The Big Smack Himself.

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Peoria, IL, United States
I created this blog to help my students find new inspirational artists and works, all while strengthening their interest and pride in their work and themselves as artists. :D i'm also an aspiring artist myself.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

wow it's been a long time...

i'm alive!

hello bloggers,

it's been a long time since i last posted. a lot has happened in the last several months. i just wanted to post something here to remind myself that i have bonded with you all and can't forget that.

I'll upload something for more substantial soon. promise. don't hate me.

- Jerryfish

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A couple of Videos I Recently Found

Big Buck Bunny - Peach Open Movies

I wish my sketchbooks and journals were this beautiful...

"Anchored" - Lindsey Olivares

an awesome Flash animated project from a talented illustrator and animator.. Etoli.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Copper River Adventure...

I'm sitting in Copper River Cafe. The smells of brewed coffee and the low hum of overlapping conversations swirl around me. It's quite pleasant...I don't get this feeling walking into a Starbucks (though I like their chai). There is something about the atmosphere this place exudes that makes me feel relaxed.

I should venture here more often...if not to get a drink, but maybe just to leave my apartment and remind myself there are some bright spots of interest here in Peoria.

*break* talking to the owner, Scott, about possible exhibiting of work here at Copper River.

*return* Scott likes my work and is interested in showing the work. They are currently booked for the summer, but definitely a good chance of securing the back room.

It's a start to a small exhibiting life as a post-grad artist. I gotta do what I gotta do, right? Right.

It's been awhile since I have posted something substantial here, and I apologize to those following this blog...(all six of you, much appreciation). Anyway, a lot has happened. I was considered for employment as an adjunct professor in Nashville, Tn. The didn't work out. I graduated and I think I pulled a thesis paper and exhibition together. I folded hundreds of paper boats. I've traveled to San Diego to meet family from my father's side for the first time in my 27 years of living. I drove a friend, he infant daughter, and her mother to Roseville, Minnesota for her friend's sister's wedding. I watched the US Soccer team lose to Ghana in the world cup while being surrounded by a dozen young and excited Ghanians and others from various African countries. It was Awkward, but nothing bad.

Oh right! I really got into the World Cup South Africa. The Netherlands are going to take it all Saturday!

anyway, I've been hanging out with friends that are still in town, and eating free tacos, cheap chicken wings. I've been catching up on sleep and gouaching it up like crazy. Life is good, despite the serious lack of funds in my bank account.

Yesterday I applied to work at Target, and Toys-R-Us and tomorrow i plan on driving around and applying at K-Mart, Macy's, and TJ Maxx.

Hopefully something will come around. It has to right?

I found an Illustrator on Deviantart I would like to feature on the Smack of Jerryfish...I'll contact her tonight and see if she's interested.

Monday, March 15, 2010

NEW VIDEO: 70 Million - Hold Your Horses

This is another video find from Hope Batterson!

She's been on the ball with this video discoveries!

How many of the art references can you recognize?

and I really dig the song as well!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Who dat be?

no title at the moment still in the process of being created
2009- to current
mixed media
calligraphy ink, gouache, stamping, prismacolor pencil, graphite, and acrylic

here's a side project i'm working on the side.

This is a collaboration in which i'm teaming up with Heather Brammeier, professor of painting at Bradley.

the visual resources are the same pool of imagery we both dip from from, but the approach we take is completely diferent.

just some info on the project

Contributing Artist:
Jerry Phillips - Bradley University Graduate Student - Printmaking

Heather Brammeier - Bradley University Professor of Painting

title: *currently incomplete so no title at the momenet"
size: 22"x 30"
Paper: Rives BFK White
media: Mixed (brown and green calligraphy ink, gouache, prismacolor pencils, acrylic, and graphite)

Conceptual Content:

The Painting Professor at Bradley University, Heather Brammeier, has often worked on collaborations with her graduates students who wither take a drawing and/or painting course with her.

Since I've taken painting, drawing, and color theory with her, she thought collaborating with me would be a great idea!

When compared to each other, our work appear to be on the opposite sides of the visual spectrum. Her work is abstract color compositions focusing more on creating an illusion of depth based on color interactions. Although the flat curvilinear forms she draws and paints come off as geometric initially, they actually base the beginnings in the movements of plant life and ocean life as they waft effortlessly in the currents and the waves.

Where as the my work is a more literal depiction of oceanic and other aquatic critter, I still look to how those organism exist in their water environment. The conceptual idea for why My obsession with the dark values of Mezzotint can't set my work farther apart form Heather's colorful paintings then is possible. But i've grown to appreciate color (no i love color) and even my adventures into color fall on a very different plane.

Some how, the origins that birthed these ideas have come merged and created this amalgamation of two different artists.

How We Do:

the basis of this collaboration is to be completely reactive to what you see on the paper. You manipulate the image due to your instincts and gut feelings while keeping in line with your own style/imagery.


History of the piece:

This started as an ink wash drawing i had started back last semester. after agreeing to collaborate, I passed the piece on to Heather who worked a little before giving it back. I work on it and passed it back...and so on and so forth.

The best part about the collaboration is the history of marks and images layered on there has helped build and created a sophisitcated world/environment that reflects the aquatic qualities Heather and I are visually attracted to.

I cannot wait to see just how much this invented environment evolves and changes before we both decided the piece is gone.

The possibility of continuous growth within the image is exciting and quite breathtaking, due to the fact that it could continue to change and develop for another day or even years to come.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Post Valentine Prose

some words worth of shakespeare:

"Look how much I love you
I hope you like Valentine GOO because
There is no one just like you,
Will you be my valentine?
Please be my valentine.
If you don't I'll go to the valentine MOAT."

-Caitlyn McCracken
3rd Grade

"Roses are Red, Violets are Blue,
Yes they are beautiful,
But not as beautiful as you,
Though sometimes you make me cry,
and when I see your face I flee,
But soon this Valentine's Day,
I'll ask you to be my Valentine Today."

- Bethany Arline Hardy
6th Grade

I love how completely honest this words of prose are.


Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Edition

stalling, 2010
jerry b. phillips

Wiping and Printing the "stalling" mezzotint...

you can actually see me go through the process!

listen carefully, you may actually hear me singing.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Color - Highlights

Highlights from Drawing 102-01
Fall 2009
Watercolor Assignments

color study, 2009
Amy Petrek
flat color study

backpack, 2009
Stephanie Dacuma
still life study

heel, 2009
Emily S. Muir
part of final assignment

folded paper, 2009
Laura J. Wirtz
folded paper study

fan and bricks, 2009
Emily S. Muir
department still life study

light switch, 2009
Joshua van Arsdale
still life study

crane, 2009
Shannon Gordy
folded paper study

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Black and White - Highlights

Highlights from Drawing 102-01
Fall 2009
Black and White

flower, 2009
Nick Younglove
final assignment

plant, 2009
Laura J. Wirtz
organic still life assignment

starbursts, 2009
Joshua van Arsdale
monumental assignment

bicycle, 2009
Hope Batterson
bicycle still life assignment

hair clip, 2009
Stephanie Dacuma
monumental assignment

bicycle, 2009
Amy Petrek
bicycle still life assignment

Text Color
plant, 2009
Shannon Gordy
organic still life assignment

bicycle, 2009
Aaron Schleickhorn
bicycle still life assignment

Brad Vetter - Designer/Letter Press/Art

The Beast of Burden

the artist
photo credit: Adrienne Miller

Artist: Brad Vetter
Location: Nashville, TN
Online Portfolio: Beast of Burden

This is Brad Vetter, working designer, letter press printer, and artist. Living and working in Nashville, Brad has made a very successful name for himself as one of the printers for Hatch Show Prints.

His work, although feeds into the fields of poster design and graphic design, maintains a strong foundation in art. For those of you interesting in including text into your work, take a look at his work. He balances the use of words in to well thought out compositional pieces.

Graphic Designers, I'm showing you Brad's work because I want to stress what Gary has you do. I know for a fact that Gary has you sketch out your ideas before you even touch the computer. The great designs you created are not created because of the computer, but from you. Brad is an excellent example of how good design is still made by hand.

I love how Brad approaches color within his pieces. They enhance and don't distract. It's pretty amazing how he is able to use minimal color to make a poster just beam. It's also pretty amazing that he can overlap a small amount of color and create depth.

I've met Brad once, in Murray, Kentucky. I was in town for my friend's BFA show, and I met him and Adrienne for dinner at Jasmine's. This restaurant is one of many things I miss of that small town in Western Kentucky. I ate Singapore Noodles with chicken and a spicy crab sushi roll.

My initial impression of Brad was "this guy has awesome facial hair." I aspired to have facial hair like this guy, but alas, genetics has not granted me the ability. The artist is a really great guy (Adrienne - I totally approve of this guy).

work produced at Hatch Show Print

old crow medicine show, 2007
show poster
letter press

show poster
letter press

jason mraz, 2008
show poster
letter press

work produced for design

the show
wine labels in environment

charles and charles, 2008
rose wine label
hatch show print

the ponys, 2007
show poster

anthropologie catalog, 2009
letter press

Brad's personal work

let's talk about books, 2009
ink on book cover

modular things #1, 2009
relief and xerox transfer

the places i have been
letter press and xerox transfer

Sunday, January 17, 2010

When everything seems to fall apart...

and you don't seem to be able to makes sense of things...

Keep Moving Forward

and you'll pull through.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Video Find - Regina Spektor - EET

Hope Batterson found and brought Regina's "EET" song and video to my attention.

I must say I'm quite fond of this song. and I really enjoyed visuals. There is something about using a typewriter as a musical instrument that is beautiful.

Also check out Hope's Website and her personal blog!

Amy Casey - Painting

the artist

Artist: Amy Casey
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Medium: Painting, Printmaking

A trip to Chicago with Heather Brammeier, painting professor at Bradley University, saw a couple of graduate students and Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree gallery hopping one day. Heather took us to some of her favorite galleries, and one in particular represents Ms. Amy Casey.

The ZG Gallery had an exhibition of Amy's work hanging that day. There is something about Amy's work that just intrigues me. Could it be the muted palette of colors she utilizes or maybe the unconventional use of the buildings. Whatever the reason, I was happy to find out that Heather was also attracted to Amy's work.

ZG Gallery printed a small book of her imagery and I jumped at the chance to purchase it. With my purchase, the gallery stuck a simple sticker with her signature in my copy and I felt like I had just received an autograph from a rock star.

From her artist statement, Amy describes her work as an extension of a series of dreams she had. Not wanting to depict her dream exactly, she evokes the feeling felt within them.

Here's what she had to say:

"For about the last eight years, I've been experiencing a sporadically recurring dream about the end of the world. Animals stampeding and buildings falling into dust around me. I wake in panic and with a heavy sense of inevitability...

...I think that like my dream, my paintings reflect my view of the nervous state of affairs the world seems to be in."

-Amy Casey

Read he entire statement here: writings on the wall

Check out the rest of her work! I'm sure you'll find them just as intriguing as I do.

Now onto some of my favorites:

an abundance of caution, 2008
22" x 30"

big cities, small towns, 2009
41" x 54"

keeping it together, 2009
36" x 50"

safety in numbers, 2007
22.5" x 19.5"