Sunday, May 25, 2008

Madame Seurat, The Artist Mother '08

In opposition to the original version (1882-83) that was created without using a single line, I transform the picture of Seurat's mother by using only vectors (geometrical primitives) such as points, lines, curves, and polygons; which are all, based upon mathematical equations, and end up representing the image.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Oscar Tusquets
"Dios lo ve"

La arquitectura es un vicio, y es un vicio muy caro.
Es una mujer muy cara, porque una vez que te haz metido en ella es dificil dejarla.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Building Guerrilla

Nike - Crash Ball

Pallalink - Simmetry #9

tjcristo - Disfuncion Erectil

These three images show the transformation of a building (virtual information read and translated by your monitor), prints wanting to be a frozen scenes (that had been change using unconventional methods, emulating a guerrilla act), working as an urban advertisement to shock the masses. The first one, posted by 'briefblog' showing a concept for Nike in Mexico City but apparently never really made it.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Joshua Davis at OFFF - Lisbon

Davis likes Jackson Pollock, not so much for his paintings, more for his approach to gesture. Pollock regarded the process of its creation as art and not so much the final product. Like Pollack, Davis' art is based on gestures, but he relies on technology to create. He designs programs which follow randomly what he draws. He sets the rules and the program takes from there, surprising the artist each time.

According to Davis, computational design is divided in two clans: the purists and the hybrids. The purists are Ben Fry, Casey Reas, John Maeda, Golan Levin, etc. They only use code. The hybrid, like himself, Niko Stumpo, Geoff Lillemon and others blend the code with art works. The artwork is thrown into the swarm system and emerges as a series of art/design works which are all different from the other. The artists defines some parameters such as speed, rotation, indecision and the system maps the drawing according to these lines.

Despite his reliance on programs and codes, Davis still sees his work as being one of an artist: he creates the programs, sets the rules, chooses the colours to use, feeds the program with his own handmade drawings and ideas and at the end of the process he takes the role of the critics by selecting which of the pieces made by the program will be kept or deleted. Davis tips: Look for what you don't see in your immediate environment, you don't have to fly to the other end of the globe to find some source of inspiration, make work for love, not for awards or acceptance, complacency is your enemy, find your own voice, if you are using someone else's you run out of conversation pretty quickly. And work like hell.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

"la cosmogonia" (zabludovsky meado x DALI)...!

(1ra, 2da y 3ra parte):

Dali: -'mi genio'; ni en la pintura, ni en el grabado, ni en la acuarela, ni en las joyas, ni en la litografia, en la "Cos-mo-go-ni-A"
Zabludovsky: -Y que es la cosmogonia maestro?
Dali: -ahhh eso "APRENDELO, aprendelo"....

Saturday, May 3, 2008


Last weekend I spent the afternoon at the Getty, and I was amazed specially with this drawing and what it said: - "Madame Seurat, The Artist Mother 1882-83, without using a single line, Seurat created the form of his mother". - Though Georges Seurat created many portraits of his mother, none have the arresting sense of calm and simplicity seen in this drawing. The drawing possesses an almost mystical aura, combining extreme intimacy and proximity with the equally extreme interiority of the sitter's facial expression. Her puzzling physical presence and psychological stillness is made all the more vaporous and ghostly by the drawing technique Seurat called "irradiation," which avoided distinct lines and represented the subtleties of light and shadow through tones of black crayon. The drawing was surely full of meaning for mother and son. Even after Georges Seurat moved to his own quarters in 1880, he dined with his mother almost every night. Their close relationship and frequent contact meant that he did not need to look far for a subject with whom he was intimately acquainted. Seurat gave this drawing to his mother.