{en vedette} Barbara duBois ~ Alternative Landscape XCV

Sand and Foam by Donovan

The sun was going down behind a tattoo tree
And the simple act of an oar’s stroke put diamonds in the sea
And all because of the phosphorus there in quantity
As I dug you digging me in Mexico

There in the Valley of Scorpio beneath the cross of jade
Smoking on a seashell pipe the gypsies had made
We sat and we dreamed awhile of smugglers bringing wine
That crystal, thought time in Mexico

Sitting in a chair of bamboo sipping grenadine
Straining my eyes for a surfacing submarine
Kingdoms of ants walk across my feet
I’m a-shaking in my seat in Mexico

Grasshoppers creaking in the velvet jungle night
Microscopic circles in the fluid of my sight
Watching a black-eyed native girl cut and trim the lamp
Valentino vamp in Mexico

The sun was going down behind a tattoo tree
And the simple act of an oar’s stroke put diamonds in the sea
And all because of the phosphorus there in quantity
As I dug you digging me in Mexico.

The Very Early Days Of Pixels and the Global iPhoneographic Movement, Part 3 ~ Showtime!

Opening night, January 30, 2010.

If you haven’t read the first two parts, here are The Early Years of Pixels, Part 1 and Part 2.

As I mentioned, the publication of the little article about our Giorgi show in the New York Times accelerated the flow of submissions as we entered the new year. We had removed the $5 entry fee, but still limited the submissions to five pictures per person.

Here is a link to the month of January 2010. I’m not sure if I have all eight hundred entries in there, but you can get an excellent idea about the kind of work people were doing back then, as well as the diversity of subject matter and the distribution of talent!

As I’ve mentioned, Maia and I would go through the pictures every day, rapt in wonder. I made a folder for each artist who submitted and saved the images. The deadline for the show for submissions was January fifteenth and on that day we had about eight hundred submissions.

We had decided to show two hundred pictures, printed on 10″x10″ heavy Strathmore bright white watercolor board paper. I prepared a slideshow with numbered images and a multi-page ballot with corresponding numbers. Ray invited some local art people and I invited a couple friends with art backgrounds to be judges. Including Rae, Maia, and myself, we had a total of eleven judges.

We convened in the gallery on the evening of January 17, 2010.

Chairs set up for the jury, ballot sheets on the chairs.

We projected the images on the wall and everybody voted, marking the ones they liked on the ballots.

Images projected on the wall for voting.

The next day, Rae and I tallied the votes and I went home to lay out the winning images for printing on large sheets. I was most gratified that some of my pictures made the cut!

Rae came up with a really clever idea for displaying the images with 10″x10″ square prints, cutting slots into 1″x2″ pine boards. We printed images 6″ x 4″ landscape and portrait, and 5″x5″ square. Below is the show.

Before Rae had a chance to print all the images (I think we were getting twelve images per sheet), there was a torrential rainstorm that flooded the gallery and short-circuited the printer’s power supply. This was just a few days before the show was to open. This was catastrophic, to state the obvious. I had to scramble to find a printer who could turn around the job, but I did.

Our opening night party was January 30, 2010. My friend, Grant Hazard, played lovely haunting piano. We had a fair turn out. It was a lot of fun.

Here are a couple shots of the exhibit. I’ve always thought Rae’s idea was an elegant as well as very cost effective solution. I resurrected it a few years later for the “Third Wave” show, also at the Giorgi.

At night, we had a movie slide show of all the entries playing in the front window.

And so, the iphoneographic art movement was officially launched into the world!

As I have endeavored to do with every show I have ever mounted, I sat in the gallery, Wednesday through Sunday, noon to six. Maybe it was ten to six, I can’t remember. My motivation was threefold: I was there to answer questions I knew people would be asking; I wanted to watch the reaction to the work first hand; and of course I was hoping I could encourage people to buy prints (at $50 apiece).

What I remember so vividly was the visceral reaction people had to the pictures. They loved them. And I began to hear that same exclamation that I still hear today, even after a decade of work promoting the medium:

“I can’t believe these were made on an iPhone!”

I can assure you that, had I not seen the positive reactions nor heard the effusive and glowing praise for our tiny prints as presented in a tiny gallery at the foot of the Berkeley hills through February of 2010, over and over again, from the very beginning I would not have followed the path that was unfolding before me, unaware of it though I was at the time.

After the submissions deadline for the show passed, I wasn’t sure what to do with the site. I didn’t think that anybody would be interested in submitting pictures unless there was a reason to do so, like an upcoming gallery show. I did get some emails, and some pictures, but for the most part, between the fifteenth and the end of January, we were completely focused on

On January 17, I received four pictures from Matt Atkins. I thought they were pretty funny at the time. I still do, but I miss TiltShift Generator, a great early app, now long gone.

Matt wrote: Hey Knox, I know it’s probably going to be a late night for you, so I decided to send you a few test pics. I just downloaded a brand new free app that just hit the App Store tonight by Kuixotiq called “I Run My Mouth.” Few people I know would understand iPhone photography humor but I’m sure you’ll get a small chuckle from these. I made these a couple minutes ago. Enjoy! -Matt (original post here)

I also heard from a developer in Bosnia who offered me an app for the site that would allow people to upload images directly and could then be published manually by me. He would do it for free if he could keep the two dollars from the sale of the app.

On January 27, 2010, I launched pixelsatanexhibition.com. It had taken me a while to get the domain. I forget why.

Here is a video I made that had all the pictures that were actually in the show.

And here is a random sampling of submissions to the show:

Okay, that’s enough for now.

My next article will be about Marty Yawnick, whose venerable website, LifeInLoFi.com, just passed the ten-year mark in September.

And then I will cover the Oakbook Gallery Show that opened in May of 2010. Things were starting to get interesting.

{sunday} Nico Brons ~ Lost in your Mind

“The drug of love was no escape, for in its coils lie latent dreams of greatness which awaken when men and women fecundate each other deeply. Something is always born of man and woman lying together and exchanging the essences of their lives. Some seed is always carried and opened in the soil of passion. The fumes of desire are the womb of man’s birth and often in the drunkeness of caresses history is made, and science, and philosophy. For a woman, as she sews, cooks, embraces, covers, warms, also dreams that the man taking her will be more than a man, will be the mythological figure of her dreams, the hero, the discoverer, the builder….Unless she is the anonymous whore, no man enters woman with impunity, for where the seed of man and woman mingle, within the drops of blood exchanged, the changes that take place are the same as those of great flowing rivers of inheritance, which carry traits of character from father to son to grandson, traits of character as well as physical traits. Memories of experience are transmitted by the same cells which repeated the design of a nose, a hand, the tone of a voice, the color of an eye. These great flowing rivers of inheritance transmitted traits and carried dreams from port to port until fulfillment, and gave birth to selves never born before….No man and woman know what will be born in the darkness of their intermingling; so much besides children, so many invisible births, exchanges of soul and character, blossoming of unknown selves, liberation of hidden treasures, buried fantasies…”

― Anaïs Nin, The Four-Chambered Heart: V3 in Nin’s Continuous Novel

Happy Sunday.

Steve Roach LiveNov 2, 2019 All Souls Weekend

The All Souls Procession is perhaps one of the most important, inclusive and authentic public ceremonies in North America today. A myriad of altars, performers, installation art and creatives of all kinds collaborate for almost half the year to prepare their offerings for this amazing event. The All Souls Procession, and now the entire All Souls weekend is a celebration and mourning of the lives of our loved ones and ancestors.

A list of all the artists who submitted pictures for the first Giorgi show. (December 5, 2009—January 15, 2010)

Warren Hukill, 2009. I cannot imagine why this picture didn’t make it into the show! But I was just one vote out of eleven on the committee.

This list goes with the third part of the Early Days of Pixels and the Global iPhonic Art Movement.

As I have mentioned many times, I saw in this group a handful of artists working within the limitations of the terrible iPhone camera and those buggy early apps to create very personal works of art and, later, when I decided to keep Pixels going, I intuitively knew these were the people I would want to attract to the site.

A number of these artists are still around, still making iPhone art. There are several who would make my life very difficult over the next few years, but more about that later.

  1. 14 (aka Erin)
  2. abe dashner
  3. Adam Radman
  4. Ale di Gangi
  5. Alex Kessiner
  6. Alex Racanelli
  7. Alexander Manning
  8. Alfredo Lietor
  9. Amy Fichter
  10. Ana Salas
  11. Andre Chanco
  12. Andy
  13. Andy Royston
  14. Andy2
  15. Anna Todovich
  16. Anthony Seklauoi
  17. Antonio Cominotto
  18. Antonio Conte Aversa
  19. arrowbass
  20. Audrey Kral
  21. Benjamin Riollet
  22. blythe
  23. Bob Sprankle
  24. Bonnie Breed
  25. Brad Jackson
  26. Bradley Jackson
  27. Candice Jones
  28. Charles Clutter
  29. Charles Maclauchlan
  30. Colin Brown
  31. Colin Vincent
  32. Corry Blanc
  33. Dan Marcolina
  34. Dana Robinson
  35. Daniel Dod
  36. Danny Goodman
  37. darja.kruzhkova@gmail.com
  38. darrell williams
  39. David de la O
  40. Denise
  41. Denny Mui
  42. Devon Akmon
  43. Dharma Akmon
  44. Dick Wong
  45. Dixon Hamby
  46. Dominique Jost
  47. Eck, Donna
  48. Eden
  49. Elinor Schwob
  50. Elizabeth Crum
  51. Erik Nidy
  52. Evan Doll
  53. Fabio De Vincentiis
  54. Fabio Tacchini
  55. Felix Sim
  56. Filip Ławiński
  57. Fong Qi Wei
  58. Frederico Motta
  59. Funky Love Bunny
  60. Gary Ford
  61. Gavin Brown
  62. Gil Riego
  63. Giovanni Savino
  64. gordon fraser 
  65. Greg Schmiegel
  66. Hans de Kort
  67. Helene Goldberg
  68. holli@enginestudio.org
  69. Holly Webster
  70. ilya
  71. iphonography
  72. Ivan Sciupac
  73. Jack Sarfatti
  74. Jaime Ferreyros
  75. Jan Smith
  76. Jan Watten
  77. Jason Parks
  78. Jeb Dickerson
  79. Jennifer Ford
  80. Jeremy Edwards
  81. Jeremy Segal
  82. Jerry Davis
  83. Joaquin Novak-Zarate
  84. Joel Freeborn
  85. Joey Brunelle
  86. John Painter
  87. John Suarez
  88. Jon Betts
  89. Jon Del Barrio
  90. Jonathan Gurule
  91. Jordi V. Pou
  92. Josh Mobley
  93. Joy Calo
  94. Julien Calamote
  95. Justin Dallegret
  96. Justin Langhorst
  97. Karl Sonnenberg
  98. Kat Starcher
  99. Katie Danielson
  100. Kay Frederick
  101. Keith Weaver
  102. Ken Pape
  103. Keturah Davis
  104. Khaliph young
  105. Kit Chan
  106. Knox Bronson
  107. Koalazy Monkey
  108. Kristen Stutherd
  109. Kurt Godwin
  110. Lauren Bernsen
  111. LiPo Ching
  112. Ludovico Guadagni
  113. Maia Panos
  114. Marco Yuen
  115. Margo Rivera-Weiss
  116. MARIA SKAHAROVA
  117. mariia.sakharova
  118. Mark Attenberg
  119. Martin Aggett
  120. Marty Yawnick
  121. Matt Bango
  122. Matthew Akins
  123. Matthias Vlasits
  124. Mattias & Christian
  125. Meg Huff
  126. Melissa Schwartz
  127. Michael Arkin
  128. Michael Corrales
  129. Michael Kemp
  130. Michael McWatters
  131. Mickey Huff
  132. Mike Krieger
  133. Mike Pouliot
  134. mikel rouse
  135. Miss Pixels
  136. Morgan Miranda
  137. Moudy Elkammash
  138. mskvasik@gmail.com
  139. Nathaniel Cordova
  140. Nicholas Vedrenne
  141. Ninunu Kuruppu
  142. Parker Lanting
  143. Patrick Lewis
  144. Paul Feyen
  145. Paul Newell
  146. Payas Chetri
  147. Rae Douglass
  148. renzoverleysen@me.com
  149. Robert Barr
  150. Robert Murray
  151. Rodel binauro
  152. Roger Gilbert
  153. Roman Red
  154. Ryan Notch
  155. Samantha Cofino
  156. Sandrine Grosjean
  157. Scott Morgan
  158. Scott Raffe
  159. Sean Somers
  160. Seth Hubbard
  161. Seth Jacobs
  162. Shawn Boukhaert
  163. Simon Alejandro
  164. Simon Marussi
  165. Skip Hunt
  166. Stephan Pearce
  167. Stephanie Chappe
  168. Suzan Mikiel Kennedy
  169. Sylvia Krivickova 
  170. Tara Petrenka
  171. Teiva Bodereau
  172. Thala Pradheep
  173. Thomas Bramwell
  174. Tod Kapke
  175. Tommy Lee White
  176. Torsten Geyer
  177. Touffi
  178. Trevor Calvert
  179. Valerie Ardini
  180. Victor Rospars
  181. Warren Hukill
  182. Wendy J.N. Lee
  183. Wendy Kawabata
  184. Will Reddy
  185. Yves Timmermans

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