on art and photography, regained

photographic images rescued from a camera; hidden layers of digital data, memory extracted and reclaimed – digitally collaged fragments of erased photographs that were previously recorded (or found) then deleted (lost), now recovered again…

i obviously did not plan to create these actual compositions but i am their originator…

in this first digital composition there are three photographic images, of some naturally occurring lichens and two works in progress…

this composition also combines the surface elements of one of my paintings with yet another found abstract or painting, some rusty traces on a metal tank…

have you read about the minor discovery of the ivy drawings? nature’s means of making a mark on a surface – here montaged with a small glimpse of electricity lines (more drawing, or lines in space) and a snippet of surface rust – the black void of a small rectangle aptly completes the composition…

i am not sure why some of the rescued images were divided vertically, some lichens on stonework and more ivy found drawings

the middle section is a close up of some paintings, the lower section is as before and the thin upper section is a detail of some wood texture…

these images are exactly as found or retrieved, i had no direct input (other than expressed above) – the compositions seem arbitrary according to the original data and the colours are at times quite skewed.

now, there’s an idea; i can’t wait to see what will happen next… (please do not copy, reproduce, modify, distribute or otherwise use or reuse without the owner’s permission)…

these are images not just retrieved from layers of digital memory but are also intriguing montages of my observations, or reflections on the process of painting, my own visual experiences and memories collated & recollected in a new composite format if you will…

to quote marcel proust: ‘ in fashioning a work of art we are by no means free, [...] we do not choose how we shall make it, it pre-exists us and therefore we are obliged, since it is both necessary and hidden, to do what we [must] do as if it were a law of nature, that is to say, to discover it.’

if art – or the task of being an artist – has no other purpose then it is first and foremost to bring into being a new discovery. these digital images, discovered by chance and yet actioned, reminded me that what makes the art is what makes us. these remind me that art, life & its experiences are ever-evolving, accumulating in many layers over time, and that art is still very much an essential, sensory need, even in a virtually giving world.

news: i will have a couple of small canvas works in the cromer & sheringham arts festival (a good excuse to revisit the wonderful north norfolk coastline). the cromer & sheringham arts festival takes place between 23rd and 31st october 2010 at various art venues and will include music, theatre, dance, poetry, performance & the visual arts – i will plug this event again nearer the time.

i have also been asked to put in some small works into a local exhibition, which will very much be filled to the rafters with contemporary art & craft – royal academy salon style – a month long view & buy event with extra work kept in backstock. also, i received in the mail an invitation from a gallery that i have worked with in the past to submit work for their anniversary show in 2011.

i have also been working on an exhibition proposal, or rather the ideas for some new work for it; we’ll see, nothing ventured, nothing gained…

other ideas are slowly percolating as usual, but i have become mindful of late that this blog is very much a reflective journal and not just a show & tell. sometimes i know i have said too much and perhaps should keep some of my thinking to myself. other times i see it as one side of a conversation; the artist talking.

what do you think? are you interested in the insight into some of my own creative process, or are you looking for some inspiring instructional how-tos?

in a previous post i mentioned that my creative block, or rather the obstacles which i create for myself, are often the extra finances required to push forward new ideas. perhaps these limitations will be good,but i fancifully thought that a little foray into ceramics or glass would be a natural development of my interest in surfaces & materials.

it seems that all of these little happenings will keep art matters ticking along for the foreseeable future, in the present circumstances…

[today's date, one thousand and ten - looks like a random clip of computer binary code...]

2 Comments

  1. Posted October 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Jazz,

    Congratulations on all the shows you have coming up, it sounds like you will be very busy. As for the format of your blog, I like the conversational feel, it can be isolating making artwork sometimes and blogs can be an opportunity to bounce ideas around, it’s always interesting to read the comments left aswell. Insights into your process are interesting and always come across as very well considered.

    Your photos look really exciting, I can’t wait to see what happens next, I’m glad the creative block has passed.

    Oh and I’m really sorry if I went off on the last comments, I didn’t mean to cause any offense….oops.

  2. Jazz
    Posted October 12, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    thank you Lisa, i appreciate you taking the time to comment.

    i am not sure that i am busy in art terms; some more ‘exhibitions’ would be really nice – am mostly consumed with issues of finding a new ‘day job’, one that doesn’t entirely stifle my creativity…

    i think you mentioned in your blog about having deadlines – i have this for an exhibition proposal so it’s helped me focus on creating some new ideas/work and to take some risks!!

    the ‘artist in isolation’ is particularly pertinent in a rural area – i know quite a few artists locally but because we all work in isolation the chat is mostly social and not very critical about one’s work (as in critique).

    i have been thinking lately about ‘critical friends’ (much used in education) – this is what i need because family, friends, etc are usually quite complimentary… writing a blog can help with the critical reflection and perhaps the subject of having a mentor or ‘critical friend’ might be a good idea for discussion in a future post…

    yes, just do it (they said)…