"When I get new evidence I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes
- Nelson Mandela
- Teaching Cartoon: Two On ‘Timing’ & a Tale
- THE VOID (trailer)
- Humberto Maturana & Heinz von Foerster: Meta-Science, Reflection
- Visual Experiment: On the Trail (ARK)
- Teaching Cartoons: Instrumentality 1 & 2
- Mandorla: Trailer
- A Hidden ‘Meta’
- Who Are Your Luminaries?
- Everyone is going one place or the other, ‘cept corporations
- Kippie’s Ekaya
- Free Play Softball League: Ludic Aspirations & the Blue Men Group
- Symmetry Visual Experiment
- Teaching cartoon: Preparation
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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
Thinking Outside the Agora
- Tomorrow People's characters start to click. (Too bad about the plot.) December 13, 2013Last night's midseason finale of Tomorrow People contained a slew of great scenes in which the characters seemed to be coming to life and becoming living, breathing people. Tough choices were made. Relationships shifted. And meanwhile, the plot... was sort of plonking.Read more...
- China's air pollution as seen from space December 13, 2013Via NASA's Terra satellite comes a staggering view of China's pollution problem. Read more...
- Supreme court judges in the UK have ruled that Scientology is a "place of meeting for religious wors December 13, 2013Supreme court judges in the UK have ruled that Scientology is a "place of meeting for religious worship." Louisa Hodkin launched a suit after officials refused to register a Scientology chapel as a place for marriage. The judges said religions don't require a God — potentially paving the way for Jedi marriages.Read more...
- How skyscrapers forever changed our sense of scale December 13, 2013We don't know what the next tallest building in the world will be and by just how much it will beat its predecessor, but here is a good bet: a skyscraper and not by much. But this wasn't always the case.Read more...
- Incredibly tense images show impala escaping a crocodile attack December 13, 2013If you've ever wondered why impala can leap nine feet into the air, these amazing images captured by amateur photographer Rob Brookes will explain it in the clearest — and most dramatic — way possible. Read more...
- Tomorrow People's characters start to click. (Too bad about the plot.) December 13, 2013
- Bunnie Huang Talks About Manufacturing in Shenzhen December 13, 2013
- Nothing Says Love Like a Bandit December 13, 2013
- Spark Some New Interests with Maker Shed Gifts! December 13, 2013
- Innovation, One Cup of Coffee at a Time December 12, 2013
- Twente’s Big Mini Maker Faire December 12, 2013
Category Archives: visual experiments
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.
I avoid–usually–top heavy titles for my creative experiments. However, in this case the piece resonated with a recollection and so the new title actually would title this recollection too.
I’ve recently been printing dye giclée proofs on inappropriate paper stocks. This is a sign of my departure from rote advice: “use Canon hi-res and art papers on Canon printers.” The local Utrecht store has all sorts of stock but no stock whatsoever of ink jet papers. At first I was surprised the inappropriate stock printed so well. This piece benefits from using a rough and heavy paper.
Then, a few days ago I picked up a print order from OfficeMax and spied a Canon iPF 6300–a large format printer they no doubt use for banners and signs. I inquired about running full resolution tiffs. “Sure, and we have different papers to choose from.”
Okay, this leaves one unanswered question: can the printer’s operator select the correct profile? This isn’t a difficult ‘ask’ because I use Adobe RGB 1998, the basic 8 bit profile. Still, the most expert print master at Kinko’s had no idea what I was speaking of when I asked him to plug in a profile on their laser printer. A friend of mine who worked there dared to open up the print dialogue on the device’s ripper and, sure enough, we selected the profile.
I don’t assume people know how to work their machines, or, for that matter, assume they know how the machine works; thus would know why the color profile is crucial.
Mythic Figure; 19×13″ for dye print; part of series of experiments in symmetry (2013)
Mythic Figure – detail of symmetry
Gardening the Universe (2013) 24×16″ proof for giclee. Large piece.
Source is captured generative frames, so, by my definition Appropriated Random Kitsch. Then heavily processed in Photoshop–so much so, that you wouldn’t be able to see that the original frame is the same frame. The mostly black and white version of Mythic Figure (top) helps this figure pop out, but the experiment is aimed to ‘occult’ the figure. The second version may be finished.
I look forward to setting Gardening the Universe in an antique frame and mat I picked up for $10 at a rummage sale a few weeks ago. We made it to Spring, and the new house and its garden-in-potentia, and into the season of garage sales and pushing the reel lawn mower, and, all the poppin’ blossoms.
A Prayer in Spring
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.
Another Grid – 2013 S.Calhoun – ARK (appropriated random kitsch) and fx – proof for 12×16 giclee
The good news is: I have put back together the nogutsnoglory sound and visual studio for the fourth time since last August, after having to temporarily abandon the new location in the aftermath of an electrical system failure. The challenge is figuring out what I wish to create most–because grievous disruptions throw my orderly creative projects and explorations into new ‘arrays.’
A Green Man – 2013 S.Calhoun – photos via Automatic app (for iPhone); manipulation and effects – proof for 12×12 dye print
And, I worked up the cover for new Kamelmauz production, now released via Bandcamp.
Cave, proof for giclee, 2013 S. Calhoun
More Egypt, 2013, SCalhoun
Graph, proof for giclee, 2012, SCalhoun
Persons have offered several comments about the growing home gallery collecting on our new home’s walls a small selection of my visual experiments.
A longtime buddy simply remarked, “You need to edit more.” I get that. I responded, “Each is mainly an experimental result.”
Another visitor asked if “You ever sell your art?” I’m thinking about it.
Dr. Bill, when he learned I produce current work on the computer, said, “That explains why there is so much.”
Finally, my adorable wife Susan observed, “We’re going to run out of space on the walls.”
Actually, I have confined my own experimental results to the stairway, upstairs hallway, topmost stairway and third floor studio, and, soon enough, to one wall of the record library. I’ve done so out of respect for the lovely other spaces of our fine new house.
Should I run out of room, I have promised myself I will buy some bagpipes.
as always, online presentation: my naive art