Artists do what
I wonder what "real" artist do?
It seems that they make series. That's what I read in my research. That's why I now have this website, an art bio, and lots of series work.
I just wonder a lot. Why do some people have gallery shows, why is some art worthy of museums, others not so. I think its context, history, and public opinion that makes certain art valued. Technique?? I browse the California Arts Council site, Artillery Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, and artists' sites, yet I still don't know the magic formula that makes some artists special. I know what I like, such as David Hockney's colorful artwork and his experimentation with different technologies, but why did he get the green light. Everyone wants to write about him, have his artwork, I do. I'm sure other people with equally great art have been overlooked. So maybe it's basically doing the work and luck that is the magic formula for art appreciation.
Initially I was only adding this pic of work I've done. Then somehow I was sidetracked by my mind. This is a pic of my green themed series (back picture). The plan is paint green things that have meaning. Still not sure if this is going anywhere.
Also, I hand-sewed together big balls (front picture) of recycled materials from my clothes and crafting cloth. I ordered a lot of arcade buttons that I soldered to micro controllers pre back surgery 4. Now, ten balls later, I have them cussing when the button is pressed. That's just my recent audio cause cute things doing bad things can be funny. Plus I find cussing oddly cathartic when I'm in pain.
Post Sensory Talk
Love the easy access to live talks. Saves the back. I listened to the speakers at the Art and Olfactory event and snapped pictures off the screen.
Totally inspired by Jacquelyn Ford Morie's talk about a scent collar used in VR experiences. Can't believe their patents haven't created a big market for these, but then again so many smells, how to package them all.
Obviously hard to package natural smells, but that's where the synthetic, molecule derived smell science can really help. The future of smell vacations is in the horizon.
Then there was Dr. Avery Gilbert who seemed to have a lot of experience and appreciation for the sensory craft art movement in Colorado. He spoke about weed, microbrews, crap, and body odor. Who wouldn't love a talk on that. Understated funny interesting perspective.
Also, Chandler Burr, an in your face intense speaker, explained smells from an art history approach. He said things like it's "rough, like a fist in the face" and freely sprinkled the word "fuck" here and there in his talk.. It was great and unexpected. Definitely a contrast to the sweet talking British woman Lizzie Ostrom who talked about what I think was wearing perfume and pulling, then the bizarre hijinks of perfume in the early 1900's of scented snow dropped from a plane, perfume bank checks, and scented bubble machines. SO GLAD I watched these talks - SCIENCE, ART, TECHNOLOGY and personalities.
Interests in Senses
The Institute for Art and Olfaction has always fascinated me but I've never been. THIS weekend at the Hammer, live online broadcasts of their event. LINK
Love that stuff, and that's the reason why I buy way too many books like "The Smell Culture Reader", "The Taste Culture Reader: Experiencing Food and Drink", and books by Marti Guixe´ and Marije Vogelzang. And it all started with Diane Ackerman's "A Natural History of the Senses" and an interest in synesthesia cause it's all too strange and interesting. I still can't forget reading about the amazing smell of Abyssinian cat ball sweat, actually it was said a little different, but that image stuck. So yeah I know it's not really a cat, but more mongoose looking animal and the sweaty excretion is really from its ass adjacent, But cat ball sweat, what an unforgettable image in a young mind. And then that book "Perfume" just took it to another twisted level.
So why I'm mentioning this is because I have an idea for smell o vision/ scratch and sniff project. I can't do anything yet, but I did buy some things to experiment, we'll see how it goes.
Tiff Graham (TiGra) experimenting with ideas