Gravity Pending (2018)
Gravity Pending 2018| When I began the drawings for this two years ago, I would have thought myself finished with the film long by now. Currently it exists as a video; and this may well be the final cut. This film was conceived in a small format, and so enlarging the image to full screen will diminish the quality.
Copying Willem de Kooning: I have copied very few works of art in my life, and none post-maturation. However, I thought that, should I do it again, I would copy someone I both admire and whose work is different from my own. As a gift to my sister Pamela, I made a small version of Willem de Kooning’s Untitled II.
What I like about his abstract-expressive oil paintings is how he excavates, almost at the very end of his process, with semi-transparent white. The effect is to create misty veils of negative space that weave through his elements.
Google Streetview: A couple of years ago, I was walking home from the coffee house (as usual) and Google Streetview drove up beside me and snapped a picture. I was heading uphill on 4th, almost to the gate entrance of Rosehill Cemetery, which, when I walk on foot, I always cut through. I never thought to look for myself until today, and there I was, with laptop in tow, in considerably warmer weather than is presently had. I find this apropos as I have numerous places of dark interest pinned on Google Earth, and here I am within a half-block of a cemetery: 39°09'56.07" N 86°32'35.13" W
1986 (The year I moved to Indiana.)
Initial Entries at Site Launch: 5/30/2016
Learning Curves: Autism is the lens through which I view not only my creative life but also the world. While most professional artists seek a style, a community, or a livelihood with their craft, my focus revolves around a hermetic thought process that first reverse engineers creative ventures that interest me, and then applies what I've learned to create original work.
New Novel: My new novel is six-something years in the making, which is almost equal to the time it took me to reach the first draft stage of Icarus Transfigured. I slave daily on it, although my sluggish progress these past two and a half years is due to poor decisions about my health and managing my anxiety disorder. Resultantly, this book, as with the first, evolves with my life and understanding, and as many disruptive events have occurred during this time, they need to be processed. (Do not look to me completing this work any time soon.)
Roll-over artwork from failed website ventures: Banner from Death by Algorithm, with some of its original text below. (I wished I had held onto that dotcom name!) WARNING: Clicking on these unlinked images will only return you to the top of the page!
The Road to Nirvana is Paved with Karaoke: Schopenhauer said that every generation believes it is the salt and summit toward which humanity has striven. The case is always strong, but clearly wrong if the next generation does not concur. Where seizing the reins of power (as well as the modes of production), we have not so much liberated the best and brightest among us as have been swallowed up by manifold vanity projects of plebeians. The New World Order of culture is Karaoke Culture; and where culture is left to its consumer to invent, one gets exactly the culture one deserves.
Losing Getting Lost: One untold loss in the new algorithmic age is that of accidental discovery, where one happens upon unsought exciting things. Nowadays, overly helpful cookies and spyware keep track of your movements online, and you see only those advertisements of places you have visited. You are effectively denied access to random unknown places, unless you actively seek them out. Of course, if you knew where you wanted go, it would defeat the point of going.
Too many eggs in different baskets: This banner was a favorite creation of mine, but, thinking clearly on it, it might not fly on a mobile phone preview.
Art versus its admirers: The arts divide naturally between creators and community. Most artists, being socially lacking, aspire to a monk-like existence—or at least default to a reliable sanctuary when they want to define themselves in opposition to everything else. The community, by contrast, is attracted to the idea of the creator, although, really, they have little true interest in his or her welfare. Let us not forget that the community of art exists principally to be a community. It is social, so intends, by its meetings and get-togethers, to plan other events that look suspiciously like more meetings and get-togethers. The community loves its own company, especially in settings where art serves as a backdrop, or as something to be discussed in lectures where the attendees can be seen attending.
Neon Boneyard: Original Blender Kitty home page animated gif.
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