Friday, September 5, 2008

Am I awake? Now what?

From the Institute of Druidic Technology, an early mousepad with fractal decoration. I think this one needs to go in the same category as that Mandelbrot Monk guy.

I'm back at school as of this week, and already miserably stressed out about what I'm going to do this year. I'm a senior now, so this is the big push to make something really impressive for my BFA show. Obviously, there should be at least some component that is fractal, but the difficult part is figuring out how to integrate that into the rest of the stuff I'm doing. It bothers me that there still is such a large division between the fractal-making part of my life and the serious-schoolwork part. I kind of just want to haul some of my fractal prints in to printmaking class and say, "See? This is what I've really been doing all this time. What would be the best way to frame them?"

I'm still chicken to do it. I suppose I still expect art people to be unable to take fractals seriously, which is silly of me, because they've been taking me seriously during all my smeary paper-litho experiments, and all my painstaking woodcuts. (But still, I say to myself, they took those seriously because of being lithography and woodcut, not because of the fractals! Grr, stupid useless self-doubt.)

The other stressful component of school, of course, is having to wake up much earlier than I would really like to. I only actually have one really early day a week, so I suppose it won't be so bad. And it's true that the sky is lovely during these fall mornings, the air cool and pleasant.

Urban Sunrise

Barnsley formulas, for architectural squareness, plus some gnarl and spiral traps, to break up the straight lines a bit.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You might want to check out Studio 360's piece on computer art. Some good ideas, both for the argument that computer-based art is worth anything, and why people are having a difficult time coming to terms with it.