One Huge Display

I had a dream last night that all thousand sketches were printed and mounted onto 8″ square photo blocks and displayed around a huge gallery. The display was for sale for $2,000,000 for the whole set. Half to the dealer.

It looked really good, people loved it, thousands of people were looking very intently at the whole project. I like to think of this as one project, not a lot of separate sketches.

A few thumbnails to get the feel, though they were in one single line in the dream:

Thousand Sketches Video

It is summer and here is a re-run. But you may not have seen it, I hardly did! It was not even linked into my Video Category. I enjoyed watching it, it has inspired me to make a few more. This was first posted October 29 2006, just a month or so into the project. I intended to keep making videos, but just doing the sketches took over my life. The time to bring out some of the best in the project with music, narration & images is still ahead! Even more I’d like to make them about the stuff I am doing now. Stay tuned.

The video re-captures for me how my journey into art began. If I say so myself I like the closing line, “What I want has very little to do with it.”

My first Thousand Sketches video on YouTube

Prints with Aura

I am reading Walter Benjamin. He seems to think that in the age of mechanical reproduction art looses its AURA.

Aside: We are not in that mechanical age, so much creativity is virtual.

My images are open source, and I think that if others print them then there is less “aura” than in the signed limited editions? Is there?

We are flooded with images and even art, does that degrade aura? It is a time of some art having something, due to the millions it is sold for. Is that aura? Is celebrity status aura? (Benjamin thinks we hype the celebrity thing up because auras are on the decline) (He also thinks the loss of aura is a good thing as the masses can have more art – strange essay).

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What happens as you comment or link to an image? Copy it to your blog? Does the communal context build new aura? I like some of the work other bloggers do and have it on my wall! Is there aura there? They are not signed works, would that help?

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I make images (by hand on a Tablet PC) & then I make prints with a printer and sign them in graphite. The mechanical and the hand-made intertwine in one object. I have acquired the tools and the skills to do that and have a sense of pride with each successful print. It is not re-production, but production. There is no original. I like that they are in limited editions of 25. A also like that the name, say “#1000 Departing Force” is enough of an identifier to lead you via google to the virtual image, and to the write up on the blog, and the comments. I like it that there can be an ever growing conversation about the image, by people who experience it I diverse ways. The conversation is part of the art work. My prints are interactive art!!

So I think aura is alive and well in this post-mechanical age, and I think it is a good thing. And I like it that auras are a totally indefinable thing!

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That seemed like a good note to finish on, but another idea jumped up.

Do my prints have aura because I say so? No way. Maybe that helps, but to have aura I there is a list of things that go on, and they are all needed, and there are some I can’t even name, but here is a list:

Innovation, skill, relevance, presentation, networking, beauty, authenticity, context, fashion, luck, and promotion.

To have another go at a conclusion:

The Thousand Sketches aura is growing!

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#1000 Departing Force

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For the vertical to descend it departs as it returns.

So this is 1000. Thanks for your appreciation, encouragement involvement. So many people have cheered me on. Thank you!

Later

I will continue to post here about the Thousand Sketches as the project continues to transform itself though I will not be adding sketches. You can stay in touch by subscribing to the feed for Thousand Sketches.

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This image is now featured in the Walter Logeman: Gallery

Newsletter Coming up!

I will send out the Thousand Sketches Monthly Newsletter in the next few days.

They might be more than monthly for a while, I am on the home run. 60 more to go. I am noticing how I want to not waste any, as if there are key ones to do and not to be missed. What the hell are they? Just more of what I already do I think, but I am open to requests & comments.

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Prints on Show – November 2007

 

 

 

 

YOU ARE INVITED!

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Walter Logeman’s Thousand Sketches project is coming to its conclusion.
There will be a selection of prints on show during the month of November
including, at some time during the month, print #1000.

Prints will be for sale.

Opening: Monday 5 November
5.30 pm Viewing: Drinks & Nibbles
6.30 pm – A conversation about the project with Walter

Savoy Brown Café 143 High Street.

Thanks to Kate (from Savoy Brown) for the use of the space!

 

 

 

 

 

Form

I had a lovely conversation with Christine, a friend. After I’d been chatting about Thousand Sketches for a while she reflected back I had a fascination with form.

She is right, I had never seen that so sharply. I am more fascinated by the form than the content. I like the shape of a sonnet. I’ll sketch it now!

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The canvas is a form. The blog is a form. The limited edition print is a form. (for all the artificial limitation in the digital age) .

Form is a wondrous thing. The medium is the message.

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Shakespeare follows:

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Works on paper by West Coast Potter – reflections on stuff

I have seen his pots, but seeing his works on paper draws me in closer. I saw one at the Arthouse recently and made a note to look online for more.

John Crawford, Hector Pottery.

I would like to make a trip to the coast just to see these. The motivation is stuff. My interest in the physical. I want to see how people make prints and works on paper to see how I might translate (now there is a word!) my “templates”. There is another word.

(In ship building there is a early version before they make the mold, what do they call that? It might even be a sort of negative… hmmm my digital files are like negatives. )

Anyway I like his work, the content and the form.

An image follows.

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Curtailed

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I can think “arm move” and it does. There are people who have lost or never had that ability. I have lost the ability to sketch on my screen like I used to. Temporarily, frustrating rather than a tragedy. I have also possibly lost the last few sketches – and the originals of a few more, I’ll hear tomorrow.

Firstly more about this sketch which was done with a pen on a digital pad, and then some reflections on evolution.

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About once a month I sum up what I’ve been doing here, share some thoughts and add links to the highlights. I will also let you know about the exhibition that is coming up.

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Made physical

Born digital & made physical…

Below are some photos of the studio, stuff being made. But that is not all, I have some canvasses being put on stretchers by Don, and some images being printed by Jeff

I am devising more physical forms. Making stuff is great. Will post pix when the items are done. Here are photos of the printing I do myself:

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We had a great Celebration!

Savoy Brown is a lovely place for a gathering of friends & to put up art. Thanks to everyone who came, and for such warm comments about the work. One I appreciated, and several people made it, was that there has been development in my work. I think so, but it is hard to know.

In addition to the computer slide shows, plenty of prints on the wall and my folders on view I had three 1.2 meter wide canvasses on the wall:

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They were hot off the press today and looked stunning. They scaled up really well.

I am pleased that I took a few orders.

If anyone has some photos from the night I’d love a copy!

Thanks again Simon, Sara, Bona, Kate for all the good work.

Half Way

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11″ x 8.5″ image on 13″ x 19″ archival matte paper.

It was not really half way on the walk, but it is a nice title for the sketch anyway. And it is half way through the 1000 – I may be a bit behind, but pleased to have made it thus far.

On a recent walking trip with friends from to Sumner to Taylors Mistake and back.

Ralph Hotere

A sketch of Ralph Hotere, one of my favourite artists. I was at a Papergraphica the day I did this, learnt about their amazing work place, looked at a bunch wonderful work including Hotere lithographs.

Got immersed & that prompted me to sketch from a video I had out.

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Later:
I thought I’d said more here about Hotere at the time, but, no. I will add more. Firstly some images. And links.

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Thumbnails for April 2007

Here are the sketches posted in April 2007. I have included the ones that I posted just after midnight, as they belong with the closing theme for the month.

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Click on the image again for the larger version (use back button in the browser to return to the blog).

Use the Thumbnail link on the right to explore all images.

Pelican in Flight

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The abstract emergence is interrupted by a sketchblog item. This is from the time in Australia, by the beach in Narrabeen travelling with Josh & Amy. More from that time coming up. A journal and a blog about our trip, frustratingly delayed. And even as I write there are sketches of the mountain brewing. Mt. Lyford is glowing outside as I write I I want to capture those moods.

I have added the Sketchblog Category, and will update the whole blog retrospectively. There, done, I now have a sketchblog for 2006-7 year of the sketch. What qualifies posts for this category? They reflect my life as I sketch it, outer life & inner life. Hmmm, they all do that… perhaps it is to do with my purpose, these are a journal of travels, even in my own circles.

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Forming, becoming & docking slowly into the landing site

Here is a quote from “Tarzan Presley” by Nigel Cox – enjoying it right now. Page 54:

Edgar Rice Burroughs once remarked, with reference to Tarzan, that a new thought was like rain – you can sense it’s on the way.

I’ve wondered about this. I think I know what he meant.
You grasp something, and your whole head lights up, it’s like your brain being born again. But then, if you reflect, you see that you had been aware of this possibility, this new arrangement of the facts of the world, and had cleared a space for it in your thinking. Like a mighty space craft, dewy from its long voyage across the dark, it docks slowly – shudders a little as it fits perfectly nto the landing site. As you study it you see that it’s been a long time oming.

I thought of of this project of course. The image of the spaceship fits. I like “long voyage across the dark”. It is taking me places and it is a big thing with its own momentum and monumentum!

The idea of “monumental” is strong in the writing & work of Louis Kahn, architect, whose book I was reading at the start of Thousand Sketches. I would love to see some of his buildings & may do so. I have been looking on the Net & sketching from a photo I did not take, breaking my rule. Monumental for Kahn means that it clearly speaks of what it is, a school is a worthy addition to the many schools that make up our notion of school, it is a strong statement in that conversation. These are my words to say how I think of monumental, but I think I get Kahn when he speaks.

My desire is that this project speaks like that in some way. My fear is that it does not. I would like it to slowly, but fully “dock”.

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My quote from Cox also applies to any one sketch.

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Back at work

I have been back in my office for a while but it seems that the year is now fully kicked in. Keeping the sketches going will be quite a challenge – one that I will meet – I am committed and have a lot of energy for it. Another area of my work life is doing psychotherapy online. That is also building up again for the year.

Psychotherapy Online – I have opened my book for new clients – it has been closed for most of 2006 as I had a full case load.

I have a bunch of sketches to post, maybe later tonight!

Concept Art – Duchamp – Podcast

Podcast inspired by listening to one on chess, which suddenly had a bit about Marcel Duchamp, which I am quoting * in this one.

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I am on the road & posting this Рand the previous dream images which I did at various times during th day Рfrom when I woke up and caught them. from a great caf̩ in Fairlie Рgood broadband! Who would have thought.

* The bit I quote is from here.

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December 28th: “The Immortal Game: A History of Chess”
This interview with David Shenk, author of “The Immortal Game: A History of Chess” deserves a second listen, so it’s our Editor’s Choice for today. He spoke to the guest host of The Current, Derek Stoffel.

What a day! – Collage – George – Edward – Christchurch Art Gallery – Picasso – and a word from the project.

Planned a collage for #233

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Had lunch with George, we talked a lot of art. He is now doing the 14 stations of the cross, abstract, acrylic. Makes sense as he is a Christian Atheist. (Which reminded me that Llew Summers has done sculptures for the Catholic Church here in Christchurch – must go and see them.)

Caught up with Edward and we jointly signed “Just as you are” and he has a great art plan on that theme, which I won’t reveal here – Edward, do it!!

Then I went to the Local Christchurch Art Gallery:

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The Giacometti which I have seen, is still on but I did not go there – saw a few other things which inspired me, more on that later as I do some sketches & I’ll attribute the inspirations. AND did sketch #253, which I will post up in the next post. It is a bit of a hoot, as it is a rubbing, not a digital sketch! Not even really my work, but what are rules for?

Followed by a movie on Picasso,

Picasso: Magic, Sex and Death
Three short films in which John Richardson, Picasso’s friend and biographer, sets the record straight about one of the 20th century’s greatest artists. (156 minutes)

Interesting & inspiring, good to see so much of his work, the main thing I got from it was that he saw himself as a shaman, and his art as voodoo magic. Now there is a thought, talk about conceptual art. Its not so alien, as I figure this thing here as alchemy. First mooted in this post. In that post too is the question I live with “What does Thousand Sketches want?”

Today I heard something loud & clear from the project, a realisation… but I am keeping quiet for now. It was a private conversation.

All art is conceptual art

Another idea that clarified in the podcast. The concept may not be conscious or articulated, but retrospectively it can be seen as something wanting to be born. Just as I can ask “what does this project want?” what is in it’s conception, we could ask that of anyone’s work. I am not thinking of each painting, but of the project… all those paintings of van Gogh spread around the world, and with a museum of their own… it is a sort of installation, institution.

I liked listening to Edward as this question led him from the lemon through the Zen brush strokes back to the lemon. It is all about a vitality in the stroke… it has either got it or it hasn’t.

The concept here in Thousand Sketches? Exploring the psyche in cyberspace – I found it very liberating to realise that a month or two back. What does it mean more specifically?

Some pointers in these words:

Variety – philogeny – evolution – recapitulation

Autobiography – unconscious

Conversation

Global – local – national

Technology – medium – nature

Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny

This is really more show notes for the podcast we did yesterday.

Wikipedia

Ontogeny is the growth (size change) and development (shape change) of an individual organism; phylogeny is the evolutionary history of a species. Haeckel’s recapitulation theory claims that the development of the individual of every species fully repeats the evolutionary development of that species. Otherwise put, each successive stage in the development of an individual represents one of the adult forms that appeared in its evolutionary history. Haeckel formulated his theory as such: “Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny”. This notion later became simply known as recapitulation.

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It applies in some cases in biology but I love how it makes sense of something in art. And I feel a licence to recapitulate, which without legitimacy or consciousness I have found a bit depressing.