“Eagle Feathers” (2017)

A new series of paintings by Lineaist Artist, Jonathan Blackwell, titled “Eagle Feathers” will be on display for First Friday at Tornado Gallery in Lubbock’s historic Depot District at 1822 Buddy Holly Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401. Despite the absence of a listing in First Friday’s news release, THE GALLERY IS OPEN.

Jonathan majored in Visual Art at Duke University after graduating from Lubbock High School in 1997. In 2001 he founded the Lineaism art movement, incorporating responses to culture and technology through a personalized form of geometric abstract expressionism.

Jonathan and his wife Angela Nash-Blackwell moved back to Lubbock from Sydney, Australia where he finished his MBA in 2010 and worked internationally as a management consultant before returning to create the new Marketing Department at the Museum of Texas Tech in 2015.

In 2016 the couple founded Nashwell LLC to commericalize Angela’s fashion label Ampersander.com and her lifestyle blog Southern-From-Another.blogspot.com as well as Jonathan’s artwork, Lineaist.com and his marketing agency, Linebrand.com.au, currently on contract with Identify Corporate Innovations, identifyci.com.

“Eagle Feathers” is a calm echo of “Bipartisan Left Wing and Right Wing” (2002), a charged response to the characterization of political parties during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In this diptych two contrasting wings signified peaceful collaboration against violent aggression.

Drawing from a renewed faith during his time in the Jewish and Christian communities of Australia, Jonathan’s abstract work now incorporates subtle themes of the Holy Trinity. The numbers 3 and 9 are ubiquitous, from the number of shapes and colors to the spacing of elements, dimensions, and even the date created.

In “Eagle Feathers 01” for example, 9 shapes are rotated at 33º to signify the age of Jesus Christ on The Cross, painted with three shades of blue and green as a reference to blue sky and green grass, the connection between Heaven and Earth. Rather than divisive Blue and Red, we are all a products of this blue and green.

From there Eagle Feathers 02, 03, and 04 are composed of modified shapes, each manipulated by 9 keystrokes in a digital program to print the next stencil. Each shape is stacked on itself, and with these manipulated mutations the angular perfection of 33º is corrupted, created shapes the viewer may relate to angel wings.

Jonathan believes we are all created in God’s image, yet our placement in society and how we relate to each other distorts the blueprint from which we were made. Even the materials used in Lineaist artwork echo this theme. Natural material of wood panels, like the Earth and Sky created by God, has been manufactured and manipulated to create plywood, just as we mine the Earth for mineral wealth and charge the sky with fuel emissions.

The calming color palette is chosen deliberately to calm the viewer, in light of the deeper understanding of our surroundings the artist begs of us. To give back to the art community of which Jonathan is a small part, he and his wife are regular contributors to The Medici Circle – Supporting Texas Tech School of Art where Angela serves on their Board of Directors.

“Eagle Feathers” is on display at Tornado Gallery throughout February 2017, located at 1822 Buddy Holly Ave, Lubbock, TX 79401. For more information, visit www.lineaist.com/lineaism.

building brand value

 

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The driving core of Linebrand is to build brand value, and the first step in any process is approaching and understanding the people.

Linebrand approaches people first by listening and secondly by interpreting needs expressed around professional growth.

Linebrand has three primary customer segments:  1. Startups, 2. Successful SMEs, and 3. Partners in Strategy & Design.

1. The case of working with the founder of a Startup in a brand strategy drives the results of a crowdfunding campaign.

2. Working with an SME will see their business expand by focusing on the 20% of their customers that yield 80% of their wealth.

3. Strategy & Design partners deliver value based on Linebrand’s vision, to build awareness of self and customer segments.

What do the results look like?

1. A Startup attracts the right audience, the right funding, and the right venture capital partners to build brand value by principle.

2. SMEs target their desired customer segment and streamline their message and channels, focused on clear, attainable goals for growth.

3. Strategy & Design partners increase their throughput with growth built on shared values to form sustainable favoured partnerships.

Linebrand is built on the triple bottom line of People, Planet, and Profit, communicated authentically through lasting values.

Connect with Linebrand through social media on facebook.com/Linebrand and Twitter @LinebrandMBA.

Linebrand UX + Lineaist UI

The Linebrand Knot – A Linear and Literal Revolution for Brand Identity in User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI)

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The Linebrand Knot is made from revolving the E and B from LINEBRAND.  The change from the E in the LINEAIST typeface to the E in LINEBRAND is a significant and literal turning point in the brand.

Lineaist represents the artistic origins of Lineaist Design which created Lineaism fine art, Lineaist Productions, and Lineaist Enterprises LLC in the USA before Lineaist became an Australian Business.

Adding a more powerful brand to Lineaist maintains the Linear nature of the draftsmanship and the meaning in the word LINE combined with BRAND to build a more searchable and intuitive identity.

The question arose, what to do with the E?  It’s right in the middle of both words, and how it stitches the two together defines the unity of Lineaist’s past with Linebrand’s future.

By reflecting and modifying the B to become an E, the word BRAND is in a way turning to admire and give recognition to Lineaist for coming first.  It’s this respect for the past that takes a great twist:

By revolving the E and B, the unity of the two brands Lineaist and Linebrand are creating a revolution and the power of the passionate red colour contrasts the corporate direction of Lineaist Design.

The resulting shape and colour of the E+B revolution is a reference to the Zhonguo Jie, or Chinese Knot, specifically the square shaped “True Love Knot” seen during marriage ceremonies.

The cultural depth and richness of this Chinese tradition pulls Linebrand closer to adding value to businesses trading in the Asia Pacific region.  The Zhonguo Jie is a symbol with many meanings that are relevant.

The Linebrand Knot aims to embody reunion, luck, harmony and love by reuniting businesses with their true identity through branding, giving them more luck, harmony and love of their work.

By offering clients a better brand through a superior user experience and expressed through the best user interface, like the red rope of the Zhonguo Jie Linebrand will express the endless circle of happy life.

The fact that Linebrand came about from a collaboration with fashion label Ampersander is equally profound, as Jonathan Blackwell of Lineaist and Angela Nash of Ampersander were later married.

The Zhonguo Jie is a brand in and of itself, traditionally signifying the form and complexity in the very traditional type of harmony that comes with marriage, also giving rise to the term “tying the knot”.

With the collaboration of Linebrand and Ampersander as an extreme example, all Linebrand clients have the opportunity to view the relationship as a source of long-term value, not unlike a marriage.

In one last inward recognition of the Lineaist origins in fine art, one of the prominent styles of Lineaism started in 2001 and is referred to as abstract expressionism.  An ongoing series of these paintings are “knots”.

Needless to say, the meaning of the Linebrand identity is not merely a completion of prequisites in building a service business on the back of Lineaist product management.  It is fulfilling the Lineaist destiny.

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The Artist behind Linebrand