Archive for the ‘2D Work’ Category
Trying to find a way to make my work work better as prints – maybe i am on to something with this retro-graphic / quasi-Japanese-print style
About my prints: The paper i use is museum-quality and meets the strictest industry standards. The paper is internally buffered to resist fading and acid-free to eliminate degradation. I use inks with a very high pigment density, allowing for the sharpest possible image, most ideal reflection of light, and widest range of printable color. The pigment colorant also resists water, light, and gas for superior archivability. The color and quality of our prints are made to last for generations.
600 x 600 ‘Interior – Exterior’ 1/10 Diasec prints £450 each or the pair for £800 email me for details
The artwork is backed with aluminium with clear Perspex mounted over the top which accentuates the colour and deepens the blacks to give a punchy, rich feel.
600mm x 600mm – 1/10 Face mounted Digital print – £450 email me for details
The artwork is backed with aluminium with clear Perspex mounted over the top for a very contemporary look.
The graduated sections of this piece were produced programmatically using js and svg. Each randomly selected hue is first tonally compensated to mid grey, a process i call tonal balancing. This process allows a smooth tonal graduation to be applied to spectrum regardless of hue. In the example output from the script below the right hand side has been converted to grey scale to demonstrate this principle.
svg version working with firefox and ie9 only: chrome in this instance mashes it up completely LOL
Needed a little trigonometry to generate this in svg. Drawing it out like this helps me to pin down, what i am trying to do, exactly – it is not always so clear… LOL
Poem from artwork.
3/16th shy of
All knowing falls off
No matter; no phenomena @ all
This total burst of power
I’m currently playing with a concept for a new gallery site in which users can upload artwork and see their pictures displayed in a number of editable gallery settings. Users of the site will then be able to download the resulting view as a desktop wallpaper. This is just a mock-up without any functionality.
yes i am a fan of ‘Square Pusher’ tech maestro, but no this piece has nothing to do with his music. it just seemed like an apt name.
Checkout my all new www.patterncooler.com. Its a seamless pattern resource to replace the one i used to have on this domain, but had to remove for technical reasons. This collection of patterns are fully color editable plus you are now able to view and download them at different sizes. Its a cool feature that’s adds a new dimension to the collection.
The site is primarily aimed at those seeking MySpace and Blog backgrounds as this is where the demand is. There is, however a fabric shop where any design in any color combination can be ordered on a range of quality cotton fabrics.
One thing I’d like to develop for the future asides from adding to the collection of available designs is to have a flash based color editor. SVG which is what is used in the current editor still has accessibility issues and I have not been able to get the current editor working in Opera browsers.
Eihei DÅgen is a famous zen monk who lived in 13th century Japan. In his time he was a great teacher and established the Soto Zen sect in Japan after first training in China for many years under numerous great Buddhist masters. Part of his legacy is the ‘Shobogenzo’ in which contains the chapter called ‘Zazenshin’ which translates as ‘A Needle For Zazen’. Zazen being the type of sitting meditation that forms the core practice of Soto Zen Buddhism. In his translation of master Dogen’s Shobogenzo’, Gudo Nishijima writes the following at the start of the Zazenshin Chapter. “Shin means a bamboo needle that was used for acupuncture in ancient China. So shin means a method of healing the body and mind, and the word came to be used for a maxim that has the power to cure a human being of physical and mental discomfort. Subsequently, the word shin was used to describe short verses useful in teaching the important points of a method of training. In this chapter Master Dogen… …praises a zazenshin by Master Wanshi Shokaku, and finally, he wrote his own Zazenshin.” which is the one you now see above.
I haven’t posted anything in a few weeks, the simple reason being: I have made nothing worth posting. I’ve been going through old simple motifs looking for suitable material to print on t-shirts.
I wish I could think of something intelligent to write on my pictures.
Yes, i’ve been making a new homepage. The top is the same, but if you scroll down you’ll see I’ve had a tidy up. My site has become a bit messy over the last year with lots of pages left over from older versions of this site. The new home pages marks the start of a concerted effort to unify and condense the different parts of this domain.
The picture above is nothing really, I just liked the retro brown vibe going on.
I’ve been quiet on my blog these past few weeks because I’ve been busy building a new print shop. All being well it will be live within a week or two. In an attempt to offer a range of one off and limited edition ‘lounge friendly’ works (as apposed works suitable for gallery settings) I’ve also started designing some ‘color field’ formats for my work. These graduated color foils combined with the face mounted medium produces a deep, dynamic and sensual effect. The Dutch print and face mounting company I will be using is PlexiPhoto.com
Here is what they say about the visual quality of their face mount technique:-
‘By directly gluing the front side of the photograph to the back of a sheet of Plexiglas, any light reflections between the photograph and the glazing of an ordinary frame is eliminated, thus increasing image sharpness, contrast, and colour saturation.
When light penetrates the layer of acrylic glass, the light reflection on the prints surface is completely different from the effect when a print is framed with a passe-partout and ordinary glass. With this unique production method the diffusion of light diminishes because of the homogeneous quality of acrylic glass. As a result the colours seem sharper, more brilliant, more intense and more immediate.’
The image above, (if its not obvious), is computer generated. I’ll be placing some orders of my own home soon which will give me the opportunity to get some real photos of the artworks in settings.
This method of presenting, enhancing and protecting prints is also know as Diasec.
Prints from PlexiPhoto also come complete with back mounting that holds the print off the wall and hangers.
Download this image free as a 1280x1024px desktop wallpaper
The guy reading the low-down in the photo looks like a fat Matthew Collings. It would be nice if it was and also if the picture was real. Surely he’d have something to say about it. Or maybe he’d pass it by thinking it was something other than art. You know that’s not as dumb as it sounds. Most of the art of our time seems to revolve around the single idea and the single theme. We are all trying to make art sound bites. There are no epic stories being told in art anymore – well very few. Take Damien Hirst’s latest work: the diamond encrusted platinum skull. Its a pure and distilled idea realised by expensive yet simple means. Don’t get me wrong I really like it, and think its a work that sits at the pinnacle of the present canon of art his work occupies.
My approach, of course, is very different from this and the trend Damien’s work so perfectly demonstrates. My work has never been about reducing and distilling, but rather evolving and building. I feel my themes are like characters in a novel, each with an individual history and each enabling a complex narrative to be constructed. I’ve always wanted to make a work that tells the story of Root2Art in all is complexity. The story twists and characters have idiosyncrasies I could never have imagined ten years ago. I could never create a sound bite art work that encapsulates this rich history. The essences of Root2Art is only really visible when seen in its full complexity. Organizing this complexity into a coherent narrative is the big challenge.
The ‘big ass’ title is not a reference to the Matthew Collings look-alike.
The Saatchi Online Gallery Showdown is an exciting monthly competition run on the massively popular www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk. Visitors to the site can vote on artworks from an open submission with numerous rounds of voting determining a winner that gets to have his/her picture hung in the new Saatchi Gallery. A quick scan of the submissions that received the most votes last month reveals a marked preference for figurative painting. No digital art as yet, which is not really a surprise.
Wanting to enter this great Showdown I’ve decided to draw on my archive of paintings from my pre root2art days fancying my chances more with this medium. I’m very fond of this painting and have it hanging in my studio. It has a history of some personal significance. It was the painting I made directly after being rejected from art school for the second time. It was my attempt to confirm my artistic ambition and self-belief when it was being called into question by my contact with the academic world. I brought together everything I thought I had learnt at the tender age of 19 and produced something that maybe is a little naive, but still has a spirit I think I will always be proud of.
It would be marvelously ironic if this painting was to do well in this showdown and be the first of my works to catch the attention of someone as influential as Charles Saatchi. I’ve read he has a liking for painting so this could be my best chance at wetting his appetite. Of course there is a vast amount of good competition so its all a bit hypothetical to talk about doing well. Early indications however are showing it is getting a thumbs up from the voters.
As part of an effort to get my work seen in galleries oversees I spent the morning looking at contemporary art gallery sites in Japan and Canada. I’ve long been interested in Japanese art, architecture and culture and although I’ve never been there I feel a strong connection to this country. Canada I have been to on a number of occasions and like for its people and exciting multi-cultural cities.
So anyway, I found this picture of the Maru Contemporary Art Gallery in Japan and was stuck by this wonderful space. As it happens the gallery only shows Japanese artists so there is no opportunity for me to use it directly. Still however curious to see what my work would look like in this setting I cheekily took to playing the digital curator in PhotoShop. I probably could have done a better job, but its good enough to get an impression of how the space and art would compliment each other.
Be sure to check out the Maru Gallery as it has some interesting artists represented.
Sometimes composing a picture may take weeks, months and sometimes even years. Other times a new distinct composition is born from a simple act of match making. Within my body of work I find certain compositions like people compliment and enhance each other and work together as a single unit. The old proverb that ‘opposites attract’ also seems to have some truth when marrying visual elements as it does with people.
Cezanne’s dying words were reported to be ‘All lies in contrast’. I’d say this is a pretty good place to start for any aspiring artist looking to find his/her own voice. Bringing together contrasting elements still forms the meat and two veg activity of all my work. The of contrasting represented in this work is an example at one end of a scale: contrasting a straight line with a curve to form part of a new motif might be an example at the other. For me the best unions in art are the one’s made in complete certainty and with the least fuss.
This ‘picture polyphony’ is simply three pages from a book I designed about 5 years ago. At the time (somewhat typically) I lost interest in the project as soon as the design work was complete. I’d pretty much forgotten about this work, but this week I found some prints whilst tidying my studio that led me to dig into my hard drive for the source files and have a play with this material.
This new piece kinda reminds me of a bust. It doesn’t have to represent a bust of myself, but I’ve given it the rather random name ‘My Sacred Head Fat’ until something more meaningful springs to mind.
If it doesn’t make you go blind this makes an interesting repeating background tile. I’m not actually setting out to make optical art, I’m more interested in this instance with the underlying family of ellipses. The tones I have used here come from a method I am developing to visually represent values in simple arithmetic patterns I am exploring. The result of this geekiness is quite fun. Or does it only feel fun for the geek?
Here is the URL to a slightly smaller version of this tile:-
Feel free to use it for your blog or MySpace profile background, if this is your thing!
I’m looking for two things in my current work of which this is a small unripe fruit. I’m looking to see if any real maths in my head and also, I’m looking to create new artistic language that’s distinctly different from all previous root2art work. This last aim will only come out of a radical shift in subject matter which the first aim hopefully will provide.