Archive for: December 2010

December 23, 2010

Kandinsky, McLuhan, and Fractals

Wassily Kandinsky, one of the first recognized abstract expressionist painters, played with the relationships between shapes-shapes and shapes, shapes and color, and shapes and size. He was constantly exploring how visual elements fit together.

Marshall McLuhan was the author of the phrase, “The medium is the message,” which I’ve always interpreted as the elements of information are connected to the meaning of the information, itself. McLuhan was always exploring the elements of communication and their effect on the audience.

Fractals is a relatively newly defined branch of mathematics. In its strictest sense, it deals with a particular pattern that is repeated in nature. In a slightly broader sense, the theory of Fractals is an exploration into and discovery of patterns that repeat themselves in the tiniest microscopic pieces to the largest universal entities.

Kandinsky, McLuhan, and Benoît Mandelbrot, the mathematician who first coined the term, “fractals,” explored separate elements of their world. They explored without preconception, and as they encountered various elements, they looked to see what, if any, connections existed between those elements. Kandinsky explored through painting, McLuhan through his use of mass media, and Mandelbrot through mathematical equations. All three used observation and experimentation.

In writing this little piece, I have found a pattern of exploration of patterns through observation and experimentation. There is a connection between the 3 people mentioned, and further observation and exploration by others might someday unearth the universal secret that will make that connection obvious. These explorers and their work resonate with me, because their mindset resembles mine. I photograph to learn how the world means. (newest work) Until then, “42.”

I don’t know where my inspirat…

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I don’t know where my inspiration comes from, but my points of reference are Friedlander, Kandinsky, and fractal theory. It’s all a pattern.

December 19, 2010

Artist Statement: A Series

Filed under: About Artists,Uncategorized,Work in Progress — mas @ 11:34 pm

What follows is my most recent artist statement. I’m going to use it as the basis for future posts on this web log.

“I photograph the human landscape, the environment that current and past generations of people have created. This environment is planned, unplanned, intentional, accidental, even chaotic. I photograph to make visual order of the chaos. I try, daily, to create photos that connect the viewer to both the conscious social collective and the collective unconscious. Finally, I hope my photographs will help viewers see what they would not have seen without looking at my work.

I’m attracted to visual relationships, manifested by juxtaposition, attitude, and shape. Juxtaposition appeals to my sense of the absurd and goes directly to my fondness for surrealism. Attitude consists of size, position, or gesture. Shapes not only have visual impact, they carry the weight of archetypal symbolism, and, combined with juxtaposition, they are the basis for texture and pattern.”

Questions?

December 17, 2010

New Prints

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Available: 8.5×11 and 11×17 poster prints. Immediate shipping. Any image on site, same or next day shipping.

December 12, 2010

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-12-12

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December 6, 2010

Prints for Presents

Filed under: Collector Prints,Marketing — mas @ 2:29 pm

This image, as well as many others on the website, is available as a print for immediate shipment. Contact the studio, library@photonphotos.com, for information or to order.

Catalog 101114056

Oops, that link should have be…

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Oops, that link should have been http://michaelashapiro.com/vr .

Many new and “related” photos….

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Many new and “related” photos. http:michaelashapiro.com/vr . Must sell. Ask about poster prints-more affordable. Check rest of site. Fun.

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