Glovebox Film Festival

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Giddy'up and DRAW

Artist illustrator Keith MacLelland aka "Cowboy Keith" takes a moment to show us his work and what inspires him. He also tells us why he went to grad school and why he choose to do so at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, a small art school in Boston.
GLOVEBOX: So, who is Cowboy Keith?

Cowboy Keith: I combine traditional cowboy imagery and other visual components appropriated from popular culture to create non-traditional illustrations that simultaneously engage a diverse audience while acting as a conduit for personal experiences. My work challenges the notion that being a Cowboy is much more than hats, buckles and boots, rather, it is a state of mind.  The image of the cowboy evokes sentiments like courage, discipline, and kindness, all honorable attributes that strike a contrast to the rough and tumble exterior.
Acting as avatar, I collage images of the cowboy, the primary visual component, with recognizable images garnered from everyday life and combine them into a vibrant and whimsical web that attracts viewers with bright colors and flashy surface embellishments, all the while masking the underlying story of my own anecdotal narrative.
GLVBX: Where did that name come from?

CK: While exploring the image and icon of the great American Cowboy and use this image as a stand-in illustration for myself, and my experiences in an on-going visual diary the nickname “Cowboy Keith” has stuck.
GLVBX: What made you come back to AIB for grad school?
CK: I feel most at home when walking the hallways. I couldn’t image going anywhere else. That coupled with the fact that the AIB MFA is a low-residency program. That translates to five ten day intensives that you are required to be on campus, other than that you are on your own working in your space with the assistance of both a artist mentor and academic advisor. The program is still only two years long, same as a traditional MFA, the main difference being that you don’t have to take two years out of your life to complete it. I get it two years of nothing but intense study is amazing, but the reality is that many folks can’t afford that luxury. Programs like that don’t allow for life to happen concurrently, this one does! You’re still considered a full-time student and have to have the research and body of work to prove it. Slackers will not make it in this program. I felt as though it did a really good job teaching me how to incorporate art making on a professional level into my day to day life.
GLVBX: Why did you decide that grad school was a good choice for you and what advice would you give to others thinking about doing the same?

CK: I really felt as though I needed those three little letters attached to my name in order to start opening more doors for myself down the road. I did wait eight years though between undergrad and grad school. I am real thankful that I did, it gave me time to mature and I definately don’t think I would have gotten as much out of it had I not waited.
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GLVBX: What inspires your personal work and your professional work? 
CK: Old toys, signs, type, music, color, westerns
 We just can't end this great interview without a few cowboys!

Check out more of Keith's work at or contact him the old fashion way with a good 'ol phone call or pony express via Keith MacLelland:  22 Winthrop Street, West Newton, MA 02465 or 802.558.7399.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Kate Castelli: Inspiration

What inspires me?
Living in the city, wandering, stuff I find on the ground, line. And at the moment...

1. Chairs: I have been exploring chairs as a subject for a while now. My fascination with them is complicated.
2. Traveling: is good for the soul and the eyes.
3. Ephemera: I love paper.
4. Used books (and used bookstores): are good for browsing and raw material.
5. Bones: another recent subject matter I'm exploring, as structures and as parts of a whole.
6. Dada: They understood the absurdity and the beauty in this world.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Blurring the line, or plain as black and white?

The question is, what is an illustrator? A photographer, a painter, a collage artist, a collector, a graphic artist, a cartoonist? Illustration is more than just paper and pen. Illustrators use a variety of mediums. It's all about blurring the line of who you are and what you do that makes an artist's style stand out as unique.

An illustrator is an artist.

The Art Institute of Boston Illustration department gives us a little snapshot of what life is like as a student in an art school.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Amanda Atkins: where I work

Amanda Atkins: where I work
This is the little corner of my apartment bedroom where I do all my painting! The desk fits perfectly into this little alcove. I got the yellow ice cream parlor chair for $5 at a thrift store.
The space above my desk has become a revolving inspiration board, made possible by clothesline and pins.
brush holders.
birds, branches, dogs, and vintage ladies.
Thanks for having a look! For more information, visit

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

good for mural

We are psyched to have Alec Strickland from the Art Institute of Boston joining Glovebox in the Illustration show later this month.

Like what you see? Check out his website; pay him to paint a mural in your kitchen or get inked, he's a certified tattoo artist, has been for 6 years.

Alec, along with other graduating seniors and alumni with be representing Glovebox art in March at our exhibition at Midway Studios in Boston's Fort Point. Stop by the artist reception and you'll see a new mural by Alec. Join us Tuesday, March 23rd from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Check out more of Alec's work at

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Kate Castelli: (work) Space

I'm Kate Castelli, an artist living and working in Boston. I'll be showing as an AIB alum in the upcoming Glovebox Illustration Show.

I'd thought I'd give you a glimpse into my work space.

One of the many joys of living in the city is condensed space. My work space consists of a 6 foot long oak table my father made for me, a set of flat files full of ephemera and paper, and lots and lots of piles everywhere.

Currently I am in love with J.Herbin inks. They are deeply saturated and have delightful names. Poussiere de Lune (moon dust) is actually a deep purple color.

Assorted sketchbooks. I am never without a sketchbook, I usually finish 2-4 a year. I am currently on number 14.

A palette of embroidery thread. I incorporate a lot of hand-stitching into my work.

This is a current project I am working on for an upcoming show of artists books at Climate Gallery in NYC. It is a combination of a DaDa prompted "found" poem and woodblock illustrations of constellations.

To see more art, thoughts and assorted whatnot, check out my blog Wandering but not Lost.


Friday, March 5, 2010

It's a Bird, It's a Plane

"Lost in Boston" © Russ Gossett 2006

Holy Graphic designer, Illustrator , Web Guru & Tee Shirt Designer, Batman! This dude can do it all!

Hold on to your tights, Robin. There's more.

Artist Russ Gossett is showing as an AIB alum at the upcoming Glovebox Illustration Show this month. He will be there in person Tuesday, March 23rd from 6:00-8:00. Don't let the pencil behind his ear throw you off, his crime-fighting shirt is underneath that buttoned-up look of his!

Check out more of Russ's work at or buy his tee shirts at Bubucheek.