The Last Straw
i like that you stuck to a b&w spectrum, grey shading i find using b&w imagery informs the use of color, it’s like a prerequisite to understanding color
there’s a genre “abstract narrative” that this might fall under, though the term is used for painting mostly, so maybe “abstract narrative digital” which would be called “a.n.d.” with a subset “origination random” so it would be
“a.n.d. – o.r.”
ps. i really like that the thin line changes color, that just does so much! i bet you saw/liked/chose – sometimes it’s those little things that make the decisions feel right – would like to know how that happened, it’s cool, but we dont always get to know how it happens exactly anyway
it kind of changes tone, or dot sequence if not actually color, it gives the impression of a depth shift of light, the top right extension there of that line
The line is a side effect of using Audacity to ‘silence’ the wave pattern of the bitmap header. When I restore the bitmap header later, the silenced part becomes part of the RGB sequence – basically a string of 7F and FF hex values. When I rotated the image to put the central figure upright, the line just fell into place. It made me laugh to see him pointing at it and steaming like “how many times have I told you not to leave your bicycle in the driveway!” hahaha.
I played around with the colors a bit before settling on the mostly grayscale; the lighting and dimensionality of it works much better in that form to my eye. At one point I tried to color the line brightly green but that was disappointing too. I nicked a pixel out of it during the process – which gave it that tiny shift that you noticed. Amazing you noticed it! Thanks, Kathi:)
it’s funny about noticing things – but to me it would be hard not to notice it, because it’s there clearly, and it stopped my eye and seemed intentional. ie, important. and i can visualize why if green it wouldnt have worked as well, it’s just this sort of thing that makes a picture interesting to me – the subtlety of it, while it “says something” to me. that’s so right on pointe re the way abstract and abstract narrative work. you “see” things, they resonate with something, you get a communication.
I love your “a.n.d. – o.r.” That should definitely be a genre, at least if there must be such a thing as genre:)
Are there any online resources about abstract narrative you can point me to? I’d love to have a read. Google can’t seem to handle the request; they keep pointing me to promising looking essays that turn out to begin:
also this for getting how it went from abstract expressionism to narrative historically (search abstract narrative painting.)
my links didnt work:
Thanks, Kathi. Those links are great. Looking forward to expanding my awareness and vocabulary in this dept. The Mary Heilman video at art21 wouldn’t play for me – damned zone restrictions! But I found a cool interview at http://bombmagazine.org/article/2214/mary-heilmann during my extended searching. It’s quite a refreshing conversation.
As a complete ignoramus about databending and glitch art, I am a simple viewer…but your title for this one gives me a good chuckle!
I’m pleased it gave you a chuckle, Cynthia. Thank you for visiting and viewing!
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