Friday, May 22, 2015

Northern Lights
David M. Versluis ©2015
10" w x 13" h
Three-color monoprint

This is one of a series of 10 monoprints printed from Plexiglas plates using an inked roller and dab technique. The effect is painterly and structural where the pigment is embedded into the paper fibers. This results in an image indicating the integrability of medium and message.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

“Material Steps” — a hand cut and paste photographic collage

Material Steps
David M. Versluis © 2015
16" w x 20" h
Mixed media

Material Steps comprises hand-cut and paste collage techniques made from various RC paper photographs taken earlier this year by Versluis. The collage combines gray and hot pink spray paint with other markings using lithographic crayon. All the elements are mounted to illustration board.

This piece reconsiders the metaphor of the ladder not as steps to heaven, but as doorsteps signifying the material and substance of our place on earth. Through the playful act the conventional photographic film images have been sliced into segments that are carefully reorganized to imply an informal structuring. The composition seems to imply a kind of evocative ambiguity.  In other words, does the repositioned hand railing symbolize a broken ladder or molecular model?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Dordt College Portfolio Review Night 2015

Poster design by Amanda Oberman, Dordt College Junior

Dordt College Department of Art and Design
PORTFOLIO REVIEW NIGHT! (not for students only)
Portfolio Review Night 2015 is featuring the talents of these great creatives:

Jamin Ver Velde
Creative Director, Dordt College
Creative Director, Brand New Web & Creative Development
Rob Haan
Marketing Creative Lead, Alpha Omega Publications
Ellie Dykstra
Creative Director, Rise Ministries
Brian Rykes
Graphic Designer, Creative Resource Inc.
Matt Van Rys
Creative Director, Van Rys Studios

Join us for Portfolio Review Night! 
Monday the 27th, 6:30-8:30pm.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

“bare” exhibition at Dordt College

Aubrey Pasker: Poster Design

Dordt College senior Aubrey Pasker will present her senior art show, “bare,” from April 6 to April 12.

A reception will be held in the Campus Center Art Gallery on Wednesday, April 8, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. The artist’s talk will begin at 5:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

“bare” incorporates photography, makeup artistry, personal statements, and real-life victims in an attempt to express the physical and psychological effects of sexual violence. The show, which began as a cathartic work for Pasker, quickly grew into an opportunity for victims to share their experience and find healing and support in one other.

“It’s definitely a combination of my passions,” says Pasker. “I love art, but I also have a passion for sexual healing. This show allowed me to use my gifts and talents to bring healing–both for myself and for the other girls involved.”

Pasker hopes that “bare” might serve as a starting point for more discussion on sexual violence. “It’s a bigger issue than most people realize,” she says. “And I think it’s time we acknowledged how many people are affected by it, even in our Christian community.”

Pasker, from Des Moines, will graduate in May with a degree in graphic design and worship arts. After college, she plans to attend a YWAM (Youth With a Mission) school focused on prostitution and trafficked victim ministries and hopes to continue her art within this field.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

sustainable city

Proposal: City in a Garden, Sustainable Chicago Poster, 2014
Designer: David Versluis
City of Chicago Poster Competition
Poster was not published

The main visual elements of this poster are created with waste paper, which creates a variety of shapes, colors, and textures. The use of waste paper in the design suggests that a sustainable city is also a vibrant city, one where the disposable elements of a wasteful culture are re-purposed to create communities where all are empowered to thrive. The different colors may suggest a patchwork of races and cultures, while the shapes and textures call to mind the outlines of buildings, or the grid of the Chicago streets. The overall effect of the design and copy is a call to action to join together to create a sustainable, diverse city where all humans flourish and no one is treated as “disposable.”

Poster design was inspired by Hans Hofmann’s “The Gate” from 1959.

Hans Hofmann
The Gate, 1959-60
Oil on canvas
Image taken from Wikipedia

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

New work: The 2015 St. Andrew’s-Wesley Church’s Oratorio Singers Poster

Graphic designer: David Versluis / Lucca photography: iStock

This year the Oratorio Singers in Vancouver under the direction of Darryl Nixon is scheduled to perform Messa di Gloria by Giacomo Puccini at St. Andrew's-Wesley Church. The concert starts at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The photographic image seems to emulate the look and feel of a 1930s color postcard. In addition, dots on the letters “i” in Puccini have been lowered to suggest a closer visual proximity in the type style.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

New work: The 2015 Sioux County Oratorio Chorus Poster

Graphic designer / photographer: David Versluis

This year the Sioux County Oratorio Chorus is scheduled to perform Mozart’s Requiem at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alton, Iowa where the sound will resonate. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church was founded in 1870. The current church building was built in 1908 and for the most part the building remains much as it did when it was erected.

Among the many distinguishing characteristics of the interior are the wonderful stained glass windows made in Munich, Germany. The series of windows suggests a European classical charm.

I have developed a poster concept for the 2015 Oratorio Concert that utilizes as a background the rosette image from St Mary’s east semi-transept. It seems to be a fitting image for Mozart’s Requiem (The image has been darkened to contrast the poster text). The SCOC logo / identity was developed by Shelby Heerema, a graphic design student at Dordt College.

While St. Mary’s is not a true Christian church basilica, it nevertheless has Roman characteristics of a transept set crosswise to the nave and apse.

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