Fruit of the Mind

Interviewer: Would you explain why you added [some odd thing] to this work?

Artist: Yeah that is rather strange. I don’t really know.

Interviewer: What do you mean you don’t know? You made it didn’t you?

Artist: Well yeah but I really don’t know what it means.

Interviewer: That makes no sense at all. How do you make something and not know why you made it?

Artist: Well I was making something and it just happened. I put some other stuff in too but I took that out.

Interviewer: Why did you take it out?

Artist: I didn’t want to look foolish.

Interviewer: Would you say your work is influenced by the writings of Baudrillard, Lyotard, Derrida, or perhaps Foucault?

Artist: I’m not sure. Hmmm, I would probably say definitely maybe.

Interviewer: Thank you for your elucidating interview.

Artist: My pleasure.

Ideas Coming Together

Using my trusty cell phone camera I captured a recent digital print on canvas after unwrapping. Yes I know it’s blurry and the color from the snapshot is a little off. There is a bit more greenish tint in the real print. I was aiming for the green/red play of color. The colors of cell phones are dependent on the amount of light in the room I suppose.

print on canvas
“Ideas Coming Together” print

My thinking here is that this illustrates the good feeling one gets when a lot of ideas start coming together. Of course other people may see other things, and that’s fine. As long as the eye can entertain the mind.

Below is the image flat on.

Ideas Coming Together
Ideas Coming Together
digital print on canvas
36″ x 36″ (91.44 cm x 91.44 cm)

One thing I should point out is that the construction of this image is totally digital. I am not reproducing an image of an “original” artwork, such as a drawing on paper or a painting.


Is There A Moral Here?

One of the great things about working digitally is the ability to build a visual image library of oddly interesting images for collage and storing that library in a very very tiny space on our friend the hard drive. Well dear readers, the previous sentence should now win an award for the most rambling opening sentence of the year. But I am building a nice collection. Of images that is. (Although I am building a nice collection of rambling sentences.)

But getting back to the images that I like to find and save. I think I will call these OII(s), oddly interesting images. Using acronyms makes it sound more academic.

I found something from an old children’s story book, that sort of sat in my head for a while. Some children’s stories used to be a bit gruesome to say the least. I’m not sure how well children slept after this ending:

Fox Lox opened the door, and in went Turkey Lurkey. As she went in, Fox Lox bit off her head, threw it one way, and the body another.
The gruesome ending of Chicken Little and friends.

My question: Is there a moral here? First of all decapitation and consumption of what were humanoid type barnyard animals. Yikes. But the moral? Beware of something other than the sky falling? A glutinous fox perhaps.


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