Funny how a picture (any kind of picture) is a mere representation. I wrote a couple of posts about perception some time ago. One on eye anatomy and the other on eye anatomy related to mental capacity. So, it was great to see a Calamities of Nature comic strip paying homage to Magritte (and Foucault).

Recently, I had a conversation with someone about new media not being able to escape language, which is one of the reasons why painting is not going anywhere. It’s reliance on the artist’s gesture and capacity to visually problem solve make it an admirable art form (still). An aspect of New Media Art that fascinates me is the dependence on language (yes, programming is language) even if the result is to represent or create something organic looking. I’m working on a piece at the moment and will delve deeper into this topic. For now, I’ll just let you, dear friend, enjoy Ferd and company. Thanks for indulging me. 🙂

Calamities of Nature, irreverent webcomics by Tony Piro
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Calamities of Nature is one of those web comics you can’t deny. From science to politics to philosophical issues, the conversations between the cast of characters (Alp, Ferdinand, Harold, and Raymond) show the uncanny ability of creator, Tony Piro, to make abstract and esoteric ideas funny and palpable (yet still so incredibly intelligent and witty). The Artist and Audience comic strip came through this morning. Naturally, I couldn’t help but re-post for your viewing pleasure. In four frames, the Artist/Audience dynamic explained (and oh so cleverly). Enjoy!