Presenting the Thousand Sketches – a work in progress

I wrote in the last post that Thousand Sketches was a completed project. Sort of. The 1000 are done. However they are not all printed! Printing is a form of presentation, and…

presentation is the art

 

I am thinking about the warm-up to a presentation. Naming. Description. Artist statement. I am really thinking art! Creating the aura is art. How to be fully present with these sketches, how to honour them, help them be seen for what they are, no more or less.

I want Henry to come along and make a link! Links are a form of art. Curating is an art. Criticism is art.

I was thinking when I looked at this one how easy is for one sketch in a 1000 to get lost. But I like it! How to present it?

There is plenty to work on:

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  • thumbnails don’t work properly
  • add “simple Viewer”
  • selections
  • folios

The categories are fine, but I’d like to do more of what I have done with Earth Crosses, select the best in a series and build on them.

In this moment…

Thousand Sketches is a completed project. 1000 sketches – done.

I am still sketching though, see my current work here In this moment…
Here is a the sketch I posted today, there is other new material in In this moment… My Art Journal!

Later … Friday, 1 May 2020

The links are broken but the images are in http://www.psyberspace.walterlogeman.com — Category Art.

Here is the image linked to here originally. It’s one I love, and was used for the NZAP conference. Challenge and Change

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Circles & syncronicity

I just updated a post I did in October Added an picture I said I’d add of a Frank Stella painting.

Finished up simplifying my image while I was there. Of course the original is still there in the original post, but here is the tweaked one:

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This image is available printed in a limited edition. It is available exclusively on Felt, a New Zealand Art & Craft website.

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Calligraphy

I am reading about calligraphy in Herbert Read’s “A Concise history of Modern Painting”. (here is the bit) Calligraphy is (perhaps, I’d say as I don’t really trust any theory) at the root of Abstract Expressionism. What an insight! probably not for people with a formal ed in art, but it is for me. Why that is such a blast is that I am working away at getting the verticals right in my new crosses, and contemplating that line. I feel like some Zen calligrapher meditating on the strokes! It is a meditation. I delete 100’s and suddenly one will be right.

And the idea grabbed me because it is a strong theme that emerged in the Thousand Sketches. I wanted to get those lines right, that flow. I am quite pleased with how it went, there were a lot of doodles and slowly they were more in my handwriting as it were. This is one of my favourites. And the Abstract Expressionist ones that I blew up, my friend Charles called “calligraphy of God” I was most flattered.

In Read’s book there is a particular image that stood out because it reminded me of one I did. It is Drawing by Henri Michaux. (See image below, and also my image.) He is part of a few early painters that were influenced by the East & calligraphy. I’ll write more about them and where I am goin g with it all now on my other blog, this is the Thousand Sketches related part of the story.

Here is Michaux:

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Here is mine, it is nothing like Michaux’s drawing in content, but it recalled my image none the less.


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Here is another by Michaux I found:

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Prints with Aura

I am reading Walter Benjamin. He seems to think that in the age of mechanical reproduction art looses its AURA.

Aside: We are not in that mechanical age, so much creativity is virtual.

My images are open source, and I think that if others print them then there is less “aura” than in the signed limited editions? Is there?

We are flooded with images and even art, does that degrade aura? It is a time of some art having something, due to the millions it is sold for. Is that aura? Is celebrity status aura? (Benjamin thinks we hype the celebrity thing up because auras are on the decline) (He also thinks the loss of aura is a good thing as the masses can have more art – strange essay).

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What happens as you comment or link to an image? Copy it to your blog? Does the communal context build new aura? I like some of the work other bloggers do and have it on my wall! Is there aura there? They are not signed works, would that help?

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I make images (by hand on a Tablet PC) & then I make prints with a printer and sign them in graphite. The mechanical and the hand-made intertwine in one object. I have acquired the tools and the skills to do that and have a sense of pride with each successful print. It is not re-production, but production. There is no original. I like that they are in limited editions of 25. A also like that the name, say “#1000 Departing Force” is enough of an identifier to lead you via google to the virtual image, and to the write up on the blog, and the comments. I like it that there can be an ever growing conversation about the image, by people who experience it I diverse ways. The conversation is part of the art work. My prints are interactive art!!

So I think aura is alive and well in this post-mechanical age, and I think it is a good thing. And I like it that auras are a totally indefinable thing!

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That seemed like a good note to finish on, but another idea jumped up.

Do my prints have aura because I say so? No way. Maybe that helps, but to have aura I there is a list of things that go on, and they are all needed, and there are some I can’t even name, but here is a list:

Innovation, skill, relevance, presentation, networking, beauty, authenticity, context, fashion, luck, and promotion.

To have another go at a conclusion:

The Thousand Sketches aura is growing!

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#1000 Departing Force

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#1000 Departing Force

For the vertical to descend it departs as it returns.

So this is 1000. Thanks for your appreciation, encouragement involvement. So many people have cheered me on. Thank you!

Later

I will continue to post here about the Thousand Sketches as the project continues to transform itself though I will not be adding sketches. You can stay in touch by subscribing to the feed for Thousand Sketches.

I will continue to blog & sketch on on my old blog: Psyberspace, please subscribe there and stay in touch as I continue to explore the psyche in Cyberspace, with sketches too of course.

This image is now featured in the Walter Logeman: Gallery

Mt Pete

#0976 Mt Pete

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I am at Vic’s cafe in Christchurch. Pleased to be working on my blog at the end of my sabbatical. I have a few to post up! A few of the ones I am posting, perhaps all of them, are on the theme of Return. I am coming to the end of my project, hence returning to work, to normal, to the familiar. Mt Pete is familiar, we see it from the other side of our house, its moods never the same.

Lines

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Earlier in this blog, way back, I had the idea “The media is the muse” well it is happening again, I am simply enjoying the pen on the screen. Did a whack of them (two days ago now – disk failure has slowed me down, again!). I simply enjoy the art pen in ArtRage 2.5. Not that it is any better than the pen I have in Corel, but the interface is better, so it is a delight to work in that space. It counts!

I no longer really subscribe to the media being the muse, if I ever did. There is simply more to it. I will know where these lines fit in later. That seems to happen, the process becomes clear after the event.