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Lou FCD



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 20 2011,08:40   

On a somewhat brighter note, I had two pieces in this year's All Student Art Show at school

Ceci n'est pas une pomme.



and Alcyone Bathes



A third piece, a still life called "Lust", didn't make the cut. :(

On the upside:

I won Best of Show



The show was jurored by Anne Brennan, acting director of the Cameron Art Museum. These were her written comments:

 
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Immediately attracted to William Tell reference and bodily expression of the subject. Is he staring at a drawn bow and arrow? He's anxious! I'm anxious for him! Then to discover the humorous title and reference to Magritte - what a lovely surprise for this viewer! I laughed right out loud alone with the work!!! Well conceived, executed and presented! And the lighting even reminiscent of a different time and age, although a contemporary subject - nice play between...


The piece gets bought by the Ann Flack Boseman Gallery and added to the permanent collection which is on display in the University Union and the Student Center.

I'm really proud of this, and had to share it with all both of you who hadn't yet heard me bragging incessantly about it since the show's opening on Thursday night.

Edited by Lou FCD on Feb. 20 2011,09:44

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 20 2011,11:22   

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I'm really proud of this, and had to share it with all both of you who hadn't yet heard me bragging incessantly about it since the show's opening on Thursday night.


Well congratulations!  And don't forget to thank all the little people that made it possible*...

Please send duplicate awards to (in no particular order)
J-Dog
Wes
Carlson & Carlson's "horses"
Arden & Arden's Mum
Louis & Louis's Mum, and Louis Jr.
Richard and richardthughes
DaveScot & David Springer
Janie Bell & Corporal Kate
Ras
k.e.
Maya
Khan
BWE
Wolfhound
Amadan
Afarensis
et al

And remember!  None of this would have possible without the extreme stupidity and total assholiness of Dr. Dr. William A Dembski and the total nuts at UD that have kept us and you amused, inspiring you to get in touch with all your inner wierdness and talent, and blasted you forth to exceed the normal probability bounds of awesomeness!

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 20 2011,14:16   

Bravo, sir, bravo.

Though to me the subject looks more resigned to his fate than fearful.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring William H. Macy. :-)

edit minor typo.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 20 2011,14:55   

Nice work Lou! Way to go on the Renaissance Man front.

Louis

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 21 2011,18:36   

Congratulations!!

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 21 2011,18:45   

Quote (J-Dog @ Feb. 20 2011,12:22)
 
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I'm really proud of this, and had to share it with all both of you who hadn't yet heard me bragging incessantly about it since the show's opening on Thursday night.


Well congratulations!  And don't forget to thank all the little people that made it possible*...

Please send duplicate awards to (in no particular order)
J-Dog
Wes
Carlson & Carlson's "horses"
Arden & Arden's Mum
Louis & Louis's Mum, and Louis Jr.
Richard and richardthughes
DaveScot & David Springer
Janie Bell & Corporal Kate
Ras
k.e.
Maya
Khan
BWE
Wolfhound
Amadan
Afarensis
et al

And remember!  None of this would have possible without the extreme stupidity and total assholiness of Dr. Dr. William A Dembski and the total nuts at UD that have kept us and you amused, inspiring you to get in touch with all your inner wierdness and talent, and blasted you forth to exceed the normal probability bounds of awesomeness!

Man, I can barely even begin to describe the web of links between those two photos and that list of people.

I followed a link from the Bad Astronomer (as I recall) one day to this place called The Panda's Thumb, where I learned about a little place called Dover and a TARD named Dembski.

I wound up here, and took a challenge from Arden a bit too seriously. JanieBelle was born and met a guy named DaveScot, who balked a bit and Kate was born. It was the girls who got the uh... creative juices... flowing. I realized I enjoyed creative writing, and I learned a bit of biology.

The girls met a girl named Kristine, and told her about this place. (This becomes important later.) A lot of other names on that list were fans and visitors to the girls' blogs.

I wound up going back to college, where I studied biology because of the attacks on science from the likes of Dembski and DaveScot, and while there began to take my writing (creative and otherwise) more seriously. It was a school project for a literature and writing class that got me to take my photography more seriously.

It was the encouragement of people like you, J-Dog, when you wrote things like this, that kept me going when school seemed like it would get the better of me. That one particular comment sticks with me to this day, by the way. Interestingly, I'm giving a presentation tomorrow morning on the legalities and history of creationism in American schools for my Religion v. Evolution senior seminar, and a lot of my presentation will draw from that very blog post.

The self-portrait above was taken in a moment of goofing around as an homage to Magritte because of a Facebook conversation I'd just had with Teh Witch. Then I was discussing Magritte and that conversation with my best friend in the grocery store, and she bought me the apple just for that reason. The best friend, please note, is the beautiful woman pictured above - in a horse trough, as it turns out. (Hellllooooo completely gratuitous Carlson reference!) I met said best friend in my Botany class last Spring.

Along the way I may or may not have taken a drunken ride on Louis' mum. That's really neither here nor there, but I figured I'd throw that in for lulz.

There are several threads in that web I have to keep to myself, too. It's a very tangled bank. :)

So in a very real, though slightly indirect way, I am where I am, doing what I'm doing, Biology and Art, because of Dembski and his creobot bffs. When I'm on the international lecture circuit and the NY Times best-seller list getting paid the big bucks to humiliate them very publicly and utterly mercilessly, they'll have no one to blame but themselves. In my spare time, I'll be taking award-winning nude photos of beautiful people. Oh, the irony of justice. It's almost enough to make me believe in Karma.

     
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Nice work Lou! Way to go on the Renaissance Man front.

Louis


Seriously though, not to get all sappy or anything, but thanks. Right now, I really do feel like I can do it all, and do it all well. It's kind of satisfying to hear stuff like that.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 21 2011,18:54   

Quote (fnxtr @ Feb. 20 2011,15:16)
Bravo, sir, bravo.

Though to me the subject looks more resigned to his fate than fearful.

Soon to be a major motion picture starring William H. Macy. :-)

edit minor typo.

Thanks! :)

Really? Hmm.. interestingly, you're the first to see it that way, but it's cool that the same image can have different meanings and effects on different people.

I'm just happy that it has any effect on anyone. :)

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 21 2011,18:55   

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Congratulations!!

Thank yeh, thank y'ver much.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 22 2011,06:26   

Remember to tell us how the talk went later today.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 22 2011,07:17   

Congratulations for the accomplishment!

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 23 2011,00:17   

Thanks, fusilier!
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Remember to tell us how the talk went later today.


The talk went well. The way the course is set up, the rest of the semester consists of two students giving a presentation each week that serve as springboards for discussions for that week. My instructor and I had decided that there was a lot of material to for me to cover, and that it might serve as a good backdrop for everyone else's presentations, so I went first and got both time slots for today.

Even so, there's just so much material that's important and relevant to understanding how we got where we are today that it would never all fit. I did the best I could to hit the highlights.

The other advantage for the class is that my broad overview introduced a lot of topics that could give some of the students who are less familiar with the subject ideas for their own, perhaps more specific, topics. Someone may have been interested today by something I said about Behe, for instance, and give their presentation on his role in the IDC movement, or cover the Dover trial, or (god forbid) the bacterial flagellum and "irreducible complexity".

My instructor took a moment in the hall before class to let me know that several students have approached her over the last few weeks about me. My first thought was, "BUT I HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN THAT STRIDENT!!!! yet." (Seriously, I've made a point to stay within the boundaries of the course, as instructed. It chafes a little some days, but I've stayed within the rules - no going after religion more generally.)

haha, it turns out that they "are a little intimidated" by my knowledge of the subject matter. I promised her I'd be gentle with them. :) It was pretty cool to hear her say she told each of them to jump right in and that I was probably more well-informed and up-to-date on the topic than she was. While I would find that a bit unsettling in any other type of class, this is a seminar that she's deliberately set up in such a way that we all come to the table as equals (well, except that at the end of the day, she's still giving the grades...) This is my first seminar, so I don't know if they're all set up that way, but hanging out here for the past 5+ years means I'm pretty comfortable.

Discussion afterward traveled along a few different threads, but mostly centered generally around how this all relates to the reasons evolution gets short shrift in U.S. high school classrooms today. Several students approached me after class to say they found the history very interesting. My instructor emailed me to say "Great job!"... and also I forgot to give her a hard copy of my bibliography. :/ whoops. (She said to just email her a copy, and I did.)

I don't know if anyone would find it useful or interesting, but I'd be happy to make my PowerPoint available if anyone does.

Edited by Lou FCD on Feb. 23 2011,01:24

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2012,08:30   

So I entered three pieces for this year's All Student Art Show. I was thinking I had more time before the submission deadline and was caught up short with the piece I really wanted to do. There was no way I could get that done in time, so here's what I entered:

Is There A Problem, Mister?



And here it is framed, a deviation from my usual minimalist taste



I really broke my ass to get that one done in under 24 hours so I could get it to the printer/framer's. I thought it was the best of the three, and had a real shot at winning something.

It got rejected, and didn't even show.

I thought this one might have an outside shot at an honorable mention:
Yes, Officer?



Apparently, humor was not enough to carry it, and it too got rejected and did not show.

I liked this one, but didn't think it would do anything at the show:
Do You Ever Get The Feeling You're Being Watched?



Turns out I may be a half-decent photographer, but I'm a shitty art critic.



What the hell do I know?



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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2012,12:11   

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Turns out I may be a half-decent photographer, but I'm a shitty art critic.

There are certain expectations for an academic art exhibit, and one I've seen a fair amount and may have had an influence is "rejection of the commercial". If it has to do with commerce or an aesthetic that is common in commerce, then it won't go far with an academic judge who has this in mind. That would explain why your first two images would go nowhere.

Back in my undergraduate days, I took several photography courses through the college of fine arts. My paid job at the time was as a staff photographer for the school newspaper. Some days I would be "on call", and the voice pager was the latest technology for putting editors in touch with photographers. One such day, I was sitting in on a graduate seminar being given by Jerry N. Uelsmann, the most prominent photographer on the faculty. There were maybe eighteen people in attendance. He was in fine form, giving a lecture on how photojournalism was killing the art of photography. Of course, before the end of class happened, my pager went off. Our most excitable editor's voice clearly carried across the room, going on about a reporter needing my photographic services at a particular place on campus, and get there ASAP. The longest part of the walk was the ten feet to the door of the lecture room.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 26 2012,14:04   

Quote (Wesley R. Elsberry @ Feb. 26 2012,13:11)
Quote (Lou FCD @ Feb. 26 2012,08:30)
Turns out I may be a half-decent photographer, but I'm a shitty art critic.

There are certain expectations for an academic art exhibit, and one I've seen a fair amount and may have had an influence is "rejection of the commercial". If it has to do with commerce or an aesthetic that is common in commerce, then it won't go far with an academic judge who has this in mind. That would explain why your first two images would go nowhere.

Ah, well that's something I hadn't thought about, thanks for bringing that to my attention. Of course, unless grad students are eligible wherever I end up, this is my last academic art show.

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Back in my undergraduate days, I took several photography courses through the college of fine arts. My paid job at the time was as a staff photographer for the school newspaper. Some days I would be "on call", and the voice pager was the latest technology for putting editors in touch with photographers. One such day, I was sitting in on a graduate seminar being given by Jerry N. Uelsmann, the most prominent photographer on the faculty. There were maybe eighteen people in attendance. He was in fine form, giving a lecture on how photojournalism was killing the art of photography. Of course, before the end of class happened, my pager went off. Our most excitable editor's voice clearly carried across the room, going on about a reporter needing my photographic services at a particular place on campus, and get there ASAP. The longest part of the walk was the ten feet to the door of the lecture room.


lol, I can just imagine! I really wish I could figure out a way to squeeze in some actual photography classes. On the other hand, the intro photo classes seem to be about developing film in a darkroom, and as interesting as that topic might be, it's not what I'm looking for.

The local camera shop holds weekly classes in a commercial setting, but frankly, having conversed on numerous occasions with the guys who work there, I'm not at all confident that my $30/class would be well-spent.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2012,09:48   

[quote=Wesley R. Elsberry,Feb. 26 2012,13:11]
Quote (Lou FCD @ Feb. 26 2012,08:30)
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Back in my undergraduate days, I took several photography courses through the college of fine arts. My paid job at the time was as a staff photographer for the school newspaper. Some days I would be "on call", and the voice pager was the latest technology for putting editors in touch with photographers. One such day, I was sitting in on a graduate seminar being given by Jerry N. Uelsmann, the most prominent photographer on the faculty. There were maybe eighteen people in attendance. He was in fine form, giving a lecture on how photojournalism was killing the art of photography. Of course, before the end of class happened, my pager went off. Our most excitable editor's voice clearly carried across the room, going on about a reporter needing my photographic services at a particular place on campus, and get there ASAP. The longest part of the walk was the ten feet to the door of the lecture room.

hehehe

Reminds me of the First Law:  "TriX, f/8, and be there.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2012,10:19   

Hey! Congrats Lou! Those look great!

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 27 2012,11:52   

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Hey! Congrats Lou! Those look great!

Thanks, Robin!

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 28 2012,12:04   

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Congratulations!

This is my favourite.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 28 2012,13:01   

My wife being an artist and all, I've been to way more than my fair share of art openings.  No matter what the judges write on their results page, they know what will win, place, and show within about 2 minutes of touring the works.

Art, as I'm sure you know, is purely subjective.  See, for me the first two pieces are more interesting in terms of subject matter.  There's obviously a story that could be told about those.  On the other hand, there's little technical brilliance.  The gator on the other hand, is technically brilliant.  The out-of-focus areas are useful in highlighting the detail and the totally off-center focal point... well, my wife would say it's excellent.

You got a judge that was interested in the technical details vs. the subject.

Like I said, I've been through way too many judging processes... and as someone who isn't actually involved in the art, I get a real behind the scenes view sometimes.  

Anyway, congrats.  I'll shut up now.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 28 2012,16:20   

10Q berry muy mucho.

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 28 2012,19:17   

Beautiful.  Congratulations.  The croc's not bad either.
:)

Way to go dude.

Edited by J-Dog on Feb. 28 2012,19:18

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(Permalink) Posted: Feb. 29 2012,17:16   

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Beautiful.  Congratulations.  The croc's not bad either.
:)

Way to go dude.

lol thanks!

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 01 2012,21:49   

Wow! Congratulations! :)

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 05 2012,06:01   

Quote (Kristine @ Mar. 01 2012,22:49)
Wow! Congratulations! :)

Thanks!

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