Articles by Jeffrey Augustine Songco

#fail: The End of Self-Portraiture

#fail: The End of Self-Portraiture

From Andy Warhol to Cindy Sherman to James Franco, Jeffrey Augustine Songco considers the development of self-portraiture and its future as an art form.

The Aesthetics of My Instagram

The Aesthetics of My Instagram

Guest blogger Jeffrey Augustine Songco considers the aesthetic parallels between his Instagram feed and great works of art.

Veep: Humor in Materials

Veep: Humor in Materials

Guest blogger Jeffrey Augustine Songco discusses the role that humor plays in art.

Sandy, Sex, and Survival

Sandy, Sex, and Survival

Guest blogger Jeffrey Songco wonders if artwork about sex and sexuality is also to some degree always about survival, as well.

Invisible Relationships

Invisible Relationships

Guest blogger Jeffrey Augustine Songco looks at the “invisible” relationships that are formed between artists, and between artists and audiences.

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | How to Rule the Art World

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | How to Rule the Art World

Jeffrey Songco looks at the multiple roles he and other artists often perform–blogger, critic, curator–and how those activities inform and build on one another.

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Praxis Makes Perfect | Collaboration: Whale of a Time!

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Collaboration: Whale of a Time!

What can artists learn by collaborating with others? Jeffrey Songco wants to find out–and finds unlikely inspiration in a group of killer whales.

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Praxis Makes Perfect | When I Was Your Age

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | When I Was Your Age

As Jeffrey Songco wryly reveals, a productive studio day for a social-media-savvy artist doesn’t necessarily involve the making of art.

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Praxis Makes Perfect | You Teach Some, You Learn Some

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | You Teach Some, You Learn Some

In the post-graduate world, artist Jeffrey Songco discovers that good teachers come in many forms.

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The Top 10 New Media Moments of 2011

Praxis Makes Perfect

The Top 10 New Media Moments of 2011

Songco shares ten memorable pop-culture gems from 2011, all infinitely re-playable courtesy the Internet.

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Praxis Makes Perfect | Staying In The Moment

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Staying In The Moment

Jeffrey Songco has finally gotten the solo show he dreamed of in grad school, but now battles fears he won’t measure up.

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Praxis Makes Perfect | Did You Apply?

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Did You Apply?

The other week, my non-sexual digital boyfriend’s laptop crashed.  Our nightly online video chats were reduced to boring phone conversations.  He said he lost years of writing: pages of journaling, …

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Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Drifting: My Day Job

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Drifting: My Day Job

I wake up surprisingly refreshed this morning with enough time to make my usual breakfast, browse the Internet, and watch Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg moderate the ladies on The View. …

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Praxis Makes Perfect | Introduction Part 1: Just Another Night in The Art World

Praxis Makes Perfect

Praxis Makes Perfect | Introduction Part 1: Just Another Night in The Art World

It’s 9 o’clock on a surprisingly warm September evening in San Francisco, and I’m already at my third art opening of the night.  I should be in New York.  Two …

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | So Long Grad School!

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | So Long Grad School!

Over the last four weeks, I daydreamed about my final post for my contribution to Art21 Blog’s Open Enrollment column.  Since January, my final semester at San Francisco Art Institute …

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | He’s Not Here Right Now

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Open Enrollment | He’s Not Here Right Now

Hi Everyone! My name is Olivia and I’m Jeffrey’s imaginary studio assistant. Unfortunately, Jeffrey isn’t here right now because he’s running around the city preparing for his thesis exhibition, but …

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Open Enrollment | The Importance of Being Sketchy

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | The Importance of Being Sketchy

I am freaking out! In one month, I’ll be installing my artwork at The Winery SF for San Francisco Art Institute’s MFA Thesis Exhibition. Last year at this time, my …

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Open Enrollment: Something to Talk About

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: Something to Talk About

There’s nothing quite like the graduate critique seminar – a visit to a classmate’s studio where ten to fifteen artists are hopefully hopped up on enough caffeine that they’ll engage …

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Open Enrollment: Party’s Over!

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: Party’s Over!

The other day I was sitting in a confessional of a church and I asked the priest why most MFA programs were two years long. He replied, “my son, the …

Jeffrey Augustine Songco, "The Opening Scene". Courtesy the artist.

Flash Points

Art Under the Influence

Flash Points

Art Under the Influence

After reading Flash Points Editor Rachel Craft‘s initial post (“Flash Points: What Influences Art?”) regarding William Kentridge’s love of the stage, I thought it would be appropriate to continue that line …

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Open Enrollment: And the Nominations Are In…

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment: And the Nominations Are In…

Yesterday morning, the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations kick started the award season for excellence in television and movies. A variety of awards have already been given out this …

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Open Enrollment | Choose Your Own Adventure: The Master of Fine Arts

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Open Enrollment | Choose Your Own Adventure: The Master of Fine Arts

You are an artist living in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It’s been a few years since you received your Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree from Carnegie Mellon University. You work …

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Reading the MFA Program

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Reading the MFA Program

Back in June, I wrote about a new Internet meme that I started because I was so excited about the idea of circulation. Well, my professor Robin Balliger has done …

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OMG Mid-Grad Crisis or RTV/MFA

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OMG Mid-Grad Crisis or RTV/MFA

Sometimes when I’m sitting in class, I switch to a third-person perspective and feel like I’m watching a reality television show about myself. One of my professors, Clark Buckner, assigned …

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My MFA Letter to Santa

Open Enrollment

My MFA Letter to Santa

Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Jeffrey, I’m 26 years old, and I live in San Francisco, California.  I know it’s kind of early to be writing to you in …

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Back to School!

Open Enrollment

Back to School!

With the last days of July upon us, I shed a tear and take a deep breath as I prepare for my final year at San Francisco Art Institute. My …

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New Internet Meme: Cheers!

Open Enrollment

New Internet Meme: Cheers!

With my summer break between the first and second year of my graduate studies at San Francisco Art Institute in full force, I’ve taken a few weeks to visit some …

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Standing Ovation for Networks

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Standing Ovation for Networks

With my first year at San Francisco Art Institute done and done, I’m reminded of the big and scary (but fun!) questions I had one year ago. Last August, a …