I am drawing again after years of not being able to do it. I have an Essential Tremor that is now controlled because of a deep brain procedure that I had in September of 2014. I now have two wires embedded in my brain and a battery under my skin on my chest that sends a low voltage current to my brain. The voltage zaps the tremor. Each night I turn off the current to save the battery and return to my former, jittery self. In the morning I turn on the current again and for a few moments I feel the electric charge move down my body and I am cured and could to go again.
Sometime ago I read a book about cave paintings that I can’t get out of my head. And now comes Herzog’s 3D movie, “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” which I saw in Cincinnati in 3D. The book, “The Cave Painters: Probing the Mysteries of the World’s First Artists,” was written by Gregory Curtis. If you are at all interested in the ancient cave painters of France, I highly recommend the book. It’s a fascinating read on many levels.
The first question I am usually asked is how to pronounce the word "gicleé." First, understand that it is a French word. The "g" at the beginning is soft. It sounds like "zhee" instead of the hard "gee" we use in English. The "g" and "i" blend together, the "i" having the long "e" sound. The second syllable "cleé" is pronounced "clay."
In some respect, I feel like a magician who is about to reveal the workings of a hallowed, secret trick. But here it is. Essentially gicleé means inkjet; a gicleé print is an ink-jet print. Depending on the humor of translator, the word literally means "to spit," "to sputter," "to splatter."
I remember a few years ago when the giants in the photography camera business were Kodak and Polaroid, giants that were so entrenched they could never be touched, or so they thought. They disappeared almost overnight and few people under age 30 have heard of them today.
There is a new camera on the horizon that I think is about to unleash a devastating storm on other camera giants like Nikon and Canon. I am sure these giants have great confidence in their products and I suspect they aren’t aware of the storm cloud on the horizon. The new camera is called L16 made by a company called Light. You can find out more about it here . . . https://light.co/camera.
In March, 2015, the Kentucky Commission on Women asked filmmaker Michael Breeding to create an hour-long documentary profiling Kentucky women who have made significant contributions to their state and nation in areas including politics, education, medicine, the arts, athletics and entertainment.
I had one of those "ah-ha" moments sometime ago. I was thinking about the artwork and photography I have done over the last few years.
Early on, I became enamored with the possibilities for digital printmaking and the computer as an art making tool. I even produced and hosted a 12-part series of TV programs that demonstrated how to create art on computers back in 2001. The programs aired on Public Television stations across the country for three years. I knew that inkjet prints would face stiff opposition from galleries and buyers. I thought the process needed to be elevated and legitimized, so I invented a new term for it. I called it "digitography".
A few decades ago, André Malraux wrote a little book titled “Museum Without Walls” and I used it to make a compelling case that art is dead. Malraux thesis was that the industrial age had made it possible to exactly duplicate fine works of art so that people no longer had to flock to the museums of the world to see and appreciate them.
In his view we needed to disconnect the ideas of “original” and “art”. In other words the fact that a piece is an original or part of a limited edition may make it costly, but its cost doesn’t make it art.
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