“Ceci N’Est Pas . . .”
September 10, 2021
Recently I received an unsolicited email from a U. S. Army recruiter urging me to sign up for the Army and get my college tuition paid, never mind that I finished college decades ago. The email assured me “THIS IS NOT SPAM!”
This inspired me to channel the ghosts of Andy Warhol and René Magritte and create my “Ceci N’Est Pas II” artwork above. (The text says “This is not Spam” in French.)
I’ll be creating more “Ceci N’Est Pas” artworks as the inspiration strikes me. After all, that’s what Magritte did! Here's another one I made a while ago, “Ceci N’Est Pas I”:
“Lilypond” Exhibition Artwork For Sale
July 22, 2021
My “Lilypond” digital print was shown in the Thousand Islands Arts Center’s Along the River’s Edge Exhibition, June 17 to July 10, 2021. Now that the exhibition has concluded, I’m offering the print for sale from my web store. I will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Center.
The $150.00 print is 12x18 inches, with a 16x20 inch mat, framed, wired, and ready for hanging.
Print On Display at Thousand Islands Arts Center
June 21, 2021
Here I am, wearing my “Crystalline” T-shirt, standing next to my “Lilypond” print (lower left), now on display in the Thousand Islands Arts Center’s Along the River’s Edge Exhibition. The exhibition runs June 17 to July 10, 2021 at 314 John Street, Clayton, NY 13624. The print may be purchased for $150.00; a portion of the proceeds will go to support the Center.
Print To Be Exhibited at Thousand Islands Arts Center
May 20, 2021
My “Lilypond” print will be on display in the Thousand Islands Arts Center’s Along the River’s Edge Exhibition, running June 17 to July 10, 2021 at 314 John Street, Clayton, NY 13624.
Prints On Display at RoCo Art Center’s 6x6 Exhibition
May 15, 2021
The Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s 2021 6x6 Exhibition Online Preview is now live. The in-person exhibition will run June 5 to July 18, 2021. Three of my digital prints are on display — “Pebbled”, “Cooperative”, and “Ceci N’Est Pas I” — along with thousands of other 6x6-inch artworks in all kinds of media from artists all over the world.
During the exhibition, any artwork can be purchased for $20.00; all proceeds go to support the Center. I encourage you to peruse the art, either in person at 137 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604, or online at the 6x6 Exhibition web site, and buy one or more that you like!
Update June 6, 2021 — My “Ceci N’Est Pas I” piece was purchased! Thank you, buyer, for supporting the RoCo Art Center!
Print On Display at Las Laguna Art Gallery
May 6, 2021
My “Delicate” print is on display in the Las Laguna Art Gallery’s Purely Abstract Exhibition, running online May 6 to 29, 2021. The print may be purchased for $150.00; a portion of the proceeds will go to support the Gallery.
New “Colorscape” Series of Artworks
May 5, 2021
Today I’m launching a new series of artworks, titled “Colorscape”. Colors gradually transform from one hue to another in different patterns across each artwork. Colorscape prints are available for sale in several sizes. Do come back often to see the latest additions in my Colorscape series!
Print To Be Exhibited at Las Laguna Art Gallery
April 20, 2021
My “Delicate” print will be displayed in the Las Laguna Art Gallery’s Purely Abstract Exhibition, running online May 6 to 29, 2021. (I’ll post a link when it becomes available.)
Prints for the RoCo Art Center’s 6x6 Exhibition
February 21, 2021
I am contributing three digital prints to the Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s 2021 6x6 Exhibition, running June 5 to July 18, 2021.
Each year RoCo invites literally anybody, anywhere in the world, to send in up to three artworks, in any medium, as long as they are 6x6 inches square (or 6x6x6 inches for three-dimensional artworks). All submitted artworks are put on display. I encourage you to submit your art! Entries are due by April 10, 2021; see the 6x6 Exhibition web site for details.
“Bunches II” Exhibition Artwork For Sale
February 7, 2021
My “Bunches II” digital print was shown in the Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s Members Only Exhibition, December 4, 2020 to February 6, 2021. Now that the exhibition has concluded, I’m offering the print for sale from my web store. I will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Center.
The $120.00 print is 12x18 inches, with a 16x20 inch mat, framed, wired, and ready for hanging.
Regularity and Randomness
February 6, 2021
“Stained” print and cloth banner
I do abstract art that exhibits both regularity and randomness. There needs to be a balance. Too much regularity yields a boring artwork; too much randomness yields an unintelligible one.
My “Stained” artwork’s design is based on this principle, balanced regularity and randomness, at several levels. The work is partitioned into regular, rectangular sections that occupy the entire area without overlaps or gaps; yet the rectangles’ sizes, shapes, and positions vary randomly. The rectangles are colored in a regular fashion, such that no two adjacent rectangles have the same color; yet the particular arrangement of the colors is chosen at random. The four colors are modulated by an overall regular wavy flame-like pattern (inspired by a classic paper marbling pattern) that yields light, medium, and dark streaks; yet the particular arrangement of streaks is totally random.
The principle of balanced regularity and randomness also extends to my process for producing an artwork. I first write a computer program that embodies an algorithm for generating the artwork. Then I run the program, creating an image file, and print the image: on photo quality paper, on cloth (like the banner), or on other media. When the program is run, the computer executes the algorithm in a completely regular, deterministic fashion. Yet the algorithm also includes a random number generator subroutine. At numerous points while running, the program queries this generator to make random choices.
The two versions of my “Stained” artwork, print and banner, illustrate another aspect of my computerized process. I created each artwork with the same program, but I changed the program’s parameters for each run. Certain parameter settings yielded artworks of different sizes—6x4 inches for the print, 6x3 feet for the banner. Other parameter settings caused the random number generator to make different choices for the rectangles, color arrangements, and background patterns, resulting in two versions of the same overall artwork with completely different details.
Print on Display at Rochester Contemporary Art Center
January 19, 2021
The Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s 30th Annual Members Only Exhibition is running through February 6, 2021. Here are some of the artworks:
My “Bunches II” digital print is on display at the exhibition:
The 12x18 inch print is matted (16x20 inches) and framed:
Numerous artists, including myself, are selling their artworks at the exhibition. A portion of each sale goes to support the RoCo Art Center. I encourage you to visit the exhibition at 137 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604, enjoy the artworks, and maybe buy one that strikes you.