Various works (November 2018 – February 2019)
Series 1 is collage art produced during evenings, after the workday. Three works per session, usually with tv shows in the background, on a laptop. Not every night, but frequent, so while I wanted the actual creative session to hold some productivity pressure, I was okay skipping a night if inspiration was a struggle or fatigue had the better of me. During this run, compositional tension, color exploration, and layout were explored.
Heavy use of stock images accelerated the creative process. All images were sourced from Pexels. A royalty free, attribution free stock photography website. If you happen to discover your work being used here unexpectedly, and without your permission – contact me immediately.
Success in Series 1 was driven by a careful eye for asset selection and filter stacking. While taking advantage of sophisticated processes in the software, there is an unexpected minimalism in the procedural steps taken to create organically rich compositions. Examination of project files reveals how little “manipulation” some of these installations required.
Series 1 treats creation of artwork as disposable. Form over function, or aesthetic over intent. We aren’t here to make a statement folks…Series 1 does not care what a critic thinks, or if it draws in new fans. Art in series, over time. That’s what’s interesting. But not too interesting. All that mess gets in the way of small pleasures from cool representation, and unrelated moments strung together.
Art is not wed to art context…at least not to the degree some degree holders might suggest. The history of context, and it’s consequence is for people that benefit from ivory towers.
Creating art is as human, and universal as telling story. Critical digestion of what is significant and what is rubbish doesn’t matter. Critique is a tool for indicating what “is” and what “isn’t”. That’s a lot of power for those in the know, those that obsess over art history and social backstory.
But like any cultural realm with the barbarians at the gate, it is for those that feel established to realize the walls were built for a reason. – To keep the majority out.
Context, history, and art critique has it’s place…but it’s undeniable the language of art interpretation is used far more to remind people “you don’t know enough to appreciate art”.
Lest we forget. In order to appreciate art, like wine – all you have to do is enjoy the damn thing.
Series 1 exists not because it is good, but because it’s barely tolerable.
The colors are vibrant and playful to maintain energy…but good luck finding meaning any deeper than “oh, that looks nice.”
Which is probably where more art should be anyway. If I have to explain the joke..it’s not a good joke. And if I have to explain the art history to reach the art statement...
so here we are.
Funny how the absence of statement always makes a statement..and somehow always justifies the status quo.
Of course status art will continue to exist. Of course critique and history and context and the meta pagentry of performative firsts will continue to exist.
But here, and now; when we live in a world of tools designed to reach the world -is it any wonder artistry is returning to it’s roots of superficial aesthetic and “cool looks”?
Here comes everybody…and none of them have art degrees. Are we that surprised the sophisticated preferences of a narrow few are becoming obsolete? Not invalid mind you, but certainly no longer leading the conversation.
Strictly retail. When the masses get involved, the expectations always change. That’s the fun thing about art in an informal series in an era of self publishing. Not all of them are good.
In fact, there can be some spectacular failures.
Series I is a succes for the This Giddy Future art project though.
Practice, the effort, willingness to publish mistakes with the same importance of completion – all of it together charts an authentic and transparent journey of small improvements, and celebrates the freedom to enjoy stupid things (if they look cool).
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Charles is an independent motion video & animation producer living in Austin Texas. He creates digital artwork with Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere, Cinema 4D, and various other creative technology tools.
ABOUT THIS GIDDY FUTURE
This Giddy Future is an artist pseudonym for a continuing digital art exploration of various series iterations and collections published on blockchains, social media, and more.
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