South Shore Art Center - "Order | Chaos"

I am pleased to report that two of my works were recently accepted to the South Shore Art Center as part of an open call for visual arts based of the themes of order and chaos.

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In this first photo, I am with fellow exhibitor and painter Elena Stoeva (https://www.elenastoeva.com/) standing guard in front of our submissions.  




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Here also are my accepted works, Tentacles and Shirt Brothers 8. The former is a digital collage made from public domain photographs… 


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…and the latter is a purely abstract digital edit of a scanned t-shirt, created as a move in a game played with my online collaborators, as I wrote about earlier.

Volleyball

My fellow digital artists and I play a game called Volleyball, where we take turns editing the same image and letting our individual approaches and techniques take it to new places through layered degrees of abstraction. This sort of practice has doubtless appeared under different names in the realm of digital abstract art alone, but we are proud to maintain our own system of rules and guidelines, and to adapt and expand our game with each new “chain” of pieces.

Below, you can find some examples of my own contributions, from three of the more successful chains cultivated over the past year and a half. (click to advance)

Of course, the game must be viewed from the beginning onwards and with each participant’s contributions in order to have its full effect, which means leaving this site and following the progress of the various posts we have made across social media platforms. [x] [x] [x]

High Contrast


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I recently installed five of my pieces at the famous Moan and Dove bar, in Amherst, MA. The thoroughly chill atmosphere and muted lighting provided an excellent opportunity for me to revisit a high-contrast style of digital collaging I first experimented with in 2014, with the pieces Asgard and Olympus. The other three, Baba Yaga’s House, Shambhala, and Stairs, were all created within the last month or so, with this installation in mind.

Thermostat Authority

On the evening of December 30th, a friend and I decided out of the blue to produce and publish a 3-track album, in less than an hour. It's quite silly, and you can listen to it or download it for free right here.

I wrote the lyrics and came up with the album cover and track art, and Ivy "Captain Asuka" langley handled all of the actual musicianship. We're currently working on another album. . . one with a bit more forethought, content, and collaborators, so stay tuned.

Here are all four of the beautiful pieces I made to accompany the music; click to advance the slideshow.

Touch the Merchandise

About a year ago, I started uploading some of my designs to Society6, a nifty service that lets artists and photographers go from "I have a digital image on my computer" to "Anyone can buy this image as a print, or on a shirt, or mug, or whatever" pretty much instantaneously. While it wouldn't be quite accurate to claim that I have my own line of clothing and accessories, you can nevertheless choose from about a hundred of my designs in a wide variety of formats, if you feel like it. Check out https://society6.com/waltergreenleaf and keep an eye out for new designs in the future. As of the 22nd of September, 2017, I've been publishing a new one every morning.

At the present, I only receive about 10% of all Society6 proceeds for my work, but I'm not using Society6 as a way to cash in. For me, coming up with patterns that have a potential practical use is a great way to flex the creative muscles, and knowing that anyone who happens to take a liking to them can actuate that potential is the icing on the cake. At the end of the day, what better outcome could there be than my grandma getting to wear a shirt with a pattern made from photographs of the sunrise she took herself? Now THAT'S a collaboration!

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Killer Elephants on a Kung-Fu Rampage!

Creating an album cover for a serious project was one of my early artistic goals, and I passed it in June 2016 with the release of Killer Elephants on a Kung-Fu Rampage. Will Maybury, the composer of this album, is an old friend of mine. I'm not exactly prepared to discuss it in terms of music critique, that's not my forte, but I can tell you that it's unlike anything I've ever heard before and I enjoy it a good deal.

Please check out Killer Elephants; you can listen to it or download a pay-what-you-want copy right here: p2n2.bandcamp.com.

I made the cover out of found photographs and screenshots from the obscure foreign movie after which the album is named.

Setting Up

This has been a long time coming!

I've stumbled along carelessly for ages, as an Artist On-Line, distributing my creative works in all their varied forms across dozens of platforms without a care in the world, but no longer. Once I get this sparkling new website up and running, it'll be a one-stop-shop: portfolio, gallery, archive, contact hub, marketplace, comic host, whatever. 

To my friends and collaborators: thank you for sticking with me through the years.

 

 

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