The Treachery of Images

Funny how a picture (any kind of picture) is a mere representation. I wrote a couple of posts about perception some time ago. One on eye anatomy and the other on eye anatomy related to mental capacity. So, it was great to see a Calamities of Nature comic strip paying homage to Magritte (and Foucault).

Recently, I had a conversation with someone about new media not being able to escape language, which is one of the reasons why painting is not going anywhere. It’s reliance on the artist’s gesture and capacity to visually problem solve make it an admirable art form (still). An aspect of New Media Art that fascinates me is the dependence on language (yes, programming is language) even if the result is to represent or create something organic looking. I’m working on a piece at the moment and will delve deeper into this topic. For now, I’ll just let you, dear friend, enjoy Ferd and company. Thanks for indulging me. 🙂

Daily bread

Ah, daily bread can be taken in so many ways.

Daily bread is the sustenance I’ve given my brain for the past eight months around all things art, specifically, New Media. Daily bread includes all the little bits to the gargantuan bits of information I’ve taken in since the beginning of the year. Daily bread equates to the art knowledge, writing practice, and mental agility its taken to wrap my head around concepts and ideas I wouldn’t have touched a few years ago.

At first, it was a challenge to keep an online (daily) inventory of my reflections on art. With new projects and a lot of experience under my belt, this year has been phenomenal. I’ve learned a lot from my mentors, artists, and fellow writers. Daily bread has turned into extraordinary (daily) art feasts with Chimay and the best veggie fare you can imagine, which is just as amazing as that original hipster carpenter turning water into wine. 😉

Why Art in Virtual Worlds?

Exploration of new forms has been a modus operandi of the avant garde for over a century, and New Media is doubly implicated in this gesture of praxis. New Media implicitly signifies novelty by virtue of its name alone, but also through its definition that includes emergent (but primarily digital) artforms. As a subset of this, one could recurse by saying that art in virtual worlds could be a “New” New Media. Before devolving into satirical discussions of comparative novelty, it’s notable that “new” media are a locus of expansion of art praxis for centuries, including oil, print, and photography. However, is novelty sufficient cause to merit the consideration of virtual art? Beyond the maxim of “Art for Art’s Sake”, virtual world art is part of a historical arc of work that engages social relations.

 
~ Patrick Lichty – Artist, Curator, and Theorist

Covers & Citations Mastermind, reveal yourself!! [Please]

I have no idea the mastermind behind the Covers & Citations blog but it’s pretty, well, as the young kids say (okay, young kids in the 1980s), RAD! I discovered it looking for Eve Babitz and Marcel Duchamp’s famous chess match photograph and found a bevy of art re-makes/mixes/interpretations. You get the idea. I’m sure there are tons of virtual spots on the internet where you can find such a catalog but this is an easy-to-view and search, minimalist presentation of some famous artworks and predecessors.

Why do I love collections and catalogs?

I love collections and catalogs because they show what’s been done and how it’s been re-done and re-contextualized. It’s far too easy to say art is derivative. Art stems from experiences. Experiences, from artist to artist, are singular and not like the other. In any case, Covers & Citations, whoever you are, thanks for doing this. You may have been around for ages and I just not know it but I’m glad I found you…