Friday, November 20, 2009


Here's what I did this morning:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

in progress

This semester as school is going decidedly well. Here are some images of ideas and materials I have been working with:

Top configuration of a tipi I'm currently working on, with branches gathered from both Taylor and Royal Oak.

Work in progress and experimentation with materials. branches, flourecent lights, gold thread, canvas. I need to cut more branches to fit the shape. This particular model only uses 6. The final will probably use closer to 20.

This is just a sample strip of the drawings I lay out for my Voronoi diagram paintings.

Not a clear image of the drawings, but gives you an idea. I should be applying some color to this tonight.

The base of these paintings, while not particularly difficult, is a bit painstaking... Or, maybe just for me. However, once I am finally done cutting/sanding/drawing/varnishing/scrapping all extraneous material off of the disc- I am very thankful for my Virgo-like precision. I am finally falling into a really nice place with this project, and am excited about moving forward. you should see the disc grave yard in my studio, it's tragic.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Good Morning.

Overheard on the radio at work:

Maintenance 1: What's your location, ___?
Maintenance 2: 809, 3 finger caulk job
Maintenance 1: Can you make it a 2 finger?
Maintenance 2: Yeah, I'll make it look good for you.

Monday, September 21, 2009

free material


(I am going to turn this into gold, but for now it looks like this.)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Concepts and Images is the class that forces me to come up with bullshit answers to justify my work. The funny thing about bullshit answers though is that they have to come from somewhere, and more often than not, it's a place that is alarmingly honest.

Here's a statement that doesn't get especially deep, but does briefly explain where I am going with this particular body of work I'll be getting into this semester. It's just weird to have an answer other than "because it looks beautiful" -or rather, to find out that the answer "because it looks beautiful" means so much more than wanting to create something aesthetically sublime.


Ash D. Nowak


Concepts & Images

Fall 2009

Smoke, Mirrors, And Other Arbitrary Decisions

This Fall I am looking to take myself out of one comfort zone in order to explore another. While my past works generally refer to other people in the very literal sense of portraiture, my promotion of others actually goes far beyond the imagery I create. I am often concerned with others over myself, how I can help, improve, and even preserve their lives. Building up others is easy, from their likenesses I reproduce, to the answers that always come without a second thought.

What’s not as easy is showing myself the same maintenance. I often feel that while my human error is quite ostensible, I lack balance in never once having naturally possessed or at least created a semi-presentable version of myself, even if only temporarily. Looking for something less apparent than a series of portraits, I am hoping for a more abstract representation to be achieved through images similar to those created by the mathematical equation called Delaunay Triangulation. The linking of the points created by this equation is referred to as a Voronoi Diagram, which has the appearance of faceted stones. (Apt, as this is an equation often used to measure crystal cell growth, or the growth and change of other molecules.) As with most formulas, they are very precise and very beautiful.

Still, I want to abandon the preconceived ideal of flawlessness. Using common and disordered materials to obtain a clean finish, I can create works that maintain the comfort and reliability of imperfection, but still promote the details of a polished and finalized aesthetic. Not unlike an alchemist, I hope to build gold from dirt, and diamonds from wood in both literal and figurative senses.

"When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong."
– R. Buckminster Fuller


unrelated: taking the printers out of the library was a really good idea. thanks again, ccs.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


School started this week, and I'm finding new opportunities both on and off campus that I usually don't notice. I have a lot to consider, but for once, I'm not scared of my options.

Here's some of what I've done today:

Friday, September 4, 2009

Oh, right.

I forgot that this is supposed to be a studio blog. Ok, well there is this really great part in A Bigger Splash where David Hockney is talking with a gallerist about his lagging productivity. The conversation is something to the effect of Hockney explaining that he started the painting, and it didn't go anywhere for six months, so he scrapped it and completed the new one in two weeks. The gallerist takes this as Hockney can finish a painting in two weeks, which Hockney corrects him and explains, "I couldn't have created the second in two weeks if I didn't spend six months on the first. So really it takes me 6 months and two weeks for a painting." -I love this film because, while I am not David Hockney (yet,) I feel like this often.

Anyway, maybe a couple of years ago I took pictures of Jon after he had gotten his face split open in a fight. They were supposed to be turned into a painting, and I made some pretty decent headway on it for a while. Then I started working on little details of the work to avoid the piece as a whole, as I was really excited about the final product, and just terrified of screwing it up. So, this is about as far as I got on the original:

I think everyone has seen this one, anyway- it's not complete, and won't be, while I haven't trashed it completely, it is face down in the canvas graveyard that I keep in the corner of my studio. Since then, I have restarted this painting FOUR TIMES. Only one of those I can even really call a painting, as the rest were just the lay-out drawings. All were too big, or the composition wasn't right, or the canvas wasnt' gessoed (sp?) right. Any excuse I could use to start over, I guess. So I finally built a new canvas to the preferred dimensions (about half the size of the original) and started painting tonight. This is how far I got before I stopped for a while. This is a diferrent image that I think has better compostion that the first. It is starting out very differently that the first image, super ghostly and underpainted. This didn't take me very long and I feel comfortable with my break point.

I'll keep you updated.

Texts from Anthony.

Sep 1, 2009 3:34:26 PM

Dan is going to try and eat 50 chicken nuggets in one hour. im selling squares at a buck a pop for when hes gonna quit. you want any numbers?

I responded with the number 50, because I feel that Dan is motivated by the urge to never be wrong, no matter what. I don't know if this happend yet, or if I owe Anthony a dollar or what. I should call him.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Spheres of Inluence / Delaunay Triangulation

At some point I got myself interested in Voronoi Diagrams. These are collections of points (on the same plane) that are divided into their own cells. The Voronoi diagram is formed when you connect the central points that are produced through Delaunay Triangulation, a concept that I am just barely able to figure out. (Let's say I'm not so good with Triganometry... Geometry... Basic Arithmetic. Whatever.) Anyway, Voronoi diagrams can be used to measure crystal cell growth, or to analyse molecules. Needless to say, as with most formulas, they are very precised and beautiful. I am attempting to incorporate them into my work.

This is a portion of what I started up a couple of days ago. Initially I was concerned that laying down each cell would become daunting, but I'm finding the whole process to be very zen. I like the idea of a creative endeavour that relies on mathematics to create the solution.

I am an extremely tense person who faces a lot of concrete walls. This project is supposed to help me transcend. Right?

...Even I don't believe that. Not yet, anyway.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Melrose Place (subtitled: Haute House)

It's been just about a year since I've taken up residency on Brooklyn street. After it's initial use as a house-warming party gone awry (best kind.) It's slightly more furnished and about to my liking. J lives here now, making it the official studio H2D. If home really is where the heart is, my heart looks like this:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

oh no she did not.

during my second wind this morning, I was building a ground for a new painting and managed to cover half of my sunglasses (half of every pair, not half of the total.) in flat white spray paint. this particular canvas is for my methods of abstraction class, where now I have no option but to use this as motivation to make this the most amazing painting ever so i can sell it for the cost of my self-inflicted damages and replace these glasses.

yes, even the faux Chanel half-tints became a casualty. I am going to try not to kill myself today.

actually, my favorite pair of black and golds were within the safety of my bag.

Can I paint them all totally white and use them for something? Maybe J can use them on models. I don't know. "wish I was dead, ya'll."

Thursday, January 29, 2009

fuck ya'll, i'ma do ME.

man. love going to school, but hate going to class.

can't wait for my senior studio and my body of work and whatever else i want. oh, and business cards!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I do what I want.

I'm bored and kind of sick. Today I played with colored pencils and glitter (independent of eachother.) This is having fun before doing "serious" hand studies of friends, (not as fun.)

My tonsils are huge, always. It makes me paranoid to swallow, and when I get sick I feel like they're about to fall out of my mouth. Hopefully I can get them removed before my health insurance runs out... I would also like new veneers and my other two wisdom teeth out. If anyone can think of any other cool procedures I can throw on the tab, let me know.

Monday, January 5, 2009

This is what unemployment looks like:

Swarovski crystals are only sold in grosses, and after their initial use, I had 96 precious gems laying around with out purpose. I am willing to bedazzel any wireless device with pentagrams, upside down crosses, etc, for a nominal fee.

gtg call p-hilts now!