(2014) In the Tariqa (16 x 10 1/2″)
Category Archives: art – legacy works
This is one of my favorite older art works. Just for me to still feel it successful is saying something because my motivation over the years has focused on the process of creation as against securing the sense that a piece is successful. This generative piece required a lot of attention and this means a lot of ‘iterating.’
fortuitous (adj.) via etymonline
1650s, from Latin fortuitus “happening by chance, casual, accidental,” from forte “by chance,” ablative of fors “chance” (related to fortuna; see fortune). It means “accidental, undesigned” not “fortunate.” Earlier in this sense was fortuit (late 14c.), from French. Related: Fortuitously; fortuitousness.
There’s no explaining why a possibility pops up in the head, so-to-speak. This art work from 2012 was created by my deciding to follow an idea. But the idea itself just came from following another idea: I got to looking at raw generative images at very extreme close-up. In a sense I wondered, What is down there?
In 2012, I was using built-in video screen recording to capture generative streams, and, then, inspecting the frames of the recording. I would save frames that seemed interesting. But, I rarely inspected the frames closely. One day I zoomed in on a 72dpi frame. I realized that parts of frames might be interesting in their own right.
I also understood that this presented an endless possibility because there might be interesting areas in otherwise rejected screens. I decided to do an experiment and just take one interesting clip of a frame and take it through the creative process.
To do this I enlarged the clip by resampling it and increasing the pixels-per-inch. But then I did something not in the experimental workflow. I zoomed into the denser, resampled image. What I saw was the raw bones of Graph.
I took the clip of a clip and did some manipulating for the sake of accentuating its painterly qualities. This was the last zoom and resample image I ever produced.
(2010) Table Mountain 1
(2010) Table Mountain 2
Table Mountain looks over Cape Town, South Africa. Because of my association with Abdullah Ibrahim it became one of those places that would arise in dreams.
2013 – The Machine Age – 14? x 11? dye proof for giclee
This is loosely associated with what’s termed steam punk. It also fits in a self-termed category of generative art, ARK, that stands for associative random kitsch.
That this piece jumped out of the generative stream and its title was discovered immediately makes it a fitting post on the cusp of halloween.
My non-mirror symmetry Legacy Art in the old artist’s blog are having their links archived at the Legacy Art Page.
My curation of my current catalogue of finished symmetry pieces is available at artiststephencalhoun.com.
The journey of Moses with his servant Joshua is a lifejourney (it lasted eighty years). They grow old together and lose the life-force, i.e., the fish, which “in wondrous wise took its way to the sea” (setting of the sun). When the two notice their loss, they discover at the place where the source of life is found (where the dead fish revived and sprang into the sea) Khidr wrapped in his mantle,48 sitting on the ground. In another version he was sitting on an island in the midst of the sea, “in the wettest place on earth,” which means that he had just been born from the maternal depths. Where the fish vanished Khidr, the Verdant One, was born as a “son of the watery deep,” his head veiled, proclaiming divine wisdom, like the Babylonian Oannes-Ea (cf. fig. 18), who was represented in form and daily came out of the sea as a fish to teach the people wisdom. (pp 197-198, C.G.Jung, Symbols of Transformation)
This small acrylic painting took me six years to complete.
My project for the near future is to move my artist’s web site to a new hoster and a new domain artiststephencalhoun.com.
Eventually all my various web sites attached to squareone-learning.com will be united at inmotion hosting.
This means I have to decide what to do with the legacy art works. Most of these are not based in mirror symmetries, yet, one of these pieces provoked Deba Gray to begin to fashion my becoming a public, rather than an attic, artist.
Short term, my favorite older pieces will be posted here under the new category, art – legacy works.