To fully appreciate what’s going on here you have to begin with the post about Ellsworth Kelly that I posted here, and work forwards.
Using the same hardware paint sample squares, I’ve taken and covered some of the interior colors up with other squares, layering them in various ways. The result produces rectangles of many shapes, strong contrasts between light and dark and/or warm and cool colors, and narrow vertical bands of color that play off against the bulkier more squarish shapes. The final image is produced in a camera. I just arrange the squares and then unarrange them — which means that the great work of art thus produced is forever lost to those high-rolling collectors who might have desired to own them. Que sera sera. (I’ll be happy, of course, to reproduce any of these on commission. The price for one of these better-than-Ellsworth-Kelly pieces is only 8 million dollars. Quite a bargain. That’s half what one pays for a Damien Hirst.)
Anyway, since the image exists chiefly in the camera’s digital memory and upon your computer screen, it means that it can be manipulated in one’s software. I rotated the image until I found the orientation I liked best. One could also reverse it, change the colors and jazz it up in lots of ways, playing to one’s heart’s content.
And I hope your heart is content. However, I think your hands should have something useful to offer as well. The next image will take us back into the mists of time to when people made things by hand. Or back to memories of kindergarten. Same thing. Children are savages. But they can teach us all the savage pleasures, such as crayoning and drawing for the pure joy of it.
So, next post. The plot thickens. Remember, we’re on a journey looking for “real art.”