Promise of creation at Art Center’s summer graduation showcase

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(Above, photo courtesy Crystal Jean Photography / Art Center College of Design (c) 2009)

Last week we attended the Thursday-night graduation show preview at Art Center College of Design to get a glimpse of some of the work being produced by a slew of summer graduates. (The actual graduation ceremony was on Saturday.)

The massive showcase was held on Art Center’s Hillside Campus and featured displays from each field of study at the design school.

We culled just a handful of the highlights from Art Center’s hallways and showrooms, every square inch of which were wallpapered with student work, promising and advanced.

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Strother has exhibited his work at Alhambra’s Nucleus Art Gallery, Pasadena Central Library and L.A.’s Ghettogloss.

His brilliantly colorized figures remind us of muecas quitapenas, but in Strother’s works the color comes, most of the time, from without.

Engaging African and Afro-American iconography and boilerplate notions in miniaturized detail, Strother’s forms are mesmerizing.

(Right, top) “Tear Down the Dancehall,” 2009, gouache, acrylic, Cel-Vinyl and silkscreen on cut paper

(Right, bottom) “Please Don’t Tear Down the Dancehall,” 2009

(Images courtesy of Devin Troy Strother)

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A skilled portraitist and illustrator, Davison’s work conveys complex ideas as radically simple visual statements.

Illustration, at right, illuminating the inflating value of the American college degree. At far right, Davison’s illustration explores the notion that people are increasingly turning to the Internet and technology as substitutes for meaningful human relationships.

Also check out Davison’s blog.

(Images courtesy of Eric Davison)

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  • Kelly Ahn

Ahn’s contemporary character designs and background illustrations blend the flavors of Tim Burton and “Alice in Wonderland” with a “Coraline” aesthetic; her work tastes to us like a colorful sweet-and-sour swirl.

At right, “Wicked Cat,” part of a clay animation project. See more on Ahn’s blog.

(Photo by Evelyn Barge)



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  • Rawn Trinidad

Trinidad was part of the award-winning Designmatters creative team that in May was honored with the Corbis Creativity for Social Justice Award & Scholarship, part of
the ADC 88th Annual Awards program recognizing the best in advertising
and design from around the world. See the Art Center team’s entry here.

At right, part of Trinidad’s graduation show display. Our take: Cube World meets Tokidoki.

(Photo by Evelyn Barge)

Levy’s sustainable tea-drinking device turns the concept of enjoying a cuppa on its head.

The single-serving Moietea uses just enough water and electricity to create the perfect serving, while wasting not — and wanting not.

The idea appeals to us, and not just because we’re known to suck down several cups of ginseng oolong in a handful of writing hours.

The green movement is becoming an economic powerhouse; There’s definitely a market for this product. We can already imagine the Ikea packaging.

(Photo courtesy of Sharon Isadora Levy)