Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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15:08 2016-11-15

- Being an artist has never been harder than it is today, in my opinion, frankly;
- You couldn't imagine the lengths that I have to go to just to be able to do my work;
- For instance, I was out doing some urban sketching and was accosted by a gentleman who seemed concerned; He wanted to know what I was doing;
- Not only did it break my concentration, it killed my inspiration;
- Isn't it obvious what I'm doing standing there with a large notebook and pencils and a pencil sharpener? What do you think I'm doing?
- Much worse than that, now everyone is walking around taking pictures of everything in the village; No wonder the construction workers are worried; I would be too if I had to do a dangerous job like that and had to concentrate on my work while people were gathered all around taking pictures;
- Wait, it gets worse than that; My biggest fear is that someone thinks that I am spying on them; I am in a public place making pencil drawings, but you never know; I wouldn't want to look like I was an undercover agent spying on construction workers or something, you know, spying on the mafia or I don't know what;
- I'm just an artist, I don't know anything about that stuff, I just know that it's the first time in my life that a construction worker accosts me to ask me what I am doing;
- I'm not scared because it was a drawing of a church, my parish church, AND because I'm a professional painter; I can show him my cards if he wants, I'm actually, genuinely a professional painter;
- But since then, actually before I went out to do some urban sketching, I officially shut down all art operations indefinitely. I'm not doing anything until Spring, 2017. If that changes, I will tell you;
- Art is officially dead. It's impossible to make great art in 2016, just so you know. Not with so many people following you around trying to be like you. They are trying to be like their IMAGE OF WHAT AN ARTIST IS... and they are wrong. They don't understand what discipline it takes. Now I have to remove all of the work I'd been doing, every last trace of everything I did for the last 15 years that could be slightly tasteless if seen from this new perspective of paranoid construction workers and stupid people trying to be like A.G.;
- You've officially ruined my Christmas. I've been working on this concept literally for 15 years. Now I have to shut everything down and try to find another source of income so I can make it through the winter;
- Thanks a lot, you've killed the Art of Painting. I can't even share with you what I'm working on, it could get me stuck in concrete or at the bottom of the river, you stupid assholes.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

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06:54 2016-11-13

- It will be time soon to start documenting all of my recent experiments in painting and sound design, musical composition, as well as attempts at writing something good and meaningful;
- I have spent much time in contemplation, of my other art projects from the past; It wasn't always good, and I no longer aim at perfection in anything, except maybe in purity of heart, if that is even attainable;
- There are evildoers in the world and there are even evildoers who wish to do me harm; I can feel it, and I know what you're thinking, Oh he's just being paranoid. Sure, you might be thinking that and that's totally okay. There's a difference though, you feel it when someone's standing 52.4 yards behind you and walking in your direction, and least when you're me. But these people are not in the vicinity, it's just people sometimes when they run into me through the art that I post on-line or something, I get a "pull in the force" if you will when evil is near; And I blow it away like a small butterfly with a kiss. Mucho gracias seƱor!
- I made a few paintings recently and posted on-line what I had written over the last few months for the Archives-Project Novel; I did that last night, posting the stuff on-line;
- I am still learning the documentation methods, developing them further; So far so good, I tentatively call it The New Documentation; and I have been writing about and developing the Ambient Methodology in my Practise;
- Basically, the Art Operation here at the Historiotheque consists of a Professional Painter, a Philosophy/Historian/Critic, a Sound Designer/Composer, and of course there is the Script Supervisor, maybe a few other workers to keep the place clean. Of course you need someone to do the math, so you have a kind of Accountant;
- WARNING: This set-up is fictional, it's what one might call a "conceptual persona" of sorts; The Historiotheque doesn't yet exist the way that I would like it to and from experience I know that talking about it in this way, people will steal the idea; They always do; And that's okay, because they always do whether I talk about it or not, there can be no other way; So I spent the last 20 years designing a way that I can keep just doing my painting and writing beautiful music and so forth, and maintain the peace, inside and outside; The WARNING is for evildoers; You've come to the wrong place, it won't work, I designed the damn methodology, you idiot; You think I didn't put a backdoor in? If you go searching for a secret backdoor in this, it will only lead you to much sincere laughter and sacred joy; If it doesn't then YOU SHOULDN'T BE READING THIS, LOOK AWAY, NOW! You are an abuser;
- But... it is reflected in the novel, in the fictional characters of Painter A., Evelyn, Dr. Kropotkin, J.G. Dufray, et al. Awfully scribal of me, I find it endearing in any case. But it could be used for evil, but only by me, and I am a very good person, hence the name A.G. Trying to corrupt me is like a mouse trying to wrestle an elephant to the ground, an elephant with no feeling in his feet, who is blind, and thirsty for eating - or crushing - mice; Not gonna happen soon;


Archives-Land Fragment Containing Sublime Freeport.
A.G. (c) 2016. All Rights Reserved.

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13:43 2016-11-13

- The Archives-Land painting I recently finished and put on-line is also part of another Series/Collection that I have begun and that will figure prominently in this new Archives-Project which I began several years ago; Namely, within this highly interdisciplinary practise, albums of songs are being written, recorded, and produced, as well as many different kinds of images, different series within series, different subprojects within projects, etc.; And this one is also meant to be a representation of a kind of "House" if you will that lives on the inside, in my cavernous heart;
- Yet there is no magic or mysticism in this, it's just that I need to always remain calm, collected, and composed when doing my important work AND I must try as best I can to remain detached and disconnected from my art work; This is a necessity because since I can't stop being interrupted altogether when I work, even when I pray, I am forced against my will to turn inward into more contemplation; And the end-product, at the end of the line, is that I am even stronger and have a much bigger heart of resolve, with much more resolve and resolution, and my art practise just gets better, as well as my workspace, my lifespace, in short, everything is okay, all is good and clear and fun here at the Historiotheque, AND All is Beautiful; Amen to that;
- BUT... there still remains a great deal of work for me to do; I must keep maintaining the workspace of my Atelier as clean as possible, and of course like everyone else I need to take care of myself, my health, my sanity and so forth; But I chose this job because I couldn't do anything else; I tried as many different things as I could and was blocked at every step of the way; So I began truly reflecting on all of these things, and I just used my art practise as a sort of catharctic tonic for my world-weary soul; AND it is working, I feel a trillion times better right now than I did last night when I went to bed; That's a sure sign that everything I did helped me overall, BUT if and only if (iff) I can sustain this level of stability and happiness and joy throughout the coming winter, so that by next Spring I am ready to finish all of the commissions that have been made of me, and start work on other related projects;
- People often think I lack discipline. That's a darned shame. I have too much discipline. I see this as a great "Age of Discipline". If you really want something in life and think you deserve something in life, then you have to be prepared to work very hard for it, and it's not always easy, i.e. there are roadblocks along the way, hard choices to make on the lifepath, and that is true of EVERYONE;
- Even a young child will find it hard at times, will not always understand and certainly won't understad everything ALL AT ONCE, and that's totally okay. I'm often like that, a small child just being born, thrown into the world; And people criticize me harshly, "throw stones at me" to use an old expression, and that's okay too, because I can take it; I'd rather they throw stones at me than on my baby sister or someone else who maybe couldn't take such abuse;
- The thing is, I'm just going to naturally dissuade people from doing things of the kind, because I am strong and free and a proud man, to be a Canadian, amongst other things;
- People are scared mostly because they are hiding secrets; And that's maybe okay for them, you're always allowed to have your own tiny "secret garden" inside; It's just that my "secret garden" looks more like the Archives-Painting posted above; I turned it into a kind of religion; And while it might look beautiful to you, my painting representing the contents of my character, the purity of my heart, etc., to me it is very grotesque, even carnivalesque, but if I just go all the way to the bottom of the "basement" in myself, inside me, in the cavernous heart of sadness that I have, eventually I get a tiny tickle deep in the abyss which sends waves of joy supreme throughout the rest of my being;
- And I only ever do something, anything, even wash the dishes, when I am in that state of serenity and repose after I did the hard work, the emotional labor of sticking to my discipline and everything else that was good in the world and in myself, my work, etc., that actually helps maintain inner peace in me; Then when I am in a state such as that, and I do my work, I believe wholeheartedly that my paintings and songs and writings will NOT spread confusion and disarray, disbelief, etc.;
- While I can never guarantee that someone will not TRY to cause strife through me, through my good hard work, I feel compelled to produce an official statement or message, just to make sure: Please take good care of those around you, of your family, of your loved ones; It really does start there, changes of the heart start there; One must spend time with the elderly, and provide the best care possible; One must provide food and shelter and of course love and all other positive things that fulfills their needs, and it is universally true, does not just apply to your immediate family; There are kids suffering all over the world; AND that all starts by taking good care of one's self, in the globality of one's Life Hygiene, if you must;



A.G. (c) 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

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23:52 2016-11-02

- I have been meaning to post on my Antilog for quite some time now, since I last posted circa December, 2015;
- I have had much to say, just little time to contribute to doing so;
- Much has happened, much has changed. I will try to lay out a few of the most pertinent recent developments concerning my Art Operation@The Historiotheque (my art studio);
- I have moved. I relocated nearby, in the Old Village, last May, 2016. I moved the entire operation, the Archives and everything, WITHOUT LOSING ANY BUSINESS CONTINUITY WHATSOEVER;
- Right now I am wondering why no one ever mentions the very important work of one S.L. Thaler or one David Cope when they speak about art qua machine intelligence;
- Computational creativity isn't just a theory or a possibility, it has been done, provably, countless times in the course of recent history. Yet no one seems to recognize the fantastic work done by what to me are the world's greatest living (at times non-living, no longer extant) ARTISTS ("modern" artists, if you will);
- For instance, William S. Burroughs composed novels via algorithmic methods, computational thought not necessarily "machine-based" in the way that we understand it today in the 21st century;
- As early as the 1980s and 1990s, artists and other innovators were generating art via computer. Yet no one in the "machine intelligence" industry/discipline/discourse has EVER mentioned them, at least not in my research thus far;
- I will come back to these and other topics Top-of-Mind at a future Point-in-Time. The point was just to get back to the work of logging these and other important developments and catch up on the BACKLOG of things that have occurred since my last ANTILOG UPDATE (a.k.a. BACKUP);

Monday, December 14, 2015

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11:03 2015-12-14

* I find that many of the "problems" that people are talking about are actually not real-world problems, but abstract problems;
* That's fine with me. I happen to like thinking about abstract problems, working on them and so forth. The difference is that with real-world problems there is struggle, grief, risks (potential losses) and so forth. People get hurt. Real people.
* I think that a lot of people are mistaking abstract problems for real-world problems, and consequently wasting their time;
* I say, identify the real-world problems (and work on those first). Then, you can work on as many abstract problems as you want and do it with a clear conscience knowing that you didn't waste your time trying to solve abstract problems that had no impact whatsoever on the real, physical world;
* Granted, often one has no choice but to think or work through abstract problems, even while trying to work out solutions to real-world problems. The two are often deeply connected.


Sunday, September 13, 2015

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02:04 2015-09-14

* The "ArtOps" circles represent what I call "Art Operations" in a system I am developing (I'm only developing the theory for now). Basically, they represent "art practises", except that in this model, they are modelled as DAOs or "distributed autonomous organizations".
* The "broker_ops" are also DAOs, a.k.a. "Broker Operations". And it's the same for the "Art Exchange" which is just a kind of "Art Market", modelled as a kind of "Financial Exchange" if you will, also a DAO.
* Basically, you can just imagine each circle as an "automaton" or "finite state machine" or "abstract machine", if you want. The "ArtOps" machines need the "broker_ops" machines to interact with the "Exchange" machine.
* Many ArtOps interact with many brokers who interact with a single Art Exchange, at least that's as far as I've gotten for now.
* It's mostly a system I am modelling for a series of novels I'm writing. It's something that characters in the novel will be building, these interconnected systems of Distributed Autonomous Organizations.

Art Operations Ecosystem by A.G. (c) 2015
"Art Operations Ecosystem" A.G. (c) 2015

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18:25 2015-09-13

* I just started a new series I am tentatively, unofficially calling "Whitewashed". Here is the documentation which I do via a Python program that I wrote.

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Time: Sun Sep 13 12:06:46 2015

Experiment: WRITING-WITHOUT-WRITING PART II (Official)

Statement of Purpose: I am investigating new possibilities in making visual representations that resemble text, or scripts, but are actually pure nonsense. The idea is to reach an inflection point or equilibrium between meaning and non-meaning, between coherence and incoherence, between sense and nonsense. (i.e. it is a form of Asemic Writing Experiment).

Procedure: What I did was recently I bought some square canvases. I have three of them. I basically wrote on them in ink and then applied a white "WASH" over them, a relatively liquefied white wash. Then I observed how it dried, moving the actual canvas around a little to make the liquefied white paint move and do interesting things.


Notes: I'm basically testing things, experimenting. No real notes to add to it for now.

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Whitewashed (Diptych) by A.G. (c) 2015
Whitewashed (Diptych) by A.G. (c) 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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23:56 2015-07-26

* I have been collecting repositories on Github on a few subjects close to my heart.
* I have been collecting repositories having to do with Noise/Texture Synthesis, Procedural Generation, Digital Signal Processing.
* I forked a lot of them just so I could have a copy handy. I plan to study the code of these repositories as I continue to learn to program in Python.
* I started another experiment in Painting. It's not in the WHITE POINT SERIES necessarily. I think it's basically just a form of Texture Synthesis in actual live Painting.