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Danger gallery – Coming soon in 2016!

03.01.2016

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Hey guys! I have some VERY big news! I’ve kept this pretty quiet for the last few weeks as I’ve been scheming, but as of today, March 1st, 2016, I’m super proud to announce that I am opening the DANGER GALLERY in Stamford, CT!!! This will be a space where I plan to showcase solo & group shows, live music & video art/installations. I am beyond excited and will keep you all informed for an opening party and how it all comes together in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Fate Loves the Fearless

11.08.2013

There have been a few moments in the last month, where I think I’ve experienced a magnetism pulling me in a new direction, some sort of “sign”. Or maybe it’s not a “sign”, maybe it’s a higher perception that we synchronize with for a moment and feel a new kind of clarity. Whatever it is, I felt it. And this time I decided to act on it without fear of change holding me back.

I’ll be turning thirty-four in 3 weeks (on the island of Anguilla no less!) and I see this as a turning point in my life and in my career. Time to make moves and shake things up. The Flaming Lips sung a song that struck a chord with me a few weeks ago when they sung, “All we have is now…” One of the most beautiful and exhilarating live performances I’ve seen in awhile.

Over the last few years I’ve really honed in on some skills that I’m passionate about and have wanted to focus my life on entirely. Video editing, after effects animation, motion graphics, live performance art and video installations. I love being around crazy vibrant people who live and breathe creativity daily. I love traveling around the world and exposing myself to this beautiful place we live in while creating art inspired by those experiences. I know all of these things brings out the best in me, and I want to invite more of that into my life on a daily basis in the coming year.

A whole new life is cultivating here and it all starts now!  Wish me luck as I charge forward with a headful of new ideas for my future. The future is now!

 

Holly Danger at Ignite Stamford August 15th

07.30.2013

Do you ever find yourself watching TED talks? For those who don’t know, TED is an awesome nonprofit conference that brings together thought leaders from around the world on the basis that they have “ideas worth spreading”. Artists, scientists, authors, philosophers, musicians, inventors, etc.. give short presentations on technology, entertainment, design and beyond.

When I watch these presentations I get completely obsessed and inspired and I can’t stop watching.  They’re super engaging, short presentations, that give you that spark that you wish you had in your life 100% of the time. Speakers have a time limit, which helps keep the audience engaged, the story concise and they always have interesting demonstrations or imagery to go along with their talks.

I often fantasize about what it would be like if I got the opportunity to speak at TED.

So, then there’s this thing that I recently learned about called Ignite Stamford. “Geeky presentations with a twist”. I’ve never gone, but several of my friends have and have even given great talks. Shout out to OmNomCT and Bridget Stokes! I think it was Meg Dalton who described Ignite as “TED talks on steroids” and here’s why…

There are 12 presentations back to back. Each presenter is only given 5 minutes to get up there and engage the audience with stories of their personal or professional passions. You only get to have 20 slides and they auto-advance every 15 seconds.

Now, for most people, public speaking is not something generally looked at as being enjoyable, or even something you’d volunteer yourself for. However, I think it is an incredibly valuable skill to have and is something that I personally always want to work on for myself.  All that being said, I’m giving my first talk in two weeks and I hope you’ll join me! It’ll either be a huge success or a big flop – either way it will be fun (or funny) to watch! All kidding aside, I’m really looking forward to it and I have prepared some great stuff to share with everyone.

Soul Seasons at Digital Graffiti Festival in Alys Beach, FL

My talk will be a behind the scenes look into my latest video installation project, “Soul Seasons”. I’ll be taking you through my creative process from concept to creation, talk about how I got funding for the project, the limitations that actually ended up enhancing my productivity, and the opportunities that enabled the project to exist at all.

If you are someone who is interested in crafting unique ideas and learning how to get funding to create the projects of your dreams, then don’t miss my talk!  Come down to the Ferguson Library in Stamford on Thursday August 15th at 7PM for Digital Ideas & Analog Dreams (and for the amazing line-up of everyone else who is speaking – check it out!)

Oh – and you have to buy your ticket in advance!  It’s only 10 bux and sells out quickly. Buy now at this link.  See you then!

 

 

Visual Goodness: The Week in Pictures – July 18

07.18.2013

I’m busy playing catch-up here in blog world – this post is my “Week in Pictures” for last Friday!

It’s been a complete nose-to-the-grindstone week full of nothing but deadlines and lethargic heat waves!

I spent three, very motivated, aka, sleepless nights, tired and wired, working on my new motion graphics reel. I am very close to being able to release it to the public soon, and when I do, you’ll be the first to know! The rest of the time I spent working on an animation project at the day job, and some pretty cool movie trailer titles for the film Shepard and Dark. So I haven’t had a lot of time to gallivant and take photos like I would have liked, but hey, thats real life.

I started a photo-log of the food that I’ve been cooking lately, like I mentioned in my last “Creative Wellness” post. I’m trying to come up with a regular menu of healthy stuff that I can make pretty easily throughout the week. Plus it’s fun to take photos of beautiful, colorful food!

At the very end of the week when all the work was put to bed, I did get to make it out for one super fun birthday BBQ, for fellow redhead blogger, Kristien Del Ferraro of OmNomCT. Redhead bloggers unite!!  Check out the OmnomCT site if you haven’t already – it is a super awesome food blog of all things food related in Fairfield County. An absolute must if you want to find anything good in this area to eat or drink, as well as check out upcoming food events! Happy Birthday to Kristien!  Thanks again for the great night of food, friends, music and smores over the fire pit! 

I wore my favorite shades and my pirate best for the party, and appropriately toted around a Rogue Dead Guy Ale growler. Best purchase of the week!

Lastly, I’ve been working out the details for my upcoming talk at Ignite Stamford on August 15th.   Here is a description of what I’ll be talking about!

And thats a wrap for the week in pictures!

 

Jumpstart: New Reel Coming Soon

07.15.2013

In the last week I’ve been searching for inspiring motion graphic and video reels, which (for those of you who don’t know) is a concisely cut video-portfolio of work that is edited together by an artist/videographer/editor etc., so that your audience can get a sense for your style, skills and experience.

I’ve made several reels over the past few years and noticed that I was way overdue to re-cut my own. It was a lot of fun digging through the archives, and also totally embarrassing to watch my old ones, like my FIRST EVER from 2002. However, it also made me realize how awesome it is to keep all that old stuff, to see how far you’ve come and to remember where you’ve been. The last one I did in 2007 was still in standard definition with 4:3 ratio!  Yikes!

After doing my research, I realized that most of the reels out there don’t tell the full story. They mostly show you bits and pieces of projects that the artist (and maybe even entire teams) have worked on, which often lacks a personal connection to the creator. For me, I’ve struggled with re-making mine over the years because I’ve worked in a corporate environment, on corporate projects that don’t necessarily reflect my personal style.  I’ve been designing and building on one brand over the last 6 years, and the work I do is very internally focused with a lot of wording that not many people outside of the company would understand. I took this as a challenge and made a decision.

I needed to find a creative solution that enables me to showcase my work & also reflects who I am as an artist.

With this new motivation, I came up with the idea to re-mix all of the projects that I’ve created in the last year and tell my story through the graphics in my own personal way. This meant re-writing, re-scoring, re-coloring and completely re-working it into an entirely new direction.

I know you’re dying to see what I mean by all of this, but my new reel will not be released to the public just yet. Please stay tuned and I will share the final results of this idea very soon!

While searching for motion graphics inspiration for my own work, I came across dozens of great videos that I had to share.  Here is a really beautiful audio/visual collaboration called “That Will Be The Day” by composer Aldo Aréchar and motion graphics artist Matthew DiVito (Mr. Div). Make sure you check out Mr. Div’s page. I’ve actually been a fan of his for awhile, when I fell in love with his simple retro style gifs.

 

Totally mesmerizing and beautiful right?!

Here is some more brilliant music & visual combos….

I’ve been listening to Tame Impala all weekend long and wanted to feature one of my favorite stop-motion music videos by them called “Half Full Glass of Wine”. 

 

I was so obsessed this weekend that I ended up doing what I do best, and spontaneously purchased tickets to go see them play with the Flaming Lips at Terminal 5 in October.  Here is another great song of theirs, called “Elephant”.

 

Hope everyone has an inspiring & productive week!

 

 

 

 

Jumpstart: Feeling Good & Moody

07.08.2013

I hope everyone had a great weekend!!  Even just four days of vacation feels like a complete mental refresh from where I was last week.  It just goes to show you how important it is to unplug – and by unplug I mean, sit on the beach and soak up some fresh air and sun!  These are things I don’t really get enough of, working in my editing suite day in and day out. You have to make time for that.

This week’s Jumpstart column is all about the visual goodness of pinterest and making mood boards!

I’m a late bloomer into the Pinterest world, having only joined earlier this year, but have found it to be incredibly motivating and inspiring in so many ways. I also find this site to be a totally necessary tool if you are a designer or artist of any kind. Never before have we had such an extensive resource of so much visual material all categorized digitally in one place. I think I used to use google image searches to do visual research – Pinterest is so much better! 

I primarily use this site for creating mood boards for future art projects. I often accidentally find myself searching for hours because each page never really has an ending point. It’s very addictive, but also very rewarding! You hit the search button and scroll down the giant library of images and it continues to reload 20 more amazing images, each more awesome than the next. I have lost so many hours of my life doing this!  But I’ve also gained a serious collection of ideas, color palettes, font options and visual references that have helped me when creating new work.

If you want to search the funnier side of pinterest, check out the site: Pinterest You Are Drunk, for all the super weird and crazy things that people have pinned.

In the last few months I’ve been signing up for random skillshare classes, which is a really affordable and super fun way to learn some new tips and tricks in a variety of fields. Classes usually run you twenty bucks and you get connected to a variety of other people who share your interests and can credibly give you feedback.

The most recent class I took was an illustrator class called, Digital Illustration: Communication with Color Pattern and Texture, by Brad Woodard. This class forced me to take time out from my regular routines of creating video and gave me a great opportunity to work on my vector-drawing chops. The first part of the class was purely just the art of sketching with good old pen and paper. As part of my initial research, I used pinterest to create a mood board for this project. The challenge was to visually illustrate the word “quiet” or the word “loud”.

I had been immersed in yoga classes at the time and decided to follow my inspiration into drawing poses and combining the image of yoga with nature to illustrate the word “quiet”. The images I pinned on my boards helped me to see patterns of what I was attracted to, because I would start to see similar images, or similar colors and textures. It also gave me a reference point to start drawing the body positions that I wanted to portray in the final piece.

Due to some unexpected family health issues at the time, I must confess that I have yet to finish my final illustration, otherwise I would be posting it here. However, here is a sample of what my notebook looked like as I started my initial sketching of ideas, along with some keywords I scribbled out to capture the intention of the piece. I intend to finish the piece this month and will be updating this post when that happens. That’s another great thing about skillshare, you can work at your own pace!

So for today’s jumpstart, I’d like to share with you my mood board for my illustration project. I’m in love with this particular board of images and would love to continue designing in these styles. I could seriously pin all day if I didn’t have deadlines to hit!

Do you use pinterest?  If so, what brings you to that site?  What types of images do you search for?

Please connect with my on pinterest if you haven’t already!  Happy Monday & Happy Pinning!

 

 

Visual Goodness: The Week in Pictures

06.28.2013

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great week! Starting now, I will be posting my week in pictures every Friday.

This week’s photo montage starts off with a pancake, beer and champagne breakfast with my besties last Sunday! Special thanks to Eric & Peachy for inviting us over and sharing such deliciousness with us!

I spent a couple of dreamlike days at Peachy’s magic river house, had some drinks around the bonfire & watched Jeff & Eric become river architects as they collectively crafted a stone enclosed swimming hole, in the middle of the river. That’s me on the left hand side, watching from atop the river ledge, laughing my ass off watching this in action. It was epic!

Monday I was WAY hungover, so there are no pics from Monday. Ha!

Tuesday I took a day off from work to venture into NYC to meet up with the ladies of the Blogcademy. (That’s the most recent workshop that I attended and wrote about in a previous post.) All the local blogger babes were getting together for lunch over at The Smith Restaurant in the East Village. This place had great food, fresh fruit cocktails, a cute vintage photo booth and a totally surprising black and white, 60’s era peep show, if you happened to catch a glimpse in the secret hole in the wall! Ooooh scandalous!

Not only was this a sweet reunion with the head mistresses who taught the workshop, Gala DarlingNubby Twiglet and Kat Williams, but it also enabled me to meet some of the other blog writers that I hadn’t gotten to before. A couple of months ago I opted to take the Portland class instead of the one being offered in New York. Sometimes you just feel the need to hop on an airplane and fly cross country, so you just go! I get this feeling once a week at least, but suppress it most of the time due to, you know, normal boring reality.

I wish I had gotten a photo of our table, though I’m sure they will surface soon from one of the other ladies. There were about fifteen of us and we were quite the loud colorful bunch! At one point the host of the restaurant pulled me aside to quizzically ask me about who we all were and what kind of crazy shenanigans were going on. I had to laugh. We’re in NYC, doesn’t this sorta stuff happen all the time?

We were a mix of girls with pink, green & red hair, tattoos, a glittered motorcycle helmet, cucumber cocktails & a super load of bright summer dresses.

It just so happens that way when the Blogcademy gals get together.

After everyone said goodbye at The Smith, my friend Latanya Rene of Sprinkles & Booze joined me to check out the nearby Artists & Fleas at the Chelsea Market.  There’s a chance that I will install my video animation, Soul Seasons, on one of the walls in the market so I absolutely had to check it out!  While I was there I got to see my buddy Jack Dishel’s sweet graffiti work exhibited all over the place!  If you’re in the hood, definitely go check it out for yourself!  Artists & Fleas is located on the corner of W15th St and 10th Ave.

From the Chelsea Market I made a quick stop over to visit one of my long time freelance clients over at Wheelhouse Creative. They’ve got a beautiful studio on W19th St and took the time to show me around for the first time. These guys edit some great movie trailers and are working with me on a couple of them right now.

Wednesday through Friday was very work-centric, so I decided to snap a few screen shots from three random projects I have going on this week.

I’m back in the swing of making movie trailer title graphics and am currently working on this awesome film called Shepard & Dark. It is exactly the type of movie that I always fall in love with. Documentary-style life chronicles, gritty, raw, indy film, punctuated with Bob Dylan songs.  The film follows two incredible writers, Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark, and their unique correspondence and friendship over something like 30 years. I won’t get into details, but I highly recommend it if you like this type of stuff.

These next two shots are some screen shot elements from projects I’m working on at the day job. I wanted my week in pictures post to reflect the full spectrum of what goes on in my week. This is all an experiment, so I hope you enjoy!

While the content is very corporate, I’m trying to incorporate some cool motion graphic techniques using Video Copilot’s Sure Target plugin, which allows you to easily create a graphic “fly through” that lands on particular areas of your scene. In my case it’s a web of words that I’ve layed out in 2D and 3D space. I’ve used this plugin before to help me with some kinetic typography and highly recommend it for dealing with a lot of typography in one piece.

In the last screen shot, you’ll see that I’m working on my character animation skills, which are next to none. I’m working on an animated storybook. Above are just a few of the pages. I’ve never felt that character animation is my forte – but I’m always willing to take on challenges to try something new. Everything is being manipulated in Illustrator and animated in After Effects.

On the fitness front, I’m happy to say I finally made it back to the gym for some running & yoga this week! Perhaps the idea behind my Wednesday blog featurette about Creative Wellness is working and will help with accountability for keeping up with these positive weekly routines.

And that brings us to TODAY……………………

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

 

Jumpstart: Moving Forward

06.24.2013

Still shot from super cool animated short film, LSD ABC by Laura Sicouri & Kadavre Exquis.

You know that lethargic plunge that happens over the course of a typical Monday morning at work?  The kind of day that starts off a little sleepy and unmotivated, followed by consuming a river of coffee to try to pick yourself up, all while juggling deadlines and fending off the weekend’s hangover?  I know I’m not the only one!

I’m a little late into Monday to set this post in motion but here it is. A new idea has developed here on the Danger blog. I’ve always intended this space here to be a document of my work as an artist and my progressions over the years, but I also want it to be a sanctuary of inspiration for those of you who find your way here into my mind and thoughts.

I’m proposing an 8 week writing trial series to shake things up!

I intend to share with you some insight and inspiration every Monday called “Jumpstart”. Here you’ll find something sumptuous to start your week off. A creative nugget (curated by yours truly) of radical inspiration by way of animations, photos, video, adventures, art musings, and other crazy things I find and fall in love with. Hopefully this will be a creative kick start for the week to get everyone revved up and break the monotony of your typical Monday…and mine! See the last paragraph below to see my very first entry into today’s jumpstart.

I’ve also been desperately trying to find a way to incorporate more health and wellness in my life and on this blog. It’s not always easy while juggling a busy career as an art director, video editor, freelance designer, artist and VJ. There’s only so many hours in the day to do work for others and work on yourself. Personally I know I’ve always created the best work while keeping up with health goals and eating clean whole foods. So Wednesdays on this blog will now have a dedicated theme of “Creative Wellness”. Let’s put our best selves forward and see what amazing stuff we can create!

Lastly, my Fridays will be spent on pure “Visual Goodness”. My aim is to showcase my week’s story and adventures told in pictures every Friday. If I’ve had an incredibly boring week I’ll try and take screen shots of what I’m working on, or other such colorful, textural, photographic adventure in the Holly Danger world. There is a vast range, so this will be pretty interesting.

Now, if you’ve come this far, I present you with an awesome animation I came across this morning while checking out one of my favorite sites, Motionographer. If you’re interested in visual art, motion graphics, typography design, you should know about this site if you don’t already!

I am in love with vintage graphics & psychedelia more than I can ever explain.. the colors, the imperfections, the sounds, shapes and typography. Pure love in my eyes!  Motionographer introduced me to a new short film called LSD ABC by Laura Sicouri & Kadavre Exquis, and now I’d like to share it with you for some Monday inspiration.

Please enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Stamford Artwalk – Coming Soon!

05.31.2013

 

Two weeks from today will be the opening of the first ever Stamford Artwalk! 

The event is free and kicks off Friday night, June 14th from 6-9PM and continues all day Saturday June 15th from 10-7PM.

Over 36 participating stores, restaurants and galleries will be showcasing 95 local artists. Check in at the Spring Street Artwalk registration booth to obtain an artwalk map so you can easily find all the exhibits.

I’ll be setting up a Danger Exhibit at the location of the recently closed Sundance Café at 105 Broad Street. This will be called Gallery on Broad on the Artwalk map. I’ll be exhibiting new art on canvas, prints, jewelry and shirts for sale!  You can also expect there to be some live music by one of my favorite singer/songwriters, Jeff Schram, and we’ll serve some wine & cheese (the proper art house party foods of course!)

As the sun goes down, make sure you check out my video installation that will be set up outside across the street!

I’ll be installing what I think might be the first-ever outdoor video projection in Stamford, CT.

My animation, Soul Seasons will be projected on the wall outside of Stamford Dental Group. So, stop by to see me, grab a drink at Zaza and then go see it!

Lastly, there will be a great exhibit at the Old Town Hall Museum which exclusively focuses on art that has been created with your iPhone or iPad.  I’ve donated my latest piece to this show which is a large instagram mosaic that I’ve called “Taken”. Make sure to go visit that one – if any of you readers have hung out with me in the last two years during “instagram worthy moments” I may have immortalized you in my piece!

For more information on the ArtWalk, check out their press release, email me or feel free to leave a comment here.

Hope to see everyone in a couple weeks!

 

 

Stamford Art Walk

05.21.2013

Coming up on June 14-15, Stamford will be hosting it’s first ever Art Walk all over the downtown area. I’m excited to announce that I’ll be exhibiting five 24″ X 24″ colorfully dangerous pieces of mine printed on canvas and I’ll even be installing a video projection of ‘Soul Seasons’! Locations are yet to be determined but I’ll let you know just as soon as I do!

I’m thrilled to say that this will be ‘Soul Seasons’ debut showing in Stamford. The piece will be traveling to the Digital Graffiti festival in Alys Beach Florida the weekend before and has been showcased in Bridgeport for City Canvases, at the LAMP festival in New Haven and at the “A” Gallery in Martha’s Vineyard.

Over 30 merchants and galleries have agreed to host local artists to showcase and sell their work during the Art Walk. And while you’re checking out the art you’ll also get a chance to hang out and meet the artists.

Please check back here for more details on the Art Walk and definitely stop by to say hi while I’m exhibiting! Lastly, if you’re interested in hearing more about these events as they come up, please sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already! I send out very infrequent emails, and only when I have exciting news to share. Don’t miss out. Cheers!