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2011-05-28 12:16:54 AM  
Awesome. Love the "BOOM HEADSHOT!" on the Pawn in the Chess game. :D
 
2011-05-28 12:23:42 AM  
Those are all pretty awesome. :-D
 
2011-05-28 02:21:54 AM  
They don't seem visually appealing, and except for the chess picture (which is terribly clichéd) there is neither message nor story involved.

I just don't get this guy's art.
 
2011-05-28 02:24:01 AM  
I was amused. Would be amused again.
 
2011-05-28 02:27:13 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: They don't seem visually appealing, and except for the chess picture (which is terribly clichéd) there is neither message nor story involved.

I just don't get this guy's art.


He's doing because the end result looks cool. What's to get?
 
2011-05-28 02:30:35 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: They don't seem visually appealing, and except for the chess picture (which is terribly clichéd) there is neither message nor story involved.

I just don't get this guy's art.


Maybe his message is there is no message or story in the world, just to bother you?

Or maybe he's just taking pictures of things that look neat.
 
2011-05-28 02:36:23 AM  
AverageAmericanGuy (ignored: Sock Puppet) 2011-05-28 02:21:54 AM:

Aren't alts against the rules?
 
2011-05-28 02:38:32 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: They don't seem visually appealing, and except for the chess picture (which is terribly clichéd) there is neither message nor story involved.

I just don't get this guy's art.


So don't look.

I love the mere idea of shooting a key lime through a steak.
 
2011-05-28 02:41:34 AM  

Gyrfalcon: I love the mere idea of shooting a key lime through a steak.


Absolutely. Great idea.
Sublime, even.
 
2011-05-28 02:41:54 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: They don't seem visually appealing, and except for the chess picture (which is terribly clichéd) there is neither message nor story involved.

I just don't get this guy's art.


You know, I hear that line all the time. I usually reply that thanks to shortening attention spans and decreased quality of education, art no longer has to tell a story, it merely has to be pretty, because people taking the time to understand any potential message are going to be few and far between.

/Have an art degree.
//Stopped trying to make a point with my work ages ago.
 
2011-05-28 02:46:47 AM  
I like his use of color. And his destructive tendencies.
 
2011-05-28 02:50:28 AM  

Amberwind: AverageAmericanGuy: They don't seem visually appealing, and except for the chess picture (which is terribly clichéd) there is neither message nor story involved.

I just don't get this guy's art.

You know, I hear that line all the time. I usually reply that thanks to shortening attention spans and decreased quality of education, art no longer has to tell a story, it merely has to be pretty, because people taking the time to understand any potential message are going to be few and far between.

/Have an art degree.
//Stopped trying to make a point with my work ages ago.


I can accept that he's doing what he's doing for shiats and giggles, but it doesn't make the produced images any more interesting or visually appealing.

I suppose there is an audience for this kind of stuff. I'm just not part of that audience.

Gyrfalcon: So don't look.


When someone says something is "amazing", that warrants a look, don't you think?
 
2011-05-28 02:51:14 AM  
the photos are great technically and things exploding never tires as a fun visual.. but they seem a bit random as far as subjects go.
 
2011-05-28 02:54:39 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: When someone says something is "amazing", that warrants a look, don't you think?


Hey man check out the turd I just clogged the toilet with it's amazing!

/no I don't have a point
 
2011-05-28 02:56:03 AM  

qwertypoo: AverageAmericanGuy: When someone says something is "amazing", that warrants a look, don't you think?

Hey man check out the turd I just clogged the toilet with it's amazing!

/no I don't have a point


That shiat's derivative.
 
2011-05-28 02:56:50 AM  

gaspode: the photos are great technically and things exploding never tires as a fun visual.. but they seem a bit random as far as subjects go.



Was thinking the same thing. His choice of targets/projectiles almost makes it seem like he's trying to put some kind of meaning or theme in his pictures, but damned if I can figure out what it is.

Without any kind of message or meaning, the pictures themselves aren't that much more captivating than Edgerton's classic "bullet through apple" photograph, and that was done almost 50 years ago.
 
2011-05-28 03:01:39 AM  

ScottRiqui: gaspode: the photos are great technically and things exploding never tires as a fun visual.. but they seem a bit random as far as subjects go.


Was thinking the same thing. His choice of targets/projectiles almost makes it seem like he's trying to put some kind of meaning or theme in his pictures, but damned if I can figure out what it is.

Without any kind of message or meaning, the pictures themselves aren't that much more captivating than Edgerton's classic "bullet through apple" photograph, and that was done almost 50 years ago.


Bingo.
 
2011-05-28 03:02:56 AM  
His next projects should be a series of porn money shots.
 
2011-05-28 03:07:46 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy:
Gyrfalcon: So don't look.

When someone says something is "amazing", that warrants a look, don't you think?


Fine.

Don't comment.
 
2011-05-28 03:21:14 AM  

Gyrfalcon: AverageAmericanGuy:
Gyrfalcon: So don't look.

When someone says something is "amazing", that warrants a look, don't you think?

Fine.

Don't comment.


That kind of defeats the purpose of coming to a site like Fark, doesn't it?
 
2011-05-28 03:21:18 AM  
So only positive comments are welcome and relevant.

fark that lol
 
2011-05-28 03:51:24 AM  

Gyrfalcon: AverageAmericanGuy:
Gyrfalcon: So don't look.

When someone says something is "amazing", that warrants a look, don't you think?

Fine.

Don't comment.


lol. this is why I don't come here anymore. "Your comment is not acceptable! Get out!"
 
2011-05-28 04:06:12 AM  

ScottRiqui: Was thinking the same thing. His choice of targets/projectiles almost makes it seem like he's trying to put some kind of meaning or theme in his pictures, but damned if I can figure out what it is.


"You'd be amazed what will take your head off at a few hundred miles per hour" maybe?
 
2011-05-28 04:58:36 AM  
I've long bee interested in the idea of deconstruction in art ... since things take so long to make and can be annihilated in such a brief span of time.
 
2011-05-28 05:19:08 AM  

Hunter7795: lol. this is why I don't come here anymore.


Nobody does. It's too crowded.
 
2011-05-28 06:03:36 AM  

No Catchy Nickname: Gyrfalcon: I love the mere idea of shooting a key lime through a steak.

Absolutely. Great idea.
Sublime, even.


Chortle.
 
2011-05-28 07:26:26 AM  
Too crowded and you never know how many people have peed in the pool.
 
2011-05-28 07:31:19 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Gyrfalcon: AverageAmericanGuy:
Gyrfalcon: So don't look.

When someone says something is "amazing", that warrants a look, don't you think?

Fine.

Don't comment.

That kind of defeats the purpose of coming to a site like Fark, doesn't it?


Average American, I'm more in the middle on this. I view the guy as having accomplished something technically, but needing to progress on the presentation. He has a lot of potential (I especially liked the christmas ornament with color in it), but he needs to think through his art more before I would pay for it. I put him at "its cool I like to look at it" right now. He'll progress to "I want to buy it" when he can tell a story with what he is doing.

I don't think he cares to progress further because he seems to enjoy blowing things up and breaking them and taking pictures of that. I can respect that.
 
2011-05-28 07:53:08 AM  

PsychoLaurie: I've long bee interested in the idea of deconstruction in art ... since things take so long to make and can be annihilated in such a brief span of time.


Destruction != deconstruction
 
2011-05-28 08:32:42 AM  

Amberwind: art no longer has to tell a story


Art never had to tell a story, that's a choice, not a duty of art. There's plenty of art from all times in human history that doesn't tell a story, doesn't have a morale or any other use than being pleasant for eye and/or ear and earning money and/or fame for the artist.
 
2011-05-28 09:15:53 AM  

gaspode: the photos are great technically and things exploding never tires as a fun visual.. but they seem a bit random as far as subjects go.


I think that's what I love about it. The "let's shoot something with an actual bullet and record the impact" is old hat, but I've never before seen a lime shot into a steak. It was gross and compelling and interesting.

You can keep your Guernica, all you high-falutin' artsy folks. I'll take a lime shot into a steak. Or the paint-filled christmas ornament. I stared at that one for awhile.
 
2011-05-28 09:27:02 AM  
I read the headline as "the amazing photography of Adam Sandler." I quickly realized my mistake when the pictures weren't of Kevin James' ass crack.

/that is all.
 
2011-05-28 09:45:10 AM  

SpaceyCat: Those are all pretty awesome. :-D


I don't think he's trying to create "art". He's probably just playing around with things to see what kind of images they create when smashed together at high speeds.... which in itself, is an art.

Should appreciate it if for no other reason the technical prowess it takes to even capture such images.
 
2011-05-28 09:56:35 AM  
well the colours are nice, but anyone with a high speed system can do the same.

lime through steak?...

The chess board.. he could have placed the castle so the plastic edge wouldn't have shown.. it took away from the image as it pulls to eyes to it and makes it look "plastic-y"
 
2011-05-28 10:33:10 AM  

Ed Grubermann: AverageAmericanGuy (ignored: Sock Puppet) 2011-05-28 02:21:54 AM:

Aren't alts against the rules?


Why would you think that AverageAmericanGuy is an alt?

I'm seeing more and more of this lately, (including being regularly accused of being an alt - rather a reach, since my account was created way back on 2001-09-14). Is "being an alt" just the snarky whiny new libtard crutch to use against arguments they can't counter? (not saying that YOU are an snarky whiny libtard, but you seem to be using the same broad-brush as many of the more snarky whiny ones.)
 
2011-05-28 10:35:26 AM  

bookman: Ed Grubermann: AverageAmericanGuy (ignored: Sock Puppet) 2011-05-28 02:21:54 AM:

Aren't alts against the rules?

Why would you think that AverageAmericanGuy is an alt?

I'm seeing more and more of this lately, (including being regularly accused of being an alt - rather a reach, since my account was created way back on 2001-09-14). Is "being an alt" just the snarky whiny new libtard crutch to use against arguments they can't counter? (not saying that YOU are an snarky whiny libtard, but you seem to be using the same broad-brush as many of the more snarky whiny ones.)


I'm Ed Grubermann's alt.
 
2011-05-28 10:39:05 AM  

bookman: Is "being an alt" just the snarky whiny new libtard crutch to use against arguments they can't counter?


I don't understand it either, but as I see it's a response not to "arguments they can't refute" but rather a response to assholes who use the insufferable portmanteau "libtard".
 
2011-05-28 10:51:49 AM  

imfallen_angel: The chess board.. he could have placed the castle so the plastic edge wouldn't have shown.. it took away from the image as it pulls to eyes to it and makes it look "plastic-y"


I disagree. I liked the seam. It highlighted the plasticness of the pieces, and grounded them in the recognizable and the everyday. Had he tried to make it look like a classy, high-end chess set, I think the photograph would have been less beautiful. Instead, it's something that triggers (at least in me) memories of childhood and its toys.
 
2011-05-28 10:52:57 AM  
Approves.
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2011-05-28 11:14:12 AM  

MonkeyAngst: imfallen_angel: The chess board.. he could have placed the castle so the plastic edge wouldn't have shown.. it took away from the image as it pulls to eyes to it and makes it look "plastic-y"

I disagree. I liked the seam. It highlighted the plasticness of the pieces, and grounded them in the recognizable and the everyday. Had he tried to make it look like a classy, high-end chess set, I think the photograph would have been less beautiful. Instead, it's something that triggers (at least in me) memories of childhood and its toys.


My issue with the chess board one is the pawn on the last rank. Why wasn't it promoted to a queen?
 
2011-05-28 11:16:12 AM  
FYI

The word "art" appears nowhere in the article, or headline.
 
2011-05-28 11:22:17 AM  

Noon Blue Apples: MonkeyAngst: imfallen_angel: The chess board.. he could have placed the castle so the plastic edge wouldn't have shown.. it took away from the image as it pulls to eyes to it and makes it look "plastic-y"

I disagree. I liked the seam. It highlighted the plasticness of the pieces, and grounded them in the recognizable and the everyday. Had he tried to make it look like a classy, high-end chess set, I think the photograph would have been less beautiful. Instead, it's something that triggers (at least in me) memories of childhood and its toys.

My issue with the chess board one is the pawn on the last rank. Why wasn't it promoted to a queen?


I bet your favourite redshirt in Star Wars is Jean-Luc Spork, right?
 
2011-05-28 11:24:35 AM  

BreezyWheeze: bookman: Is "being an alt" just the snarky whiny new libtard crutch to use against arguments they can't counter?

I don't understand it either, but as I see it's a response not to "arguments they can't refute" but rather a response to assholes who use the insufferable portmanteau "libtard".


So.... the truth hurts?

"Libtard" is in good company -- the likes of Lewis Caroll's "Through the Looking-Glass" being a prime example (and totally relevant as libtard social and political policies are typically mad hatter insane).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portmanteau
 
2011-05-28 11:29:36 AM  

Amberwind: AverageAmericanGuy: They don't seem visually appealing, and except for the chess picture (which is terribly clichéd) there is neither message nor story involved.

I just don't get this guy's art.

You know, I hear that line all the time. I usually reply that thanks to shortening attention spans and decreased quality of education, art no longer has to tell a story, it merely has to be pretty, because people taking the time to understand any potential message are going to be few and far between.

/Have an art degree.
//Stopped trying to make a point with my work ages ago.



You know this is not a recent phenomenon, right? Remember Art Deco? Have an art degree as well and nothing bothered me more than some of my fellow students, who didn't have a talented bone in their body, would throw up some stick figures and red paint on a canvas and say it was about a crappy Christmas they had at age 5 or whatever.
 
2011-05-28 11:38:34 AM  

Valiente: Noon Blue Apples: MonkeyAngst: imfallen_angel: The chess board.. he could have placed the castle so the plastic edge wouldn't have shown.. it took away from the image as it pulls to eyes to it and makes it look "plastic-y"

I disagree. I liked the seam. It highlighted the plasticness of the pieces, and grounded them in the recognizable and the everyday. Had he tried to make it look like a classy, high-end chess set, I think the photograph would have been less beautiful. Instead, it's something that triggers (at least in me) memories of childhood and its toys.

My issue with the chess board one is the pawn on the last rank. Why wasn't it promoted to a queen?

I bet your favourite redshirt in Star Wars is Jean-Luc Spork, right?


Chess Promotion (new window)
 
2011-05-28 12:00:14 PM  
Stored energy in capacitors can be unloaded very quickly:

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Tesla Down Under (new window)
 
2011-05-28 12:11:24 PM  

Valiente: I bet your favourite redshirt in Star Wars is Jean-Luc Spork, right?


I have no idea what that is.

Free Range Fetus Farmer: Chess Promotion (new window)


That's what I was talking about.
 
2011-05-28 12:34:25 PM  

Noon Blue Apples: MonkeyAngst: imfallen_angel: The chess board.. he could have placed the castle so the plastic edge wouldn't have shown.. it took away from the image as it pulls to eyes to it and makes it look "plastic-y"

I disagree. I liked the seam. It highlighted the plasticness of the pieces, and grounded them in the recognizable and the everyday. Had he tried to make it look like a classy, high-end chess set, I think the photograph would have been less beautiful. Instead, it's something that triggers (at least in me) memories of childhood and its toys.

My issue with the chess board one is the pawn on the last rank. Why wasn't it promoted to a queen?


Because it's not on the last rank. Note that the rook in the corner is on a black square, meaning the direction of play is to the right, not to the left--the rook is on square h8, not a8. The pawn that you think is on c8 and should be promoted is actually on h6, and is threatening the pawn that's in the process of getting its head blown off.
 
2011-05-28 01:31:55 PM  

Klopfer: Amberwind: art no longer has to tell a story

Art never had to tell a story, that's a choice, not a duty of art. There's plenty of art from all times in human history that doesn't tell a story, doesn't have a morale or any other use than being pleasant for eye and/or ear and earning money and/or fame for the artist.


So George Lucas was right.
 
2011-05-28 01:35:41 PM  

Mouser: Noon Blue Apples: MonkeyAngst: imfallen_angel: The chess board.. he could have placed the castle so the plastic edge wouldn't have shown.. it took away from the image as it pulls to eyes to it and makes it look "plastic-y"

I disagree. I liked the seam. It highlighted the plasticness of the pieces, and grounded them in the recognizable and the everyday. Had he tried to make it look like a classy, high-end chess set, I think the photograph would have been less beautiful. Instead, it's something that triggers (at least in me) memories of childhood and its toys.

My issue with the chess board one is the pawn on the last rank. Why wasn't it promoted to a queen?

Because it's not on the last rank. Note that the rook in the corner is on a black square, meaning the direction of play is to the right, not to the left--the rook is on square h8, not a8. The pawn that you think is on c8 and should be promoted is actually on h6, and is threatening the pawn that's in the process of getting its head blown off.


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