Archive for the ‘artworks’ Category

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Brain Imaging and Mind Reading

December 13, 2008

Check this out:

http://www.pinktentacle.com/2008/12/scientists-extract-images-directly-from-brain/

I don’t doubt that some day the imaging technology will exist that gets pretty darn close to showing the sorts of thoughts a subject is having, but find it hard to believe that the results can be anything more than generic. Not only because I want to hold on to the idea that any translation of my inner experience of a particular object, scene, or idea can not be anything more than an inference (token), but also because I don’t think it is possible, with one exception;  that would be to directly wire one subject’s perceptive instrumentation  and memory banks to the “inner theatre” of another. Even then, without the same neuro-architecture,  the resulting transference of thought would only produce analog,  not the same.  Just like hi def tv gets better and better, but can never deliver reality.

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Damien Hirst — what gives with the art world? I must be just plain naive.

September 16, 2008

No wonder the art/cultural world drips with irony. How can we take anything seriously when Damien Hirst’s stuff is going for millions and millions.

Hirst with his diamond covered skull

I just don’t get it. The deliberately provocative has been with us since ??? …the sixties? What feeds this strange market.  Market driven art-making is not new, but with the dumbing down of a general population, with little to no art, or art appreciation being taught in schools any more, and a post modernism that takes it’s worst position in the anything goes sentiment, it seems that the snake can go on eating its own tail forever.

I promise I’ll try to pick out some artworks I like and comment on them soon, so that I don’t seem to be crankish about everything all the time… (smile).

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North Beach Access is Restricted

September 10, 2008

What a bummer. I used to love the last hour of the day on the beach.  When coming by after work, I would swing in with my little fold up chair and read for an hour.  Sometimes I would draw. It was sublime.

Now there is a sign “No cars on beach after 6pm.”

Bummer.

Reason? the guy on the golf cart that was chasing people off said it’s because college kids get in there and hide. I didn’t push him on this, as he is only doing his job. The receptionist at Parks and Rec said the season is over so they don’t have the staff to keep it open. I didn’t push her either– she’s only doing her job. but part of the reason I like it down there then is that there are so few people.

yes there might be a little trash to pick up, but not from me. oh dear. It’s a losing battle. things just don’t stay the same. maybe I should move to the country. these small losses start to add up. I should mention the other loss: it’s my peace and quiet in the neighborhood due to barking barking barking.  actually, it’s quiet this afternoon, for once.

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Stained Glass

September 6, 2008

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”

– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

I found this quote on someone else’s blog this morning, and it is inspiring me to throw up some of my favorite images (click on images to enlarge):

this is a piece of cinnamon baroque glass

a panel I made — birch trees?

a panel Larry designed and we all made

another one by me

and another

the challenge was to use many clear glass types

the view from above

Stephen

me

Window from Our Lady of Victory Church in Plattsburgh, NY

Emily

the setup at Rouses Point Church

more later…

and, check this

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Oil Paintings Taking Forever to Dry

September 3, 2008

52″ x 48″ oil on canvas — click for enlargement

Here’s Obama on Church Street, in good old Burlington VT. I had started this painting a few years ago, on Church Street. Only under the influence of the Democratic speechifying, in particular, the night of the convention last week when all the tributes to Ted Kennedy and then Ted Kennedy himself came on stage, then Michelle Obama, and the video telecommunications with Obama himself in Kansas City, and let’s not forget the contribution of the Obama kids, did I decide to throw Obama onto the canvas. I’m not a regular portrait artist, and had hoped to get a more informal/sort of impressionistic result. However, the project took on more and more meaning as the speeches went on… . I had to interrupt studio work a few times to run in to TV. So in the end, his face seems overworked and I didn’t catch his exact likeness. But friends and neighbors who have seen it are enthusiastic.

I know, we have to discount praise given to us from friends and family…(smile)

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ART EMERGENCY! and the Magic in Kennedy and Michelle O Speeches

August 25, 2008

I’ve always felt that there is no such thing as an emergency in the world of art, but after this weekend I have to wonder. Time is a quality and it is relative. Weekend days differ very little from weekdays for me usually, and the boundaries between things blur when I pick up a paint brush. So where’s the relativity?

Well, I’ve hung a few paintings this week at the University of Vermont’s Davis Center, between their operations department, the bookstore, and the water fountains on the 3rd level. There are some other walls in a conference room upstairs that are apparently in dire need of artworks too. Big walls. I said I could pull some of my big older canvases off my loft, and they were more than agreeable. But I should have left myself more time for the big old things– to work on them–for that is exactly what is happening. Most of them are FIFTEEN years old or more, surprisingly not so juvenile that I can’t stand to look at them (the ones that are don’t exist any more) (this would be a good place to insert an obscure passage on relativity).

click on image to enlarge

Anyway, I am afraid that I inadvertently lead the UVM operations people to believe that I would have something up for them immediately, but these babies are oil, and one can not rework oil with anything but oil, and oil takes time to dry. time. (this would be an almost too obvious place to talk about relativey)

Speaking of relativity, I’ve been interrupting this post to run in to see the televised speeches by Kennedy, and just now Michelle Obama. Unbelievable what we can do with technology today. For example, Kennedy’s niece presented a video tribute to Uncle Ted. The phasing from the end of the tribute, which ended with the image of a sailboat, to the non-filmic world of the convention center, was accomplished by means of a dissolve. So the image of the sail boat dissolved into the shapes on the stage in the convention center, which had the same structure as the sail boat… it was magical; subtle, but magical. Then the videoporting of Obama to us via Denver from Kansas City. now, I’m back here blogging and not painting.

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Okay so it’s Biden

August 23, 2008

I’m sad that it’s not either Hillary or John Edwards. Either of those two would have been my preference, but I am assuming that both of them, and many others, are going to be available for Barak to put together his DREAM CABINET. Just imagine…