Revisiting: This Pontiac’s Got Byte – June 24th to July 17th, 2016

Last year, I participated in a group show with Bonnie, Cheryl, Cindy, Eric and Juli. Here’s an overview of the exhibit and my contribution.

 


THE PONTIAC’S GOT BYTE
June 24- July 17

Glen Hartle, Cindy Lottes, Juli Rowsell, Eric Fletcher, Bonnie Zimmerling, Cheryl Dolan

Vernissage June 24, 6-8 pm

The Pontiac Pics Photo Group brings together an unlikely cast of individuals united in the love of the craft. They have bonded thanks to geographic commonality and they are each others’ muses raising their creativity in the process. Through this melding, they endeavour to present their world through filters of gender, culture, background and atmosphere in ways that will leave you wanting more. Come see THIS PONTIAC’S GOT BYTE and be ready for the ride.


Each of us chose a different tack:

 

Bonnie presented landscapes and nature shots

Cheryl recreated works from master painters

Cindy showcased portraits

Eric presented nature prints on canvas

Juli presented stylized imagery

I presented “The Neglected Muses”

With my contribution, I wanted to ask the viewer to consider a story and this is what I had to say:

THIS PONTIAC’S GOT BYTE
There are three principles to expressing creativity in artistic endeavours: definition, inspiration and realization. And I suggest that each of these principles is often subjected to neglect, leading to an inability in achieving artistic self-actualization.
My contributions to THIS PONTIAC’S GOT BYTE offer my perspectives on this neglect through three pieces collectively titled “The Neglected Muses”. Each piece targets one of these artistic principles and calls out a pitfall, as I see it, to artistic actualization.
The Neglected Muses – Affirmation
The first principle of expression of creativity through artistic endeavours is the definition of art as it pertains to the individual motifs and methods we envision to eventually make concept into reality.

As we hone our craft, we often become somewhat perfectionist in our direction and our definition tends to focus more on the end result than on the composite pieces comprising the whole. We forget that every single component carries purpose of presence and position without which our definition of art would be moot.

The Neglected Muses – Affirmation” has taken an image and broken it into 24 smaller pieces while inviting the observer to interact with the image either by admiring each piece for its own merit or by moving the pieces until the image in its entirety is reconstructed. Either way, the individual components each receive the attention they deserve.
The Neglected Muses – If I See Further
The second principle of expressing creativity through art is inspiration. Somewhere and somehow, we are compelled to be creative and the inspiration which feeds us brings us back time and time again, affording us opportunity to know the source of the inspiration better with each gesture of creativity.

As we become more familiar with the source of our inspiration, we unwittingly allow this relationship to take for granted that which inspired us initially and in so doing sever the tap root without which our inspiration would be a hollow and lifeless shell.

The Neglected Muses – If I See Further…” takes 576 unique images of The Pontiac and creates a mosaic of 1192 individual tiles acting as a backdrop to a much larger and more dramatic icon of nature herself. The observer is asked to consider that the merit of the heron is only so because of the tapestry of nature within which it is found.
The Neglected Muses – Principal Principle
The final and perhaps most crucial principle is realization. At some point, the definition of art and the requisite inspiration will demand form to make complete the artistic expression. The list of contributing elements to artistic realization is long and personal to each artist. It can include equipment, location, time, people, mood, food, light, nature, etc. and a complete list is often unclear even to the artist.

Above all of these elements, which together make art possible, stands the muse. Every artist has a muse, whether they know it or not. I suggest that it is this muse that makes everything possible by enabling the true spirit of the artist and that without the muse, no definition of art nor collected inspirations are sufficient in quality or quantity to elevate creative output to the threshold of true artistic expression.

The Neglected Muses – Principal Principle” cautions the observer that the muse is perhaps the most easily neglected element of artistic expression. It is both familiar and present and at risk of being taken for granted until it is gone and with it any current hope of artistic self-actualization.
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