Saturday, August 01, 2009

Disintegration Colaboration: "From the Proverbial Ashes" -

"Stimulus Package II (Thumbnail Set)"
detail from an Artists' Book by Mick Mather
Once again, here we are with a BIG reveal for Seth Apter's way fab Disintegration Collaboration Project. Today, many of us are posting what we've created from the remains of our original works. As can be seen by the image above, for me that wasn't much. Even so, I pressed forward with what I had to create an artists' book called "From the Proverbial Ashes" that you can download for FREE as a PDF document at MediaFire (a file hosting service). Have at it!

Redflag: Inadvertently, I failed to title the print on page 7 of the PDF - the result of Stimulus Package II (Original Photograph #4) - it should have been titled "Stimulus Package II (Birdhouse XVIII Version)". Hmmm, this correction is a bit of a puzzle in and of itself, yes?

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Blogger theresa martin said...

This is a beautiful presentation of what was left. Lovely how you documented the project.

6:53 AM  
Blogger Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

WOW! This is interesting, different and though provoking, MICK!

9:10 AM  
Blogger Nikki Lee Anne Ghilain said...

WoW! What a wonderful piece!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Karin Bartimole said...

what you were able to do with your 13 bits of string is quite impressive to me. The images are beautiful - and I have to think more about the symbolism in a stimulus package gone missing, with only the strings that bind it remaining! hmmm.
Thanks for sharing your book with us!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

theresa martin:
I say, "thank you very kindly". It now occurs to me however, that I'll never be certain if comments refer to the post alone or to the FREE download. Either way, did I say thanks? :)

Mary Stebbins Taitt:
As I mention above, it isn't clear to me where the comments fall. I'm going to assume that everyone is, in fact, downloading the artists' book. Thanks, Mary, and this shows better than anything I've ever posted how one thing leads to another after some time in the Secret Visual Laboratory.

Nikki Lee Anne Ghilain:
Thanks so much Nikki ... didn't I just see you at the grocery store this morning? Maybe not. :)

11:17 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Karin Bartimole:
Before it gets too far off the path, there was only 1 piece of string and I simply arranged it 7 different times and photographed each shape. As regards your search for the symbolism? Let me know if that quest bears any fruit. :)

11:28 AM  
Blogger DymphieM said...

thanks for sharing the photos, i really love how you arranged the string.

11:55 AM  
Blogger nancy neva gagliano said...

just spent at week in sas colby's workshop called less is more. bravo, genius on a string!!

3:22 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

You're more than welcome. Only half the placements were purposeful, the others were intuitive. I loved your handmade papers book by the way. :)

nancy neva gagliano:
Thank you, Nancy. I've always wanted to go to one of Sas's intensives; I've always wanted to teach one down there, come to think of it. I had a lot of fun working those minimal original photographs ... hard sometimes, but a blast.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Don Madden said...

Way cool. Very creative.
The person who took your Stimulus Package probably also took my dead possum. Some people just can't wait to get their hands on art! Can we call it "Premature Appreciation?"

5:35 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Don Madden:
Thanks for saying so, Don. Hmmm, perhaps a possum took "Stimulus Package I" ... could be that's why it's dead now. From "Premature Appreciation" to "Postmortem Disintegration", eh? I like your icon, I bet you're darned good at poker!

6:10 PM  
Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

I am glad you made so much of this project..while most of us had a whole bundle of things you had a humble piece of string! I love that you used it anyway! Thanks for the pdf zine...I really liked photo 4/2 it has a certain nest quality that I can't go past! It's the twiggy background with the charcoaly etchings I love so much.
I shall never look at another piece of string the same again!

1:53 AM  
Blogger Just a Plane Ride Away said...

Your PDF is great, Mick! I really liked all of your digital interpretations. There's such poetry in that single piece of string :-)

Cheers from Holland (Where I talk about art)!

4:50 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Lisa Sarsfield:
I knew in an instant that this would be the one you'd like best. I'm sad to say that I've made a misstep in the PDF and forgot to title that piece; proving that the old printshop adage is still true: "You can't proofread your own work!" Anyway, it's from The Birdhouse Series - "Birdhouse XVIII".

Just A Plane Ride Away:
With a great big ol' blush I say, thank you ma'am. :)

8:24 AM  
Blogger John said...

i failed prrofreading 101 seven times, hah not one typo in this comment!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Thank you, sir, for proving my point. :D

5:11 PM  
Blogger Wayne Pitchko said...

nicely done.....and very interesting

6:59 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Wayne Pitchko:
I appreciate the comment, sir. It was a bit of a challenge considering what I had to work with but I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

7:38 PM  
Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

Well in that case it makes a wonderful addition! It amazes me just slightly that I picked it as my fave even without knowing it was part of the birdhouse series!
You do know me well!

2:00 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Lisa Sarsfield:

10:19 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

There is now no such thing as "just a string"!

I kept being drawn to the "Apple & Plum" and "Sandpiper". Liked both the color and use of line(!) in these.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Perhaps I mispoke. Surely the hanging of "Stimulus Package I" straight from the roll makes it first string. The reuse, following logically, makes it second string and the manipulations ... a virtual string? :)

8:19 AM  
Blogger ~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Very creative to make something so unique with what was left of your bundle!!!

9:32 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

~*~Patty Szymkowicz:
I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks so much for leaving this comment.

9:55 PM  

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