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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Born Digital

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Had a great conversation with my friend Brian about the relationship between info and objects. He summed up an idea that has been bubbling in my blog posts with these words “born digital”. That is a central realization in the Thousand Sketches project. Art is either born physical, and then described or photographed to be digital, or it is born digital and made physical, it can have many physical forms.

One more image, followed by lots more and more TALK!

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Duchamp

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11″ x 8.5″ image on 13″ x 19″ archival matte paper.

I have a lot of time for Duchamp. I recall the controversy when an exhibition came to Sydney, must have been late 50s? I was a kid. I thought it was stupid. But now I can see it more clearly. Art looking at art. Art asking what is art, art art. And here is a sketch, hardly art, but a little portal into the question what is art.

It was Duchamp who came up with the idea of recapitulation art, he had a go at all the styles before him, I can see how that leads to thinking about what it is all about.

One thing that it *is* about is the process, the idea, the concept. Was he the first who really got that? Maybe the first to make that idea into art.

How does it tie in with Thousand Sketches? Simple, the idea in the form of the blog + digital images (all open source & on the web) plus prints for sale is the idea that comes tied into the wehole thing. The prints have the Thousand Sketches # on them – they are a physical portal to the site. Buy one now! (or just download one but it won’t have my signature on it.

That was another thing that Duchamp bought into focus. Found objects – signed. Signing something makes quite a statement.

Links:

An earlier post, with a podcast I made that quotes another podcast on Duchamp

Wikipedia

Animated images related to Duchamp’s Nude (images of that follow!)

Images follow, all by Duchamp.

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give it a title

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I dreamt I provided a social service. My usual copyright is modified for this sketch. Anyone can sign it, and name it, provided money from sales go to a New Zealand registered charity. I will do my usual 25 prints, I will call mine NOT, they can be purchased & money will go to suitable cause arranged with purchaser. I do not require a percentage from re-sale.

Prints are in pigment ink on 13 inch by 19 inch archival paper.

Later: Saturday, 29 December, 2007
I really hoped Helen Clark would take me up on this. Of course it is not too late, though paintergate is a long time ago..

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Pastel Figures

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Pastel because I clicked on the pastels. Colour black. You can see the way pastel shows up on different “paper”, yes bits are on different paper, virtually possible.

I think the influence here is listening to Bob Dylan’s Theme Hour XMRario show.

It is the last sentence that qualifies this as a sketchblog post.

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Sam 1

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Three of these coming up. Initially I thought I should not put the three versions up. The reason for that – I had a sense of cheating, and also that I do not want to use up my “quota”. But I slept on it and a few new thoughts crept in and now I post all three with gusto.

They look remarkably different, the exploration of backgrounds here is something unique to the digital medium, this is something to develop and fully realise. And I feel as if the media is asking to be used in this way… in the way a “column asks for a beam” to quote Louis Kahn.

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The strange thing about these background textures is that they actually look more convincing if there is a real light illuminating the image – from the top left! Its true for the prints too. Perhaps that should go in the hanging instructions.

Only half kidding because the digital medium looks back to the physical world for its metaphors. And our words too have roots in the very basic elements of the earth. Images, visual arts, depend on our collective meaning making with its traditions. In houses I hate fake wood and fake tiles… but here? Where does fake start and end.

In the last one (Medium 2) I deliberately used some “glitter” to really offend my own sensibility.

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