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adagio in e minor (organ solo)

Without beauty, the soul languishes.

Here is a piece I composed back in the early 70’s. Highly contrapuntal, rich in harmonic texture and lilting in melancholy.

It is available for purchase on my website, www.myopus.com.

Enjoy.

jackson hole art fair : first showing of layered hardwood relief sculptures

The Jackson Hole Art Fair got off to a slow start this weekend as it rained a little on Friday and all day Saturday.

 

I had the opportunity to show my sculptures. Here are some of the pieces that were in my show.

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graphic design for trout unlimited (western division)

Todays work was a design for one of my clients, Trout Unlimited. This is a simple black and white design for a T-shirt as they will all meet for a Western Divisional Meeting.

 

designThe secret (not a secret now) is that you have to gather the elements together in a type of logo design so that the elements do not ‘float’ in the white space. This is accomplished by using reverses on the type, and then creating structural elements (boxes and circles). The final touch is using a mask on the trout and violating borders. This helps to lead the eye around the image without coming to a ‘dead end’ in the visual appearance.

 

In order to show how a little knowledge makes the difference in good and bad design, I am posting the graphic without the two structural elements of the oval and the box. See the difference?badDesign

 

Have a great meeting TU West!

teton mountain range : miniature sculpture

I just finished this today, my first miniature wood carving of the Teton Mountains. It utilizes five types of wood:

 

sky: fir (lightly stained in blue)

mountains: mahogany

background field: black walnut

foreground field: alder

frame: reclaimed cherry

 

It has a matte lacquer finish and is about 8 inches wide.

 

 

 

price: $499

Teton Mountains Miniature

Teton Mountains Miniature

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he was despised

for satb choir (a cappella, div.)

I composed this piece years ago. This is a new arrangement that is for a cappella voices, and is very demanding of any choir who would take up performing it. This is because it has long sustained notes around which there exists a very close intervalic harmonic structure. Performed in a church with a very live acoustic is really the only way to present this piece most effectively.

 

He Was Despised (SATB) title page

He Was Despised (SATB) title page

Another version of this piece is available on my website (www.MyOpus.com), and it can be performed by a children’s chorus with one or two voices. It is also available in Latin, although I have not published it yet in that form.

 

Go to Web Page | Hear A Simulation | See A Preview of the Score

heaven is open for us

for satb choir (a cappella)

About 20 years ago I composed this setting of the words taken from a famous work by Mary of Agreda called ‘City of God’. It is a four volume set of the life of Jesus Christ. In it is the account of the ‘Transfixion’ and in particular a scene where John, the beloved disciple of Jesus, comes back to the Cenacle (the upper room) where Mary and the rest of the disciples took lodging during the Passion.

 

Exceprt from 'City of God' by Venerable Mary of Agreda

Exceprt from ‘City of God’ by Venerable Mary of Agreda, Transfixion

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He returns to report what had happened to Jesus and to try to prepare Our Dear Lady for the assault of his description. Here is a caption of that page.

 

Upon reading this passage, I was very moved by the words the Virgin gave in response to hearing what John had to report. Those words of Mary comprise the text for this piece.

 

It is available for preview and purchase on the KOERBER PUBLICATIONS website (www.MyOpus.com), and in particular on this web page.

 

You may hear a vocal simulation by pressing the play button here.

 

two musical works for holy week

I am very excited to tell you that my musical compositions are available for downloading on www.MyOpus.com, a site where I self publish my works. The site hosts music, both sacred and secular, allows you to see and hear a preview and purchase them as digital copies.

 

Today I have published two pieces for Holy Week on MyOpus.com:

 

O Vos Omnes, title page to a work by Francis Koerber

O Vos Omnes, title page to a work by Francis Koerber

O Vos Omnes is the 13th movement taken from my larger work, Et Lux In Tenebrae which was premiered on Good Friday of 2012 at Our Lady of the Mountains. Here are some links for your perusal.

 

Go to Web Page | Hear A Simulation | See A Preview of the Score


Sing, My Tongue, The Glorious Battle

Sing, My Tongue, The Glorious Battle, title page of an arrangement by Francis Koerber

The second piece is an arrangement based on the Hymn tune PICARDY. The text is that famous work by Venantius Fortunatus, Sing, My Tongue, The Glorious Battle. I created this arrangement to be performed with congregation. It boasts a lush chromatic harmony. The final verse is composed to give the congregation a sense of foreboding. This is accomplished by using a minimal texture of two doubled voices (ST and AB) that move in contrary motion with a sprinkling of staggered text for the choir while the congregation continues to sing the melody.

 

What gives it gravity is the pedal point (a low D played on the organ). The last three measures introduces the unexpected and very stark contrast of an ascending solo soprano line.

 

Go to Web Page | Hear A Simulation | See A Preview of the Score


if it has to be in my living room…

Our apartment is somewhat small. There is the main living area which is all one room: Living room, dining room and kitchen. Then you go up the stairs and the bathroom is on the right before you go into the master bedroom.

 

corner desk with shelves

corner desk with shelves

So, the ‘office’ (computer, printer, scanner and accessories has to be in the LR. What to do?

 

For a year we had it on a small kitchen table under the main window. Ugly.

 

A few days ago I stumbled upon a corner desk in a thrift store. It is nothing special, and cost me 30 dollars. Since it had to be in my living room, my son John and I started brainstorming about a good configuration. After tossing around a few ideas, we came up with this one.

 

I wanted the look to be more sleek and attractive and less bulky than a regular corner shelf installation, or one of those ubiquitous computer desk stations made out of particle board.

 

So here is our solution. A simple tiered, three shelf install (each wall mounted) without any ugly metal brackets or stupid looking supports. It takes up very little room compared to the kitchen table we had (which always becomes a surface that gathers junk).

 

I like it.

jh salon show (peoples choice awards)

Dear Art Association:

Thank you for having me for the JH Salon Show this year. It was a pleasure to meet so many com padre artisans and get to know you little. I am thrilled to have won your vote with the award. This inspires me to create many more pieces in the coming year, God willing.

(NOTE: I was hoping to post the entire email here with all of the winners and their pictures, but presently there is no link to post. I will try to get the other pieces up in the near future)


 

JH Salon Show email blast

JH Salon Show email blast to members, January 21, 2016

 

branding & logo design

Coming up with a good corporate or product brand logo is not an easy task. One must consider the type of market (tech, toy, education, etc.), how it will be used (online, print, packaging, etc.) color scheme, reproducibility, brand conformity (does it naturally communicate a products identity) and more.

 

Over the years I have created brands for various people, companies and projects. Here are some case studies.

 


 

Case Study 1 : Data Voice Exchange

My brother has a company that did both digital and analog data management with telephones. He needed something that said exactly that. Digital is represented in saw tooth (square) waves and analogue in sine (round) waves. He was the rare breed that did both in the heyday of oncoming digital technology. If you follow the two colors, they intersect at the ‘center’ of the logo, the ‘center’ of my brother’s business, and the ‘x’ in the word exchange describes that point of intersection perfectly.

 

Oh. I forgot to mention. His domain name is DVX.com… not DVE. This logo actually makes you think that his initials are DVX even though it obviously isn’t.

 

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Case Study 2 : Floosiga Vector Art Designs

In the early 2000’s I created about 400 or so vector illustrations that were geometric designs which are very colorful and are useable in many different ways, especially as textile designs. I also sold a number of them as giclee prints on canvas. The endeavor of floosiga was to be nothing but fun, colorful and entertaining. It was to interest younger children in mathematics; vectors, polyhedra cut-outs and models, explosive color pallets and free wheeling design all in a playful atmosphere. I even had my children creating these works and printed one of each of their own works on canvas for each child. The name ‘floosiga’ is derived from the German phrase ‘Fluesigga Kuensta’, which means fluid or flowing art.

 

This was the three color logo I developed for that endeavor.

 

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Case Study 3 : Cities Cupcake Boutique

This case study involved a startup which meant the whole kitten kaboodle: corporate brand, suite, inside and outside store signage, website, labels, etc. The cupcakes each sported a ‘city theme’.

 

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Case Study 4 : BrandCrawler

Working with Alabanza Corporation, I developed this brand for a web application that allowed corporations to do website crawling with a spider bot to uncover illegal use of their brand name called domain squatting.

 

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Case Study 5 : Teton Virtuoso

A brand that I created for marketing myself as a performer in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

 

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Case Study 6 : Control Panel Icons for BulkRegister

GUI design for control panel icons within the member user application for managing domain names.

 

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corporate suite

This coming Friday is the opening reception for the Jackson Hole Salon Art Show. Therefore, I created this newly designed corporate suite for marketing myself to the locale.

 

Koerber Corporate Suite

Koerber Corporate Suite

koerber in MoMA?

At one point in time I thought about submitting my floosiga exhibit to MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art) in New York City. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe I dropped them a line via email or even on the phone. I never really pushed it. Perhaps it’s time to pursue this idea further!

 

Koerber if he had ever made it to MOMA

Koerber if he had ever made it to MOMA

rosary made of shells

On our vacation years ago, I decided to create a different kind of rosary on the beach. Collecting various shells of differing shape and color, here was the end result. It was about 7 feet tall.

 

Shell Rosary In the Sand

Shell Rosary In the Sand

art boxes

Along with the revamping of my rosary website I also started building art boxes with a custom monogram for the BVM which I designed last year for a scapular project. These boxes are made entirely of reclaimed oak. I hand engrave them and line them with 100% wool felt. They should last as long as the rosary you purchase if both are well cared for.

Reclaimed Oak Wooden Rosary Box

Reclaimed Oak Wooden Rosary Box

Wooden Box Engraving

Wooden Box Engraving

Wooden Box Lid Guides

Wooden Box Lid Guides

Wooden Rosary Box Monogram

Wooden Rosary Box Monogram

heirloom rosaries

In the past couple of months I worked hard to completely revamp the website that displays and offers these rosaries to the public. This includes a new website and beginning a campaign using Google adwords. I am presently working with a local firm Giffen Design, to see if I can increase exposure to these heirloom pieces.

 

Rhodochrosite Rosary, handmade sterling silver chain, bows and eyelets and hand cast sterling parts by Francis Koerber.

Rhodochrosite Rosary, handmade sterling silver chain, bows and eyelets, hand cast sterling parts.

 

Lapis Lazuli Rosary (AAA)

Lapis Lazuli Rosary (AAA)

dodecahedron calendar 2015

I recently became a member of pixels.com where I have posted 25 photos of my artwork including vectors, sculptures and a cut out dodecahedron calendar for 2015. You are able to create prints, etchings, phone case prints and even throw pillows using pixels.com very cool tools.

 

 

Dodecahedron Desk Calendar : including vector illustrations designed by Francis Koerber

Dodecahedron Desk Calendar : including vector illustrations designed by Francis Koerber