Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Could this be Schrodinger's little man in a box?

I found this on New Art - I quite like it.

It's called the LeaveMeAloneBox and has it's own website here.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Malcolm's - Book-ends

Here's a picture of a pair of book-ends that my Dad made us.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Schrodinger's cat continued...

This "painting" represents my understanding of the quantum probability of the assorted detritus on my studio floor. Because the stuff all has me in common it an be considered entangled and represented as a correlated supersystem (although still a subsystem of the entirety of the floor). As a supersystem, even though its components were scattered, it was in an eigenstate of lower entropy than if considered as individual "particles" in which case the combined entropy would have been higher still, however, by adding together the eigenvectors of the components by way of the aforementioned entanglement a lower albeit, still high entropy eigenstate could have been observed.
The "painting", then, represents a quantum leap to a new low entropy eigenstate of the supersystem and a collapse of its position wave function due to subsequent observation/measurement.
Even though the total entropy of the supersystem has deminished, the second law of thermodynamics is not violated because the total additional heat entropy of the universe has exceeded the accompanying decrease in gravitational entropy (achieved by the raising the altitude of the supersystem within the gravitational field of the Earth), which is to say that it took more heat energy to stick all the bits together than will be generated by the realisation of the potential gravitational energy that will be released when the stickytape gives up and all the bits fall back on the floor (entropy increases as homogenaity increases).
It is interesting to note that the position wave function of the system was preserved until I pressed the shutter release on the camera. The taking of the photograph equates with a measurement of the eigenstate of the system and reduces its potential value to unity; uncertainty is reduced to zero and the probability that it would be found as it was is realised.
Schrodinger's Cat's fate is, so to speak, sealed but whether or not the cat still lives can only be determined by opening the box and having a look; for we still cannot know whether, in the time it took for the supersystem of studio floor components to jump to a lower entropy eigenstate and be subsequently measured, an atom in the uranium sample in the other box had decayed and released the photon that triggers the geiger counter that activates the hammer in the cat's box that smashes the glass vessel that contains the prussic acid that dissolves the cat.

automatic drawing thingo

the rotator is the spindle out of a 25 pack of DVDs with a hole gouged through the up end. You can up-set the equilibrium by hanging some paperclips on the pencil

Schrodinger's cat

Schrodinger must have had a thing about cats - fancy melting it in prussic acid - not nice. Maybe his Grandmother read him Kipling before bedtime - I know mine did ...all proper men and dogs hate cats.
And while we're on dogs, I have a theory that the horribleness of dogs is directly proportional to the mass of the dog - therefore if you brush your dog regularly it is less horrible than otherwise. Not on account of the reduction in the layer of shed dog hair that accumulates about the house but because the dog's mass is reduced. The accompanying reduction in random hair is a pleasant side effect which does not correlate directly to the measure of mass/horribleness. Also, dogs tend to go clockwise around posts in the southern hemisphere - but I think I've already mentioned that.

Sunday, 20 April 2008


Cyclone - Etching - 2007 - 330x490mm

John Drake is an artist who lives on The Sunshine Coast in Queensland. He graduated from Queensland College of Art in the early eighties as a skilled printmaker. John's primary focus has been etching but he is also a gifted drawer and fine painter.

Over the years I have been amazed at his precision drawing and skilled representation. John's drawing ability seems to be the supporting frame work for his impressive technical skills.

Lucky's Mural - Oil on Canvas - 1994

I always remember walking through the printmaking rooms at college and noticing this studious but calm figure working at his art of printmaking. He seemed to be a man focused on his work with an attention to technique and surety of action.

John has an eye for detail and has an ability to draw our attention to the seemingly common place to show the beauty that he sees. This print depicting a cat in a basket has a warm, comfortable and familial feel to it.

Washing Basket - Linoprint - 1988 - 300x300mm

The above etching 'Cyclone' depicts a banana tree that had been affected by a bonfire. The title relates to cyclone Larry that swept northern Queensland near Innisfail in march 2006. This severe cyclone affected many banana plantations and subsequently cost many millions of dollars in lost property and revenue. John said about this work, "I just found a banana tree that had been affected by a bonfire and whose leaves formed these wonderful curving shapes, so I guess you could say that beauty can be found in something distressed and broken". John described the work as a, " two plate colour etching with some elements of monoprinting taking place".

To me the 'Cyclone' print has a keen sense of place, the space before and beyond the banana tree create a contextual atmosphere. On viewing the battered leaves and hanging fruit I get a sense of standing in front of this tree. The muted colouring and broken light adds to this feeling of being there. In many ways the artwork has abstract qualities but something in the way the light and perspective interplay with the precise representation creates flashes of realism. For some reason, aided by the title, we get a feeling of sorrow for the tree - the print evokes an emotional response from us.

To see more of John's prints click here and more of his paintings click here.

If you are interested in John's work and want to know more then leave a note in the comment section for this post.


Every Sunday afternoon at 5pm on the ABC a program called Sunday Arts airs. It is broadcast nationally and even has it's section on the ABC web page. It is one of the few television programs in Australia that cover the arts. The commercial stations seem to be devoid of all arts coverage and generally anything of any depth, except SBS which airs a variety of foreign films and documentaries including some arts coverage.

What is curious in Australia is the division between the general public and arts in general. The general public understand popular music to a certain degree but when confronted by a modern painting, seem unable to come to terms with what they see. To some degree I believe commercial television, newspapers and the majority of magazines at the newsagents have made the general public a bit ignorant on arts.

It's interesting to note that the Andy Warhol exhibition that was at the GOMA in Brisbane was a roaring success - is it possible that the general public have an interest in the arts and culture but the media curtails their appetite.

This week on Sunday Arts they aired a short documentary on a group of artists who mangled and rearranged Grenda's Bus Depot in Dandenong, Victoria. They have their own blog that covers the creation/installation process. The blog also has links to each individual artists contribution via separate blogs.

What I found interesting were the responses of one of the men who use to work at the Depot. Initially he found the artist work strange and didn't quite understand why they were doing it. But when he came out to the final installation and listened to the reasoning behind the artists work, his eyes began to open and he responded more positively.

Why is it that a conservative person can respond positively to the texture and grain in a piece of well finished, timber furniture or relish the beauty of the patterns formed by clouds and sunset, yet balk and react with indifference when confronted with a beautiful abstract painting.

Maybe exposure and education is the key. In some ways the installation at the Depot tries to transform the mundane and normal (but important transport depot) into something more, by spotlighting the history, humanity and function of the depot. In some way art acts like a spotlight - highlighting the apparent and drawing out the not so apparent.

Here is a short video from 'The Depot' of the artwork 'Binary opposites IV' - Roj you might be interested in this.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

sea creatures

this is the sporty thingy i said was coming. i nearly got killed so i took photos instead.


the whirlpool is called the pacific gyre. it is twice the size of texas. most of the plastic is domestic and comes from land. plactic is 6 times more common than plankton in the region. see

santa comes to the fishes

Friday, 18 April 2008

auto cloud chamber thingo

this is the output from a semi automatic drawing process - reminds me of those nuclear physics cloud chamber images where the quarks and bosons make their mark. More on the process later.

fish food

lately i have been thinking about the ocean and what we are doing to it. did you know there is a whirlpool of plactic the size of texas where the 3 oceans meet. plactic does not breakdown organically, it just gets into smaller and smaller bits. one day every thing in the ocean will be part plastic. fish eat it.

Showcase Review

I have added a section in the left sidebar called SHOWCASE REVIEW. The idea is that ArtSmelter contributers can if they desire write reviews or showcase another artist's work. This could also be a review of an exhibition, music event, cultural event, Internet site - anything along these lines.

My first review is to be John Drake - John has already agreed to be my first Guinea Pig and has sent me a few details and an copy of an etching - I am no great writer: my syntax and grammar are somewhat convoluted at times but at least I have a good spell checker, so I will give it a try.

My second review will be our new member Sonya - she has been in the throws of an exhibition in Melbourne, so has been very busy. She is keen to be a contributor to our Blog but is still a little coy.

If any of you other Smelters from Victoria or Western Australia have a review or show case then just do it as a normal post and tag it either Showcase or review then I will add it to the sidebar list.

By the way - Antlion and Elisabeth's daughter Nina has been added to the Link list. Nina is a keen photographer and crafty person, her blog can be found here. This is one of her photo's and also the banner of her blog - the red on red is very effective.

Thursday, 17 April 2008

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Back in the bad old days....

Well, I have really done it this time - I am selling my old computer system - my original computer first bought in 1988. It's all advertised on Ebay as a massive bundle - there is so much stuff it fills my entire table tennis table.

And it still all works - can't kill it - it's worse than the 1971 Super Bug I used to own - indestructible. The way they use to fix these computers was by dropping them from a height to reseat the chips.

Back in the bad old days, the Seven Hills Art College mob were starting to get into computers around 1986 to 1989. At that stage PC's were just a boring DOS BOX, Macs were better but lacked a bit in the colour and sound department - and were frightfully expensive. The real go were sexy Amigas and Ataris - better graphics, great versatility and great sound all generally for about $800.

Roj had an Amiga back then and I remember he was quite adept at those machines. I was an Atari man, searching the horizon for more power and knowledge, stretching the limits of the new frontier. I am not sure what Snork. had at that stage. Early in 1989 Roj and I swapped a few lines of Basic code trying to improve our programming skills - we wrote a version of mastermind in about 100 lines of code.

What was really amazing for artists during that time was the potential of this new medium - we couldn't get enough power, have enough time (divorce would have ensued), develop quick enough or have enough money to fully realise what we were doing.

Over the years I dabbled with and learnt all manner of software. I even did some early animation back in the early 90's and dumped it to video with music - I still have it on video and will post it some time.

I am sure we all have own technology stories - we have come a long way in twenty years.

Other Blogs

I check out other Blogs on a regular basis and add comments or link them to ArtSmelter. It is quite interesting the diversity of artists out in the Blogosphere. If you other Smelters have any links to other art sites then post a few in the comments section or write a review and post it.
This is one I found today .... Artery Gallery News Blog . This one is from Scotland and this is the Blurb -
"Artery Gallery have gathered the best of Scottish and International talent from students just starting out on their career, to well established names within the art world. What matters most to Artery Gallery, is that they bring these creations forward and make them affordable and accessible to anybody wanting the best of contemporary art."

They have quite a few Scottish Art links at the bottom of their blog - for those interested in Scottish or U.K. artists.

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Oi - don't delete me!

I've been very busy for the last three months but the mission is almost complete. I'll have some art happening soon. I did the Ironman in Port MacQuarrie last weekend (highly recommended, a totally awesome big day out) I'm doing the Busselton half IM in three weeks. After that I should have time to art. I have some interesting sketches that may go further and a couple of canvases that I've been working on... sailing season is finished too so I'll be back.
Just don't delete me alright!

Monday, 14 April 2008


This is the second (hence the 2) Drome, the previous was Dec 4th last year, it is a combining of Electronic surround and Acoustic instrument improvisations; spacial and atmospheric.
The orgainsers of the venue have been keen for me to get a flyer out and promote the event, but I am in two minds about active promotion. I think I prefer the grass roots word of mouth type promotion, where an event gets a reputation as something worth going to and builds up over time. You can do a lot of active promoting with not a lot of result.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

Friday, 11 April 2008

In the Zone

I have been toying with the idea of a group exhibition with a few old art college friends. John Drake an Artist who prints and paints has suggested portraits. As yet this nebulas idea needs development, so I been trying to meet the challenge of building this to a larger concept.

I have been reading a book called 'interzone' which is about media arts in Australia. Three key words and concepts used in the book are interaction, interface and immersion. Justine Cooper has some interesting work in the book that looks at the self and portraiture.

The challenge for me is to look at an overview of time from the sixties to now exploring the changing face of technology and how that relates to the common man. How is this translated into portraiture? How can I communicate and describe the changing face of the human face as it travels deeper through time by interaction, interface and immersion. The shift from analogue systems to digital and how this affects our way of thinking - also how it affects the way we look and how we look at ourselves.

The artworks represented in the show could be from a variety of media - video, painting, drawing, installation, sculpture and words. Traditional techniques could be used and also put on trial to establish worth and validity. Hopefully new techniques would also emerge, ones that represent the concept of the show.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Members Blogs

Check out some of our Artist's Blogs:
Elisabeth, Antlion, Snorkel, The Bird Proofer, Roj.

Art life has really twisted up The Bird Proofer - he has become a cranky old man. I have never seen him so down in the mouth.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Artists blogger conference New York 2008

I have posted some videos of an Artist Bloggers conference on my ArtProofer blog. They are filmed by James Kalm from Brooklyn, USA.

The art world seems to be going under a radical transformation, due to the explosion of online media and networking. The question is - Is it worthwhile to have an Internet presence as an artist? If the answer is yes, then what form should our presence have?

Do really successful artists (established and financial artists) bother about an online presence or is it just the wannabes and tryhards who are pursuing this medium in a desperate bid for exposure and potential success?

As an emerging, emerging, emerging artist I find it difficult to know - I am looking at these things from the bottom up and not from the elevated heights of fame and fortune. But this begs the question of what do you want to achieve by producing art. Is art a career or is it just part of your life? The previous posted quote by Einstein suggests it is something more than either of those things. Suggesting that it is almost a compulsion and life quest, part of the deeper aspect of of our lives and motivations.

If you can make a living from these passions then you are doing well indeed - but the motivations of some in the art world at times seem to be tainted too much by dollars.
Centered Self Exploding 120x90cm

Monday, 7 April 2008

Einstein quote

"One of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with it's painful crudity and hopeless dreariness. Such men make this cosmos and it's construction the pivot of their emotional life, in order to find the peace and security which they cannot find in the narrow whirlpool of personal experience"
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