Benoit Mandelbrot Dies

The man who probably did more than anyone for establishing fractals as not only an interesting way to create images but also the use of fractal mathematics in many areas of science has died at the age of 85.

His book “The Fractal Geometry of Nature” probably started many of us who use or have used fractal approaches to image creation. I know I came across this book in the mid 1980’s and led me not only to use the Mandelbrot Set as a standard test algorithm in my research work on parallel computation but also led me to experiment with it in art.

He will be missed and remembered.

The Keys to getting the most out of photography and art study

Many students doing a photography or fine art study program fail completely to get out of it all they could. Here is how to improve on this.

During the course of a semester of study, students are caught up in the tasks of note taking and doing projects/assignments. This dominates all thinking: the looming deadlines and examinations (if the course has them). This keeps their focus on doing what has to be done and not on drawing personal insights from the work they are doing.

One way to overcome this is for the student to take the opportunity of the breaks and holidays to sit down with their visual diaries and assignments and reflect on the work they have done, what they have learning and what they want to pursue from there. This reflection is critical and well done visual diaries and notebooks can greatly assist this by allowing the student to refresh themselves on what they did earlier in the semester. Few if any colleges encourage this, mainly because everyone, staff and students alike, are just plain exhausted and looking forward to the break.

All art students should also study creativity and the various ways of working with this, stimulating it and sharpening it as a tool you can control. This involves being exposed to the thinking that has happened about creativity since Freud.

Homage: Contemporary Art in Digital Media ̶ a traveling exhibit

Homage:  Contemporary Art in Digital Media ̶ a traveling exhibit

Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery ̶ July 9 to August 21, 2010

Art Institute of California ̶ September 11 to October 15, 2010

The Digital Art Guild’s current exhibition will engage viewers in a variety of conversations.  The artists have cast their images as an homage — to other artists as ordinarily expected or in this more open discussion to ideas and cultural traditions which shape the way we think and experience the world around us.  What is significant about these images and the vision they engage is an important observation about contemporary art in digital media — that it is reinventing the world we visualize once more.

“As with any new vision, medium or style in art, there is an incentive to restart the conversation. Not necessarily that we arrive at a new type of art, but more to deepen our understanding of who we are, what intrigues us and what this particular artist or artists have to say with their imagery.”  From the introduction to the Homage catalog

The exhibit catalog creates a further dialog by the pairing images. An illustrative counterpoint is the pairing of A Woman’ Awakening by Julie M. Rae and Behind the Veil of Alzheimer’s by Terri Pakula.

Both Rae and Pakula address the impact of disease on our awareness — with Rae, it is the woman’s awareness of breast cancer; with Pakula, the slow deterioration of her father with Alzheimer’s.

Read more about the exhibit at the Digital Art Guild ezine:  www.digitalartguild.com

The opening and public reception for Homage, Contemporary Art in Digital Media, will be from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Saturday, July 10th.  Admission is free to the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, 262 E. Grand Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025.  Hours are 11:00am – 4:00pm – Tuesday through Saturday. For gallery  information at the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery, contact Wendy Wilson, Director, 760.480.4101.

The layout for the exhibit spaces is organized by Jim Respess. For more information on the exhibit space, contact Jim at [email protected] or 858-272-1926. The layout for the exhibit catalog is designed by Joe Nalven. For more information on the exhibit catalog, contact Joe at [email protected] or 858-679-1242.

The Homage exhibition catalog can be previewed at Blurb.com at  www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1330985 and can be purchased online.

Artists represented in Homage reside in Arizona, California (San Diego, Los Angeles), Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Australia, China, England and Canada.

The artists participating in Homage are:

Ron Belanger Guy Mayenobe
Charlie Anne Breese Andrew Mercer
Stephen Burns Abigail Migala
Tom Chambers Kerry Mitchell
Sergio Davila Joe Nalven
John Engen James Niles
Max  Eternity Terri Pakula
Joan Everds Julie Rae
Janine Free Harvey Reed
Scott Graham James Respess
Joyce Harris Mayer Jill Rowe
Valerie Henderson Bob Snell
Deborrah Henry Renata Spiazzi
Phil Herwegh Helga E. Stark
JD Jarvis Raymond St Arnaud
Vladimir Konečni Michael Sussna
Marc Krutiak Eric Swenson
Kat Larsen Walt Thomas
Dana Levine Pasha Turley
Liz Lopes John Valois
Ernest Llynn Lotecka Mary Waring
Eileen Mandell Michael Wright
Judy Mandolf Lee Zasloff
Fred Marinello Kim Zuill
Kaz Maslanka

For information about the Homage exhibit, contact:

Joe Nalven            [email protected]

or

Jim Respess            [email protected]

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Photography Exhibitions Review, Part 3

In this article I offer my review of some of the exhibitions. As all such reviews are, these are my personal response to the exhibitions I saw. I did not set out to see all the exhibitions. Along the way I stumbled across some other exhibitions that either were not in the program or that I hadn’t intended to see.

In this article I look at some exhibitions in Creswick and then move on to the Alternative Fringe exhibitions in Trentham and Tylden. Continue reading “Ballarat International Foto Biennale Photography Exhibitions Review, Part 3”

Ballarat International Foto Biennale Photography Exhibitions Review, Part 2

In this article series I offer my review of some of the exhibitions. As all such reviews are, these are my personal response to the exhibitions I saw. I did not set out to see all the exhibitions. Rather I went through the exhibition program and chose ones in Ballarat and Creswick that appealed to me. Along the way I stumbled across some other exhibitions that either were not in the program or that I hadn’t intended to see.

Part 2 looks at some more Ballarat exhibitions. Continue reading “Ballarat International Foto Biennale Photography Exhibitions Review, Part 2”