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ericokdeh.com 2.0

I spent the last few months of the year doing something I haven’t done in well over 2 years. UPDATE THE MAIN PAGE! Actually I did more than just update. I decided to go ahead and redo the whole thing. Having the old site for 3 or so years, I’ve had a wishlist of things that I wanted to see implemented into the page. I decided that the best way to do it, was to learn more about flash and figure it out on my own.

Much of November and December was spent with me working in Flash, and figuring my way out through all of the things that I wanted.

I trimmed a lot of the fat from the last site, sections that wouldn’t see regular updates. I refocused everything into 3 main categories, “murals”, “glass”, and “video”.

Each of the color glass fragments with a photo on top will take you to a slideshow of captioned images of different Mural and Glass projects.

The slideshows took up the most time.

For the video section I have larger and better quality clips.

The subcategories across the top feature usual info about me such as my resume, bio and contact (drop a line, feedback welcome). Then I added a few new sections, “news”, “tour” and “interact”.

The “news” link brings you a popup with a real time blog headline feed. Whenever I update my blog, it updates. It also features a slideshow that automatically updates itself whenever I upload a photo to flickr.

The “tour” link takes you to information on how to see a virtual tour of my murals on Google Earth. A tour thats gotten more interesting now that I have some work in Sevilla, Spain.

The “Interact” tab takes you to a series of flash based pages that break down some of my murals into painstaking detail image by image, piece by piece.

I’m happy to see the site through to the end, and I feel that I won’t be slacking on the updates with this one as much. If you have checked out my old site, I’ve basically added over 12 new slideshows of my work from 2010, 2009, and 2008.

Check it out! And be sure to view everything in fullscreen mode.

WordPress + ericokdeh.com=More Gooder!

I am spending the winter completely redesigning my main site and blog. Everything is changing from the ground up and I have a lot of things that I need to post. Most importantly, I need to post images and video of my recent mural project in Seville, Spain.

Before I get to all of that, I need to get the important stuff out of the way. The new blog link is http://blog.ericokdeh.com. All of my site links now point to this url, so if you have a bookmark, Please update it.

Here is the new feed as well

http://blog.ericokdeh.com/?feed=rss2

I promise this is the last move this blog will make. The first time it was out of my hands, Blogger forced me to do it. This time, I decided to use WordPress and migrate everything there. WordPress has a cleaner interface, with more options for me as an Admin, and an excellent smartphone app, so I will be able to make complex on the spot updates without having to go back and reformat the posts. Working on the Mural Corps blog last summer really opened me up to WordPress as an alternative, now I finally have some time to implement it.

I am looking for a few people to help me beta test my new site, I am almost finished the main interface in flash and I’m looking to iron out some of the kinks. If you are interested, float me an email

Long Time no Blog…

Its been a very long time since I last posted anything concerning the work I’ve been doing. There are a few good reasons for it. The biggest being…. the work I’ve been doing. Lately I’m busy pretty much night and day working on two separate projects, and I’ve finished a year and a half long project this past June.

I have tons of pictures, designs, and news to share, and I can best break it all down in 7 posts. What I would like to do is post one a day for the next week, then maybe I can finally get to updating the content main page, which hasn’t seen an update in exactly two years (oof!), and possibly the website itself.

Every once in awhile I’ll check out the tracker on this blog, and I’ve noticed a few loyal followers who check for updates a few times a week. Sorry I’ve been such a dud lately. Hopefully this week makes up for it.

My blog has moved!

Its been a while since I’ve posted an update… too long. I have really good excuses for it as well. In the past 4 months I have been hard at work on a mural in Greys Ferry. My assistant Mike and I are incorporating over 900 lbs of stained glass that will cover over 600 square feet of the design. Additionally I’ve been through 2 studio moves in the past 4 months. I’ve also been slowly piecing together a MASSIVE update for the main page, about 98% of it is new content, I’m very behind.

I’ll have to elaborate on this at a later date. Hopefully by then I can announce two huge projects I’ll be a part of this year.

The real reason for this post is to let everyone know that my blog has moved. Blogger no longer supports updating via FTP, and I had to create a subdomain and move all of my content to their servers. This should be relatively painless, and all of the proper redirects are in place, but for those who bookmarked the site, or subscribe to the blog feed, the addresses are different. Please make note of the changes.

This blog is now located at http://news.ericokdeh.com/.
You will be automatically redirected, or you may click here.

For feed subscribers, please update your feed subscriptions to
http://news.ericokdeh.com/feeds/posts/default

The Anthropologie Mural Installations

I’m a bit late in posting this, but I wanted to get some photos up of the installations of our Anthropologie Mural, which hung in two separate spaces during the past few months. Initially it was installed and dedicated in the gallery space at the Anthropologie Store in Rockefeller Center, NYC. This was the location the mural was designed to fit in.

The opening was held on May 6th, and the mural remained up until June 20th. Kien and I along with Jane and the Corps staff brought the students of both classes to NYC. We somehow got everyone to actually board buses at Love Park at 6am! I still cant believe it all went off without a hitch. Once we arrived the Anthropologie staff was on hand with coffee, juice, and breakfast for the event. Everyone was thrilled with how things turned out, all in all it was a great day.

Click the thumbnails to view the slideshow of images of the mural and the dedication.




At the end of the exhibit, the mural was taken down and shipped to the Urban Outfitters Headquarters at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. There is a large cafeteria space in one of the buildings, within that space a wall was specially built for exhibitions. Kien and I were onhand to install the project again. Its actually still up in the space and the building is open to the public.

Click the thumbnails to view the images


Click Thumbs to view Video

There may or may not be a closing reception, I am still waiting to hear. It will be difficult to organize both groups for a trip at this point as the school year is ended and everyone has gone in separate directions. Two of my graduating students are now interns with Mural Arts, and some others have stayed to be involved in the Mural Corps Summer Program.

SPEAKING OF WHICH….
I’ve recently been hired to maintain the blogs of all 8 Mural Corps sites this summer. I will be traveling to all eight sights once a week gathering information, photos and video for the website…

http://www.muralcorps.org

This is my first official contracted web job! There will be updates every single week starting Monday.

I’m glad to still be involved with the students in some capacity this summer. I officially left Mural Corps after 6 years of teaching this June to focus more on my murals. Shari Hersh (the head of Mural Corps)Louise, Noni, and Shelby (the Corps Staff) contacted old students of mine from the past 6 years and threw me an awesome barbecue. Ill really miss the classroom and the students, but I feel the timing was right. I had 4 seniors this year, all of them on to bigger and better things in the fall, and I couldn’t have ended with a better project. The Anthropologie Mural (officially titled “Styles May Vary”) was an unbelievably high note to go out on.

The Anthropologie Mural/Blog

SO in the past few months, my Mural Corps class teamed up with another site run by my friend Kien Nguyen (who is also my Citywide Project Teammate) to create a mural for Anthropologie. The work will take up three walls of an exhibit space in their flagship store at Rockefeller Center, NYC! During January and February we met with people from their main office in the navy yard to discuss the design and throw around ideas.

The classes began taking photographs of themselves inspired by fashion photography, and combining the imagery with patterns that can be found in any Anthropologie store as well as in everyday life. The resulting design combines the Anthropologie aesthetic with a youth perspective.

The mural is currently being painted by both classes in the Thomas Eakins house, and will be temporarily on display at Anthropologie’s flagship store in Rockefeller Center in NYC from May 6th to the end of June.

This is a huge opportunity for the class,as the mural will be seen by an incomprehensible amount of people in those two months!

The project will be getting some press, but im not sure if i can discuss details yet. I’ll post more when I’m sure it wont mess up any kind of opportunity we might get.

In addition, to document this whole project (since its a rare opportunity) I’ve decided to start a blog with my class. This time around it will be run and updated by the students themselves. One student in particular took courses in film at NYU last summer, she will hopefully lend her talents and time shooting some footage and putting together clips for the site.

The Student Blog (check for weekly updates)
http://okdehcorpsteam.blogspot.com/

This is the design in its entirety, use the scroll bar below to view the design details.

View My Murals on Google Earth!

I just finished uploading and tagging photographs of my murals to be seen on Google Earth. 

You can now take a virtual tour of my work across the city of Philadelphia!

Click to Download Google Earth

Once google earth is installed, down load this file, then doubleclick on it.
  Eric Okdeh’s Mural Tour

Once you are in, you can navigate through the tour in the “Places” panel on the left side of the window. The sites are organized from my latest projects to my earliest, way back in 1999. 

MAIN SITE MEGA UPDATE!!!!

I spent all weekend keeping the main page up to date. Ive posted 7 new items to the Public Art, Youth Involvement, Video, and Tile sections of the site. 


They will describe in detail the murals that I’ve worked on since the beginning of the year, and recently wrapped up. 

They include

Restoration   
Lindley Ave & Hutchinson St, Phila


Transformation
41st & Market Sts
There is a final update on the Time Lapse Video of this project as well.

Tree of Honor: Hartranft Project (Student Mural)
7th & Cumberland


Enjoy!

ericokdeh.com/news + Blogger = Ultimate win!

Ive updated the News portion of my site. Its now a blogger page which should make it incredibly easy to update and post regularly. In the past I had been doing it all through the source code of the page which was ridiculous, and partially the reason for my lack of updates. 

Also check the link at the bottom of the side bar to subscribe to my updates, they will be interesting, I swear. 

The other reasons include the two projects I’ve been working on. One of which, the as of yet untitled Greenfield Project, took over a year and a half to complete. Its finally done and I will be updating the main page with photos and info soon. It incorporates a large scale buildout 17 feet in height which rises a foot and a half from the surface of the mural in a pyramid fashion, and covered in stained glass. 

The second Mural is a collaboration with Behavioral Health and six of the organizations they fund. The mural is going up at 41st and Market St. in West Philadelphia, and will be my largest work to date at 3600 square feet, 600 of which will be done in stained glass. My estimated completion date is end of July/ beginning of August. Look for a installation video soon!

Going Live!


Finally! After nine months of planning, design, revisiting old projects, and compiling massive amounts of images and video, my website is here. For those of you who have been my testing guinea pigs throughout this process, if anything on the site seems out of sort, empty your cache.

To all of you visiting the site for the first time, each of the six catergories that appear to the left chronicle my work in various formats for the past 10 years. I will be updating these categories often, as I am always in the thick of multiple mural projects and related work. Currently I am working on 5 seperate projects at once, and by the end of November I will have 3 more major murals under my belt. Check back often! This section of the site will serve as a blog of sorts, it will also be periodically updated with info for various shows, happenings, and events.

Special Thanks go out to Candice Lucente who helped steer me in the right direction with regards to web-hosting. 
Extra Special Thanks to Jimmi Heiserman, the man behind the flash. Jimmi took my design and all of my ideas, and made the whole thing possible. More importantly, he made it a cinch to update. I couldnt be happier with the site; its better than i ever imagined. I hired Jimmi just in time, as he will soon no doubt be a billionaire, and have no desire to associate with “little people” such as myself. 
Jimmi is already a legend in the internet world for creating the ultimate addictive online flash game: Quadradius. 
 Click the logo to play, and watch how easily the hours pass, as you try to outsmart and crush opponents from every corner of the globe. Think checkers with superpowers, Battle Checkers if you will. Become a member today, you won’t regret it. 

Here are some screenshots of the Quadradius Arena… 

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