*Whew!* The next six weeks are going to be rough--regular course readings, four short papers, two discussions, two research designs, and three take-home final exams! I'm looking forward to this summer to catch up on independent research, which I will of course share here.
As stated in my about page, this site has two purposes: a place to share my research interests with like-minded individuals, and a place to (eventually) share my abstract and expressionist art. My wife thinks I'm a nut for posting on two opposed topics, and perhaps she's right. However, I don't see the efficiency is building two separate sites, and I want my readers to know I'm not just a military officer, just a student and just an artist. After all, my work influences my art, and art helps me think creatively for work--a "whole-person" concept.
I finally have a rough portfolio together, but need to edit the pics (especially for glare): slow going right now, given my near-term class schedule. But as an added bonus, by taking reference photographs for new paintings I've also collected a small portfolio of abstract photos which stand well on their own! Never thought I'd get into photography (I prefer drawing mediums), but figure I have nothing to lose in soliciting feedback on a new medium. Anyways, If I don't have a portfolio posted by mid-May, I've grossly miscalculated.
For now, I found an interesting article on Artdaily.org (tying it all back to the IT angle):
Have you ever walked past a questionable piece of street art or visited a contemporary art gallery where you were unsure if something was part of the exhibition? As of this week, iPhone users can visit the Apple App Store and download a FREE application that will help them make sense of their artistic surroundings.
The Mattress Factory, a museum of contemporary installation art, and Deeplocal, a design and innovation studio, both based in Pittsburgh, have partnered to develop the “Is This Art?” iPhone application. Using the iPhone’s camera, users snap a picture of something they think might be art and the application instantly delivers the results. Users can also upload their images and results to a website, http://isthisart.org, where anyone can comment, react and share the images on social networks like Twitter and Facebook. CONTINUED
Of course, some artists give you the gimlet eye if you photograph their work, especially without permission; but I like the share and comment idea behind this application. Still, nothing beats getting out of the house and looking at art in livid, Reality 1.0 goodness, but I'm certainly supportive of an app that gets art in front of a wider set of eyeballs.
By the way, if you're interested in following art news Artdaily.org publishes a great daily newsletter (and free, too). Here's the subscription page link if you're interested (I'm not a paid sponsor--just a fan).