words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

2013

N E W D I G I T A L S C A P E S | V A R I A T I O N S – A link to my latest published art book

V A R I A T I O N S

http://blur.by/1pwpNN2
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2013 was a very good year for creativity and artistic exploration: I created a series of video art pieces, that I feel stretched the potential of my imagination. That exploration also enabled me to learn a variety of technical skills in editing within the creative aspect of visual and musical composition. Check out my “Experiment: Data Complex” series. Most notably, my latter sub-series “The World” (4 videos). But I digress, the purpose of this post is to introduce my latest published book entitled:

N E W D I G I T A L S C A P E S | V A R I A T I O N S

In 2013, my photographic and digital artwork could overall, be found, in the “Variations” series. A remix of imagery that explored ambiguity, memories, dreams, and emotional constructs. The book is a total of 140 pages and features over 100 images in a large portrait format. The link above will forward you to my bookstore @ Blurb publishing. There you will be able to access a 37 page preview.

And last but not least, I would like to thank all my fellow bloggers, whose support in 2013 has been a great inspiration.


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holding your absence

holding your absence

To a place too far
without the heart of here and now;
i hold onto your absence


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outside my window, i made the journey into my own reflection

outside my window | i made the journey into my own reflection

i thought I knew
what was there
here
without you


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we remember it all

we remember it all

Life like history
bound in timelessness;
and etched in collective memory ….


a tomorrow that never comes | a two ships passing, remix

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an ocean of dreams;
outside my window
with two ships passing …
and a tomorrow that never comes


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alpine skiing, downhill and super g | a minimal remix

alpine skiing, downhill and super-g | a minimal remix

It is the beginning of the season for the World Cup Championships in Alpine Skiing. This weekend a host of international women (next weekend the men), with the exception of injured USA number one, Lindsey Vonn are tackling the newly designed ski slope called “Raptor” in Beaver Creek, CO. Some exciting runs already in yesterday’s Downhill competition and today’s Super G. Most notably by Swiss skier Lara Gut who won both events. She has the chance for a hat-trick if she wins the Giant Slalom tomorrow. The Americans, however did not perform well and struggled throughout both events.

This post is an interpretation of what I feel could represent alpine skiing if seen from a minimalist perspective: Icy tones (snow), curves (slopes), sharp angles (speed) and geometric forms that can be seen as anything from ski poles, to broken bones. The hazards of a dangerous, but exciting sport.


sunrise under water | a minimalism remix

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I worked on this for over two hours last night after midnight. The piece kept pulling me back into my previous series “Variations”. I moved through various visual drafts trying to remember that the idea is to achieve a sense of visual minimalism. For me at times it is hard to say ‘enough’, its finished. I am slowly learning that a work of art can, in its minimalism, stand on its own.

Through Art …
I Feel like subtracting.


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minimalism | mirror and reflection

minimalism | glass with plastic wrap

Minimal constructs are inviting …

This past year I have been creating work in a series entitled “Variations”. I just completed the series with a published art book through Blurb publishing. I will post a link to the book store in an upcoming post. It was quite exhausting producing the book. A total of 138 pages. So now 2014 is quickly approaching. I have some tentative ideas for projects. Both in video and print. And I hope to reconnect once again with my fellow bloggers and be inspired.

Through art,
I feel like subtracting …


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experiment: data complex 10 | the world in recollection (a returning place remix) | video art HD

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“The World In Recollection” will be the last in my featured series of the emerging world concept. I am not sure where I will venture into next with video, but I hope to feature more of my own experimental imagery.


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variations | into abstraction: the memory outside my window


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variations | into abstraction: the place where all this started, this thirst (the playground remix)


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variations | into abstraction: hum, a bitter sweet song


experiment: data complex 9 | a world inside (a zen nature remix) | video art in HD

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“A World Inside (A Zen Nature Remix)” is an audio and visual remix of the video piece I composed a few months back entitled “Zen Nature | Landscapes for Well being”. In this remix I added the spinning globe, which I have been featuring in my two previous videos. The emerging global image represents the continuous complexity of societal and existential relationships: In “Data complex 7”, the focused was on social, civil, and political entities. In “Data Complex 8”, I explored emotional ambiguities, abstract thought, and memory attachments as it pertains to the individual. In this piece, “Data Complex 9”, I draw attention to the Earth itself, as a landscape for well-being and Spiritual connection. In the remix, small distinct sound samples were added to the soundtrack, along with poetic thought to the visual construct. The actual visual and aural part of the video ends around the 5 minute mark, with an additional 1:46 seconds of a black screen and silence. “Into creation, into silence”. A moment for the viewer to explore his or her own meditative recollection.


variations | into abstraction: a thoughtful moment on the horizon

It came to me
like a flash
[white
vertical
light]
ascending;
> i was,
… bound
with this thoughtful moment
of self reflection
and disappearance …
just beyond
the distant horizon


variations | into abstraction (a mirrored dream remix)

Seconds after awakening,
a mirrored moment
> my life
here and then

As we move through life, we think of friends and loved ones. Sometimes they visit us in our dreams. And seconds after awakening, we hold onto their presence … Last night I was in my grandmother’s home; Mrs. Aline Pearl Thorne, our beautiful, loving, family matriarch. Even now the dream slips from my consciousness, but the sound of her voice, and my joy in finding and embracing the familiar dinner dish she has prepared still lingers. I thought of a distant cousin, who had one time shared in this experience of family love. Distant we may be, but I can feel that across the continuum that is space and time, we share the same mirrored dream.


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variations | into abstraction (a silent place remix)


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variations | the beautiful things we see


variations | the view across the lake (a picture never completes the thought remix)

Sometimes, no matter the view, the picture never completes the thought.


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variations | a day in the life: contemplation at the lake

variations | a day in the life: contemplation at the lake

A day at Lake Rabon.


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variations | seconds from a waking sunrise with you

variations | seconds from a waking sunrise with you

full of reflection
the rising sun,
and your thoughts
just beyond
> waking in seconds


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variations | a pattern of maps and trails

variations | while you were gone

without hesitation
i followed
my map
your trail
> to the point of dreaming


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variations | biking (a maps, quotes, and trails remix)

The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets. ~ Christopher Morley

When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else’s heart. ~ Diane Ackerman

Life is like riding a bicycle – in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein

After your first day of cycling, one dream is inevitable. A memory of motion lingers in the muscles of your legs, and round and round they seem to go. You ride through Dreamland on wonderful dream bicycles that change and grow. ~ H.G. Wells, The Wheels of Chance


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variations | finding a beautiful place again

variations | finding a beautiful place again


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variations | when we see the beauty of things in a similar light

variations | when we see the beauty of things in a similar light