Website Reconstruction

April 30, 2012

Greetings. My website is in the process of reconstruction. Any audience here is welcome to make suggestions about improving the website.

While this is in process linked to the site, this blog and the facebook page.

Most of the old site should remain functioning and accessible by entering or

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where did 2011 go?

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June 19, 2010

If we turn a seascape on its side will the ocean spill?

If we turn a seascape sideways will the ocean spill?

Perception and Interpretation
Experimentation and Construction
Thoughts and Actions
Memory and Transmission

Art process uses media to explore and compose.
Art product is statement or provocation

Observation and analysis of the natural world might be science
or art.
Observation and analysis of the social world might be sociology
or art.
Observation and analysis of consciousness might be psychology
or art.

Speculation and imaginings about metaphysics might be theology
or art.
Speculation and theories about knowledge might be philosophy
or art.
Speculation and production regarding mechanisms might be technology
or art.

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Stamps’n’Stuff: Postage Stamp Art

February 19, 2010

Stamp Art: "Damaged"

Stamp Art : Damaged

Different media and genres can and do coexist. One does not need to out-do, or eradicate all others.

When the studio is dark and cold I work on projects less gooey than oil. One year it was Mattress Art. This year it is stamps.

Collage and doodles are scattered through my journal pages and correspondence. This is an extension of a tradition.

Mail Art, correspondence, collage, handmade books—  long before the web. And, I connect my webish interest and exploits with these trends and traditions.

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Writing Is A Visual Art

December 18, 2009

The relationship between medium and message is far more than meets the eye. It has a brain on one side and culture on the other.

When we scrutinize and dissect, sense begins to look a lot like nonsense. And as it does this it informs our ability to begin to decipher how nonsense is constructed, arranged and formulated to appear reasonable. In a world propelled by media this is an important place to begin any discussion.

The purpose of this digression is to mess with assumptions about what written information is. When we recognize that words are invented and constantly redefined it reveals the ambiguity of verbal communication. Concurrently, when we see the visual basis of written language we realize how it is all actually, not metaphorically a visual art form.

Paintings are one kind of picture. Writing is another form of picture making.

Pictures: intentional markings made by humans on apparently two-dimensional surfaces.

A game I like to play with definitions is to right click for synonyms and watch  suggested words reflect, entwine and spin off in disassociated trajectories. The game transforms words into pictures.

    • Image
      • Picture
      • Representation
      • icon
          • Image
          • Picture
          • symbol
          • sign
          • Representation
          • emblem
          • logo
          • idol
            • icon
            • statue
            • god
            • deity
            • hero
            • star
              • celebrity
              • luminary
              • idol
              • VIP
              • famous person
              • leading light
              • superstar
              • pin-up
              • personality
              • brilliant
            • pin-up
      • figure
      • likeness
      • illustration
      • reflection
      • copy
      • impression
      • Picture
    • Depiction
      • Representation
      • Portrayal
      • description
      • picture
      • illustration
      • interpretation
        • understanding
        • explanation
          • clarification
          • elucidation
          • enlightenment
          • details
          • account
          • reason
          • justification
          • rationalization
          • description
          • vindication
        • reading
        • elucidation
        • analysis
          • examination
          • study
          • investigation
          • scrutiny
          • breakdown
        • version
      • delineation
      • drawing
    • Portrait
      • Representation
      • description
      • visual rendering
      • likeness
      • Depiction
      • sketch
      • study
    • Representation
      • symbol
        • sign
        • Representation
        • character
        • figure
        • mark
          • blot
          • spot
          • blotch
          • scratch
          • smudge
          • smear
          • stain
        • icon
        • pictogram
        • emblem
        • Image
      • Image
      • Depiction
      • illustration
      • sign
      • account
      • version
      • Portrayal
      • description
Depiction is  an example,  sampling or arrangement chosen from endless options.
Deconstructing, reconstructing, rearranging, recomposing and replacing words reveals the subjectivity of how we use words in an attempt to communicate in verbal language.
Choosing an arrangement of elements from endless options applies to picture making and media in general.
Choosing an arrangement of stories from endless options applies to the formation of ideas, thoughts and beliefs.
Pardes Rimmonim

Oil, 36" x 36" after graphic by Moses Cordovero, Pardes Rimmonim, 1592

The letters that make up a word are little pictures. We arrange them to form words that are composite pictures. Words themselves form pictures. Not only in the art of micrography and other ways text is made into image, but in the intentional and accidental layout of each page. We arrange the word to form sentences, paragraphs and pages. Sometimes we combine the word arrangements with illustrations or what we more commonly call pictures. We bundle the pages into objects that are books and collect these in the architectural environments of libraries.

Letters, pages and books are generally arranged in a sequence. But reading of text often skips around. We scan pages, read the last page first or flip between chapters.

Luminescent and scrollable electronic pages change how we bundle words and images. Pages are no longer bound in static physical dimensions. The page may appear differently relating to screen size and resolution as well as what browser is used to present the page. The pages are restricted by protocols and software. And Hypertext extends our option to flip around in a vast amount of pages.

New media simply enables new ways to formulate pictures. Text was a new media once. Some work in text, when it was a relatively new medium, considers the problems related to idolizing images. A story says, “Don’t worship statues.” This may be expanded to indicate don’t worship pictures or media in general, including text. It doesn’t say don’t indulge in using media as a human venture. It says don’t forget that media is a human construction. And, since media fixes ideas in the physical world we need reminding that we put it there so we don’t mistake it for something inherent, permanent or supreme.

Understanding pictures, the way they are constructed and consumed contributes to understanding metaphorical pictures. For example, we have devised a culture that rewards lying cheating and stealing while treasuring ideologies of truth, honor and giving. Clearly there is something wrong with this picture. If we can see how this picture is constructed we may be able to rearranging the elements into a different cultural image.

The first post on this blog has a similar word sketch.

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ʎɔuɐddılɟ puɐ ƃuıddılɟ

December 03, 2009

˙pǝʇɔǝdxǝun ǝɹɐ ʎǝɥʇ ǝsnɐɔǝq ʇsnɾ unɟ ǝɹɐ sƃuıɥʇ sǝɯıʇǝɯosTrade

˙ǝƃlnpuı ı sıɥʇ ɹoɟ ‘os ˙spɐǝɥ ɹno ɥɔʇɐɹɔs uǝʌǝ ǝqʎɐɯ puɐ ɥƃnɐl sn sǝʞɐɯ puɐ uoıʇuǝʇʇɐ ɹno sǝɥɔʇɐɔ ʇı ʇuǝɯoɯ ɐ ɹoɟ ʇnq ˙ʎlʞɔınb plo ʇǝƃ llıʍ ʇı ˙ʞɔıɹʇ ɐ sı ʇı ˙ƃuıʇıɹʍ uʍop ǝpısdn ǝɥʇ sı ʞǝǝʍ ǝɥʇ ɟo ʞɔıɹʇ ǝʇıɹoʌɐɟ ʎɯ puɐ ˙sǝʇou ǝɯos uǝʇʇıɹʍ ǝʌɐɥ ı ˙qɟ oʇ ƃolq sıɥʇ sʞuıl ʇɐɥʇ uoıʇɐɔılddɐ uɐ ʇno ƃuıʎɹʇ ɯɐ ı ˙ɟɟnʇs qǝʍ ʎɯ ɟo ǝɯos oʇ pǝpuǝʇʇɐ ǝʌɐɥ ı ʞǝǝʍ sıɥʇ

˙dn-ǝpıs-ʇɥƃıɹ sı ʇɐɥʍ ǝƃuɐɥɔ ı ‘pǝɥsıuıɟ ǝɹɐ ʎǝɥʇ ɹǝʇɟɐ ‘sǝɯıʇǝɯos puɐ ˙ɯǝɥʇ uo ƃuıʞɹoʍ ǝlıɥʍ suoıʇɔǝɹıp llɐ uı sƃuıʇuıɐd dılɟ oʇ puǝʇ ı :sd

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Hello Out There

October 19, 2009

Hello. Today I looked at the website statistics for the past three months. 30,000 hits from bots. It is interesting in that there are so many system sifting systems. The data says humans are looking from about 80 countries. It measures “authenticated users” page visits, view time:
Visits duration July 2009
30s-2mn : 31
2mn-5mn : 15Ping
5mn-15mn : 16
15mn-30mn : 13
30mn-1h : 10
1h+ : 11
Visits duration August 2009
30s-2mn : 42
2mn-5mn : 22
5mn-15mn : 15
15mn-30mn : 14
30mn-1h : 14
1h+ : 12
Visits duration September 2009
30s-2mn : 20
2mn-5mn : 10
5mn-15mn : 14
15mn-30mn : 6
30mn-1h : 6

you & your voice Thank you for visiting.

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A is for

October 16, 2009

A is for A1a

B is for B

1 and 2 is 1 and 2

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Reasons Not To Write

October 08, 2009

1. There is already so much writing in the world.
2. Who cares what I have to say.
3. No matter what I say it will be imperfect.
4. No matter what I say it is bound to irritate someone.
5. I spend so much time painting (and stuff) why add another medium?

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Scaruffi on Art & Science

“Thus, in the end, ‘Art’ is simply a different name for… life. —Art came first: Science is an evolution of Art. —a reason if humans engage in artistic activities. —Evolutionary Benefits: 1. you learn more about the environment, 2. you simulate a variety of strategies, 3. you are better prepared to cope with frequently changing conditions. —to deal with the unpredictable —Over the centuries this continuous training in creativity has led to the creation of entire civilizations, science, technology, engineering and the history of Art. —paradigms of thought. —The benefit for Science of an integration with the arts is that Art can help usher in a paradigm shift.” From Piero Scaruffi’s Essays, Analyses and Meditations

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