The Last Straw

The Last Straw

The Last Straw

About Brad Frederiksen

Engineer and analyst of electro-mechanical and digital systems by day job. Practitioner and student of life and art (broadly construed). View all posts by Brad Frederiksen

11 responses to “The Last Straw

  • tipota

    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.”

  • tipota

    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

    • tipota

      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

    • Brad

      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:)

      • tipota

        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.

      • Brad

        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:


        Narrative is…

  • kathi

    try this,
    also this for getting how it went from abstract expressionism to narrative historically (search abstract narrative painting.)

  • Cynthia Jobin

    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!

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