The students are doing a collaborative photography project and I loved the way they handled the instructions to make their own rules. Some intentional anarchy led to good decisions. After the mural, each individual responded to the piece in either writing, narrative or non-narrative, drawing, computer aided or not, or drawing directly on the images.
I was thinking this would be a good source mechanism for a poetry or writing project.
I worked on a raster/vector response and I plan to revisit this project to develop it further. Some of the content that was pulled out was about different types of connection.
I managed to get the classes going last week after suffering the flu and I had a chance to read, Alienation by Bertell Ollman, over the semester break. Reading great socio-economic thinking by Marx is a good antidote to the age of Trump, for me.
I also managed to process some media work from last summer and to create a new website. I will formally announce the website when it is ready. Here are some images:
We had a nice freeze early in the month and nature produced a perfect split tone image for me to capture! The sand added some nice warm tones to the cool freezing ocean.
My friend Nora gave me her old Coleman gas powered camping lantern and I have been using a photograph of it as a template for Illustrator tutorials with my Art and Design students at Lowell. I have some wonderful students in my classes right now. We are applying different styles of illustration using Adobe Illustrator. I also use my old Minolta Camera and old technology, in general, can be very inspiring to students. My demos in the class have yet to be finished but it is a lot of fun doing this for educational purposes without the pressure of commercial demands.
I am not so consistent on this blog and I am feeling less attracted to posting lately given the issues of free will and dysoptian media control on the horizon.
So, what I wanted to post is that I had a dream recently that I saw a flying geometric thing and when I grabbed it from the sky found a hummingbird trapped inside and it was covered with sticky sweet fluid. I freed the hummingbird! The following morning I dreamt of these human forms and I am working with both of these ideas/forms in a project I teach in Illustrator – a Pattern or Tessellation project using Illustrator.
the phrase “no such thing as a free ride.” has been coming to mind. I like the way this image tiles and will post more images when they are further along.
I hung the piece for the “Appearances” festival and I am fortunate that Dorothy found a space that was perfect for the work. I ended up liking this oblique viewing option that requires people to go up to the piece and look to both sides. Here are some photos. I will post the artist statement too as soon as I have refined it. The show opens this Friday at 6:00pm at the FAWC! Here is a facebook link to details about the festival: Appearances: Provincetown Green Arts Festival
It was challenging to find the right location for hanging because although I like the minimalist hanging, still I needed to make sure that the engineering was sufficient to carry the weight. The awkwardness of viewing “alienation” feels right. In a future show, I would like to make some drawings on the walls.
My trip to New York was so much fun! I ran into a very generous man, Louis Mendes as he was photographing people outside of my hotel, he was using my favorite old 4×5 camera, the Speed Graphic. It was later after I left him that I realized that I had met him before, maybe 27 years ago, when I was photographing at the Jacob Javits Center, using in-camera selective diffusion techniques! I can’t wait to send him this early (a little damaged) polaroid along with the quick digital pict I took of him a few days ago.
Another nice moment came when the famous German Shepard named Rumor, and her human escorts came to stay at that very same hotel, The New Yorker. She won Best in Show at Westminster. What a beauty! More to come.