Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Last Day

of 2008 and an entire new year of opportunity and creativity to look forward to.

Is most good.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Mask that cannot be named on the web...

......the non-breaking space, the core of self.

Symbology of HTML (Human Theological Markup Language) -- an idle musing of code application to the Human Condition.

Life-sized, ceramic bisque fired and acrylic finished.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Macro visions....


within the curious world of mathematics. A dna strand found deep within the fractal realm.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

A Mask in which to.......


dream and every one a King or Queen...or Cat.

Life sized, ceramic bisque fired and acrylic finished.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Art...


in a more universalized general non-specific sort of sense.....if you know what I mean...and I think you do. Argh.....shall we say "process?". Yes. Very good. It is this, that thing.

Life-sized ceramic bisque fired....acrylic finished.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

"Science is We....

...Art is I" -- Claude Bernard

Ceramic bisque fired. Finished with acrylics.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A most difficult mask

for some to wear....

Life size, ceramic bisque fired and acrylics finished.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's that time.....


And may all your LEDs be bright....

Monday, December 15, 2008

iD...


the undocumented self, long buried at the core...broadcasting dreams into the EGO.

Life sized. Bisque fired, acrylic paint & varnish.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Think...redux....


"Think #2"....a re-examination of the I in thInk (thin ink)....that puzzle of gears, circuitry and cellular activity.

Life sized. Bisque fired, acrylic glazed & varnished.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Create

....a mask to wear tracing that unique collection of nodes that result in something not before seen in this space.

Life sized. Bisque fired. Acrylic paint, glaze and varnish.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Shaman Armor #2.....


...soldier....enforced muteness...and quilted against the arrows of interaction. Hard upon the border of Ego, id and self....inviolate.

Life sized, bisque fired, acrylic glazed and varnished.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Ego....

and the definition of how we balance the self within parameters using learned connections, outcomes and probability....

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Something Red 2008 Reception

The artist reception and awards ceremony took place last night....the First Wednesday of December. My work is displayed at Dave Wilson Goldsmith (along with about 6 or so other artist's work). The shop features the most incredible old brick wall that certainly makes the artwork pop against it.

The reception was enjoyable -- several people were most enthusiastic and it was good to be back out showing my work again. I'd forgotten how much fun these sort of things can be and it was good to discuss various mediums with the other artists.

I did manage to get out to see a few other pieces of work -- walked down to the Umpqua Bank where Bobby Aster's wood sculpture is on display and while there, met Michael Cushing. I found his work quite intriguing.

You can see it here: http://www.standingwaveart.com/home.html

And then.....time to hie off to the award ceremony. No one was more surprised than I to be named 2nd place in Mixed Media for "Goodbye Houston". Small things can be so very satisfying. All in all, a very enjoyable evening.

And here's the link to my January 08 post regarding the creation of "Goodbye Houston":

http://artshaman.blogspot.com/2008/01/goodbye-houston.html

Monday, December 1, 2008

Think...

permutations...code....branching.....all those things that burble in theory until the binary drips from the lips.

Ceramic, roughly life sized. Acrylic glazed & varnished.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Long Buried....

but whirring constantly...the id, the hidden hard-drive of the psychic apparatus. Muted for the masks we wear.

Ceramic. Life-sized. Bisque fired, acrylic glazed and varnished.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Shaman Mask: Armor


for the times when the Shaman must be self-contained....armored against the aether.

Roughly life-sized. Bisque fired, acrylic glazed & varnished.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thought Schematic



All the circuitry never seen...etched just below the skin.....circles squared to pi ... connections attoamped in real-time.

Roughly life sized. Bisque fired, acrylic glazed and varnished.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Symbols & Technology

fill each, our waking days. Connected abstractionisms that often have little linear meaning at the base.

Roughly life-sized. Bisque fired, acrylic glazed, painted and varnished.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ceramic Mask


Mask #3 in the Ceramic Shaman Series. Approx lifesized. Bisque-fired, asphaultum glazed, acrylics.

Monday, November 24, 2008

New Series begun


Ceramic Shaman masks....tied to both the Human Condition and technology. Bisque fired, asphaltum glazed and varnished. Roughly life-sized.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Something Red 2008

I was fortunate enough to be juried into Salem's Artists In Action December show, Something Red 2008. Two pieces of my work, "Crux" and "Goodbye Houston" will be on display.

Feels good.

http://artistsinaction.org/content/index.php

Friday, November 14, 2008

Excursion


of the Damned. Back to the waters from which we sprang, polluted with the debris of rusted societal structure.

Composited photographs with a bit of digital filtering.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Monday, November 10, 2008

Keeper of Reliquaries

Keeper of the dead...the obsolete...the ikonic. Saints preserved in vacuum...past the fresh date. Halo'd by knowledge of Ohm's Law -- that penetration of mysteries muttered mantra-like E=IXR though the resistance of the masses threaten the current and voltage of Tomorrow. All shall be kept safe through the Dark Ages.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Mist



Still rummaging about in my photos from Cape Lookout.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Still Life

Based on a photograph I took many, many, many years ago. Image processed.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

PROCESSED

Processed. Possessed. RFID'd and wired into the system. Catalogued, pigeon-holded and categorized. Tapped and tapered to fit society. Do you dare unplug?????

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Mystery


Playing around with image processing.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cthulhu Rising


Pencil sketch 11x14. Colored in watercolor pencil.

Featured Artist

well....of the day at Mac Tonnies' Post Human Blues.

Unexpected..and a nice morning suprise.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It's time for a NEW religion



Recursive, thinks I.....I think...thought...until the possibilities inherent within a grain of sand blinds the inputs, bringing each to a Boolean NAND. The fractal is infinite and the future so bright, we need to wear shades as we jack into the altar of alternatives.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Cthulhu Returns...


Pencil drawing. Full size is 11x14. Cthulhu striding forth from R'lyeh.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cape Lookout Oregon




This is a panoramic stitch of 10 photographs looking south (left) to north (right) on the spit at Cape Lookout State Park in Oregon.

The program is Auto Stitch (Google it) developed at the University of British Columbia. Cool stuff.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Cthulhu drawing in progress

Pencil drawing. 11 x 14. Cthulhu emerging from a newly risen city of R'yleh. Still in progress.

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Bird in the Bush....



An image captured during my recent sojourn to Cape Lookout State Park in Oregon. Nikon D40 with 55-200 mm lens.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My work is featured

at/on/in BURST! -- a relatively new e-zine devoted to showcasing 'Art'.

http://burstwherethoart.com/issue-3.php




Monday, October 6, 2008

Monday, September 29, 2008

Raven Laughs


Yeah.... It's been a month since the last posting. I HAD hoped to have the "Evolution" base finished...but have had some unforeseen issues with obtaining exactly what I want for it. Now I'm back to musing on just how to finish the piece.

So....in the interim, I have decided to try acrylic painting -- something I have always admired, but feared greatly. This is my first attempt (still in progress) and yes, I have some ways to go (grin).

The process is vastly intriguing and has endless possibilities. I'm glad I finally decided to just try it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

EVOLUTION nears completion


Head modeled in DAS clay over a styrofoam armature. Studded with miscellaneous and sundry electronic components. Life-sized more or less. The head is done..I think....now I need to work on the base.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Technical Evolution....Continued



More components added. Point to point wiring added. The piece is finally beginning to emerge.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Technical Evolution ....Post #4


The piece progresses. Schematics, barcodes, et cetera added via xylene transfer off toner copy. Paint applied in a 'grunge' manner via a flux bottle (very confined nozzle).

More to come...

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Technical Evolution Part 2


To be continued. This is the first layer of glaze (though it might need to be rubbed back a bit..we'll see after it dries overnight). Some additional components have been added.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Technical Evolution


In progress. Life-sized head modeled in clay with various and sundry electronic components.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New burl bowl


I received a large chunk of an unknown burl last summer. This weekend I took the chainsaw to it and whacked out a few blanks. It appears to be a bit unstable in as far as voids and cracks, but after a few tries, I managed to get this bowl. Diameter is 8-inches. Watco Teak Oil finish with wax.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Shaman Box in Operation


A 10 second (or so) exposure of the Brain Wave Audio Machine (aka Shaman Box) in operation.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Shaman Box



Aha!!! Finally.....I've completed the Brain Wave/Audio Machine (aka The Shaman Box) and I think I'm in love. I've always been a sucker for flashing lights. Years ago I began building the original Brain Machine glasses that interface via the parallel port on my old DOS box. I'd set the pattern to something interesting and slip on the headphones with some heavy techno...and just relax. (in fact, my author photo shows the original glasses I built).

I was never quite happy though....of course, because of issues getting the Brain Machine software to work on my XP laptop. XP does odd things to the parallel port addresses. I happened across Andrew Moya's page at hackcanada.com and knew I had to build it. So....it's taken me a while..but I got there in the end.

I LOVE this thing! The left/right LEDs are driven by the two channels output from the audio source (in my case, my aging MP3 player)......so the pattern displayed on the retinas are directly pumped in via the music. I've wired in a 3.5mm pass-thru, so I plug in my MP3 player and headphones to the two 3.5mm jacks. The glasses plug into the RCA jacks. Unlike Andrew's original schematic, I used a double-ganged 50K pot (since I found some surplus). I coated the clear safety glasses with GCE's Insulating Compound (aka liquid electrical tape)....to cut out ambient light, protect the LED interconnections and well....it just looks cooler..grin. The enclosure is a Hammond box. I connected the 9-volt battery in an external holder since I think it'd be a pain to open it up to change the battery.

This is easy to build....taking a few hours. And so well worth the effort.

Andrew's site: http://www.hackcanada.com/homegrown/wetware/brainwave/audio_machine/index.html

Note: I have found this site: http://www.bwgen.com/magicjim/.
I don't know if MagicJim is the originator of the schematic or not, but hey, check it out.

The original Brain Wave Machine (parallel port interfaced) site : http://www.hackcanada.com/homegrown/wetware/brainwave/

Check it out. Wire your brain.....and trip the light fantastic.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Lathe Lore Continued


Yah! Mesquite bowl. Roughly 4.25-inch diameter x 4-inches high. Watco Teak Oil & wax.

Turned down through the log. Managed to keep some of the bark and yet show the incredible richness of grain available in this wood.