VAD Alumnus Lucas Ackley interviewed by SLUG Magazine.
Belongingness is Found at the Misplaced Showcase
By Brittnie Gallegos
As we are endlessly trying to define art between guidelines like “traditional” and “non-traditional,” we get to participate as spectators of an artist’s perspective all while experiencing our own, regardless of which category the work falls into. Out of this grey area of traditional and non-traditional art, The Misplaced Showcase was born. Misplaced Showcase is a free event that plays the three roles of art market, interactive art exhibit and charity. Attendees are able to see rad art, meet the artists and buy some of the art featured while donating to a great cause.
Misplaced Showcase began when Lucas Ackley and friends JJ Harrison and Bill Galvan were out to lunch one Saturday discussing their favorite art shows and galleries. “We started talking about wanting to help contribute to the already booming local art scene,” says Ackley. He wanted to create a home for forms of art that didn’t necessarily have a home. These forms include prop making, comic book art, toy making and indie arcade programming. “It wasn’t long before we brought a few other local artists to help make the show a reality,” Ackley says.
To read more:
Lucas Ackley, Misplaced Showcase in SLUG Magazine
Derek & Brighton Ballard – Neuer Geist
“Thank you to @slugmag and @babyzai_ for the fantastic feature!
Pick up the new issue and check it out.
Also, how stunning is the cover illustrated by our friend @jill_dehaan ?”
FROM SLUG MAGAZINE:
“Since 2015, Neuer Geist has been creating and designing images and products that reflect their own brand aesthetic. And in addition to that, they help other businesses grow and form their own. Through screen-printing, watercolor, graphic design and the newly introduced techniques from highly coveted risograph machines, Brighton Ballard and Derek Ballard offer an array of services that can refresh any business’ look and create an impression on the community. By combining their two entities—Derek’s consisting of dark, industrial aesthetics and a background in design, and Brighton’s comprising watercolor, line drawing and portraiture—the two maintain their signature look as Neuer Geist.”
To read more:
Photo: Colton Marsala
FROM SLUG MAGAZINE:
“As a lifelong visually and artistically oriented person, she pursued an associate’s degree in visual art and design at Salt Lake Community College. The program was primarily rooted in graphic design, but she realized that she could “take letters to some place new, and they didn’t just have to be a font,” says De Haan. Under the watchful eye of Associate Professor Kerry Gonzales—her “design mother,”—she was exposed to stern design methodology while also being encouraged experiment and push the boundaries of art and design (essentially, learning the rules first then when and how to break them.)”
To read more:
Photo: John Barkiple
From Paul who is the photographer for the Bee’s Baseball in SLC:
Last game of the season is today…
“Summer Nights” concept drawing. One of my favorite summer pastimes is stargazing in fields with my best friends. What are you going to miss when summer is over?
Magen Mitchell / Obake Style
From Obake Style:
Magen’s practicing her character studies for our collaboration with hentai maven Corpse Tits. We’re really excited to make some adorably violent demons!
#obakestyle #corpsetits #corpseandobake #titsandstyle #obaketits #corpsestyle #characterstudies
Newest Localized poster, designed by yours truly 😊😊 #slugmag #localized #poster #graphicdesign
To see more of Dianna’s work:
Neuer Geist Creative Studio
Brighton and Derek Ballard. Photo: John Barkiple
From SLUG Magazine:
Neuer Geist: CLC Artisan
By Zaina Abujebarah
Structured and playful all at once, Neuer Geist’s mission is to innovate and create without losing the “glory of the past.” Brighton and Derek Ballard both bring their artistic abilities to the table and join creative forces to create pieces like prints and patches, as well as menus and other graphic design gems, tailored for local businesses. All are showcased on their website.
“We’re lucky to have found each other,” Brighton says. “Derek would painstakingly reproduce the logos of favorite bands and save bits of packaging or product tags that he thought were interesting, and I drew and painted constantly.” Their creative roots led to the inception of their brand. “Derek’s aesthetic is very clean, precise and calculated, while mine is more loose and suggestive,” says Brighton. “We help each other through the process of creating. We’re constantly talking about the business, giving each other feedback, helping each other with a sketch or an idea.”
To read the entire article:
To see Neuer Geist:
Based out of Utah, Davin Abegg runs Swoody Records, a lo-fi, experimental label that showcases artists from across the nation. Photo: John Barkiple
From SLUG Magazine:
“Swoody Records is a Utah-based label that’s been putting out loads of obscure and strange music since its inception in 2013. Many of its artists are bedroom-based—they rarely (if ever) tour or play live, and the music comes from just about every corner of the country, making it difficult for local buzz to promote the artists. Despite all this, about four years and 30 releases deep, Swoody continues to be a unique and prolific label. Founder and label head Davin Abegg seems to intentionally keep the label’s purposes enigmatic, enjoying the feeling of haziness and discovery that marks a lot of Swoody’s music.”
To read the entire article:
Ian J Maxfield
From Ian at FanX Convention in SLC:
“Hey guys, so I’ve got a table in artist alley at FanX and will be there all day tomorrow and Saturday. I’ve got some new prints and all the ones I did last time.
If you’re going, come over and say ‘Hey! There he is! GET HIM!!’ I’m at Burgundy 39.'”
To see more of Ian’s work:
Also at FanX, Alissa Hicks & Katrina Parkinson
Alissa Hicks at FanX!
Alissa is currently studying Graphic Design at Weber State University.
Hudson Parkinson, Katrina Parkinson and baby Rivers at FanX!
To see more of Katrina:
Alumnus Hilary Spillane and her business partner, Kel Elwood are Steamboat Springs Premier Wedding Photographers.
From Seedhouse Photography:
“Seedhouse had some major victory’s recently. We placed in a global photo competition – Shoot & Share – with some of our favorite wedding moments. Here are the results of just a few of those images!!!”
Kudos Hilary and Kel!
VAD Graphic Design Alumnus, Dianna Totland designed these screen printed posters for SLUG Magazine as promotion for the November “Localized” concert this coming Wednesday night at the Urban Lounge.
And… CONGRATULATIONS TO DIANNA on beginning a new chapter in her graphic design career at Epic Marketing! So proud of you!
For more information on Localized:
*Coming up with clever headlines is hard.
ANGELA H. BROWN & TALIN WADSWORTH
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 • 1 – 3 PM
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
South City Campus / Center for Arts & Media
School of Arts, Communication & Media
Multipurpose Room 1-030
1575 South State Street / SLC, UT 84115
The Visual Art & Design Faculty is proud to present the Guest Artist Series.
Angela H. Brown
Entrepreneur, Editor & Publisher – SLUG Magazine
While running SLUG Magazine for over 16 years, Angela launched the digital version which includes access to the magazine’s bi-weekly podcast. In 2009 Angela started Craft Lake City, an annual Do-It-Yourself Festival. In her spare time, Angela loves to print silver gelatin images in her photographic darkroom, run outdoors and volunteer for various local committees and advisory boards.
Senior Designer, ADOBE
A VAD Graphic Design graduate, Talin also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Design at the California College of the Arts. After graduating, Talin was hired as a senior designer at SF Volume Inc. He has worked on projects for Cal Academy of Sciences, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Rizzoli Publishing, 826 Valencia and is currently a senior designer at Adobe. Talin lives in Oakland, CA with his wife and two children.
This Event is Free & Open to SLCC Students & Our Guests of the Community.
For more information contact Sheila Chambers:
Dianna Totland at Abyss Body Piercing
Friday, April 15th / 6 PM
Exhibit Dates April 15th – 30th
Dianna Totland, a Salt Lake Community College VAD Graphic Design alumni, currently works as an in-house graphic designer for Silen6 Commercial Arts, Muster Media and freelances for SLUG Magazine. Always staying busy, Dianna also runs her own shop on ETSY called Prints 4 Hue where she creates posters inspired by typography and illustration. In the little free-time that remains, Dianna works with other mediums of art such as watercolor and acrylic paintings.
Dianna’s passion for art and the community has led her to be a part of Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. For the entire month of April you can find Dianna’s work on display throughout Abyss Body Piercing located on 245 East 300 South in downtown Salt Lake City. Join her there on Gallery Stroll night Friday, April 15th at 6 PM where she will be presenting her work.
“I’ve always wanted to have my art in Gallery Stroll, and I am really excited to finally have the opportunity to share my work.” ~ Dianna Totland