rebranding…

So I’ve been a busy girl and have neglected my blog…..which I blame on the past three years being knee deep in data analysis that the thought of coming home and blogging about it made me twitch.

Well I’ve gotten over that and it’s time to turn a new leaf. I’ve updated the name of my blog and committed to an actual .com domain. I feel all growd up.

A lot of great things have happened over the past several months. I had the privilege of being sent by my generous employer to the Eyeo festival which has changed me for the better! Met some incredible folks  including the people of ffunction who inspire me on a daily basis. Eyeo breathed new life into me but more importantly, gave me direction. I’m eager to attend the 2013 event.

Eyeo Festival

Next thing  I jumped at was the opportunity to enroll in Alberto Cairo’s first ever free online course, Introduction to Infographics and Data Visualization. This was yet another incredible learning experience that has given me a solid foundation and understanding of information graphics and data visualization.

I’ve been tweeting quite frequently about all things #dataviz and hope to take some of that information and include it here. I would love to share my own work but you know, NDA’s kind of get in the way. So my goal is to explore open data.

Stay tuned.

i’ve always been a fan of minimalism…

In fact it was in all of my 20th century art history classes that I had the highest marks. For some reason the theories resonated with me and I felt a certain amount of compassion towards the artists of the 60s. Specifically the minimalist artists in New York at this time.

The fact that these artists embraced the art object (approaching it in different ways) avoiding convoluted messages, made their works even more powerful then a famous Neo-Classical painting. Less is certainly more.

High Fives to the following heroes of Minimalism.

Donald Judd

This work is ‘Untitled’ like many of Judd’s creations. He felt naming works of art took away from the object itself. The focus must always be on the art object and its space.

Frank Stella

This incredible painter focused on the actual shape of the canvas while also giving color shape. Generally, he avoided meaning in his works because it was believed that for centuries meaning had been used to deceive. Minimalism was about getting back to basics.

Robert Morris

This artist created some of the most compelling sculptures during the 60s and was one of the big players of Minimalism. Fascinated, like the others, with the art object but also with the art space, he believed a work acquired its meaning when viewed. His ‘L Beams’ sculpture took up most of the gallery space,  challenging not only how we view art but also how we experience art.

These artists rule because they kick started the Conceptual movement. There are many different ways to communicate ideas, and the artists of the 60s prove that!