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“Man Made” 17×22 in., size: petite, acrylic on panel, Jeff Del Nero 2017

hmmm…

Average Person vs. Leonardo DiCaprio Fuel Usage Comparison

Regular Person:
20K miles / year at 20 m.p.g

 vs.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Private Jet:
358 gallons/hour in a 3 hour flight uses more fuel than I do in a year.

start-sign-500pxBlue Sky Thinking” is…

…Thinking that is not grounded or in touch in the realities of the present.

The proportion and symbolic silhouette is that of a stop sign. Hopefully there is enough graphic alignment with the original intent of the shape to be recognizable — but this with an entirely different conclusion. An entirely different suggestion is in the content of this message.

Temptation Concept / Sin Concept

In thinking of the dilemma of life’s journey, I have been seeking images that describe the challenges with which we are daily faced. An idea I had was to show temptation in a way that could be depicted in a graphic form.

Temptation Concept / Sin Concept

The oxymoron of a camouflaged decoy is one that (more…)

Then a funny thing happened with some of the artwork from the Rjiks Museum Winter Landscape with Ice Skaters by Hendrick Avercamp, 1608. I started messing around with this image found on the museum website. The Rijks Museum has been encouraging artists to work with images from their collection. I was happy to oblige. This particular scene matched some thoughts I had about social media.

The environment shown here of a whole town out on the ice together. All classes mixing outdoors enjoying Holland’s national pastime of ice skating. According to Wikipedia, there is much more going on in this painting than a casual observer of our generation would gather. I like the metaphor of this particular painting to describe what our current society may be missing. This painting has in it layers of activity including candidly cultural scenes along with some indiscretions. More importantly is the idea that this painting was a “motion picture” of its time. People would sit by this and “experience” each event and be reminded of the activities, while the rumors of finding the hidden circumstances could be a scandalous conversation to share.

What happens in 2008, four hundred years later? I picked the year (2008, with its digital camera time/date stamp in the lower right corner) arbitrarily, but also as a particular time when Facebook started to really become more commonly used. With social media, video games and a more cerebral, less active culture… the same spot is quiet and deserted..

Other variations include “People as Weapon” a murmuration that points to the real culprit in violence.

Isolating the people of this scene, and making a rubylith mask alludes to special effects in film. In how we are accustomed to seeing a special
feature about putting people into a scene, or taking them out an our convenience while telling a story.

a series of repeated “frames” with stencil of a bone.
Thinking of the reality of a still life. It is no longer alive, it’s “still/dead” and waiting there to be painted. Put upon multiple frames, reminds me of the video culture we have become. Unless it moves, people tend not to look at it.






other quotes to think about:
Christopher Stackhouse:

Insidious Reproduction of Art

Unmanageability of Visual Culture
Crowd-sourcing Quality
Macha
Current Culture Tools
Guy Kinnear
find: Flaneur
see: Walter Benjamin –
Phsychogeographic Review (blog)
Charts of Knowledge

WTF

My thoughts lately have been about using graphic design as an expression. I have looked up the term “graphic expression” and it’s not necessarily a widely used term in the arts, but it does help me start to place myself in a “conversation” in the art world. 
I am not a street artist, and not of this generation with their willingness to be out on a ladder, up a wall or over a fence to make a statement. But I have realized that the artworld is very influenced by artists who bring a digital/design sensibility to their art. This is a genre where I am curious how far I can go. 
I do have things to say in respects of symbolism or semiotics of how our society accepts certain truths such as “guns kill people.” I feel like there are numbers of icons like the gun that people jump to conclusions instead of thinking it through.
Why The Firearm? WTF — a flag that questions our view of weapons.

I thought if I was to make more iconographic objects like flags and shirts that start to question our stance on weapons. If we didn’t have guns, murders would happen via blunt force trauma, like hammers or stabbings with knives etc.

Studio #5 at APU this summer. I jammed in all of the different work that I brought. This configuration allows me to parse out the different items, and speak to how I arrived at some of these visual conclusions.

One area, the unstretched canvases to the right are based on maps from throughout my life. Then the back wall is balanced with the print on plywood panel, which is a direction I feel strongly about due to its employing digital aspects with analog mark making too.

The framed canvases on the left side of the back wall is an entry into a world where I can explore some humorous tendencies that I am finding very fulfilling.


“A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing”

~ Susan Sontag (as seen in Birdman)


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Q: Why the rhombus shape?

I have worked in a rectangle before. This shape compels me forward,  making one challenges me.”

“set apart for its intended purpose.”

“…find the purpose of a mark. Each mark has a lifetime behind it.”  ~ Bill Catling

“rust is a clock, tree’s growth rings are a clock” 

“connect marks to meaning”  ~ my thoughts

“personal archeology”  ~ my thoughts

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This is the beginning of some interpretations of what it would look like to represent all of the major places I have been in my life. This is only a technical approach with experimentation with how it may look. I have some more research to do in regards to the actual locations.

Still Life?
Anonymous Portrait
Thinking about the way we consume or appreciate art in the internet age. Even considering how we interact with each other, and the internet’s provision of access to each other and to images. This group of images acquired from the Rijksmuseum program called “RijksStudio.”

Artificial Realities.

Even to the uninitiated, these are fairly recognizable or at least archetypical images. My addition to these question the intent of the work. But even more there is a question of the intent of the viewer.

I have been thinking about the life of an artist. The genuine work of an artist. You know, the actual manipulated art materials existing right in front of you. With its thickness, and weight and smell. I question if this is even important to anyone anymore. My feeling is, we are in a society that has generally lost a passion for the authentic experience. This group of images do not represent a way of working that is typical for me, but these are a way that I can “graphically express” my ideas.
Of each of these, the project that gained my most attention is “@Play” you can see more about it in another blog post.

@Play

These latest maps depict prevalent trips that happened towards the latter end of the 70’s for me. Trips between aunt and uncle’s house and what would eventually become a new location for my parents to live. This was just before I moved to Los Angeles to go to Art Center College of Design.

We moved from the house where I grew up, to a small ranch property that would be where we lived in a mobile home while we built my parent’s new home. It was mostly finished right before I moved down to go to college.

This map is the trip I made everyday while attending MJC. I played basketball there for a year before I realized my days on a bonafide team were coming to an end. I soon took up city league basketball and continued to play the sport until I was about 47 years old. At that time I started playing organized volleyball —a sport I still play and enjoy today.

One of the more endearing maps for me right now is one I made about all of the locations of teams I played against in high school. Known as the Trans Valley League, “TVL” comprised of many small farming communities. Each one had its own personality and crop they claimed to be the “world capital of cherries, apricots or whatever…”

Continued development of how these patterns of trips and locations maps of my life can overlay to become visuals that are abstract lines and patterns.

These seem to touch on a little bit of what I envisioned, and that’s exciting. But they do seem too personal, and not as aesthetic as I had imagined. Possibly by combining the different paths into one composition may bring even more satisfaction.

The incorporation of the word map I have found more that I can contribute to the story.

I have a collection of words that are remarkably flexible in their meaning. Part of an interest I have had regarding the effects of a foreigner trying to learn english. A daunting task. Our use of words in the English language has been filled with multiple meanings and pronunciations. It’s as if a person would need to learn a symbol that changes by the context it is placed.

This is a test compilation of stills set at 3 frames per image. It is composed of people, places, activities, past jobs, influential artists, various events, memories and locations that summarize my life. With the question of ‘how can I display my mind/memories/thoughts to others?’

I am approaching this with the idea of putting in various amounts of “stills-per-thought,” letting particular amounts of frames add up to show levels of my appreciation of those fleeting moments of my life.

This particular experiment is an attempt to compile various trips I have taken in my life. This is comprehensive in a way that it will depict each walk to school, each driven trip to work, each vacation (special location).

These are depicted as a linear shape, cut out and placed onto a bar in a way that they each have their own abstract form. I may color code them as to distance or event.

One thought is to have them relate as equally as possible. A 0.7 mile walk to school will equal a 20 mile drive to work, etc.

Not sure yet as to how this will be displayed, but this concept of having them work like a mobil or linear display to let them move freely is one idea.

In the process of depicting my various homes, paths and distances being traced and then converted into an abstract of my movements in life.

I have been listing out locations and point-to-point trips I made in multiple ways. Walking to school. Walking home to a babysitter. Driving to college. The locations of all of the teams I played against in sports (I had never really looked at the relationships between the different small farming towns we were associated with). Driving to Work. Moving from northern CA to southern CA and the patterns that were derived from that. Also, our life moves from southern CA to Arizona.