Thursday, November 8, 2007

You were all so generous...










































Oh, you were all so generous with your insights earlier this week...I still need to address it all.
If anyone is still paying attention, here is another question for ya. Does anything here work for you? Single image or diptych or neither? Multiple choice:

a. No, they are simply scans of sheets of paper. Please leave your desk and take some real photos.

b. Yes, deep mining of the subconcious. Thank you for enlightening me.

c. Sorry, I still don't get any of this.

14 comments:

max s. gerber said...

uh. . .i'll go with A, with an amendment:

a) yes, they are simply scans of sheets of paper. please leave your desk and take some real photos and/or find some more sheets of paper somewhere.

i dunno. i like the "beware" scan. i think i like it better on it's own, actually. (no diptych) care to comment on the origins of the crumpled warning? i'm guessing it was a message from angered anthropomorphized hard-shelled candies. just a guess, though.

Anonymous said...

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jesse h said...

i like the beware scan by its lonesome. it feels more alone and vacant that way to me.

Bob said...

I like the diptych better. the "falling" teletubby and upside down text are nice. I just wish the scans had more negative space around them like your previous objects on the scanner did. They feel a bit more like photographs than scans of the objects when cropped so tightly.

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Timothy Archibald said...

Max, Jesse, Bob, Anonymous & Anonymous---Thanks so much for playing along here. Max you wrote the longest essay last time, so you get extra credit, as you were expecting.

The paper that says "beware" was created by my eldest son and placed on his door to keep his brother out, implying that there was something dangerous in his room. The small envelope with the green teletubbie sticker on it was given to me as a gift a few years back. It contained a pill or some bud or something that was supposed to help me deal with things....kind of as a joke.

Gotta agree with Bob that I like the disoriented falling upside down and sideways ness of the green teletubbie and it's randomness, but then I gotta hear Jesse H out on the solitary "beware" sign. I wanted it to have some kind of lonely qualities, like a thought stuck in your head. Jesse's response made me think it may be close.

So....I dunno...is it legitimate to simply scan a sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch paper and claim it as my photograph?

jesse h said...

concerning the act of scanning something and regarding it as a photograph, it seems to me that a scanner is just as much of an image capture'er as a camera and being such has as much validity as a 'photographic image'. but even that aside, it seems irrelevant to me whether or not something is a photograph or a drawing or a scan of a drawing or whatnot, the question i'd have is about ownership and authorship since your son was the one who drew the picture but you are the one scanning it as your own. correct me if i'm going to far in that statement.

max s. gerber said...

hey, timmy. thanks for the extra credit. with enough credits maybe i can earn a link to my site!

but. .. is it valid to scan a piece of crumpled paper and claim it as your photo. . .? hmm. . . i guess it depends (for me) on whether or not you can retain your sense of humor about such things. knowing you, i think you can hold on to that.

it's a slippery slope, though. i remember in college having to take john baldessari out to breakfast and watch him talk about what a genius he was because he painted red dots on the faces of other people's photos. to me that just seemed nonsensical. though to his credit he did also talk about burning all of the paintings he made at a certain period of his life. maybe i should do that, too? negatives melt, right? and DVD backups turn into lightning in the microwave. . . don't try this at home. try it at a friend's house.

Timothy Archibald said...

Jesse, yeah, I hear what you are saying. It's his creation most likely, though I am the editor who is pointing to it and saying "this is art", or " is this art?".

Likewise Max, I don't think art is really about how hard you work or what you do, its about the idea, so Baldessari had the idea, so I'm good with that.

Sure, I'll give you a link, sorry I've not tended to that in forever. Lemme get to work on that. Thanks for contributing!

jesse h said...

that being said i think it is legitimate to call it your photograph or work or piece or whatever you want to consider it.

max s. gerber said...

Hey, man. put a black border around it, give it a title and a context and call it Capital A Art.

If you put a black border around it it's a photograph, right?

All kidding aside, I really do like the "BEWARE" sign. I only wish that's what your actual handwriting looked like, Tim. You never did answer the question as to the origins of the BEWARE. I picture a SHINING type situation going on over at your house. Which would make you Jack Nicholson. All work and no play makes Tim a dull boy.

I also generally really like diptychs, but for me these things work best when it's sort of a found object next to a photograph. Case in point - The hollowed out piece of bread next to the photo of Eli with the bread. . .that's great. I love that. Same goes for the diptych of the ghost costume and the construction paper ghost next to it. The real photo gives it a context, too, and makes it inarguably into Art.

I'm only pissed now that I've configured my office in such a way as to have the flatbed scanner under a desk so I can't leave it open all the way to scan things in a cool way. It makes it exceedingly difficult to get a decent scan of my own butt to post as a comment, too, damnit. . .

max s. gerber said...

Wait, scratch part of that - you did anwser the question as to the origins of the BEWARE sign. My apologies. . .

r. mutt said...

it beats the hell out of signing a urinal

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