(/’fu:bar) expo in Zagreb

In Zagreb, Croatia, Siva Galerija recently presented (/’fu:bar), an exhibition of international and local artists involved with glitch art.  Works were collected via email and exhibited either as projections or as prints created on site. Here is the complete list of exhibiting artists. Several of my works were exhibited, including Situation Room, which was printed out for the occasion.

Situation Room at (/’fu:bar) 2015, Zagreb, Croatia

Situation Room (Paul Hertz, 2014) digital image based on “Obama and Biden await updates on bin Laden,” May 1, 2011, official White House photo by Pete Souza. Exhibition photo, at Siva Galerija, 2015, Zagreb, Croatia

This is clearly a new way of doing exhibitions, using digital materials that can be exhibited as media or as hard copy, with practically no intervention by the artist save for submitting work or giving permission. Where works are tagged with one of the various FLOSS licenses, even permission may be superfluous. You could be putting up your own show of FLOSS right now and totally ignoring the artists and it would be entirely legal (to the extent that FLOSS licenses are legal contracts). It is worth noting that the organizers of (/’fu:bar), though occasionally slow to send out notices, seem to have contacted all the artists and sent them exhibition photos. This courtesy of notifying the artist about exhibition and publication of their work and providing documentation where possible is a critical part of the Open Source ethic, it seems to me, and deserves to be mentioned in the various licenses. It may currently be an unwritten rule that not everyone cares to observe—or it may just be wishful thinking. More on that later. Meanwhile, I am pleased to have been included in this exhibition, and doubly so to have received documentation back.

Is This Thing On?

A work by Darrell Luce, Painting with Balls, for Maurice de Vlaminck, Jasper Johns, and Murakami Saburo (encaustic and oil on canvas, with collaged elements, 42 x 18 inches, 2000), is included in the group show Is This Thing On: The Art of Comedy, curated by Miguel Cortez.

For Painting with Balls Luce “appropriated” a computer print from fellow ignoStudio member Paul Hertz and threw paint-loaded balls at it. He combined the results with a painting in encaustic loosely inspired by Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Italian Renaissance cartoons. The work cites Work Painted by Throwing a Ball (1954) by Murakami Saburo, a member of the Japanese avant-garde group Gutai, Jasper Johns’s Painting with Two Balls (1960), and Fauvist Maurice de Vlaminck, who winningly declared: “I try to paint with my heart and loins, not bothering with style.” The senior member of ignoStudio, the former carnival mentalist J.T. Pescador (stagename, “Ignotus the Mage”) interpreted Luce’s painting as a sendup of the macho challenge: “Hay que poner los huevos sobre la mesa a ver si alguién te los corta. (You’ve got to put your balls on the table to see if anyone cuts them off.)”

Statistical Blending

You can use statistical blending to render high dynamic range images, to reduce noise, or to create multiple exposure effects in Photoshop (CS4 extended edition). All these techniques require that you have multiple images to start with. For HDR images, you need different exposures of the same subject from a stationary viewpoint. The same is true for noise reduction, only the exposures should be identical. Multiple exposure effects can use any number of different images, all of the same dimensions. In each case, you start by stacking all the images into layers, selecting all layers, and converting them into a smart object. Then you use the Layer > Smart Objects > Stack Mode functions Mean or Median to create a statistical combination of all the images, which you can rasterize. Details after the break.

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