T. Wendell Peek ~ Ellen's Bouquet

T. Wendell Peek ~ Ellen’s Bouquet

I have no doubt that Man Ray, the great Dadaist, painter, photographer, thinker, and lover of women, would have embraced making art with an iPhone with same level of obsession, creativity, and experimentation that we find today within our iphonic art community. We are part of a great continuum.

Looking at Wendell’s picture tonight, it really hit me how much of an undercurrent of Dada, its mad mix of humor and the macabre, we find in iphonic art.

Man Ray said:

l paint what cannot be photographed, and l photograph what l do not wish to paint. lf it is a portrait that interests me, a face, or a nude, I will use my camera. It is quicker than making a drawing or a painting. But if it is something I cannot photograph, like a dream or a subconscious impulse I have to resort to drawing or painting.

To express what I feel I use the medium best suited to express that idea, which is also always the most economical one.

I am not at all interested in being consistent as a painter, and object-maker or a photographer. I can use several different techniques, like the old masters who were engineers, musicians and poets at the same time. I have never shared the contempt shown by painters for photography: there is no competition involved, painting and photography are two media engaged in different paths. There is no conflict between the two.

As quoted in Man Ray : The Rigour of Imagination (1977) by Arturo Schwarz, p. 12


I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. I photograph the things that I do not wish to paint, the things which already have an existence.

As quoted in an interview “Man Ray: Photographer” published in Camera (1981) edited by Philippe Sers)

In iphonic art we have the amazing blending of photography, painting, and digital manipulation. There is no competition, only synthesis and expansion.

Man Ray also said:

I have been accused of being a joker. But the most successful art to me involves humor.

As quoted in an interview “Man Ray: Photographer” published in Camera (1981) edited by Philippe Sers

I think he would have loved P1xels. No shortage of like-minded jokers around here, thank you.

And my favorite Man Ray quote, for tonight, anyway:

“All critics should be assassinated.”

Are You Experienced? by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

If you can just get your mind together
then come across to me
We’ll hold hands an’ then we’ll watch the sun rise
from the bottom of the sea
But first

Are You Experienced?
Ah! Have you ever been experienced?
Well, I have

I know, I know
you’ll probably scream n’ cry
That your little world won’t let go
But who in your measly little world are trying to prove that
You’re made out of gold and can’t be sold

So-er, Are You Experienced?
Ah! Have you ever been experienced?
Well, I have

Ah, let me prove it to you

Trumpets and violins I can hear in the distance
I think they’re calling our names
Maybe now you can’t hear them, but you will
if you just take hold of my hand

Ah! But Are You Experienced?
Have you ever been experienced?

Not necessarily stoned, but beautiful