My guess he does his business and he does it well. "Specializing in serving the needs of buyers and sellers on Chicago's north side" is his works' motto. Nothing suspicious you'd say. Just an all-American Clark Kent-like salesman bringing home the bread and the bacon.
If you add this extension to his URL though, you find that Davis has a hobby. He collects original Chris Ware artwork.
There are to me few things more exciting than Chris Ware artworks. A few years back I saw I think four original pages of Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan at the Whitney in New York. My mouth literally fell open (I think). I have always been a great fan of the now so called "graphic Novel" and especially of the Jimmy Corrigan series, but this was the first time I saw the craftsmanship, the staggering amount of detail, the obessive feel for contrast, line weight etc. It was also for the first time that it became clear that all lettering was done by hand. Yes, even all the titles and sub-headlines and vignettes, the fake blurbs of advertising, the long columns of comments and semi-intellectual gibberish..
For some time I have been looking to buy a piece of original artwork by Ware. It is clear that I am not the only fan. Ware's low output makes for even higher prices. I don't even know how much he puts on the market. The prices are in any way simply unaffordable.
I'd even do a small hitjob for one the truly magnificent posters or other serigraphs.
So that brings us back to dear David. This House-selling, grinning son of a real estator has no less than 35(!!!!) originals. No need to express my jealousy and envy. You probably feel the same way. Let's weep together. That will cheer us up won't it?
I guess, no I know, David has good taste. Why else would a man collect this work? But how did he start this collection. I he so wealthy that he just buys them at auctions? Or was he a so called early investor? Or is this guy a good Samaritan and old friend of Ware's? Questions, questions. Meanwhile I am stuck with the fact that I can only admire JPG's on a hidden page of a real estate agent's corny website.
Charley Harper seems to have laid the foundation for what is now called "vector style" illustration.
His work is done by hand, but is characterized by extremely stylized an simplified forms.
His finesse in borh color, line and composition is extreme.
It seems he had devoted his life to the visualization of nature. I read somewhere that he stated: I don't want to count all the feathers on the wings of a bird, I just want to count how many wings the bird has". Or something like that :) The idea is clear. Only the bare essence
This illustrator is new to me but it is already hard to imagine that I did not know him and his work.
It is possible to buy prints of the wonderful illustrator Charley Harper here. the pictures are from the same site which is a nice gallery in its own.
There is also a marvelous book, in four editions. With four different silkscreens, and one, cheaper, without.
I have it on my wishlist. It is for sale here. and a bit cheaper here
On the site of Media.org, which is an outstanding collective that produces very important and relevant websites and online initiatives, I found a link to Public Resource. At first this looks like a simple and strange site.
However, when you click on one of the logo's you find an open letter to a government institutions.
The letter(s) deals with the right a culturual and public institution had of keeping information from the public (which is in essence the funder of the institution).
Here's a fragment:
We write to you today on the subject of SmithsonianImages.SI.Edu, a government ecommerce site built on a repository of 6,288 images of national significance. The site is breathtaking in scope, with imagery ranging from the historic cyanotypes of Edward Muybridge to historic photos from aviation, natural history, and many other fields. If the Smithsonian Institution is our attic, these photos are our collective scrapbook.
However, the web site imposes draconian limits on the use of this imagery. The site includes a copyright notice that to the layman would certainly discourage any use of the imagery. While personal, non-commercial use is purportedly allowed, it requires a half-dozen clicks before the user is allowed to download a low-resolution, watermarked image. An image without the watermark and at sufficient resolution to be useful requires a hefty fee, manual approval by the Smithsonian staff, and the resulting invoice specifically prohibits any further use without permission."
The result of this is:
"Because the overwhelming majority of the images in SmithsonianImages.SI.Edu appear to be public domain, and because the draconian notices on the site have a dramatic chilling effect on use of these historic images and national symbols, we have performed several actions that we hope will allow others to examine the public domain status:
- We downloaded all 6,288 images, scraped the metadata from the html pages, and embedded the metadata in the .jpg headers. These images are low-resolution and contain a watermark, and were all previously available on-line.
- The images were uploaded to Flickr, a popular photo sharing site.
- The images were loaded into 262 contact sheets and formatted with a cover for printing as an e-book. The book is available for free download or a printed copy may be ordered.
- A tarball of the images was created and is available by download by ftp or http.
- Three of the high-resolution, non-watermarked images of Muybridge Cyanotypes were purchased, and a series of derivative works were created and posted.
when I went to the flickr site, I found this fantastic image (among thousands of others!)
Copyright: Matthew Zook, 2000 <br>
There are currently over 18 million .com domains registered on the Internet, along with another 11 million domains of varying sorts . What is the geography of these domains - who owns them and where are they concentrated? Clearly domain names are a valuable commodity (and some of them are very valuable, for example the $7.5 million paid for business.com or $3 million for loans.com), but they are also a useful indicator for tracking Internet content production. Mapping domain name geography provides valuable insights into where the decision makers, the new jobs, and the money are, helping identify which neighborhoods, cities, regions and countries are leading the pack on the Internet. Matthew Zook is a researcher at the forefront of measuring and mapping domain names in his Internet Geography Project . Map of the Month asked him recently about his project.
Zook has been
running a bi-annual survey of the geography of domain names since the
summer of 1998. Using the billing address for the domain name
registration he is able to pinpoint the location at which it is owned.
From this dataset he undertakes a variety of analysis and mapping from
the global scale down to the local neighborhood level. An example of
one of his maps shows the detailed geography of domain names in
Manhattan, New York, at the level of individual streets and
neighborhoods. The blue dots represent clusters of domain names at
individual street addresses, with the size of the dot denoting the
number of domains at that location.
Nice Design for a new American flag.
This is the rationale behind it:<br>
The suffrage flag was my inspiration for a 2004 re-appropriation of
the American flag which, since 9/11, seems to have been co-opted by
conservatives to represent pro-war nationalism, “family values”, etc.
I’m taking it back. The flag below has only the 6th star, for
Massachusetts (the 6th state), the only state which allows gay
marriages. I’ll republish this flag with more stars when more states
taken from the site of Carl Tashian, who also has a nice idea of displaying photo;s
A site which has a large amount of nuclear bomb test images.