I haven’t quite written anything about making chance art yet, but this weekend I think I’ll do some research and include a few more references for chance art. Last semester I fooled around with some glitch makers online and I got some pretty crazy results. I used a couple of the outcomes in the large Photoshop artwork, but I mostly used it as a starting point for glitch experiments.
Made with image glitcher experiment
This online app manipulates a .jpg image, so that it creates all this weird, fancy errors. What I did was to play around with the sliders until I achieve some effect that’s quite nice: often it’s the colours that are produced, or how an area of the image is distorted. Then I make screenshots of the various results.
I’m currently doing bit more research into each area of my report as I work my way through the desired outcomes. A few days ago I had my meeting with Randall and we discussed making a longform WordPress theme. One of the girls in my fyp group, Boyan, is very good at making themes, so I thought maybe this time I’ll produce a sketch and rope in the help of someone who’s better at coding. To be honest, I think I will struggle quite a bit with learning the coding for WordPress theme. I don’t think it will be impossible for me to learn, or that I’ll not have the patience for it. But it has been a long time since I did any coding, and I quite look forward to working with Boyan to make something cool for the virtual part of my project.
While doing some reading on David Carson’s works, I wondered how he ever thought of making deconstructed typography. I feel that the experimental quality of his design is reminiscent of the Surrealist automatism concept. Automatism art taps into the subconscious mind of the artist, and allow that subconscious to work itself onto the paper. Sometimes I feel it is not as easy as it looks or seems, to create experimental artwork. It’s almost like meditation: you got to just kind of shut down a small part of your brain, and just make an artwork without really thinking about it. just go with the flowwwww~~
What I like about the image glitcher experiment is that it pushes that button: stop thinking! I glitched some body of text just to give me some visual ideas of what I can make, typographically, and then I can expand from there. I love this part of the work, definitely. Having no idea of the outcome can be an exhilarating thing, and from my experiences, is a pretty damn good!
To more experimenting!
Recipes I Love by Leanna Perry
Came across this project and I love the style of it. I’m still interested in this whole idea of using low-fi, analog methods to create a good piece of publication and this is another good example. Leanna Perry came across an old-school cookbook in her local bookstore, and she decided to ‘remix the book’, by giving it her magical kitschy touch. This reminds me of these Barbie magazines I kept when I was a little girl. I wish I still kept them now. Those magazines were made up of activities, like teaching you how to throw a slumber party, complete with some kid-friendly recipes, and even included some floral/Barbie logo templates you could trace and cut out as decoratives. Those were brilliant. Similarly in Leanna’s project, there’s this fun, DIY quality that is more nostalgic than Pinteresting.
Here’s another zine made by Perry. Again, there’s a childlike, nostalgic quality to this style of design, photocopied mistakes, large areas of ink and gradient, cut & pasting, and those colourful motifs seem like stickers. Love it!
In Internet Art & Culture class, we talked about collaborative art making. Here’s one of the works we looked at: Remixthebook by Mark Amerika. I briefly discussed the idea of remixing in my work, and I think this piece by Mark Amerika would kind of illustrate what the idea of remixing is about.
Some info about the work:
remixthebook author Mark Amerika, along with co-curator and artist Rick Silva, has invited over 25 contributing international artists, poets, and critical theorists, all of them interdisciplinary in their own practice-based research, to sample from remixthebook and manipulate the selected source material through their own artistic and theoretical filters.
Go to the remixes>
Remixing gives new meaning to an existing piece of work. It builds a collective narrative, and allows the work to be a communication tool, by inviting other people to lend their own voices to the work.
I think for my project, the term remixing also have other meanings.
- It’s more than just an introspective throwback: it’s the outcome of challenging myself to work with something old and give it a new lease of life.
- Remixing as part of my artistic identity: I take what I’ve learned over the course of my life and appropriating these skills for the project. For example, painting over my material, photographing significant places, glitching up my blog. Am I an illustrator? No. Am I a programmer? No. Am I a photographer? Hell no. But remixing using these techniques demonstrate my chapalang (mishmash, random) artistic identity
- It’s kind of like a conversation/mash up with my self. Like for the Internet Monsters project that I did, I try to put my old work in another context. I think that’s the fun part of the project too. It’s not just about putting old stuff out there and be all like ‘hey look what I made in year 2007″. Kind of like collaborating with myself. What can Beverley from 2007 and Beverley from 2015 make together?