This week, I’m trying to wrap everything up for The Bridge to get ready for the symposium in New York. To get ready, I’ve been working on three main things: talking with Richelle about hanging art, and editions and pricing, and finalizing the text for our collaborative project.
This week, when Richelle and I talked via Google+, she explained how to hang lightweight art on walls without damaging the art. She has this cool method of putting nails into walls and then placing magnets over the head of the nail. The art hangs suspended between the nail and the magnet. I’m pretty sure my prints will be light enough to try this.
My first set of prints from last week’s post was a test set. Now that I have printed these, I can select more neurons and dendrites to print, and maybe even print multiples of some of these images. Richelle explained how editions work in printing, and recommended that I make about 20 or 25 prints of each. Richelle explained to me that the funny thing about digital art is that it’s hard to define what is an original vs. a copy. Since the exact same thing can be printed multiple times, she told me digital artists use editions to designate a certain number of original prints.
She showed me how to sign the back with the edition number. While these may all seem like commonplace logistical details to a full-time artist, this information was all new to me, so I’m really glad to have Richelle and Julia to ask about these things.
My plan for this week is to print everything else I’ll need at the show, and to finalize the text for my collaborative project of illustrating science with Richelle. In finalizing the text, I want to make sure that I didn’t write anything that’s scientifically incorrect while trying to write with non-technical metaphors. Also, I may add a few new texts for Richelle to illustrate. Specifically, I am thinking about debunking the myth of being “right brained” or “left brained.” (In case you’re curious, you should know that your whole brain works all the time. Unless you have a specific disease.) I also would like to debunk the myth that people use 10% of their brains. People are complex – we perform complex actions, use language, make coordinated movements, think about complicated stuff, and all these actions keep our whole brain working all the time.
Here are photos of some of the images I’m planning to bring:
Contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in the art and want me to send you a photo where it’s easier to see the prints individually. I’m thinking about starting a website to display my art more clearly, but for now, just email me and I’ll happily send you photos and details.