edward d bacal is a multi-skilled, PhD-educated professional, with an inclination for creative vision and critical thinking. His skillset spans writing, design, content strategy, and web development, offering a holistic approach to digital and print media.
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edward d bacal writes mostly on modern & contemporary art / visual culture from north america, latin america, and europe. he is particularly interested in abstract and conceptual art since the 1960s, with emphasis on work that explores the political implications of formal innovations.
Bodies Withdrawn: The Ethics of Abstraction in Contemporary Post-Minimal Art
PhD Thesis (2018)
Review: Toronto Biennial of Art: The Shoreline Dilemma
ASAPJournal.com (December 17, 2019)
Review: Muscled Rose at Scrap Metal Gallery
CanadianArt.ca (August 14, 2019)
pervasive death: teresa margolles and the space of the corpse
human remains and violence 4/1 (2018)
The Concrete and the Abstract: On Doris Salcedo, Teresa Margolles and Santiago Sierra’s Tenuous Bodies
Parallax 76 (2016)
Up, Down, Left, Right: Some Thoughts on the Inverse, Reverse, and Double
FrameWork 4-16 (2015)
Sharon Lockhart and Steve McQueen: Inside the Frame of Structural Film
Capitalism and Contemporaneity: On Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave
edward d bacal is a designer that specializes in digital media, including UI/UX design, graphics (still and animated), illustration, video editing, and front-end web development. He also draws with pen and paper
[client work available by request]
Grids: A Short Introduction
Grids is a "web essay" on the role of the grid in the history of art and visual culture. This project marries my background as an art historian with my work in web design. It demonstrates both a practical exploration of CSS grid as a design tool and an experiment in creative web-publishing, with an emphasis on creating more engaging user experiences in educational content.
Osprey: Online Edition
This page hosts the digital version of an illustrated kids book I made for my niece. While the book also exists in a conventional form, the online edition is formatted to engage users through interactive functions, a centralized layout, and animations. Because the book doesn't follow a linear structure, the site invites users to click on different sections in any order.
CE Art Trace
This React app displays items from the Harvard Art Museums' collection of over 230,000 items. When users select a medium, the app calls the institution's API and returns a randomly selected object from that classification, displaying an image, title, name, and date.
Buds for Suds
This interactive app serves as a beer companion app that draws on a REST api to pair craft beer selections with a complimentary food choice. Users can submit a food-related term and receive a list of appropriate results, displaying the name, label, and description of each drink (apropriately, I don't even drink beer).
Bulldog Book Club
This app models an dynamic interface for digital publications, as a more user-friendly alternative to traditional e-texts. Having found that most publishers overlook UI and UX concerns by sticking to traditional print layouts, I sought to develop front-end solutions for long-form texts and volumes, which benefit from in-browser experience.