Still trying to understand jquery. Here's a new page to play with: INSOMNIA
Thursday, December 30, 2010
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Friday, December 10, 2010
I have a short GIF up at the tumblr cubezzzzzz, a new project run by internet friend maryrachel. You may have seen some of her work in the Human Kibble Catalog; we missed meeting each other by about five minutes at IRL back in October. Definitely go through all of the cubes, she's making and collecting some solid work.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
So last night, I played a bit of a game with members of dump.fm. I named people speaking in the chatroom, drew from a Tarot card deck, and webcammed myself holding the card. I then stated the name of the card, and the popular interpretation. This provoked responses from confusion to excitement and even fear in some of the members.
I'm not a believer in magic, but I do hold strongly to the idea that when presented with an ambiguous symbol, people tend to give it meaning. I picked up the deck several years ago for an art project; it's not uncommon for "creative types" to go after redesigning a standardized set of 72 illustrations (and lose interest). The challenge is to illustrate without letting your biases show, keeping possible interpretations open for each card.
I'm also a decent cold reader when it comes to Tarot. It can be fun to see how far you can probe without letting your target know, kind of like the board game Operation. A talented cold reader has a strong memory and a quick wit, and can salvage any failed attempt at meaning. Blogging and making images both remind me of cold reading to some extent. There's a lot of probing and failed attempts before people start talking about the content, and it's the work that hits home that people remember.
So I'm reading through this essay right now on absurdism, and the author leaves this footnote on art:
It is curious to note that the most intellectual kind of painting, the one that tries to reduce reality to its essential elements, is ultimately but a visual delight. All it has kept of the world is its color. (This is apparent particularly in Léger.)
I'm probably doing the man a great disservice here, but I think there's something to be said for form as well.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Visited some friends for Thanksgiving in Chicago. We spent 3 hours at the Art Institute of Chicago, and also visited Millenium Park to look at Anish Kapoor's big bean. Here are some samples, I apologize that I didn't get all the names.
Detail of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte by Georget Seurat. I was this.
The Key, an early Jackson Pollock
Francis Picabia (hot damn! This was at least eight feet long in each direction and glowing.)
There was this hilariously skinny Barnett Newman in one room that I just kept looking up and down and giggling. It's way more surrealist than his normal stuff, and I had to animate how I looked at it for you.
This is a composite photo of a Gerhard Richter painting. It was impossible to get the right colors to show up in one shot, so I layered a few different exposures to get it right. I suspect he wouldn't mind the slight blur.
Lastly, Cloud Gate by Anish Kapoor. You wouldn't believe the crowds this piece was drawing. Everyone was all over it, even though it felt like 15 degrees outside. This is another composite to show from looking straight up into the "bean" to a horizon view.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
This could be viewed as conceptual art, but I first put it together because it makes me laugh. ASM is a site that combines a feed of images from dump.fm with random entries from Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies deck. The result is the images are given the context of the text (or vice versa) and your brain tries to give meaning to the mashup.
Many thanks to Josh Harrison, who is hosting the deck and tweaked his site specifically for this project. Thanks also to the dump.fm admins, who explained to me how iframes work. As for why ASM is affiliated with the Human Kibble domain, I'm still working that one out.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Brad Troemel has started a fierce debate regarding the state of internet art at the blog bien-pensant. You can read my comment and some amazing responses by community members and participators from the recent show BYOB organized by Rafael Rozendaal.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
It appears I've caught the vector bug from my last post. After Malevich was made in the GIMP, but it's a lot easier to manipulate planes and gradients on a computer if they're vector-based rather than raster-based. I use the open-source software Inkscape to produce vector images - it's kind of buggy at times, but it's a whole lot easier and safer than pirating Illustrator.
Here's a sneak peek of a project that I started this morning. It's referential to art history a bit, but not so much that most people won't get it. Sometimes it's better to steal.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Click for full. This is a study of Kazimir Malevich's Morning in the Village After a Snowstorm that I've been working on for the past three weeks. I saw the painting when I visited the Guggenheim last month; immediately I wanted to explore using gradients in the same way that Malevich did, to boldly push and pull space. What better way to make gradients than on a computer?
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Made this at IRL, and was really pleased with the effect. I tried this with webcam photos today (thanks to all contributors!):
Also futzed around with 3fram.es today - here are the results:
and lastly... Migrating Sunglasses
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
|From left to right: Curator Lindsay Howard, dump.fm founders Stefan Moore and Ryder Ripps, and anonymous artist|
|Animated tile by Chris Shier (the work can be viewed here)|
|"Ray" by anonymous (ed. Oct 2013)|
|Left to right: dump.fm members Melipone and Frankhats|
|Working on my piece "In Rainbows"|
|dump.fm founder Scott Ostler|
|Gallery visitor standing in front of "dump.fm Group Portrait" by Tom Moody|
UPDATE: More pictures of the show here, taken by exhibiting artist/writer Erik Stinson. I also uploaded more photos to dump; you can see them in my log. Hit the previous button to page through.