Sunday, January 23, 2011

Elf Deprecate

9:30-12, THIS Thursday, Jan 27th, Niagara Bar, 7th and A.
You can pay through the bar, and their commission is lower if you pay cash. I will buy you a drink if you show up at 8 to help install, or stick around to 12:30 to help pack. There will be a couple other artists, I don't know who.
This is what I'm putting in. Please comment on whether I should lean toward one genre or another or if something is AWFUL.

Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc 11x17 mounted poster

Only did one of these but if it sells I'll do another run.

Pinwheel 8x10 digital matted inkjet print

Anthropic 8x10 digital matted inkjet print

Andrea 4x5 digital matted inkjet print

Swan 4x5 digital matted inkjet print

Orbit 5x5 digital matted inkjet print

Bubbles 3x6 digital mounted inkjet print

Violet 4x10 digital mounted inkjet print

Stella 8x8 digital mounted inkjet print





Elf Pity

Elf Sabotage

Elf Efface

Elf Pity Party:
This Won't Help
I feel your pain

I am considering, but may not have room for:
Guilt of Representation, 2008, oils on plastic, 7"x8".

Misunderstand Me 2010 23x23 oils

Wallow in Immanence 32x32 oils

Don't buy it. I'm really just competing with worthy charities, and don't need the validation at all. I'm already looking like a self-aggrandizing jerk by announcing all of this when it's a tiny multi-artists popup thing. Wait, I'm sorry, this shtick is really annoying.
Where there are paypal buttons above, domestic shipping is included. If you're up for it, you can just send as a friend/family to jupitre at gmail dot com to rob Paypal of their cut. Also email for arranging details of faster and international shipping. I know personal interaction, especially around money, is a pain in the ass. My etsy may rise from the grave, unless ugallery gets some attention.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wallow in Immanence

WALLOW IN IMMANENCE. 2011, Oil on canvas, 32 by 32 inches.

I used digital sketches and mockups and 3-d ray-tracing in an ongoing back-and-forth with this one, which is definitely supposed to be apparent. I don’t know what else is apparent, but since the amateur feedback I’ve been getting is approximately “THE COLORS MAN THE COLORS”, which gives no indication of what anyone is actually seeing besides colors, I'll provide a little more background and fish for insults.
The painting is structured by a composite image (i.e. not the visible light, but a visualization of the spectra of several common elements) of the Snake nebula. To the point of total coverage and saturation, it generated a multi-directional figure salad of drawings and paintings from at least 5 different male models, usually with the colors shifted to match the composite image or to pursue humanoid spectral extremes. There are some aliens and some anatomical absurdities and a lot of face avoidance.
The central figure is a female figure that mirrors those surroundings - again, not the way it would visibly work, but the way a 3-d program calculates it when the underlying image is 2-dimensional and ubiquitous.
The title refers to the old translation of The Second Sex, in which Simone De Beauvoir describes how women denied transcendence will defiantly, and somewhat masochistically, dedicate themselves to the material and present.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Superficial Gender Critique of Poser 7

By default the program makes inverse normals black on render (i.e. no maps for the inside of a skin), but this is what Poser says a big inverted vagina looks like.

About 2 years ago I started using Poser 7. I’ve come back to it recently, to work out reflections for Wallow in Immanence, and discovered that among the options for altering the bodies they introduced to the default library with this version (and previous ones, I think, although the newest figures are the least anatomically wonky so I’ve stuck to those) is a “genital” scroll bar that can make genitals more or less prominent.

There are many things one can learn about the assumptions and political weirdnesses of Poser’s design team by seeing what you’re limited to when using the program superficially. Firstly, nobody has genitals to start with. The female figure only has genitals if you turn her genital bar to positive - and, of course, INVERSE GENITALS if you turn it negative.

The male figure is a meaty Ken doll, all taint, with no option for genitals at all. The menu option called “genitals” can have a check next to it or not, it makes no difference. Male genitals load separately and you have to position them on the body. The man’s junk has its own sliding sets of criteria. I know, dudes, this is exactly how it is, sure, thanks, got it, whatever. You can’t make an inverse penis, but you CAN make an inverse boner. I have yet to find an uncircumsized Poser penis, though.

Previous male poser library figures DID come with genitals on them. You could do an inverse boner with those, too. The men are by default more mesomorphic, females endomorphic. The three “body types” have scrollables, in 7, and the same figure can be both bony and muscular, and so on. I enjoy that, it looks like it took a lot of work and research.

Female figures have no body hair, and the male’s is Porn Star trimmed, but then, hair is something Poser has a whole separate interface for, and I haven’t yet figured out whether it limits where you can put that hair.

It’s almost like the primary users of Poser are supposed to be a category of people who are not allowed anywhere near real bodies and are specifically working for censored media. At the same time, they tried to anticipate users making porn with their program. The naturalistic territory between those extremes became narrow because they were thinking like Americans. By the way, none of the default library characters that I can find come in any color but beige, although the Poser 7 characters have ethnically-mixed-looking features. Regardless of how Poser’s designers and managers justify the options based on their feedback, the weird, weird decisions were theirs.

And oh, Breast Controls! Breasts are unnaturally perky unless you crank up the “breastsnatural”. One of the strangest scrollables is “Nonipples”: by default, nipples are totally flat, but a positive value on that one makes them holes on the breasts. What the positive and negative values entail is counter-intuitive, there. You can move and orient breasts together, apart, up, down, asymmetrical, whatever you need. But you can’t have a negative value for “breastsflatten”. No way can you simulate gravity making breasts DANGLE.

Also? While dicks can be resized (whether separately or, clumsily, as another body part), whatever size breasts the female figure has, you cannot change them. I mean… okay. Womens’ breast sizes can alter radically over the course of a month, even! And you can’t… I can understand preventing Poser users from going nuts with boob jobs, but the nonsensical double standard with male junk? I’m having a lot of fun with the mega-erections. With everyone looking so porny anyway, could Poser please just let us have fun with it? Is it that all the potentially x-rated stuff installs separately, so there's a sexless (but definitely not genderless) version that would be possible?

It’s actually pretty hard to get to various stages of androgeny, except in faces. Poser, you fail. And you clearly tried so hard, too.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Don't Get It

Don't Get It. 2011, oil on canvas, 32 x 36 inches. Model Kate P.
You may think I didn't do anything with this, but no, I wanted to make it finished before I turned it into something else.

short show short notice

These weirdos the Antagonist Art Movement (Ethan, Un) are letting me do a little popup (that means ONE NIGHT ART PARTY).  If it goes well, I'll probably curate something later, with more artists and more time to plan.

Thursday, January 27, 2011
9 pm - 12:30 am

112 Avenue A & 7th St. NYC
212 420 9517

I'm selling small, fun work, most of which I'll make between now and then.