We have all kinds of limitations as human beings. I mean we can’t see the whole electromagnetic spectrum; we can’t see the very small; we can’t see the very far. So we compensate for these shortcomings with technological scaffoldings. The microscope allows us to extend our vision into the micro-sphere.”
~ Jason Silva source
Mr. Silva is a media artist, futurist, philosopher, keynote speaker and TV personality. He continues the quote above saying, “The microscope allows us to extend our vision into the micro-sphere.” I would rather have him say, “This is why society appreciates the arts to make seen the invisible and put the pieces together that exist beyond our senses and comprehension.” For it is the artist that allows us to see the world differently, whether from a different perspective or a more holistic view. The artist helps us make sense of the world.
Daylight is too easy. What I want is difficult: the atmosphere of lamps or moonlight.”~ Edgar Degas (source)
A measure of light. Most of my work as an artist deals with light qualities and properties of light. Its influence on the subject matter or work depends on the media used, whether an illuminated screen, projected, or printed on a substrate. The quality of light, the white balance whether sunlight, tungsten, or flame figures in the piece. The effects that it produces such as the colors, values, and tones affect the eventual meaning of the work. All of lights properties are considered even those that are outside of the spectrum that the human eye can observe. I can measure it and use it to obscure, illuminate, cast in shadow. I use it as metaphor or fact.
Currently I am studying how light is referred to and is use in the talking about the spiritual realm. I hope that study and its conclusions will eventually present itself in my work as well.
I can make no statement about reality clearer than my own relationship to reality; and this has a great deal to do with imprecision, uncertainty, transience, incompleteness, or whatever. But this doesn’t explain the pictures. At best it explains what led to their being painted.” ~ Gerhard Richter
Back on the trail again, I walked Lake Harriet and continued to gather my photographs for my site. My studies are progressing. For the last few days, I have been reading Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler. It’s a very smart book. I appreciate how the authors divide the table of contents into categories, such as, how to influence, enhance, increase the appeal, and make better design decisions. It may not be apparent to the student of web or graphic design at first but this text makes it abundantly clear that the world of design is not fragmented into absolute niches. It flows and connects with all other areas in which design touches our lives.
As I work on this series of photos… I was moved to google blur. No I wasn’t looking for the group, even though I admire their work. I was looking for blur as in… My photos are blurred. Yes, I am doing it purposefully to allow me greater freedom interpreting the world around me. I ran into the work of Gerhard Richter and his words ring true for me, just as do the works of Daune Michels.
I recorded that because it happened to me. I wasn’t making a point.” ~ Robert Mapplethorpe
This quote made me smile because it harkens back to a quote I found weeks ago that all art is autobiographical. I think, the quote was made by Salvador Dali. These photographs journal the walks that I take, feelings I feel, thoughts that I think, and lastly probably my current pursuits that I find enjoyable. Currently, I find my play with Photoshop particularly rewarding. It allows me to leave the tactile world, the thinking world and clear my mind. Replacing my thoughts and cares with that of line, texture, color, tone, shape, and creating something meaningful to me—a composition. Perhaps not meaningful at all just… A place that is aesthetically pleasing with no complications.