"When I get new evidence I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes
- Fun By Design
- The Strong Voice
- Intersubjective Stars
- Master and Emissary
- Teaching Cartoon: On Planning
- The Time of the Cats
- Nye(t) to the Single Observation of Any Type
- Being Unreasonable About Reasoning
- The Other English Revolution
- Time Requires Time
- Careful About the Exploding Fizz
- The Avalanche That Hasn’t Happened Yet
- Symmetry Series – God of the Navy
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- "It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious." - Alfred North Whitehead
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- If, during the long course of ages and under varying conditions of life, organic beings vary at all in the several parts of their organization, and I think this cannot be disputed; if there be, owing to the high geometric powers of increase of each species, at some age, season or year, a severe struggle for life, and this certainly cannot be disputed; then, considering the infinite complexity of the relations of all organic beings to each other and to their conditions of existence, causing an infinite variety in structure, constitution, and habits, to be advantageous to them, I think it would be a most extraordinary fact if no variation ever had occurred useful to each being’s own welfare, in the same way as so many variations have occurred useful to man. But if variations useful to any organic being do occur, assuredly individuals thus characterized will have the best chance of being preserved in the struggle for life; and from the strong principle of inheritance they will tend to produce offspring similarly characterized. This principle of preservation, I have called, for the sake of brevity, Natural Selection. [Charles Darwin (1859) On the Origin of Species]
- “It is essential to such a government, that it be derived from the great body of the society, not from an inconsiderable proportion, or a favored class of it; otherwise a handful of tyrannical nobles, exercising their oppressions by a delegation of their powers, might aspire to the rank of republicans, and claim for their government the honorable title of republic.” James Madison
- All the property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it. -Benjamin Franklin
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Category Archives: visual experiments
God of the Navy – 2014 – 10×8″ dye proof
A keeper from the symmetry series of experiments–and for every keeper there are 20 thrown away and maybe one or two future record covers.
Real Voodoo #1 work-in-progress – SCalhoun 2014 – 12″ x 12″ dye proof
This is the original I’m working with to some conclusion, eventually.
Concept & Visual design by Romain Tardy
Music composed by Squeaky Lobster
2013 Here We Are SCalhoun; photograph and post-processing
Zazen on the Mountain
The birds have vanished down the sky.
Now the last cloud drains away .
We sit together, the mountain and me,
until only the mountain remains.
Li Po (701-762 )
November 2013 – work-in-progress (ARK via Dreamlines)
On the Trail 2013 SCalhoun – 14 x 11″
Work-in-progress, November 2013
Guardian Angel Dude; S.Calhoun; 28″ x 22″ draft version, for giclee, glassless float
The display choices reflect that the symmetry experiments seems to me to demand at least a two foot, or longer, side. I have begun framing an earlier piece in a simple glassless frame and the image is not big enough. The reason size matters is that the clever visual trick of the symmetry operation creates details and the viewer’s sight really needs to be thrown right into the ‘thick’ center of the image.
Each experiment triangulates the source image and its own supporting features, the simple symmetry formula, and the element of surprise. Most experiments I’ve done are failures, yet, crucially, each failure is worthwhile too. Each failure teaches me more about how to refine my technique.
If you look closely at the top center of the top image you can pick out this clip. I’ve enlarged this clip–keep in mind my experiments are entirely digital–to 30 inches, or larger than the source image. I’ve been archiving such ‘central vertical line clips’ with an eye to making a piece out of the best of those clips.
2013 S.Calhoun; 22″ x 8″ dye giclee
A keeper from the symmetry experiments using photographs from the back yard as source material, then FX wizardry.
2013 S. Calhoun – Buddha In the Garden – photograph + manipulation + FX
I’ve been working on symmetry visual experiments. These experiments generate lots of initial intrigue that morph into throw-aways. However, sometimes the experiment captures lightning in a bottle.
The original photo:
One rose bush features a single orange-yellow bloom surrounded by white flowers. I moved the color map around a bit. The detail I’ve clipped and posted reflects how most symmetry experiments succeed or fail on the fact of having compelling, or not compelling, details.
Remember the two master model I placed in the garden?
It evoked another work flow example.
From this photo, taken at dusk,
to this manipulation and example of symmetry series.
The Queen of the Garden – 2013 – S. Calhoun – 20 x 15 proof for giclee – also titled Shipwreck
I may have this printed in a very large version, 36×48, on canvas, stretched and set in a thin glassless frame because the dye proof looks spectacular up close.
work-in-progress – The Machine Age – 2013 – S.Calhoun – 14″ x 11″
work-in-progress – The Temple In the Sky – 2013 – S.Calhoun – 16″ x 20″
My creative impulses divide between sound and sight. It’s easier for me to get visual experiments on the track because with music the process of producing finished work involves many tracks. These three pieces are among about twenty that are on the back stretch.
Whereas, with music at this point I can tap a hard drive and tell you ‘here are about 100+ hours of recordings and I don’t even know where these are on the darn track!’
2013 S.Calhoun – work-in-progress – small 7″ square
Wheels, karma, souls…mulling over Buddha and Dante in this assembly of two appropriated images; also, earlier, on the Wheel of Life, see:Nothing That Might Not Happen in a Universe of Fortuity
Each posit being a plant.
Tending my very own garden for the very first time was a learning experience. My prior learning and experience helped, but next year will demonstrate a great deal of learning from mistakes.
There were three focal points: first is the gardening set-up left to us by the previous owner; second was a small plot of vegetables and berries I planted; third was a lot of potted flowers we bought or I planted. The first garden–what was already here on the lot of our new house–came in surprising and delightful waves, starting with the five rose plants and right now building to a culmination out of black eyed susans and plants I do not know the names of.
The big successes in a vegetable garden, that turned out in June and July to be a grocery store for squirrels and rabbits, were cherry tomatoes, blackberries, green peppers and salad greens. The potted flowers for the most part did well, although a great deal of newly gained experience will come into play next year as I better tune the potted flowers to the changing rhythm of sunlight.
I took a lot of photos with secondary goals in mind. Photos of flowers lend themselves to being used to create color maps, masks, and I’ll use photos as source material for visual experiments.
Hydrangea; photo repurposed using CIF/FX in OSX.
Model ship set in garden in April and photographed and then photo-manipulated.
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I assembled the video montage and posted this initially on January 8, 2009. Music: Messiaen.
(Version using In a Silent Way – Miles Davis)
Works in Progress – August 2013 – 11×14
Every now and then I get delightfully bogged down in generating iterations, each such ‘option’ based in the original source. In the appropriated random kitsch series of visual experiments, the source is a captured video frame from a generative series of founding iterations. In the majority of experiments I have a good idea of in which direction the post-processing shall proceed.
Sometimes I find myself in a dedicated trial-and-error mode in photoshop or using the quartz filters built into OSX and the iterations pile up!
The image captures some of the options for a recent work-in-progress. Iteration 4* represents the possible breakthrough at which things get interesting. Because my visual experiments are intentionally deeply inflected by a factor of fortuity, when the work flow causes an outpouring of possibilities, I’m looking for an iteration to capture my spontaneous interest.
2013 Flags S.Calhoun 20″ x 14″
2013 The Caller S.Calhoun 25″ x 18″
digital proofs for giclee
July 2013 – Buried – S.Calhoun
…pulled one across the line in July, a month that baked the studio for weeks and disrupted my sonic and visual creative experiments. Today continues a streak of unseasonably cool weather, conditions good for the garden, kitties, and creative production.
ongoing gallery at My Naive Art