Gig Depio with Art 107 Design Fundamentals I in class room 152 at UNLV college of fine arts. December 4, 2018.
It is just about the end of the Fall 2018 semester in the creative confines of the UNLV Department of Art. Painter/muralist/selfie expert Gig Depio was my final guest for what I dubbed the Alternative UNLV Artist Lecture series. Depio started right away by demonstrating his networking skills. He looked at random works by the students and talked shop, from why to avoid messy charcoal to never fear too many things in your composition. He also bantered with art chair Marcus Civin over pizza. Then for his talk, he spoke about his father, also a professional painter, raising him to be an artist, then Depio became a business major. A form of rebelling, I asked. Yes, said the artist. Yet, Depio's current success is a reconciliation of those conflicting ideologies.
He also joked and commented about the competitive art market, his online thrust and parry with art critics like Dave Hickey and Jerry Saltz, and spoke on how the design basics are so embedded in his head he uses it like language. "You don't think about the words when you talk, but the idea," said The Gig. That's the same as saying you get the basics in your head so much they are in a constant conversation with your brushes dipped in paint. For show and tell, he brought in a 48 inch X 48 inch painting with him so these students could see real brush strokes. The class was fortunate. Depio agreed to speak weeks ago, and now his new mural in Overton will be dedicated next week. To see that work in progress in his presentation was a powerful connection of pencil to paint.
The class approved the lecture and gave him what has become the class sign of group approval used during project presentations: finger snapping done in the best tradition of bohemian poetry slam hedonism.
Speaking earlier in the semester were street artists Sage Sage and Shawn Gatlin. We also were visited by Clark County Museum adminstrator Mark Hall-Patton. All the speakers shared their interpretation of the basics and how it applies to visual decisions in their work. This is the cool thing about Las Vegas. Artists and administrators do go out of their way to talk art, and all want to help enhance the region's commitment to aesthetics.
As for the students, they were great to work with. I am sure a few will be making design history soon. Finger snaps for all.
(Left) Gig Depio looking at an online portfolio. (Middle) Gig out. Have art, will travel.
(Right) Mark Hall-Patton with t-shirt winner. October 30, 2018.
(Below) "There She Is Art" with "You Killed Me First" at Design152Studio. September 27, 2018.
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