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.


Natasha said...

This is a beautiful artist statement.

nowak said...

thanks, lady!