Stefan Sagmeister


Semester 1 blog


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My name is Ivan Folvarochnyy and this is my blog

with an artists of my choice who’s work inspired me.

First artist we will have a look at is Stefan Sagmeister.

stefan sagmeister

born in 1962, bregenz, austria. stefan sagmeister
studied graphic design at the university of
applied arts in vienna. in 1987 he moved to new york
to attended pratt institute on a fulbright scholarship.
he then returned to austria in 1990 for community service
as an alternative to obligatory military conscription.
at the age 29, he attained a job with leo burnett hong kong.
in 1993 he returned to new york to work for the hungarian
graphic designer tibor kalman at M&Co. when the studio
closed the same year, sagmeister opened his own office
‘sagmeister inc’. in 1994 he was nominated for a grammy
award for his album cover – ‘h. p. zinker mountains of madness’.
in the following years he designed album packaging for
artists such as david byrne, lou reed and the rolling stones.
in 1996 sagmeister began developed posters for AIGA
-american institue of graphic arts-
he took a ‘year out’ in 1999, closing his studio
to commercial work and concentrating on his own experimental
projects. in 2001 released the book ‘made you look
(another self-indulgent design monograph)’.


Sagmeisters grandfather was educated in sign painting, and Sagmeistergrew up with many of his grandfathers pieces of wisdom around the house traditional calligraphy carefully applied in gold leaf on painstakingly carved wooden panels. Sagmeister following his families tradition with a great piece of typography he has created: “Trying To Look Good Limits My Life”.

Another artist of my choise who inspired me with a work i did in Typography is Damien Hurst.

The major reason why i chose him as an artist is because his work with a theme of “Death” reflects on my works theme “Mortalitas” translated in Latin as Death.

Damien Steven Hirst (born 7 June 1965) is an English artist and the most prominent member of the group known as “Young British Artists” (or YBAs), who dominated the art scene in Britain during the 1990s. He is internationally renowned, and has been claimed to be the richest living artist to date.

Death is a central theme in Hirst’s works. He became famous for a series of artworks in which dead animals (including a shark, a sheep and a cow) are preserved—sometimes having been dissected—in formaldehyde.

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, a 14-foot (4.3 m) tiger shark immersed in formaldehyde in a vitrine became the iconic work of British art in the 1990s, and the symbol of Britart worldwide. He has also made “spin paintings,” created on a spinning circular surface, and “spot paintings”, which are rows of randomly-colored circles.

Franz West

Franz West is my other artist of choice because his sculpture artwork inspired me to work with a shadows, basic form shapes and how simple everyday things can become so unique and beautiful.

Franz West (German: Franz West) (born February 16, 1947 in Vienna) is an Austrian artist who currently resides in Vienna. West studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with Bruno Gironcoli. He is married to the Georgian artist Tamuna Sirbiladze who too is based in Vienna.

West’s artwork is made out of plaster, papier-mâché, wire, polyester, aluminium and other, ordinary materials. He started to produce paintings, but then turned to collages, sculptures, portable sculptures called “Adaptives” or “Fitting Pieces”, environments and furniture – “welded metal chairs and divans, some minimally padded and upholstered in raw linen.”

Mel Bochner is one of my favorite artists, as his work is very unique. He uses cubes, numbers and other geometric shapes to create his work, and it is really interesting to see how he expresses his work from just a simple shapes.

Mel Bochner (born 1940) is an American conceptual artist. Mr. Bochner received his BFA in 1962 and honorary Doctor of Fine Arts in 2005 from the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in New York City.

Here is some of my fauvorite peices of his work that i really like:

One of my favorite quotes by Mel Bochner that i reaserched is: “Ways of Thinking is designed for anyone interested in exploring contemporary art and its exhibition framework. This section offers succinct and synthesized information on the exhibition’s concept, the artists and the works featured. One finds a general presentation, areas of inquiry and ideas to reflect upon as well as suggested Internet links and bibliographic references that allow one to gain a general understanding of the artist’s approach to artmaking, the works featured and the curatorial framing adopted. Ways of Thinking’s primary objective is to draw the public into the Gallery so that it can experience first hand the work in the exhibition and gain insight into the issues at work in contemporary exhibition making. Once the exhibition is over, Ways of Thinking becomes part of a documentation database of particular interest to students, teachers and researchers interested in the Gallery’s exhibition program”.

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons (born January 21, 1955) is an American artist known for his giant reproductions of banal objects such as balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces, often brightly colored. Koons’ work has sold for substantial sums including at least one world record auction price for a work by a living artist. Critics are sharply divided in their views of Koons. Some view his work as pioneering and of major art-historical importance. Others dismiss his work as kitsch: crass and based on cynical self-merchandising. Koons himself has stated that there are no hidden meanings in his works.

Jeff Koons as an artist has created some amazing work. By using stainless steel and a colour mirror finish it is just a question for me sometimes if his work is real, because it is so perfect and his context in his work is great.

Take a look at this great car created by Jeff Koons. Isnt it just amazing and colorful?! and a choice of an background is unique.. Alfail Tower. Great job.

Take a look for yourself:

Andy Warhol

Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987), known as Andy Warhol, was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, and public figure known for his membership in wildly diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons.

My fauvorite quote by Andy Warhol is: “An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have”.

Another quote by him that i really like is: “My idea of a good picture is one of an focus of an famous person”.

Now take a look at this Video:

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