Monday, March 5, 2018

Going commercial

Going commercial

I would hope so, I mean sure it will be nice if I sooner or later, rather sooner, start to make a living out of my life and work. One way to that is is by simply selling art works which I very recently started to do via PattyMorgan online art gallery founded in the Netherlands.
See previous blog post for a example of that or just visit my section by clicking the following link:

another way of getting more commercial is by trying to sell my expertise as a maker, photographer, videographer, editor, writer etc.

Therefor I am currently working on a new website to promote my work and skills, but also working on get my skills and work spread out among different media platforms. One of such is a social media kinda-like platform for creative industry. The website is founded and in that sense located in the UK and therefor also must of its users still though I believe it is another way to present my work and get more viewers and hopefully known and picked up.

Being and artist and work in the creative field nowadays requires more of a different approach then for example 20 years ago. and I have to focus on selling a broad spectrum of work that I can deliver on a global market.

for an view on my more commercial aimed portfolio visit my profile at thedots;

A new website with more info and full portfolio plus cv will soon be launched. First things first.

thedots & pattymorgan


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Flow, 5th Winter, Untitled - Work for Sale

Work for sale, edition print from upcoming project Flow.

An edition reproduction print of this photograph with written text can be purchased via Patty Morgan (Online art gallery in the Netherlands).
Buyer will receive a 15x21 cm sized reproduction printed on fine art paper, mounted on foam (this is additional, yet included in the price) Price is including shipping within the Netherlands.
Print will be signed, dated and numbered and comes with a certificate and a short written, personal thank you letter for the buyer.

In the near future also the original work (written text on photo print) will become on sale, however this will obviously an edition of 1 and therefore considered as a unique piece, having influence on the price rate.

More information and ordering please visit the me on Patty Morgan:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Flow (2) Bringing flow back alive. (essay)

Picking up and renewing an old project.

It was somewhere in the autumn of 2013 when I started on 'Flow'. In September that year I had come to a point that I was done with photography, done with stress, disappointments and frustrations or what not else that came along with doing photography projects and making photo documentaries. It is hard to recall the exact feeling and explain in detail what exactly had been bothering me at the time but I do remember the strong desire to do something else for a while. At that very moment I was studying photography at the art academy and just enrolled into my third year.

After all I of course didn't really quite photographing, actually quite the opposite had happened. I started to photography even more, only without much limitations, rules, direction or any purpose. It had freed me to a certain extent, that is what I had been longing for the most. Although I did need some work-frame and thus I decided to solely shoot with a analog camera and only use black and white film, motivated by the fact that it would allow me to easily develop the films myself. And at same time not being able to really see what I had photographed till I decided to develop the rolls, which mostly happened only up to two or three weeks after shooting.

I used a cheap 35mm camera, its brand I don't consider as relevant now, but the relevant part is that I kept it simple in a sense that I only used one camera, which I carried around 24/7. It became the tool which helped me documenting my life and make notes. I photographed everything randomly, anything I felt was needed to be snapped would find a place on one of the many rolls. 
But slowly on I started to loose a little on my framework I had created, which was solely technical. I also started to write notes, and anecdotes, some poems and fictional short stories. And eventually also drawings and sketches and later on also stepped away from my limit of analogue photography by shooting videos material with an old DV-camcorder. It became a diverse collection of material, 
a rare documentation of my daily life.

It had all started aimlessly and purposeless, freed from any pressure. But slowly started to get a form, simply by accepting that it was a documentation of daily life. And since I was still a art student I had to make a 'project', I should develop after all as a student, a maker, and as a potential artist.

Thus I considered the material as a potential project. And from avoiding making photographs and making project I rolled back into that process of creating and making again. Of course this is a brief explanation of what had happened and the process I went through and it is possible to dive deeper in that process, analyses and explain it more precisely, nonetheless I will have to skip that and I make a big leap. The point of my story is that this process resulted into a project which is now know as 'Flow'. A digital presentation (can been found on my website) of photographs, videos and written text. Even though flow doesn't contain all the material I had made and is still a selection, and also have been in the state of on hold, it has always have been there to been picked up again.

But it needed time, a lot of time and it is now that I can reflect upon it differently and see both the strong and weak sides of this project but also the relation and similarities with the projects I have made after Flow.

Always have I had issues in working on projects, at least into finalizing , concluding them etc. Still though I managed to successfully finish the art academy, and even graduated from a Master program very recently. I am finished being an art student, have had dealt with many frustrations etc related to artistic process and projects, and now again came to a point where I need to free myself. And find fresh energy and a focused way to continue my artistic practice.

Flow, even after it became officially a project, had worked for me because it could continue endlessly with the process of making, as long as I wished for and was almost borderless, it give a all lot of freedom and inspiration and avoid many things I though of as not my piece of cake, all in all it worked very fine to me.

Working on flow was as making a visual sketchbook public, as a artistic blog. It more or less represents me at that time, me as a maker, visual artist, thinker, me as a person as a human being.  And when looking back on flow, with all the other works in mind I have developed over the recent years, I dare to consider flow as my first attempt to show the blueprint of my personal and artistic mind and stream of thoughts and ideas with a poetic and romantic, sometimes gloomy, melancholic and nostalgic tone.

Only later in my time at the academy I started to develop a way of working wherein my process of making, researching and thinking etc would become the work itself. During my graduation period at the art academy I was doing a research on the road/travel movie genre. A research into this specific film genre to figure out its meaning and development in relation to current social issues as well as the visual language of this genre and its development. I made different artistic works along side my research and writing the thesis, I made various reactions on the theme in many different forms but never really finished a piece or came to any clear conclusion. Again I got stuck in the process, which I personally didn't mind at any rate, I considered the research and artistic process as more fun and important then any conclusion or official end, as cliché as it is the project became a travel story itself, where being on the way is more important then any destination.

Later on during my studies a Master program I had the same troubles in both keeping focus, and working towards a direct end conclusion and finishing the project. And I attempted multiple times to avoid a certain part of process which is mainly considered as important.

I was working on a project named 'In search for a sublime blue' where I was searching for the blue which can only be seen in mountains on the far horizon. An attempt to capture that unreachable forever distant blue, but even more a attempt to capture the attempt and search itself. 
Also here the project functions as a double metaphor, the distant blue (on the horizon) as the desire to never arrive, and keep searching and wandering boundlessly.

Despite the many misunderstandings, from both sides, on how I wished to work and create and design my work process, I managed to find a way to finish off the project into a single screen video projection, and as I use to call a 'visual novel', due to its tone and use of text.

I am assure that this blue project has still potential to become more then this single film. But more interesting at this moment I am assure the process, despite how much I have hated, did help me to unconsciously develop me even more as a maker. Here I am again, planning to make a restart with Flow, however this time with different focus. I will free myself again, yet I will as well use the tools and skills I have developed during my recent studies and projects.

I will start over again with Flow, this time I will not limit myself by techniques and use any tool I prefer to work with, from black and white photography to color and video, sounds recordings, text etc. What will be a focus point is that it will get a very strong poetic and novelistic character with a autobiographical reference. It will become contain notes of daily events, experiences, thoughts and so on, mixed with a visualization of my artistic process and reflections. Flow just as it once was be as a sketchbook, as well as a visual autobiography.

In the past years, since I had launched the first Flow project, I have been keep collecting images, photographs, writings, videos etc which together give this honest and personal inside. But also will function to reflect not merely upon me but can be relevant to everyone and a reflection upon the arts.

It will be a flow of information, in a form of which I believe is close to how we communicated nowadays and will become a dominant communication form in our near future. I have personal fascination and believe that we will soon arrive in a post-image society. Meaning images will still surround us, and most likely more and more, but also become more intertwined with many different forms of communication. Photographs, videos, animation, graphics, drawings, illustrations, text, symbols will soon be adapt as one. Our ways of communicating keeps changing and I believe that language in general (this might also be related to the fast globalization and and the obstacle of different languages) slowly will become a more visual-based language, one that everyone can and will understand. This will also have influences on literature and most fascinating this will push the world of literature to develop and renew itself. I see flow also as a opportunity to use it as a test case for experimenting with the concept of the visual novel. Creating autobiographic literature where text goes together with visuals and sound.

Just as in my road movie project and my search for blue, will Flow be a project without a end or destination, without conclusion and without a guideline an ever growing collection as a reflection upon life. Still this story is very abstract and might be somehow hard to grasps but as soon Flow(2) will be launched I am sure it will clear up a lot. Also will I come back on some points, discussed earlier in this text.

In 2018 I will publishing the new digital version of Flow with chapters to give it some focus and linearity.

Eventually I would work on a non digital publication as well. Also will I start designing and developing a strategy to present the work in an spacial and exhibition worthy form. And will the work soon being presented on various platforms and arenas.

More info will follow up soon, for now all I say flow will soon be reborn.

In case of any questions, suggestions or other forms of interest please do not hesitate to contact me.

**images follow up later**

Sunday, January 1, 2017

In Search for the Sublime Blue:

Work in progress  / sketchbook material

Just a little  blog post on the first of January.
A digital image scan of my workbook showing the first reparation for an mountain hike on and around Storžič and a photograph of a selection of 10x15 photo prints and a (very) short story in my workbook. All part of my search for the sublime blue light.

Scan of sketchbook, Dec 2016

Work in Process, December 2016, Kranj, Slovenia

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

In search for the Sublime Blue: abstraction


Still I am on my journey to find that Sublime blue, that particular light but I got lost in a landscape so minimal that it felt as if I was caught in a abstract painting.

"Untitled Blue #3"


Sunday, December 25, 2016

In Search for the Sublime Blue:

In Search for the Sublime Blue:

Trip To Storžič 

It's another day I planned a new field trip. This time I will head for my befriended mount Storžič. A summit some two hour walk North East of Kranj, my home town for the time being.

I knew that somewhere around
Storžič and the surrounding hills the light will be (when the weather is perfect and according to the local weather forecast it should that day) perfect and shall fall in between the mountains in a mystic way and it must be easy to find that sublime blue light I am looking for.

If the weather was good. Only I couldn't really predict that and apparently neither the local weather forecast. The milky white clouds which formed during the past night, 
didn't disappear by sunrise and it would stay for the rest of the day. The clouds were so low and so thick that sunlight wasn't only diffused by it but also gave the land a monotone grey-blueish tint.

I when I left early in that morning, still with hope for better weather and a clear sky in the coming afternoon, the sky looked pale grey. The idea of giving up the potential of this very day never crossed my mind, with unintentional obstinacy I went on, heading towards the foot of the mountain. All I carried with me was hope, 
obstinate hope that during the day this mass of clouds would break open and sunlight would come through.

But the further I got, the more time passed, the later it became meaning that I got closer to the time of sunset, and then there won't be any light at all. I would have to turn back, and find my way in the dark night through a damp forrest for at least 3 kilometers.

And not only time passed and the kilometers under my feet I also started to gain hight with every step I took in the direction of the mountains I got closer to the altitude of 900 meters, or 889 meters to be precise. That's were sv. Lovrenc is situated, a little white church on top of the hill on the foot of mount
Storžič and looking out over Bašelj.

I had at least 10 kilometers behind me and passed
Bašelj when I started to get surrounded by thick mist. Everything around me became covered with fog and before I knew I was completely sucked up in a bleached white out landscape. I must have enter the same altitude that clouds found as there place to rest this grey December day.

I realized that this must be the clouds, I feel a rush of energy inside me knowing now that if this are the clouds then I can get through them. I can get on the other side, I can get on top of them. Reach the sun, if the sun doesn't break through then I will do, I just have to climb as high as needed. And since I was on my way up to
Storžič anyway, that wouldn't be that much of a problem.

But until now I only got lost in the clouds. The surrounding landscape disappeared in the thick fog which enclosed me as an white blanket, wetting my cloths and cooling my face.

Only in the forrest, more up hill it did open up again, even though this happened just a tiny bit, it gave a certain feeling of release. It seemed like the trees could prevent the clouds from entering the forrest all the way to ground level, although they couldn't prevent the cold from making them turn frosty white. I was caught in a winter wonderland with no view on any sky.

When I reached the top of the hill with the church on it, I was certain that I now was the epic center of the clouds. The church was barely visible, even from a few meters distance and the view on the valley all the way to Kranj and further, which you normally have from here was totally covered by this dense white wall of what is simply just water. The idea that an panoramic view stretches out just a few meters in front of me behind this white curtain made me shiver.
I turned around the church knowing there should be a path behind it leading me me higher up, above the clouds. to be continued...   

all images © Martijn van Mierlo 2016

Friday, December 9, 2016

In search for the Sublime Blue

"Deep blue mountains rise out a sea of clouds that covered the land, 
with a thin milky white layer, as far the eye could reach. 
And one with a vivid imagination, would see, it reaches beyond sight."

Untitled Blue #02