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  • felixspansion 6:35 pm on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , selfie, surrealism   

    Surreal Self-Portrait 

    I did this backwards. But real art is non-linear.
    This is what amazes me about art.

    How do you throw a bunch of juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated elements together like shards of glass off the Empire State and they somehow land with some kind of order? Chaos theory? Snowflakes? What do you think?

    Here’s what I mean.

    I lay out these images: two of me singing, an oil painting––sort of a selfie of me as an old Chief, or the Indian in my head––, and a poster of my band the “Lords”, which is a study in chaos theory all by itself that should be called Occupy Book.

    Then after I lay out those elements I step back and go: “Hmm… what a crazy mess! I should lay a photo of an erratic scribble doodle I made over the whole thing… that should tie it (the room) together”. LOL. And the wild thing is, really to my surprise, it does! I mean if you really look at it.

    I didn’t shift any of the images around, and my scribble-doodle seems to be a prophesy etched in time; a map foretelling the day that the other elements would lilt into place! The contour of the arm, the mountains, the linear triangles forming the mic stand, the Chief’s regalia and on and on. Am I spelling it out too much? Do you see it? Do I need more therapy? Do you need to read more William Blake? Or is it a complicated binary sequence
    incorporating all of the above questions? To me, art only produces questions. This self-portrait is certainly a multi-media full of question marks. But to me it’s clear that intention produces results when we let go of the outcome.

    Did I accomplish my selfie proposal goals? Heck yeah I did! I mean, it was so esoteric, anyhow, that how could I miss?

    ––“Multi-medias are invariably sad comedies”


  • felixspansion 7:55 pm on February 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beautiful Lies, , dreaming, surrealism   

    e Dreams: Dreaming Reality––Surrealism In Digital Media 

    This is a multi-media composed of the juxtaposition of various incongruous images. Ice walls on berry bushes form the backdrop of a North Hollywood neighborhood walk; the Entourage style photo of New Seers taken by Rolling Stone photographer, Heather Harris, is the creative property of this digital media artist.

    On these ice-berry- walls are various New Seers posters. Here, rescaling to add miniature detail is the key. Poster images are warped to give the reality of wrapping around the concrete light post–– this post is a photo of the artists notebook drawing. Also extracted from the artists notebook is a sketch of a colorful surreal tree, which is placed in front of the large church house. The smudge tool blends the edges to give it a windy feel. Out of the photo of a church roof grows a (now obsolete) star sculpture. A photo of a swirling toy top with reduced opacity forms the mystical orb around the sculpture.The three doorways to the church are a midnight sky, a twilight sky and an afternoon sky, or winter, autumn & summer. There is a miniature mushroom world: a house, a church house (from downtown) and a court house. Not only was rescaling size necessary for this effect, but also distorting proportion due to the angle at which the source photos were taken.

    Other elements include a rainbow sky photo shaped into a jumping dolphin with the erase tool, a giant proportioned transformed scale mushroom with a cathedral window warped to give it a 3D effect at the angle of the cap slant, and eyeballs taken from a photo of the band in front of a mural in Mexico. Arguably, the strangest element is the burning “Lords” fire in the sky. This was created by painting a glitter mural on a wall and using an effect on its photograph. The hovering face in the sky, created by use of a reduced opacity, serves as a watermark which gives the composition a hint of a strange electronic currency. Overall, the image’s division into thirds creates a cinematic effect. This mashup will probably be the inlay for the “e Lords” album in progress titled “Last Vintage”.


    Ahhhh, yes… speaking of surreal: check out The Other by the New Seers. The album theme is the reality of dreaming. Download at no cost; donations accepted 😉

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