181103B Bird Talk

181103B Bird Talk

Bird Talk by Lee Krasner 1955

Lee Krasner is probably my favorite artist. This piece was actually named after the two black shapes in the center of the composition that reminded me of birds having a conversation, but it also happens to be the title of one of Krasner’s more well known works.

Influence, inspiration and alignment with other artists and styles is a back-and-forth thing for me. Everything I’ve ever experienced exists somewhere in my mental warehouse and some of the things that I’ve experienced resonate and radiate more strongly than others. But then I make art, and later see that it has something in common with art that other people have created. And when I see other art that has something in common with my own, I have a deeper connection to it. It’s a chicken and egg thing. I’ve been influenced by my favorites, but my favorites become my favorites at least partly because what I do is similar in some way to what they have done.

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181031 Death's Mount

181031 Death’s Mount

Nothing morbid or prophetic (I hope). Just a technique experiment that ended up looking to me like a horse with a cloaked rider.

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180903B Pearl

180903B Pearl

The notion of one-in-a-million basically means nil, no chance. Yet, it happens constantly in nature, everyday life, relationships, our bodies, business, art, etc.

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181207 Salt

181207 Salt

The title of this piece is a reference to the small square crystalline textures that are visible. But the green and pink colors also reminded me of a caustically salty taste for no reason that I can discern. But I don’t think I have any more synesthesia sensitivity than the average person.

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190113 Lollipops

190113 Lollipops

The really big things are spherical, and the really little bits are spherical. But everything in between is all messed up.

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180820 Christmas

180820 Christmas

When I was a kid my father was a designer working on flooring patterns and faux textures (it’s in the genes). He brought home a few sheets of plastic for my brother and I to play around with. The sheets were translucent and each one had a unique texture of tiny dots or rectangles. When you combined two or more of the sheets it produced moire patterns that changed as you moved the sheets around—heaven!

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180819 Road Trip

180819 Road Trip

My first road trip, that wasn’t with my family, happened the summer after I graduated from high school. A friend and I drove my ‘66 Pontiac from PA to Southern Arizona. We spent a few weeks in the dessert southwest camping, exploring, playing guitar, smoking… still my favorite place on earth.

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181212 Aries and the Archer

181212 Aries and the Archer

Serpens, the despicable offspring of Typhons, devours Cupid and is attacked by Venus in a desperate attempt to free her Pisces brother from the belly of the monster, while Aires and Sagittarius, fearful and ambivalent, turn their backs. Or, random abstract shapes—your choice.

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180812 Heresy

180812 Heresy

My aesthetic sensibilities are heavily influenced by early and mid-century modernists, and I’d love to think that they would appreciate my digital endeavors to modernize modernism. But it’s probably just as likely that that they’d consider it an abomination. No matter, here’s a high-five to Brâncuși’s ghost.

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180810 Sudden Stop

180810 Sudden Stop

My digital process sometimes leaves behind evidence of the stresses I put the pixels through. We used to call them “jaggies” way back when I was a retoucher in the printing business. It was undesirable in the photographic type of work we did then, and I typically try to avoid or remove any of those artifacts in my artworks. This piece is full of them and I decided that they seemed to belong in this composition—so I rolled with it.

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180806 Dirty Data

180806 Dirty Data

I work in the Tech industry where I’m constantly considering data, structure and patterns. At some level it all breaks down into humanly incomprehensible randomness or complexity—I’m not sure which.

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180729 Fact and Fiction

180729 Fact and Fiction

In my 59 years on this planet I’ve seen media-based communication change pretty dramatically. I’m not sure when/where the concept of “spinning” began (maybe in the Stone Age), but it seems to have reached a new level (aka: “lying” and “deception”). It hasn’t seemed to affect person-to-person communication at the same rate, but I’m afraid it’s likely to follow a similar path.

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180713 Arrival

180713 Arrival

Just about everything I do to make art on the computer could be be done by more traditional means: darkroom photograms and compositing, collage, painting and drawing—but I love the immediacy and flexibility of working in the digital medium.

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180712 Birth of an Idea

180712 Birth of an Idea

Sometimes a thing is greater than the sum of its parts. Other times it’s less—which can be caused by the parts being stronger on their own, or by the whole not doing a very good job of dealing with all of its parts.

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