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ART FOR THE 21st CENTURY
Last updated July 2011
This is not a commercial site and I am not selling anything on this site.
Just some fun stuff, some philosophical stuff concerning the nature of art, and my stuff.
I do sell if I have to, but not on this site.
Joy and I years and years ago.
Tried to take current ones, but the camera broke. ;-(
So, what is art?
That's easy. Art is something made by an artist.
What is good art? Good art is stuff you like.
Bad art is stuff you do not like.
What do I like personally?
Not the contemporary stuff, that's for sure. Why? Well, most of it is so depressing, and I just don't need that.
But, to each his own, right?
A quote by
Brian Yoder, concerning that, which is called
modern art, "At best
it's ugly, revolting, superficial, and spiteful.
At worst it is an intellectual vacuum wearing a mask of public acclaim
(a public composed of a few "art experts" whose first principles are that art is anything, everything, and nothing, that beauty is passe' ......)
With their help, the "artists" of today fill our museums with expensive garbage designed to obliterate the very meaning and purpose of art."
Kurt Vonnegut said that the..."mission of artists is to make people appreciate
being alive at least a little bit."
The main purpose of art, according to the "educated"
artists, is to create art that is about the human
Unfortunately most of us are already intimately aware of the human condition, so I fail to see the value of rubbing our noses in it. If I need to be reminded of the human condition, I'll turn on the five o'clock news, or perhaps just look into a mirror.
John Macpherson says, "The main purpose of art is to give people a respite from the human condition".
Hopefully, you will find some art on this site that takes you away from the unpleasant aspects of the human condition, for at least a little while. At least, that is my intent.
What is an artist like, anyway?
An artist has three main
1st, vision--an artist sees things differently, and seeing is way more than just looking.
A photographer has to learn to see things as they really are, which is difficult enough.
But an artist has to learn to see things as they could be.
2nd, ability--to communicate what he or she sees
3rd, artistic temperament--all artists, good or bad,
believe that their stuff is the absolute greatest. (or else why bother?)
That explains why there are so many more artists with artistic temperament than there are with artistic talent.
Or as my dad always said, "Vye ar der zo many mor oarzes arses dan der ar oarzes?"
Did you know that an artist really only has three choices to choose from when creating a work of art? He can create art that is OF something, (like a landscape or a still life); or he can create a work ABOUT something, (art that generally makes a statement about the human condition), or he can create a work that is neither OF something or ABOUT something. Art that simply IS, (like that done in the early 20th Century by the Blue Rider Group). Just Google it if you are interested.
Until recently, and for the last 12 years or so, I have only created art that just IS.
(Below is an example)
However, since December of 2010, I am now using a camera in addition to the computer to create art that is OF stuff, and have not created any more art that just IS. I guess that I just have to do what my muse tells me to.
Blown Glass (what I did in a previous life)
My one page brag sheet
My photos on Panoramio as "johnmacp"
My panoramas on Gigapan as "johnmacp"
An abridged unauthorized autobiography
My philosophy on art in general and my art in particular
Next is a great 3D trip through a
virtual gallery. Unfortunately it does not work too well on some browsers.
XP and Vista are OK. Windows 7 (on my Computer) has poor definition on my images as you travel through
the gallery but good definition when you "click on the image". My sister says it works on her MAC.
When you open the gallery you will be in
automatic mode. Not much fun. Click on F1 and you will control
with the mouse and 'enter' to see high definition images. Simply click on 'escape' to exit the gallery.
A word about Norton----They
have evaluated my entire site and also the virtual 3D gallery and found it SAFE.
But, for some reason, they were still automatically quarantining it. But after I complained, Norton 2010 now gives you the option of using it or not.
Virtual 3D visit to my own gallery
Old (2001-02) fractals used primarily as seed images. (Slide show on You Tube.)
Fall scenes in North Central Washington State
An unusual Fractal movie
My small book published by Blurb
A deep zoom into a digital painting
Manson on Lake Chelan
neat 6 minute movie of my stuff
(Photos and art on you tube)
101 photos slideshow video on you tube
New Photographic Work, summer 2010
New 2010 non-objective art
A killdeer faking a broken wing on You tube
Thinking outside the box
Scanning close up details of one image You Tube
The new Cannery at night You Tube
Inside Las Vegas Dec. 2010
Abstract Photos Jan. 2011 on UTube
My art from Galen R. Frysinger's world photos
Modified photos Feb. 2011 or
Modified photos Feb. 2011 on You Tube
Surreal New York City Mar. 2011
Pacific NW June 2011
Vancouver June 2011
Play In Ayr, 2011July
Photographic and non-objective art before 2012
2013Retrospective at lastplace.com
2013 Art. Click on link below.
50 years of photos, enlarged partials of the slides Click on link below
same 50 years, but full slides. Click on link below.