“….. photography that is more about listening and asking, and less about telling.” -Mark Wlaz
Lenticular photographs are prints that move, change or appear to be three dimensional. They use a technology in which specialized optical lenticular lenses are used to produce printed images with an illusion of depth or movement as the image is viewed from different angles. It's a fascinating process that brings a photograph to life. The above work is created by CCAA Member, Mark Wlaz. After inquiring about the unique and progressive work, Mark described the process:
The work starts with the photographing of colored light - which is my subject matter in this series (Artwork above right - "You And I Can Look At the Same Thing and See It Differently"). I use a medium format Hasselblad H4D camera. This piece of work above is comprised of 21 unique full size images (each image being a full 36" x 24"). The 21 images are digitally placed in a sequence, and then using software that is uniquely designed for the sole purpose of creating lenticular images, they are "interlaced". The "interlaced image" is printed using archival pigment inks - but once printed,
the raw image in this form is indistinguishable from the end product. The raw image then goes through a registration process as it is face mounted to the 3D lens. When placed behind the 3D lens, the image is generated and you get the sense of depth and the movement that you see in the final piece of art.
It's really quite fun to watch the reactions people have to the lenticular images. By its nature, it is an interactive piece - and that makes it different than most art we have on display in our homes and offices. The technical challenges and the expensive production process have limited artist's acceptance of lenticular technology. But there are some really cool things that you can find here and there. For example, there is an artist working out of London who is making large scale (the size of a room) lenticular pieces. Rather than using a lens like in my piece, he strings together actual glass rods that run from floor to ceiling. These rods are created with the optical properties necessary to generate the lenticular effects.
Mark Wlaz Artist Statement
Colored light is my subject matter. The “Light Structures” series is about the transformation of light, which lacks mass, into the illusion of volume and space. My images are vividly colorful and abstract. The process relies upon layering and transparency. Fragments from several dozen light images are integrated into a single finished piece. The notion of capturing light as the subject of artwork evolved from observing the increasing emphasis placed upon the virtual realm in our daily lives. I am fascinated by the differences between perception and vision. In this way the work is inspired by color dynamics. Colors shift as they are affected by neighboring colors, varying intensities, boundaries and layers.
Artwork above: Left - Recalling the Day Daddy Left Home
Visit Mark's website at markwlazphotography.com
After much interest in his work, Joe Sheldon, long time CCAA member and volunteer, was asked to leave his artwork up for the month of Feb at Jerry’s Artarama, Wilmington, DE store. "This was not only exciting, but a rather humbling experience to be chosen from all the artists that shop at Jerry’s", Joe stated when he shared his good news. Joe is a long time volunteer with CCAA and has been overseeing the Exton Square Gallery for years. He takes time to organize, clean, promote sales and make sure the space is being used well to showcase the artwork and the classes. CCAA is thankful for such dedication by community members. Thanks Joe!
(Originally Sum of All Fears)
Incubating an Idea (April 2012)
The electricity went off and the heat of the night returned with a vengeance causing my body to become encased in sweat. I kicked off the sheet and finally succumbed to the comfort of sleep, albeit fitfully. Sometime thereafter I was jolted into consciousness when I felt multiple tiny feet running up the back of my leg onto my naked rump. It felt large, very large! In Bangladesh where I lay there are two types of insects that met this criterion, cockroaches that grew to 2-3 inches or, much worse, a crab like spider that often exceeded 4 inches across and had a nasty bite. Terrorized, I grab the pillow and swung at the offending footsteps tracking across my ass and sent it flying. I quickly turn on my bed side lamp to identify and confront this mini terrorist. Continue Reading ...
To view more works, visit Ray's website: www.artofraylawler.com
What is ART? The simple, uncomplicated answer seems to be - creative expression. One word without the other seems too simple. Watching kids express themselves through creativity for 8 weeks in the summer is always eye opening. The project ideas, the various interpretations and unique renderings by each child make it clear what ART is. They have access to paints, clay, paper mâché, recycled materials, inks, charcoals and more depending on the class focus. The colors and forms that result are inspiring.
Our Summer Art Camp sessions are a healthy balance to the other 9 months of the year when we are a haven for exhibitions showcasing original artworks by local artists, and also a place to visit for art enthusiasts. The first two sessions have been a great start to our 8 weeks of Summer Art Camp. CCAA is proud to be the creative space for everyone.
A Tribute to Great Artists: CCAA Juried Show
by Sarah Jayne
‘A Tribute to Great Artists’ is an interesting concept. I valued this opportunity to pay homage to one of many artists who has helped me develop my own vision as a painter. Because the Pennsylvania still life tradition has always attracted me and influenced my style, I chose to pay tribute to Martin Johnson Heade. Perhaps, Heade is best known for his lovely paintings featuring orchids growing in the wild; however, he also painted southern magnolias resting on a table. It is these paintings in particular to which my show entries relate.
What most comes to mind regarding the process of these two paintings is the sight I observed as I gathered the magnolias in early June. In the bowl formed by each gigantic magnolia petal was a mardi gras of tiny bees and wasps rolling and buzzing around in a golden powdery fluff of pollen and flower parts. I would love to ask Heade if he too witnessed this amazing sunny celebration in the petal bowls of the magnolias. He must have!
The theme of the CCAA show reminds me of the invaluable legacy of the masters of the past and great artists of the present. Their work inspires and challenges us, it answers our questions and poses new ones for us to puzzle over. Perhaps our greatest tribute to these masters is to strive to be the best artists we can possibly be, keeping their legacy alive as we forge our way.
View this post on Sarah's blog site HERE.
Sarah Jayne is a CCAA member artist and blog enthusiast. Her works shown here are on display in our Bradford Avenue, Allinson Gallery.
Should I Make Digital Prints of my Art?
by Melanie Fisher
Many artists ask themselves - should I sell digital prints - While prints are more affordable for the buyer, and the artist can make multiple sales from one original source, not all art will reproduce in a satisfactory manner. There is also a difference in quality between prints made from professionally scanned originals, and prints made from the artist’s own jpgs. There is also the matter of artistic integrity. For example, some painters refuse to sell prints of their work because they feel it diminishes the value of the original. On the other hand, for many people who cannot afford an original painting, a print is the only way that they can enjoy the artist’s work. The first issue to consider is: Will my art reproduce well? It is my experience that a smooth surface will reproduce more faithfully to the original than a textured surface.
In my work, strong, opaque, non-metallic colors reproduce much better than subtle layers and nuances of color. My graphic design background influences my style for solid color and black outlines and a very tight approach to painting. Also, having designed wallpaper (my first job out of art school), I developed an eye for what can be reproduced well. I feel these understandings and influences are behind why my work tends to reproduce well. I have found that having a painting professionally scanned on a large format scanner produces a much better result than providing my own jpgs to the printer. Artists can sell their prints as “open editions” so that they are free to produce an unlimited number of them or as “limited edition” prints where the artist produces only a set number of them.
I know a number of artists who are successfully marketing and selling open edition digital prints online, through their own websites and through such venues as Etsy, Red Bubble, and Art Fire. Some galleries will also sell digital prints alongside the original artwork. This is helpful for the buyer, who can see firsthand any differences between the original work and the print.
Ultimately, the decision to use digital printing is the personal choice of the artist.
Melanie Fisher is a CCAA member artist and successful Gallery Owner (JAM Gallery in Malvern). Her works shown here are on display in our Bradford Avenue, Hutson Gallery.
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