Views IV: A fine art collection of digital, narrative collage


Views IV is an emotional and digital exploration of commodification using photography, digital collage, and color as modes of expression. The nine-piece set explores various world-‘views’ through figurative line-drawings. Unnatural color effects and iPhone pixelations remind viewers of our own natural ability to shape reality through perception.

Rebound

As in the companion sets, found images from various porn Tumblr and Reddit-type sites are rendered into superimposed, line-drawn subjects. Color-manipulated digital photographs, mostly shot using iOS devices in California, evoke the layered effects of past experience and future expectation upon a living moment. 

Reiteration

Views IV is a collection of works on memory and the moment. The nine digital collages are printed on metal, 11 x 14 inches. $350 each. 

Representation

Digital moments captured in Views IV 

Views IV is an emotional and digital exploration of commodification using photography, digital collage, and color as modes of expression. The nine-piece set explores various world-‘views’ through figurative line-drawings. Unnatural color effects and iPhone pixelations remind viewers of our own natural ability to shape reality through perception.


As in the companion sets, found images from various porn Tumblr and Reddit-type sites are rendered into superimposed, line-drawn subjects. Color-manipulated digital photographs, mostly shot using iOS devices in California, evoke the layered effects of past experience and future expectation upon a living moment. 


Views IV is a collection of works on memory and the moment. The nine digital collages are printed on metal, 11 x 14 inches. $350 each. 

Wild Flowers and the Practice of Inspiration

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In my artist group, we were recently asked how we stay inspired. The simple answer – I look for inspiration.

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Yesterday, we went north to the edge of the desert, hunting wild flowers. The Antelope Valley was where I grew up, out among the poppies and tumbleweeds. Our home was tucked in a box canyon, one property away from the Angeles National Forest. Taking a drive north was nostalgic.

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There were all sorts of changes. Solar fields had sprung up along Ave. I. There were more wind turbines along the northern slopes of the Tehachapis. It was inspiring to see these clear signs of progress.

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Chasing the poppies along the desert and capturing long fields of orange were well worth the trip. A stop in the California Poppy Reserve provided information and art.

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That’s part of how I practice inspiration. I allow the world to fill me up.

The problem I see with most artists – the typical complaint – is that they wait for inspiration to strike. You can’t wait. You have to pursue inspiration.

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I’d argue that inspiration is like any other emotion: the more you practice it, the more it will occur. Focusing on pain, research tells us, only heightens the experience of pain. The same is true of happiness. Studies on overall life satisfaction show that people who say they are happy engage in activities that make them happy. The artist engages in inspiration – and practice (but that’s for another day).

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So what inspires me – everything. The new babies and the budding flowers that come with the spring, the violence and tragedy unfolding across the world, the color orange, the traffic noise outside the window, meeting new people, the science of the paints (how nerdy!).

I practice inspiration.

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Hunting Wildflowers



The wildflower season in Southern California is one of the best we’ve seen in years. And even though the rains have passes and we had a short heat wave, there are still delightful pockets of vibrant orange, yellow and purple blooms across the state. 

Today, we stole some time away and ran off to the desert (my homeland!) for a dive into waving orange and heather seas. The poppies are glowing and many in the field we found were on their first or second bloom, showing plenty of pregnant buds ready for the weekend. 

We stopped by the California Poppy Reserve outside of Lancaster. There are still some blooms there but the surrounding hills are your best bet for fuller fields. 

Both photos are from my phone at the reserve. More to follow (and more art budding along with the flowers!).