Category Archives: visual experiments

Symmetry Series – God of the Navy

God of the Navy

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.

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Tall Order

Tall Order

Tall Order – symmetry series 2013 – S.Calhoun

 

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Visual Experiment: Real Voodoo #1

Real-Voodoo-#1bIMG_0234o

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.

Real-Voodoo-#1IMG_0234o

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The Ark

Concept & Visual design by Romain Tardy
Music composed by Squeaky Lobster

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Symmetry Series: Here We Are

Here We Are

2013 Here We Are SCalhoun; photograph and post-processing

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What Remains

Mountain


SCalhoun – Mountain

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 )

 

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Visual Experiment: On the Trail (ARK)

On the Trail

November 2013 – work-in-progress (ARK via Dreamlines)

On the Trail 2013 SCalhoun – 14 x 11″

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Symmetry Visual Experiment

Guardian Angel Dude

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.

Guardian Dude Center

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.

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A Fire God

A-Fire-God-b

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.

My Naive Art Gallery

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Buddha In the Garden

Buddha In the Garden

2013 S. Calhoun – Buddha In the Garden – photograph + manipulation + FX

Buddha In the Garden detail

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:

BuddhaIntheGarden-2

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.

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Two Mast’r Transformer

Ship wrecked

Remember the two master model I placed in the garden?

It evoked another work flow example.

From this photo, taken at dusk,

Ship wreck

to this manipulation and example of symmetry series.

Queen of the Garden

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.

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Three Visual Experiments In Progress

The Machine Age
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ork-in-progress – The Machine Age – 2013 – S.Calhoun – 14″ x 11″

 

Temple In the Sky
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ork-in-progress – The Temple In the Sky – 2013 – S.Calhoun – 16″ x 20″

 

 

Shunned
work-in-progress – Shunned – 2013 – S.Calhoun – 20″ x 15″

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!’

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Mill & Wheel

Mill and Wheel

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

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Each a Posit, Each a Tale Unto Itself

Vegies

Each posit being a plant.

Begonia

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.

Front of House

June

Bee Balm

Bee Balm

Snow Frond

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.

Impatiens

Hydrangea; photo repurposed using CIF/FX in OSX.

Summer Blues

Model ship set in garden in April and photographed and then photo-manipulated.

Ship wrecked

Garden Ship Wreck

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Serene Alleluias of a Soul Desiring Heaven

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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)

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Door In Wall versions

Door-In-Wall-No.2

Door In Wall #1

Works in Progress – August 2013 – 11×14

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Visual Experiment – work flow example

work flow example

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.

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Flags / The Caller

Flags
2013 Flags S.Calhoun 20″ x 14″

The-Caller
2013 The Caller S.Calhoun 25″ x 18″

digital proofs for giclee

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Buried (ARK)

uried - digital art work

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

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Untitled Excerpt #2

Untitled-Excerpt-#2

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.

Flower Process<

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