadium. There are some images of paintings, sculptures, etc. from other students that had shows in the Diego Rivera gallery. If you come across one that you like and would like to know more info on it, let me know. In October, I also went to the Polk Street Blues Festival which was really nice to experience. Most importantly, there are some behind the scenes images of photo-shoots. I am getting experience on how to set up scenes and use strobe lighting (amongst other things). This type of stuff is truly exciting for me!!

Also, I got to be a part of my friend's wedding...Congrats Selenne! And yeah, yeah, yeah...the giants won their first world series. I have been documenting the whole thing and I am working on a series examining the relationships that people create with certain spaces. So far I have extensively documented Chinatown, AT&T park, and a BORDERS book store that has closed down....these spaces evoke different feelings in people- which for me, is interesting to explore.