I am an experienced printmaker, photographer, painter, and a novice Max user. Paul Cantanese, a hybrid media artist, introduced me to Max several years ago. Initially, my foray into MAX was frustrating, having little to no programming skills and my understanding of math is somewhat shaky, but never the less I plunged in. I have always been excited about image making and intrigued by the thought of creating an image generator, a system that captured, scrambled and output images the way I envisioned them. I then hand print the images using traditional printmaking processes.
My earliest light and sound experiences were 60's where I would attend dance concerts at the Fillmore and Avalon Ballrooms in San Francisco. The light shows expressed the moments in light, and I would stand transfixed watching intently, images accompanied by the sound, not the other way around.
I have been trying to express my particular vision ever since. Max has helped accomplish that. I continue to fumble my way through.
"In Gridville mind-numbing complex systems struggle to regulate and maintain order in a cyber-optic spider web where lust and greed are lynchpins for celebrity obsessed, creature comfort driven, image-conscious consumers." V. Quatroche, 2005
This new notation from Gridville, is a first in a series of images constructed and grabbed through an image generator, a sort of playground.
A fitting way to create images that are a synthesis of momentary notations; a compilation of photographs, drawings, and miscellany amassed over time, here in Gridville.
The Notations from Gridville series creates a very loose linkage to poems written by Vincent Quatroche. Gridville is that place we all inhabit from time to time where we are either passing through it and notice nothing or the nuance of every shadow, word and action are seen in crystal clarity. The pieces are derived from ink drawings based on body and engine schematics from parts manuals. Those drawings are scanned enlarged and hand-printed using the processes of Xerox transfer and paper-plate lithography.