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Category Archives: visual experiments
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
S.Calhoun – 2013 – Untitled Excerpt #2
When I post this to the gallery I will detail the process and workflow. The above ‘workshop’ piece–workshop designating not yet finalized–began as an excerpt, a 5% clip, from a larger source; below.
Which one doesn’t belong?
Texture study taken from above and manipulated in Photoshop. I finally replaced my broken camera so I’m documenting the garden and the cats. The new Sony A37 DSLR takes much better photos than the iPhone!
So many visual experiments were put on hold late last year that I am just now bringing many pieces across the finish line. If I like the result, I post the piece to my gallery/blog My Naive Art. « Older Entries link there takes you back through the postings of my more successful artistic experiments.