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Archive for November, 2015

sketch_n3

sketch_n3

Drawn with Krita

- tom moody

November 27th, 2015 at 7:15 am

eyes

eyes

drawn with Linux MyPaint

- tom moody

November 24th, 2015 at 11:50 am

curves in architecture

cool_curves

drawn with GIMP

hat tip reneabythe

- tom moody

November 24th, 2015 at 10:19 am

sketch_n2a

sketch_n2a

- tom moody

November 22nd, 2015 at 3:39 pm

discussion of virtual reality goggles art

tm the "facehugging hardware paradigm" makes me nervous
cb Well its not making me nervous
cb There's a lot of competition in the space
cb I know some of the usual suspects are working on it but I was hoping you might know some other ppl that might not seem [to be] the kind who would do VR but are
cb There's PlayStation VR, Facebook Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive
cb Also there's the gear VR for Samsung phones and Google cardboard/glass
tm i can't really evaluate without strappin on the gear
cb So one ring to rule them all isn't something I'm all that worked up about because Oculus might come out as the defacto device, but I don't think that will invalidate experiences on other VR headsets
tm i really like feeling air circulating around my face when contemplating the sublime
cb You should try it
tm i have
tm i hate it
tm i think it forces participation
cb Whens the last iteration uve used ? DK1?
tm in a way that other art doesn't
cb You could say that about the internet too
tm no i can walk away from that
cb u can just take the headset off tho
tm since i don't have the addictive phone/facebook combo
cb im not a facebook person either, but VR seems like there are some great experiences to be had
cb i dont think the world will descend into some matrix-esque hell
tm putting on the headset is unaesthetic to me -- too confining
tm i already wear glasses
cb i think you need to try the newer headsets, theyre much more comfortable
cb and glasses friendly
tm it's not a matter of comfort
tm i don't strap on a feedbag to have a nice meal
tm plus all my objections to bad 3D rendering
tm i think it's the wrong way to go
cb ok, but if there was a better way to have a cheap, widely accessible IRL experience like that, people would have done it already
cb VR lets everyone enjoy it
tm i think IRL is fine without imitating it whole
cb i think it goes with the notion of distribution on the internet
tm art should work on lighter, more lo-res levels
tm i'm against the gesamtkunstwerk

(from memory)
cb art doesn't have to be only lo-res
tm not saying that - the met has many hi-res paintings and i like them - but i hate Pixar

Update: Youtube version of this discussion by Jules Laplace

- tom moody

November 22nd, 2015 at 3:39 pm

Posted in computers-R-stupid

"Original PNGs" opening tonight

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This is the official blog invitation linking to the tweet that links to the facebook invite for my show opening tonight at Honey Ramka. Please join me as we create conditions of artificial scarcity for the workmanlike PNG (and a GIF). (Plus, the installation looks good.)
Honey Ramka is an exhibition space in Bushwick, Brooklyn @ 56 Bogart Street (1st floor). Tonight's opening is 6-9 pm. Otherwise the gallery is open 1-6pm, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (and by appointment).

- tom moody

November 20th, 2015 at 9:45 am

Posted in general

sketch_n2 (sessile organism)

sketch_n2

- tom moody

November 18th, 2015 at 5:33 pm

works on paper, studio, nov 2015

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top to bottom, left to right:

sketch_m9, sketch_l2 (two layers) (detail), sketch_n1c, sketch_m7a, sketch_l6a, sketch_m3a
Printed on 100% rag paper

- tom moody

November 18th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

my show at Honey Ramka - gallery press release

Below is the press release for the exhibition of Ana Weider-Blank (main space) and yrs truly (project space):

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Honey Ramka is pleased to present Strange Friends, an exhibition by Ana Wieder-Blank. Strange Friends opens Friday, November 20th from 6-9 pm, and runs through Sunday, December 20th. This will be the artist's second solo exhibition at the gallery.

Wieder-Blank's raw, ebullient paintings and ceramics invoke mythic, protofeminist players—Lilith, Leda, La Loba—to enact terrible and heroic flashpoints of legend. Visionary and revisionist, searing and playful, Wieder-Blank "explore(s) the materials and content with a combination of dark humor, joy, and tragedy" to "change, distort, and extend narratives past their ends to create contemporary political allegories."

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Also on view in the project space is Original PNGs, featuring work by Tom Moody.

A consummate digital draftsman and blogger, Moody paints polymorphous biomorphs and pens trenchant criticism with polymathic aplomb. Here, Moody's work evokes underground comix styles, graffiti, and modernist painting. Or, as described by the artist, Original PNGs is:

"A series of drawings made with open source paint applications and printed on paper. The software apps, with names like Chibi Paint, Krita, and MyPaint are often used for online fan art. Here I'm treating them as found processes with inherent virtues, limitations, and quirks to be explored. Made with a tablet and stylus, the drawings struggle between inherited notions of artistic dexterity and the default labor-saving functions built into software. In the frictionless world of 1s and 0s, what does it even mean to struggle? 'PNGs' in the title refers to the preferred output file format for these apps. The PNG is a lightly compressed image that can be read in any browser. Here, a collection of 'original PNGs' are preserved for gallery display. A recent animated GIF will also be on view."

Honey Ramka is an exhibition space in Bushwick, Brooklyn @ 56 Bogart Street (first floor). The gallery is open from 1-6 pm, Friday through Sunday (and by appointment). For more information, visit HoneyRamka.com.

- tom moody

November 17th, 2015 at 9:06 am

Posted in art - others, art - tm

dot com two frenzy: iphone activism

On Thursday I visited Civic Hall, an office suite on Fifth Avenue that provides work space and WiFi for social activists. A friend rents space there ($250 per month). Civic Hall is funded by Google, Microsoft, and the dicey neoliberal outfit Omidyar Networks (as in eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, a would-be William Randolph Hearst of cyberspace). A skeptic might say Civic Hall is a form of digital greenwashing. "Sure we turn user data over to the government but look at us, we support activists!"
My friend suggested sitting in on a lunch workshop for Pictition, a start-up with an app that posts your photo when you sign a petition. Their example is Stop Elephant Slaughter -- who could argue with that? When you sign the petition, your phone snaps your pic and adds it to a big grid of friendly, concerned faces, from all walks of life, etc.
Most of the workshop attendees appeared to be professionals in Search Engine Optimization, User Experience, "social" and the like. One actual activist-minded person questioned the advisability of posting photos for say, a petition regarding battered spouses, where an enraged "ex" could use the photo as a stalking tool.
A developer of the app said "I think we need to separate questions of security from user experience -- we're here today to talk about UsEx."
At that point I chimed in with "you can't separate the two -- post-Snowden-revelations, people are concerned about where their facial data ends up, and this app assures its spread to a variety of political causes."
At this point one of the SEO types said "that's how your demographic feels but other demographics feel differently, so let's move on."
As the lunch was breaking up I meandered over to the table where she was sitting and said I found her use of "demographic" offensive and resented being pigeonholed with this meaningless word. She said "well, you said millennials and I was just saying there were other demographics." I replied that "I did not use the word 'millennials'" -- which is true, she just made that up.
Was too polite to say, on the subject of spreading your pic around the internet, there's the cautious demographic and the gullible-to-apathetic demographic.

- tom moody

November 14th, 2015 at 11:52 am

Posted in computers-R-stupid