Introducing: Patrick Hofmeister (aka WäDL)...

Patrick is a self-taught multimedia artist, born and raised in San Jose, California. Homeless and undirected at the age of 20, Patrick found his life-path changing direction when he discovered painting while living at the Bill Wilson Center – Transitional Housing Program. His house-monitor and mentor Marcus Are encouraged Patrick to focus his creative energies and pursue his passion for painting. Patrick’s enthusiasm for art is evident in all aspects of his life now and he credits Marcus, George Rivera and his mother, with his success in becoming a professional artist. Where there once was an aimless and misguided teenager, there is now a flourishing mural artist and sculptor, using his acrylics and spray paint to visually captivate his audience. And Patrick’s artwork is mesmerizing, grabbing the viewer’s interest as layer-upon-eye-catching-layer of vibrant detail is uncovered.  “I want the viewer to be as engaged in the viewing of my work as the work engages me in the moment I create it.” We spoke with Patrick at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, where his artwork is now showcased with three other artists in the Spiral: Art of the Street Exhibit. His collection of canvasses speaks of metamorphosis through organic imagery of moths, flies, darkness and light. When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? Patrick: I think it was when I was in 5th Grade. I was inspired by comic book art and a next-door neighbor who was an artist. Can you tell us what your chosen media is and why you like it best? Patrick: I mostly use acrylics. It’s what I have the most experience with. I like that I can work quickly with it and don’t have to wait hours for it to dry. What was...

Negative Space: To boldly go where nothing has gone before Aug18

Negative Space: To boldly go where nothing has gone before...

If you’re an artist, you’re consciously aware of the space around and in between the subject(s) of your artwork. You’re intentionally leaving unused space in the composition. This space is often referred to as negative or white space. Creatively used, negative space can generate a visual element all of its own. We have all seen the work of M. C. Escher and his intricate drawings showing negative space in action. In the linked image, you see a symmetrical pattern of bats, but if you focus on the white space; it’s a symmetrical pattern of angels. Each composition is its own pattern, depending on if you’re focusing on the subject or the white space the subject created. Escher is the master of negative space. When negative space is used as a secondary visual composition, it can create tension or act as a stimulus in the composition, capturing the viewer’s attention and drawing them deeper into the composition. Another good example of this can be seen in company logos where the designer’s use of negative space creates a subliminal message, alluding to the marketing message or emphasizing a product’s asset. If you focus on the negative space between the E and the x in the FedEx logo to the right, you’ll see an arrow, subliminally creating a message of motion or direction. But negative space can also be used as a pause in the action. A place for the eye to rest; take in what has been seen before moving to the next place along the visual path. In design, this space is just as important as the elements of the composition. As avid consumers, we constantly want to fill in every available open space with content, unaware that we’re creating visual clutter that over-stimulates the...