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Dredging

Instructional Designer at Kansas State University em Kansas State University
7 de Apr de 2022
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  1. Dredging A novice’s play in alcohol inks, alcohol markers, watercolor, (non)synthetic papers, digital photography, neural filtering, light compositing, and digital image editing… Shalin Hai-Jew April 2022
  2. 2 Blue Spring
  3. 3 Storm Light
  4. 4 Plumcot Blossoms
  5. 5 Whimsical Railroad
  6. 6 Chosen Path
  7. 7 On the Lake
  8. 8 Ornamental Grasses
  9. 9 Bloom Canopy
  10. 10 Fallen Branch
  11. 11 Dreams of Yellow Leaves
  12. 12 Snow on Waves
  13. Dredging • “Dredging” is the latest slideshow “sketchbook” of common art as a way to relieve stress in the time of the pandemic and to have some fun and to learn some new skills. • For weeks now, I have realized that the world shifted on its axis maybe in ways more profound than the pandemic wrought. Is pax Americana no more? • For years, researchers have talked about ambitious world leaders and interest in new world orders. And then, there was one move and then another and another. • As with changes in the world, there is silence and then suddenly no silence. 13
  14. Dredging(cont.) • On several recent weekend road trips, I have discovered my obsession with beautiful, leaning decrepit barns in the rural surround around my small town. There is something about collapsing former storehouses, how they fall in or out, how the roofs seem to go first, how there are piles of crumbled stone returning to Earth, and how every structure is overtaken by gradual time. There is something about a human work weathered back into nature. In some cases, some of the barns still have fresh hay rounds stored in them albeit without much protection from the elements. • Many farms have more modern structures [greenhouses, silos, modern barns, garages with modern tractors (large and small), well-kept fencing] alongside the older ones. • The photographer chooses the visual, though, and the older structures (barns, houses) are romantic. They evoke something straitened, used fully, and even frugal. Barbed wire fencing that has been simply mended gives off that sense, too. [The lines and textures are alluring.] 14
  15. Dredging(cont.) • Driveways in Kansas can be harrowing. Some go up very steep inclines and are very thin (accommodating one vehicle, with steep drop-offs on one side or even both sides) and with very little room for turning back around. Some start out like public roads but are actually private drives. [Personal driveways often have mailboxes right on the road edge. Public narrow gravel streets often do not, but they do have street signs.] • There is clearly pride in the land. Some properties, though, had giant dump piles: old refrigerators, worn tires, farm equipment, and other items left to molder. • When trying to turn the car around to inch back down the hill on the narrow gravel drives, I was a little worried that I would drive over something sharp and lose a tire. 15
  16. Dredging(cont.) • Some of the road trips involve exploring some of the smaller towns off I-70 and other freeways. Main streets look very similar, with the rows of brick and wood storefronts, many of them boarded over and closed. • In the Flint Hills and beyond, there are beautiful rolling hills, with muted colors and entrancing forms of trees and scrub. In a few short weeks into the warm season, it will spring into full color. • The land is stolid, even as the world around goes awry. This is even as inflation blows in like a wind and lifts value. 16
  17. Dredging(cont.) • Applying the AI-based neural filter effects and visual edits are like textual editing, choosing some features to emphasize over a myriad of others. The new result is a “child visual” of the various inputs. • Some of the visuals have their lines emphasized. Much of the original image carries through on these. • In some cases, the original photo or painting’s colors have been preserved. • People compare what they see to what they remember or think they know, and then they judge (im)plausibility. • People may engage an image if there is a story. If the image is by itself, un-storied, the neural filters add something of a different color, and if it is just slightly off, the image captures and holds attention (at least for a short while). 17
  18. On white synth paper 18
  19. 19 Flora
  20. 20 Chance Rain
  21. On digital variants 21
  22. 22 Goldleaf
  23. 23 Zebras
  24. 24 Tree and Sky
  25. 25 Pretty Rocks
  26. 26 Pile and Clouds
  27. 27 Thin Thread
  28. 28 East
  29. On born-digital variants 29
  30. 30 Afternoon
  31. 31 Penguin
  32. 32 Shelter
  33. 33 Scenting
  34. 34 Flow
  35. 35 Fence Lines
  36. 36 Roadside Daffodils
  37. 37 Quiet Stream
  38. 38 Porosity
  39. 39 Otter’s Swim
  40. 40 Bull and Barn
  41. 41 Balding Hill
  42. 42 Leaning Barn
  43. 43 Stand of Trees
  44. 44 Tilled Fields
  45. 45 Stately Oaks
  46. 46 Ripples
  47. 47 Stone House 3
  48. 48 Dry Stalks
  49. 49 Across Freeway
  50. 50 Silo
  51. 51 Burning Cropland by Freeway
  52. 52 Spreading Branches
  53. 53 Cows Grazing
  54. 54 Surfaces
  55. 55 Stone House 2
  56. 56 Electric Noon
  57. 57 Underground Utilities
  58. 58 Weather Vane
  59. 59 Sipping Pond
  60. 60 Stone House
  61. 61 Unsheltered Hay Rounds
  62. 62 Stone House 2+
  63. 63 Gravel Road
  64. 64 Dead Tree
  65. 65 Salamander
  66. 66 Grasses
  67. 67 Crossbeams
  68. 68 Sipping Pool
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