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when the going gets weird,

the weird go pro

famous wisdom from hunter thompson . . .
(who really hasn't written all that well since Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - which was real)

"There's that nice clean well-modeled binary reference turning like a turing test on the old intellectural rotisserie and doing that wonderful compressive thing with that multilayered evolving tube o'fog - and then, whoops! What's that? Looks like a big chloral hydrate! But maybe it's an alternate universe in which big data takes care of the breadpudding in the automat (no, those aren't roaches) and big dada takes parking fees at the Old Abstractionists Home . . . "

"The artist is likely to be looked upon with some uneasiness by the more conservative members of society... It may be a point of great pride to have a Van Gogh on the living room wall, but the prospect of having Van Gogh himself in the living room would put a good many devoted art lovers to rout."

. . . . .Ben Shahn

How many F's in this sentence?

"Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years."

The correct answer is 6. No tricks. Most people find 3. If you're like me, you didn't see the F's in the word "of" which appears three times in the sentence.

Conclusion -- most of what we see is what we're trained to see. Creativity is understanding these patterns and looking for algorithms that allow you to find what you're looking for anyway. Business as usual finds three F's. A disciplined creative person finds six.

"Resolution Desired:" . . . . . From my scanning software.

"Old Fashioned Painting is a Healing Thing:"

. . . From conservation between Ronnie Landfield and Ron Davis.

"The pump don't work; the vandals took the handle."

. . . From a song by Bob Dylan.

The work of the artists dubbed "Abstract Illusionists" heroically dealt with so many painting issues. Sometimes the beauty and lyrical painterly qualities of their work is overshadowed (to the untrained eye) as the observer unravels the visual complexities involved in the abstract depiction of space. Dimension always exists in abstraction, no matter how it may be concealed. It is the ironic honesty of Abstract Illusionism that ranks it among the great "isms" of twentieth century painting.

Andrea Marzell
Los Angeles, CA USA - Sunday, June 15, 1997
. . . Posted to the Abstract-Art Guestbook


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