Exhibit Catalogue (final)

The artist Brian Mifsud was born on March 29, 1997 in Queens New York. He now currently lives in Manhattan and studies in Brooklyn. The artist drew inspiration from Tom Phillips “A Humument” to create his own versions of this style of composition which combines both language and art to convey anything the artist desires. Tom Phillip was an English artist who purchased a cheap book to use as the basis of an art project known as A Humument. Behind his artwork,  he paints, collages or draws over the pages, leaving some of the text peeking through in serpentine bubble shapes, creating a found text with its own story, different from the original. In this case Brian made three compositions with a theme that juxtaposes with the theme of the original Book. In this exhibit Brian chose the book Hunger Games Catching Fire which has more of a darker and serious theme to it so Brian juxtaposes this theme by making it a bit lighter and more into a comedy. To help convey this Brian also change the title of this composition to Off the Hinge.

Brian created the compositions using a variation of sizes of Micron pens mainly using 0.25, 0.35 and 0.45 mm. Also he used a Faber-Castell Brush pen. For his first design, your idea he creates a composition the perfectly conveys the title of the composition that being your idea using the universal symbol of an idea being a cloud which can be seen in different forms of media, from comic books to cartoons you can see the thought bubble used to convey an idea. The artist also uses different techniques like repetition of the clouds and variation of the cloud sizes to help create emphasis on the main large cloud surrounding the phrase your idea. This composition helps to also convey the theme Brian is trying to get across because the imagery of clouds gives the feeling of dreaming and happiness to help create that lighter theme.

For his second design, Unity, he first had to envision what color combined would make a nice color that is not too harsh so he came up with two colors blue and red which when mixed created a nice purple. So with that Brian colored in one half of the page with red and the other half of the page with blue so when they met in the middle they created a nice shade of purple to show the unity between the colors. The purple line in the middle also has this rhythmic vibe too it that also gives it a nice sense of design.

For his third design Brian wanted to have another design that was in black and white but also did not use the words on the page for his design either. In this design Brian tries again to convey a lighter tone compared to the darker tone of the book. In this composition we see a nice soothing line that goes in a type of wave formation that with dark lines that fill up around the line but not touching the main line with a gap between it. This to the artist gives the composition a lighter tone.

With his composition Off the Hinge, Brian wanted to convey certain ideas that can change the darker tones of the book too the lighter tones of Brian’s new creation. The work of alternated texts along with visual images creates a new story from a preexisting one. It creates more room for stories that have yet to be told as the original source is left as inspirations behind those stories.


: happening at the same time

Source – merriam-webster

I encountered this word from the article “Lecture Me. Really” by Molly Worthen. The sentence of ” It keeps students’ minds in energetic and simultaneous action.” simultaneous will be the difficult word for me to understand the meaning of the sentence. When I searched this word on the dictionary, first time I knew this word mean and how to used it in the sentence, it was helpful.


: a person who owns a building with apartments that are in bad condition and rents them to poor people.
Source – merriam-webster
I came this word in the reading excerpt, “The Boston Photographs” . When I saw at the sentence ” …the Boston pictures sowed the dangers of fire escapes and raised questions about slumlords.” I guess this word may mean places or person, after I looked at the dictionary. Definitely my guess is right, now I have an idea of this word means.

Glossary Journey
















While working on this glossary throughout the course I noticed there was a lot of words I felt I knew the definition to. In reality if I was to be tested on those words I would’ve probably failed. Some of these words that are listed I had that feeling of maybe knowing  what it meant. The other words I just didn’t know What they meant or it was my first time encountering the word. Before I posted my word on to the glossary, I would look through the dashboard to see if it was already claimed by another student. Some of these words that I’ve encountered had multiple definitions so I gave all the definitions but stated which definition was related towards the text that I found the word in. For every word, I gave my understanding not only in the word but also in the author’s text. With this glossary, it made me really think about the words I don’t know instead of just giving up on them because I did not know their meaning. I believe the words I searched for not only helped expand my vocabulary but also helped out my fellow peers. Every time I would see my word on the glossary I would have another word I could learn its definition. This glossary project made the learning of words feel like a community. Each week there was a new word to be learned, not only from me providing a word but the other students providing their words as well.



: existing in the part of the mind that a person is not aware of : existing in the mind but not consciously known or felt

: the part of a person’s mind that has ideas, feelings, etc., that the person is not aware of.
Source – merriam-webster
I encountered this word from the article “The Boston Photographs”, the sentence “….in an almost subconscious way, ….” In that article, I believe this word is being used to describe something, maybe the action or feeling. Now I really know the word means before I looked at the article.



an expression or manifestation of ecstasy or passion


I encounter this word in the reading “Christian Fundamentalism”. The word is found in the sentence “The prediction is that before the final battle all the believers will be lifted out of their clothes and will float up to heaven in an event called the Rapture”. After I look up this word in dictionary, I know it means an expression of ecstasy or passion.



the act of rubbing one thing against another


I encounter this word in the reading “Chaos theory: the butterfly and the el nino”. I found the word in the sentence ” Imagine a ball rolling across a frictionless surface and bouncing off circular obstacles”. Knowing it means the act of rubbing one thing against another, I better understand what the author is saying.


: the act or process of copying something.

: the state of containing copies of something or being a copy of something

Source – merriam-webster

I encountered this word from the article “Brooklyn was mine.” I saw from the sentence “Cancel 3, they’re duplications.” When I looked at the dictionary, I knew the meaning of this words, found out the similar of this word. Now, I have an idea of this word means and uses.



  • very exciting or interesting


I saw this word from the reading excerpt: ” The Boston Photographs”. On the line says ” When I talked to editors.. they used words like ‘interesting’ and ‘riveting’ and ‘gripping’ to describe them.”


◊ A word or phrase that shows love or affection

◊ A special word or name that friends or lovers use when they speak to each other is sometimes called a term of endearment.
Source – merriam-webster
I encountered this word from the article “Brooklyn was mine.” The sentence “We’re approaching Pacific St. again–was a typical sign-off, accompanied by endearments.” Now I looked the word, I have an idea of what this word means.