A nice positive stroke to end the year. The good people at AXISWEB have chosen to FEATURE my SANS A Chromaluxe print on aluminium as one of the highlights of the week (9-15 DEC 2019). The accumulation of small positives helps me continue to do what I do.
As I said in my earlier post “the chance of the odd sale is really just a side-effect that comes with the space”. If any funds are generated these are ploughed back into making new enquiries and outcomes. My practice is mostly exhibited in the virtual space of the web. The very occasional real-world exhibition is more of an accident than a goal. If a connection made leads to a worthwhile venue, then so be it. Making a sale is not the goal either, this is why I describe my art as FOR ME. But, this doesn’t preclude it from being FOR YOU too.
A lot of effort has gone into creating and curating this space. I treat it as an online exhibition space. The chance of the odd sale is really just a side-effect that comes with the space. Every little helps though. I am more interested in how these different lines of enquiry sit together in the space, how I can introduce new work and cycle out those outcomes that have served their time. It never sits still for very long. Everything is transient.
Fourteen outcomes, mixed by pairing over seven days, via the installation of eighty four consecutive posts on Instagram. Exploring Instagram as an online exhibition space. Exploring how the space can be manipulated to harmonise different outcomes. Exploring the alternative perspectives available to the exhibition viewer. Exploring how these perspectives can be shared on other social platforms.
A long running connection project hosted on a Facebook page. The Connect With This Space page has since been deleted. At the end of the project, 542 connections had been made. Each notified page like was coded using REVAD’s colour alphabet. Each coded username was posted to the page and included in a collective outcome on revad.com. As the connection count approached 500 a Blurb published book was made recording 468 coded user names (APPROACHING 500 ; ISBN: 9781388440114). Other derivative outcomes have yet to be made…
A long running connection project hosted on Twitter. The account changed names over the years, but the coding of follower user names continued. By the end, using a stylised version of Morse Code, the project had coded 715 user names. The codes of current followers were displayed on revad.com and linked back to the follower Twitter accounts. Followers were never pursued and paid advertising was avoided. Beyond the first 50, the followers found the project Twitter account and followed of their own free will. Follows were not routinely reciprocated, the coded names were posted instead. At closure (in 2018) the project still had more than 500 active followers. In 2013/14 a real-world physical outcome toured with the This ‘Me’ of Mine exhibition (curated by Jane Boyer). Other derivative outcomes have yet to be made…
Text with linked hard edged digital grid painting. Composed by (ab)using the Facebook photo handling system (as-of October 2018).
“In the process of making my recent FACEBOOK GRID SERIES, I uploaded simple colour blocks and signed each block with REVAD[.]COM (sans the [ ]), as I have always signed my art this way. These colour blocks were then captured in the various states of presentation offered by FACEBOOK. Mainly, I screen captured the block of nine images on my timeline. I used my iPad to achieve this. I then uploaded these new square colour grids and they became part of the grid of nine. Again, I captured these new grids and uploaded them too. In this process, (I felt) I was doing nothing wrong. I was uploading images I liked (and I had made) and referencing the maker’s web site (my web site), something many users do all the time. However, it seems my process fell foul of the FACEBOOK automatic spam detection ‘BOT. And so, this harmless art has been arbitrarily censored and hidden from us all. I say ‘hidden’ because I can find the images in my ‘support inbox’, but I cannot see them on my own timeline, as had been promised by the censor ‘BOT messages I have received. Additionally, the FACEBOOK ‘BOT has deemed my artist website to be ‘unsafe’ and blocked anyone from entering the URL in a post or comment (this block has since migrated to INSTAGRAM too). Which is ironic, given it is the safest it has ever been, after I spent a good deal of time adding an SSL certificate and removing all analytics and other potential sources of personal data tracking (goodbye GOOGLE analytics). So, here I am with a censored profile and not able to link my profile or page to my artist web site. There is also no clearly documented process to challenge this situation. But, I am an artist and I am always very happy when my art gets a reaction! I will be leaving this profile as-is until such time as the censorship is removed and my artist web site is unblocked. Should you wish to see the censored art in another context, I will attempt to install a link in the comments below.” REVAD 2018-11-05
Of course, this is a quote directly from my Facebook @revaddotcom profile. I have included one of the ten outcomes below and a link to a POD gallery displaying all ten above.
UPDATE: “my web site is no longer deemed ‘unsafe’. My posts have been released from limbo. However, I have deleted most of them. To be safe, I have removed links to R E V A D . C O M from the rest. I still consider FACEBOOK an unsafe place for direct connection to my safe, no tracking, artist web site. I am giving myself a cooling off period, before I consider what to do with this [FACEBOOK] account in the future. I have also removed direct links to R E V A D . C O M from my FACEBOOK PAGE. The same cooling off period applies there. No doubt I’ll be back sometime, if only to disable this [FACEBOOK] account. In the mean-time, you know how to find me elsewhere…” REVAD 2018-11-09
UPDATE: “After some thinking time, I have relinked this [FACEBOOK] profile and my page to revad.com. I have also linked a fresh Instagram account. But, there will be no more Facebook or Instagram inspired enquiries. In future, any major fidgeting will happen elsewhere.”. REVAD 2018-11-12