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pecking order May 25, 2007

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technological advances pose a shift in the equilibriums of everything.  contrary to public opinion, the art industry in not an exception!  for instance, the eve of photography posed a threat to the day jobs of painters.  painters used to work on masterpieces on gusto at night but kept day jobs as portraitist to provide a cash flow for a decent living at day. 

old artists then are historically the greatest critics of photography because of the competitive effect to their industry and not merely on the artsy aesthetic value.  in general, the population of artists is technologically resistant.  this would result in the carry-over of such influence to the general public since it is not the popular view of art critics (which of course acts on self interest).

however new media, techniques, technology and experience to create an art form can never be stoppedn  no one has control over innovation and creativity.  in fact the authentic purpose of holding art exhibits is not just on promoting an art collection but on presenting to the general public (as you would present a thesis) new information to the realm of the art knowledge.  sadly, this has not been the case in most art exhibits.  artists exhibit to the art buying market what it expects instead of presenting something new it would appreciate less as of this period.  in fernando amorsolo’s case, he presented in exhibits a slice of life of rural Philippines.  He loved to portray artworks of rice planting and harvesting seasons and filipiniana women doing laundry on the flowing waters of the river. these scenes were very innovative of his time.  this innovation provided him low value low turnover works at the beginning but had abrupt increases in values until he was dead. 

riding the technological wave of change and gaining monetary incomes doesn’t always correlate.  today’s technology is a leap-frog of aid in developing new artforms.  gone are the days when artists develop art concepts by hand sketches and blindly build massive projects without a clear perception of its certainty in reality!  in today’s technology, weird concepts of using refrigerators, washing machines and gas ranges to form body parts of a cart-wheeling football player assemblage statue that is 30 ft in height is not a dream anymore.  These concepts can be virtually played on 3Dmax and AutoCAD software that is intended for architectural designs.  with minor adjustments and tweaks on its source codes it can play forever with the artist’s mind.  warmness of artificial lights, luminance on dark lights and color intensity on ambient light can be projected perfectly using the extensive design capacity of Adobe PhotoShop CS3 on two dimensional space.  these softwares are the same technology used in international design houses which virtually levels the playing field in technology irregardless of financial capacity. inspiration for new art media, techniques and concepts has now been widened because of the availability of the World Wide Web.  artists can virtually immerse in the cultural spectacle of life at the least time.  additionally the web culture is a great inspiration in iftself; it is very different from the real cultures of society and would thus present new sources of positive and negative inspiration for an artistic mind.  the experience of the spectacle of web life is the defining comparative advantage of web-emerged artist compared to traditional artists now as defined by the pecking order of its society!

lightscapes at the church May 3, 2007

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here are some of our unfinished works on our play of lights in the barotac nuevo parish.  we’re thinking of adding up a directional spot uplight on both sides of the island and adjust the floodlight above in a more accurate angle to not counterflow the underwater wave light we placed on the exterior pond.

the exterior pond would overflow from the revolving water which is designed to play with the natural intensity and luminance of a floating candle for the devotee’s prayer.  the glassworks will be added tommorow to have a step flow water effect on the exterior pond.  we are presently experimenting with the acoustics of using certain types of stones.

it looks like our “challenge project” came a long way than expected.  thank you dear lord.  let this be a testament of your greatness and to remind us to care for our environment.  in a personal context, let this be my obelisk to be always reminded that although im complicating my simple life, it should flow freely in your natural guidance to guide me choose what is right despite the unpredictability of the flows of life.

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imagine a scaped land.. May 3, 2007

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i’ll bet maam reb would laugh again at the play of words of this post.  “how can there be a scaped land, you actually meant landscaping!”, i imagine she’ll correct me again laughing.

recently i enjoy writing about experiences and life.  about visions, dreams and fears without really understanding the technicals of english writing |http://accukix.wordpress.com|.  i freely write without inhibitions of grammar and then press the “post” carefree.  it’s usually without inhibitions and it’s least likely that i even edit it after (even if i see that its wrong).  i love to think what prompted me to “- scape” the words that certain way (errr..or perhaps im amazed that i really don’t know the technicals of writing..hehe).

i love to frame my emotions, feelings and thoughts on the moment of sudden shock.  on the moment of first instance, i always wish to capture the emotion on its raw form and then laugh days, weeks, months and even years after about what prompted me to feel that way.  that emotion is usually transformed into an innovative business or an artpiece.  i get inspired from these emotion-contortion stuff.  especially on the saddest of emotions.  my mind is so programmed that everytime i’ll be sad it will be balanced out by a great vision just days after.  sometimes i fear that i’m just playing my emotions out to get this trophy experiences, artpieces, projects and operating assets (feeling finance stud..hahaha).

so back with the landscape thing now (and not inside the complexities of my my mindscape..hahaha) just click on the pictures below to see our activity early this morning:

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