moderncurios

2.25-D modern abstracts

Austin, Texas 1 Sale On Etsy since 2009

moderncurios

2.25-D modern abstracts

Austin, Texas | 1 Sale

Lisa Loudermilk

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Lisa Loudermilk

Announcement    curio - an unusual, intriguing, rare, or bizarre object or work of art

Looks a bit like:
-alphabets, pictograph writing systems, rebuses, code, and calligraphy.
-technical notation like mathematical graphs and formulas, electrical diagrams, scientific notation, flow charts, and musical notation.
-art you've seen: Some works by Klee, Kandinsky, Calder, Noguchi, Nevelson, Mondrian, Miro, Picasso, Berto, Wright and 1950's-1970's graphic design. Several shape or pattern-based working contemporary artists whose names we not recall because we don't have to study them for a test.
-real-life constructs like antenna, power lines, electrical substations, circuit boards, Rube Goldberg machines, skeleton keys, jewelery, cairns, chandeliers, board games, monograms, miniature golf courses, mazes, scaffolding, and mobiles.
But, then again, it looks like nothing you've seen before, too.

Process, which could satisfy the "bizarre" part of the defintion:
It starts with a small line, a dot, some simple shape...
I mostly construct out of small basic shapes on my computer. I'll expand them until they degrade or whittle them away in design apps and Photoshop. This low-fi digital morphing and assemblage of basic symbols, for all its surprising limitations, engages me more than scratch-scratch-scratch rendering on paper or a digital tablet.
An alluring and vexing imperfection pervades when resizing, stretching, shifting, copying and pasting forms in this low-fi process. Surprisingly wabi sabi. Details erode and edges become jagged. Sometimes the alteration adds a pleasing nuance, but just as often, the resulting symbol gets scrapped. My “digital” is erratic like any traditional art tool. What might the next connecting symbol be? What's a proper aesthetic, if not also literal, balance and tension for those elements and the overall work? All these considerations affect each other and are constantly adjusted.
At this point, the whole process is convoluted and arcane. At least I've accomplished a childhood aspiration to do something no one else in the world has.
The faux shadows give the digital images an improbable sense of 3-dimensionality. It was initially intended as device to challenge the distinctions between digital and traditional art, and 2D and 3D art . But they are essential because they are so beautiful and flesh out the iconic forms. They also are delightfully and frustratingly quixotic when overlapping image layers.
Composing an image from my personal icons is a design puzzle. Each addition is an array of aesthetic considerations. Which symbol intersects most gracefully? How far, how wide, and how much along multiples points on the body should it be stretched? At what angle and size should it intersect?

Nuts and bolts:
Signed with editions limited to 10 hand-enumerated on the piece. 1/10, 2/10...
I am offering these in 18x24" standard size on special textured fine art paper with a flat, acid-free foam core backing.
On canvas, these I can ship stretched to approximately 24X32" or 36X48" without the fine double line around the image. Borders are white. The smaller have .75" depth and the larger are 1.5" deep with reinforced stretchers. Please ask for a mock-up if you wish. Canvases will be in the same edition of 10 as paper. If the edition is fully printed in paper already and you would like a canvas, I will cut up the paper print for a future collage project.
If you are able to supply the Pantone formulas for the number of colors in an images besides black and white, I may be able to use those and ship a small color proof for $50 shipping included. This is new territory, so I will refund you the fee minus shipping if you don't like the proof.

About me:
I am a self-repped visual artist in Austin, TX who primarily shows at juried art festivals around the US. I have three completely different bodies of work, but can travel with only one. Thank you, Etsy, for giving my other work a home.
Curious about those radically different other projects?
etsy.com/shop/ArtByLisaLou
lisaloudermilk.com

Thank you.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 8, 2018

curio - an unusual, intriguing, rare, or bizarre object or work of art

Looks a bit like:
-alphabets, pictograph writing systems, rebuses, code, and calligraphy.
-technical notation like mathematical graphs and formulas, electrical diagrams, scientific notation, flow charts, and musical notation.
-art you've seen: Some works by Klee, Kandinsky, Calder, Noguchi, Nevelson, Mondrian, Miro, Picasso, Berto, Wright and 1950's-1970's graphic design. Several shape or pattern-based working contemporary artists whose names we not recall because we don't have to study them for a test.
-real-life constructs like antenna, power lines, electrical substations, circuit boards, Rube Goldberg machines, skeleton keys, jewelery, cairns, chandeliers, board games, monograms, miniature golf courses, mazes, scaffolding, and mobiles.
But, then again, it looks like nothing you've seen before, too.

Process, which could satisfy the "bizarre" part of the defintion:
It starts with a small line, a dot, some simple shape...
I mostly construct out of small basic shapes on my computer. I'll expand them until they degrade or whittle them away in design apps and Photoshop. This low-fi digital morphing and assemblage of basic symbols, for all its surprising limitations, engages me more than scratch-scratch-scratch rendering on paper or a digital tablet.
An alluring and vexing imperfection pervades when resizing, stretching, shifting, copying and pasting forms in this low-fi process. Surprisingly wabi sabi. Details erode and edges become jagged. Sometimes the alteration adds a pleasing nuance, but just as often, the resulting symbol gets scrapped. My “digital” is erratic like any traditional art tool. What might the next connecting symbol be? What's a proper aesthetic, if not also literal, balance and tension for those elements and the overall work? All these considerations affect each other and are constantly adjusted.
At this point, the whole process is convoluted and arcane. At least I've accomplished a childhood aspiration to do something no one else in the world has.
The faux shadows give the digital images an improbable sense of 3-dimensionality. It was initially intended as device to challenge the distinctions between digital and traditional art, and 2D and 3D art . But they are essential because they are so beautiful and flesh out the iconic forms. They also are delightfully and frustratingly quixotic when overlapping image layers.
Composing an image from my personal icons is a design puzzle. Each addition is an array of aesthetic considerations. Which symbol intersects most gracefully? How far, how wide, and how much along multiples points on the body should it be stretched? At what angle and size should it intersect?

Nuts and bolts:
Signed with editions limited to 10 hand-enumerated on the piece. 1/10, 2/10...
I am offering these in 18x24" standard size on special textured fine art paper with a flat, acid-free foam core backing.
On canvas, these I can ship stretched to approximately 24X32" or 36X48" without the fine double line around the image. Borders are white. The smaller have .75" depth and the larger are 1.5" deep with reinforced stretchers. Please ask for a mock-up if you wish. Canvases will be in the same edition of 10 as paper. If the edition is fully printed in paper already and you would like a canvas, I will cut up the paper print for a future collage project.
If you are able to supply the Pantone formulas for the number of colors in an images besides black and white, I may be able to use those and ship a small color proof for $50 shipping included. This is new territory, so I will refund you the fee minus shipping if you don't like the proof.

About me:
I am a self-repped visual artist in Austin, TX who primarily shows at juried art festivals around the US. I have three completely different bodies of work, but can travel with only one. Thank you, Etsy, for giving my other work a home.
Curious about those radically different other projects?
etsy.com/shop/ArtByLisaLou
lisaloudermilk.com

Thank you.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 7, 2018

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I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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Should there ever be a problem with and order I will send a replacement or issue credit with a jpeg showing the damage. Losses I will confirm the address and issue one replacement.
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I would love gallery representation and to work with designers.