A question that has been asked, since who knows, the beginning of time, or might that be the industrial revolution… is it possible for a budding, or even a not so novice artist, to make a living from their art, without the need for a day job? For a fortunate few, the answer is yes.
I used dread something I called the “Rock Star Hangover.” The RSH occurred when I would be out playing a show at night, sometimes to hundreds of people, basking in the adulation of the crowd, getting free drinks, making new friends, and generally being treated like a champ into the wee hours of the evening, only to lug my gear into the car, go home, wake up early and shuffle like a zombie into an office I hated and go back to being treated like the same old nobody I had been the day before. It sucked, hard, and I predictably hated a good chunk of my life.
Swedish photographer Erik Johansson’s idea to create the surface of a lake using shattered mirrors, that is titled Impact, was intriguing enough, but the behind the scenes video clip that records the work being produced is equally fascinating.
A new work by seventeenth century Dutch painter Rembrandt? Sort of. Through a visual study of his existing paintings, together with the aid of some learning algorithms, a painting, that “averages” Rembrandt’s previous works, has been created.
Lately, a handful of well-read visual artists have looked to book design – specifically, the classic covers of the 20th century – as a source of raw material and inspiration. Some paint book covers straight up, carefully replicating type and illustration, as well as the marks of wear and tear on particular copies. Others alter existing designs or invent their own jackets and titles. It’s surely no coincidence that artists are choosing the book as a subject in this era of new reading technologies.
I see nothing but tyres, as far as the eye can see… that’s Heavy Sea, by Barcelona based artist Pejac. We are told that no CGI, or other image manipulation, went into its production. If that’s not making a statement about what you can see, what is?