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In the Zeitgeist, everything will be the future


2015.05.02 22:31
2 May










2015.05.03 09:49
2 May
As to your thinking that line drawing is not "the right way to approach what you're doing in this day and age," I have no idea what it is that you think I am doing. I, on the other hand, have a very clear idea as to what it is that I am doing, which is taking randomly chosen digital images and manipulating them via randomly chosen parametric effects (options provided by the graphic software). It is a learning process, an experimentation process, a note-taking (of technique) process, and ultimately a collection process (of what I call virtual paintings). Beyond that, some of the 'painting' may become the inspiration for something entirely else.
For me personally, it's all become recreational-creativity-exercise that I engage in for an hour or two every other week or so.
Can you explain, at least, what it is that you think I am doing?


2015.05.04 08:00
2 May
Your little 'lesson' on the history of surface rendering and CAD is cute. I've been working with fully integrated 2D/3D CAD with shaded surface rendering since 1983. I bought Lightscape software in 1996, but never used it. I've never been interested in photorealistic renditions of CAD data, so I've never invested in any other 'add-on' rendering software since. In any case, all that has nothing to do with the manipulation of a 2009 screen clip gif file that I started two days ago.
Yes, the 2009 gif image file is a plan/top view of a rotated/extruded surface of a 3D spline line. The 'grid' is the default 'rendition' of all the opaque triangles that make up the 3D extruded surface within the working environment of the CAD software. The parameters of the surface rendition are changeable, for example, the surface can be viewed as a series of 'parallel' lines, or, of course, as color shaded.
What I think you, curtkram, don't fully realize is that CAD data, and all digital graphic data for that matter, is open to a plethora of renditions dependent on how the parameters are set. Metaphorically, it's like your imagination only registers a 'default'.
Sunday's exercise explored changing parameters of a pixel image within a fairly basic graphic software (that is not CAD).


2015.05.06 11:51
Robert Venturi, Prince Charles & that false Corinthian column
On night at the VSB office, when I saw the column on the model (that was soon being shipped to London, or a detail fašade study model), I remember thinking there's something not right about it, and I said so to the employee (perhaps even an associate at that time) that I was with. I was then told that Venturi himself had a fair amount of difficulty in resolving that particular part of the design. It was all a matter of how to punctuate the cascade of Corinthian order from original building to new wing. The final decision, if I recall correctly, was between the half column and a free standing column on pedestal. I'm still inclined to think that no column might have been the best choice, as if to say that in this case punctuation didn't matter.


2015.05.06 15:54
Robert Venturi, Prince Charles & that false Corinthian column
Thayer-D, what is the one line that never shuts-up? Also, I'm curious as to what buildings of the same time period you think are better.


2015.05.06 22:03
Leading artists call to action against the Frick expansion plans
At least give them something to really petition against.

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