Open Fashion T-Shirt Design for The Museum of Ventura County’s Day of the Dead Celebration

For the past few months, I’ve been working closely with the Museum of Ventura County to create a design for their Dia de Los Muertos event.

Museum Of Ventura County Dia De Los Muertos T-Shirt By Pete Ippel
In this wearable art, I have taken the traditional imagery of the calaca (Mexican skeleton) and given it a contemporary flavor. The interactive garment allows the wearer to take their celebration of El Dia De Los Muertos in a new direction.

Once the shirt has served it’s purpose as clothing, the wearer is encouraged to cut out the printed image and create a decoration for their own altar by simply attaching the arms and legs to the torso.

My design is intentionally open, so that the new collaborator can add their own decorations, flowers, or write directly on the printed cloth. By working together, we both realize our creative vision, celebrating the spirit of our ancestors and loved ones. Truly a move toward Open Fashion.

The Seven Things You Must Know Before Purchasing Contemporary Art

The Absence by Pete Ippel

The Absence by Pete Ippel

When you learn how to best answer these questions, you are ready to buy some art. Get educated, enjoy life, support artists.

  • What am I looking at?
  • What is my budget?
  • Can I make it myself?
  • Why do I like it?
  • Is it an investment?
  • Can I store it?
  • Will it degrade?

Contact Pete Ippel to get more information on purchasing contemporary art. Find out what else is going in in the Pete Ippel Studio, check out the event calendar.

Disciplined Artists Never Say “I’m bored.”

In this workshop you will learn that artistic growth comes out of actions.

Wiring your mind for artistic success through iteration, intuition, and discipline will allow you to step away from a fear based artistic life. You will learn to turn off the internal sensor by attacking the boundaries you have placed on yourself and will never again say, “I should be making art right now”.

By sharing generative experiences we will be pushing through fear, creating art in the process.

In addition to the indoor studio component, we will be going on a “Think Walk” – making the world our studio – so wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Please bring an open mind and your own PORTABLE creation tools of choice to each session. (mobile phone, laptop, sketchbook, notebook, watercolor, pencils, video camera, still camera, etc.)

The take away is documentation of your work, and a new way of approaching creation.

On The Right Track: Teaching Philosophy and Artist Statement Convergence

Yesterday I was asked to deliver a 150 word teaching philosophy for my new position as visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, I took a day to think about it.

Today I had a wonderful realization, I’m spot on. According to Iowa State’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching a teaching philosophy has to answer four questions:

  1. To What End?
  2. By What Means?
  3. To What Degree?
  4. Why?

When I moved to Ventura to pursue art full time, I decided to combine my artist statement with positive affirmation and visualization (skills I’d honed while high jumping in college). For the dedication of my space, I essentially got a tattoo, not on my body but on my studio. By getting a cut vinyl sign I ramped up the professionalism and aligned myself visually with respected galleries. In addition I placed the sign strategically by door so everyone walking in or out has to look at it, including me.

Having grown up in the Midwest, I’m very aware of the implications pre-performance sign rituals have in preparing for competition. Taking a page from the great coach Lou Holtz, I made my own, artistic “Play like a champion today.”

Artist Statement

For over a decade I have explored and combined traditional art materials with digital techniques demonstrating creative fluency. By moving with ease and grace through a variety of media, I focus on communicating ideas and I gain knowledge in the process.

I work intuitively and iteratively when creating art and often apply scientific methodology to my art practice with the rigor of a seasoned athlete.

By observing human behavior, asking generative questions, and analyzing information, I experience daily how a disciplined process leads to comprehension of complex data and ideas. I use my artistic sensibility to present my findings in unique and compelling ways.

I appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of the artist’s life. I aspire to travel, to teach, and to create while extending my exhibition record. Being nourished creatively while partaking in a challenging path is a delight, and I particularly relish learning along the way.

Art is the most practical, essential, and exciting field of work in the world today, and I look forward to sharing it with you. I guarantee that you will have never seen anything like my art before.

So when I looked at my artist statement today in relation to the four questions that a teaching philosophy must answer I simply modified my statement.

Teaching Philosophy

(To What End?) I appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of the artist’s life and I want to demonstrate that being nourished creatively while partaking in a challenging path is a delight. (By What Means?) By teaching students to move with ease and grace through a variety of media, I show them how to focus on communicating ideas. (Why?) Art is the most practical, essential, and exciting field of study in the world today, and I look forward to sharing it with you as we move toward (To What Degree?) creative fluency.

Concise, to the point, and very clear, this convergence of teaching philosophy and artist statement demonstrates to me that I am prioritizing properly and that the visualizations are working. I am confident that over the next eight months I will achieve my goal of a sustainable art career by March 2011 (the 4th sixteen-week cycle which I will explain later).

Audentis Fortuna Iuvat!

Material Property II

Material Property II from Hypermodern – Pete Ippel on Vimeo.

While I was in the process of opening my studio space for the April version of First Fridays Ventura, I did not notice an accidental shift in my art storage area. One of the corners of a framed drawing distorted the stretched Tyvek of an ink painting by pressing the face of the painting laterally about two inches.

Because Tyvek does not have the exact same properties of canvas or paper, I was unable to moisten the painting to make it tighten to the stretcher.

I began to shake the painting and noticed that it snapped when moved abruptly forward and in reverse. Free play, curiosity, exploration, and intuition are what drive the creative act. In this video you have a window into my art practice.

An Open Letter To Studio Visitors From Pete Ippel

Welcome to my studio.

For more than ten years I have explored and combined traditional art materials with digital techniques demonstrating creative fluency. By moving with ease and grace through a variety of media, I focus on communicating ideas and I gain knowledge in the process.

I work intuitively and iteratively when creating art and often apply scientific methodology to my art practice with the rigor of a seasoned athlete.

By observing human behavior, asking generative questions, and analyzing information, I experience daily how a disciplined process leads to comprehension of complex data and ideas. I use my artistic sensibility to present my findings in unique and compelling ways.

I appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of the artist’s life. I aspire to travel, to teach, and to create while extending my exhibition record. Being nourished creatively while partaking in a challenging path is a delight, and I particularly relish learning along the way.

Art is the most practical, essential, and exciting field of work in the world today, and I look forward to sharing it with you. Take a card, check out my website, buy a piece. I guarantee that you will have never seen anything like my art before.

All my best,

Pete Ippel
http://hypermodern.net

Introducing 11 Different, Unique, Original, Hypermodern Artists

Introducing 11 Different, Unique, Original, Hypermodern Artists: Pete Ippel

Introducing 11 Different, Unique, Original, Hypermodern Artists: Pete Ippel

Thank you to Stew Birbrower for creating the concept for this poster. Thank you to the GIMP for being rad and open source.

Check it out, I’m having an open house during Ventura Art Walk Saturday April 17th 1:00-9:00pm Sunday April 18th noon-5:00pm. Also I will be open for First Fridays Ventura, and for more info on where I live, Working Artists Ventura, check out the overview on WAV

This is a big weekend for me, and my MOM Diane Ippel is featured in the special dedication event for WAV.

The last time so many artists lived and worked in the same building was 100 years ago in Paris. That building was called La Rouche. This building is called WAV, Working Artists Ventura. Pete Ippel is one of 77 emerging artists from 21 countries with radically different styles. So the next time you want art, come to our house.

Contact Pete Ippel

175 S. Ventura Ave
Studio 213 North Building
Ventura, CA 93001

Dial 1 (234) Pete-Art to order your free educational report: 7 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE BUYING CONTEMPORARY ART.