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Archive for March, 2006

All in one : one in all

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

one in all - all in one


reworking of the first element in the series below. this piece is important in that it sets the theme up for the rest of the sequence. conceptually speaking that is, and also if one reads the poster(see previous post) from top left to bottom right as one would read text.

draft ‘language thought’ poster/letter

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006

draft poster/letter

this is a draft for a poster that reveals the main compositions in my root2art body of work in a sequence that i’ve been playing with for a number of years.

the poem at the top of the poster reads:-
Pivotal language of art thinking
Radical rethinking of art language

This is the thought that has already become language
This is the language that is ready to be rethought

We cannot say what comes beyond this point,
Yet it has already been revealed.
This is the artist’s thinking on the subject:
It is a full slicing through of my skull and spleen -
Let the narrative begin!

when i finish it i plan to print it as a letter and send it off to a few curators as a bit of pr.

The Vector in the Spiritual Bitmap

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

The Vector in the Spiritual Bitmap

Asides from attempting a sacred expression in this work, I’ve also explored a juxtaposition between the two fundamental modes of digital image creation. That is the Vector image and the raster (bitmap) image. The smooth curves of the central motif were obviously created by my usual manipulation of geometry in a vector based piece of software – whilst the pixelated peripheral areas were the produced in a raster based software. I believe in visual art, method and language are inseparable. This work is an investigation into the fundamental natures of two methods of digital art creation.

Who can say what goes into my work.
Not even I would say it
The ‘goings in’ mean nothing in the balance
The work represents itself
It is the manifest invention, a religious practice

I’ve been a big fan of the music of Estonian composer Arvo Part for many years. I’ve sought in vane on many occasions to find a mode of expression that’s in tune with the feelings Part’s music enables me to access. I cannot say what these feelings are, only I’d love to be able to express them.

I’m sure its a mistake to think that anything other than Arvo Part’s music can evoke what Arvo Part’s music does evoke, but it doesn’t stop me trying. Actually, I think I am quite confused about the emotional spaces accessed by music and those spaces reached through visual art. Maybe in some respects they are very different and in others the same thing. This is a bit of a non-statement, but as I said, I am confused.

vector v bitmap experiment

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

photo play.jpg

using cliche shininess on lens, but i can’t help but be seduced by it.

Ambient works

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006



old school.jpg



Basic Rendering

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006


badboy greyscale.jpg

there are so many things i’d like to explore this year. i’m currently learning 3dstudio max, but as yet i’m still a little uncertain as to how i will be using it in the future. i think for the software to become a truly direct medium for me, i’d have make the tools my starting point and create art that’s entirely different in origin from that what i’m doing now. i have immense respect for anyone who has mastered this medium, and anyone who says computer art is void of craft should spend five minutes working with some sophisticated modeling software.

Stumbleupon Icon

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

but10.gif shit_butt.gif

i’ve just discovered above is my stumbles’ icon. one of the techniques i use to access the overall tonal structure of my work is to view it as a small icon. if the composition is not strong at this level, i figure it is probably too complex. designing an id icon is very much about essential design. i enjoyed making this one so much, i’m going to make a page dedicated to icons.

below are some gems i’ve found with the aid of this excellent surfing tool.