8 years later: phone arts won the battle and lost the war (to the usual tide of techno-inertia)

I feel badly about starting a battle and not noticing a return salvo for eight years. But here it is: Jeremiah Johnson's Erased Tom Moody Drawing:


Phone Arts was an early 2010s effort to make and aggregate art on smartphones. Looking at the tumblr archive, it was hyperactive around 2012 and gradually trailed off, possibly because the novelty of phones wore off or because everyone succumbed to the mass stupor characteristic of these devices.

My battle cry was a primitive MSPaint drawing pasted into a phone-shaped vertical rectangle.

Playing Rauschenberg to my De Kooning, obliterating my image and adding a frame and caption-plate was much wittier than the other response I got, a big brown bowel movement plopped on top of my artwork.

weird alphabet letter replaces "L"

weird letter

Art Director: I asked you all to come up with your own ideas this month, let's take a look. What is this?
Illustrator: Well, John Tenniel's birthday's coming up, so I put Alice in the place of the "L" in the company logo.
Art Director: He's not a company-approved "other" but we'll let that pass. I see that Alice is facing the Cheshire Cat and her left arm is forming an "L" shape, that's good.
Illustrator: Yeah, isn't that cool--
Art Director: But what about her right arm? Is she making some sort of semaphore or turn signal? What does that do to the "L"? Look, let's shop out Alice's body and just leave the arms. You see? What letter is that? Not an "L," right?
Illustrator: I didn't think--
Art Director: Right, you didn't think. This level of mediocrity is exactly in line with our usual daily artwork. Approved.


This recent series of nature photos lost me one Feedly follower so I guess I didn't do too badly. ("I thought that guy was gonna be ranting about new media and he starts posting these pretty pictures. Unsubscribe!")
"Normal" posting will resume as I gradually move some studio operations to "New York West" (a virtual New York that includes trees and clouds).
Trees and clouds may also continue.