Armory Week - New York City

Hey Glitch fans!

Wanted to let you guys know that I'll be featured at an exhibition in the See.Me gallery in New York City.  I shared the details below. Unfortunately I won't be able to attend but if you're in the area, definitely stop by.  The See.Me guys throw a sick party and it's a great place to meet other artists.  Plus, free wine. :D

- Ken


Thanks for being a part of Year in Review 2013 . With your entry you were guaranteed inclusion in the digital Group Show hosted in our gallery space during Armory Week in NYC, which is coming up this week! We’ll be hard at work producing the show in the days to come and are so excited to celebrate your work. 

If you’re in the New York City area, we hope that you’ll join us for the opening party: 
 

Friday, March 7th
7pm through 10pm

See.Me Exhibition Space
26-19 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101

Directions: http://goo.gl/maps/B0Wdr 

Free wine provided by:
Square Wines

Dance along to music from:
MELTCHA

We hope to see you there!

Best,
See.Me 

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Picture by glitch: McKinney native develops unique photographic art form

Just saw this article featuring my glitch art in a local newspaper.  Love it. 

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Photo courtesy of Ken Morris - McKinney native Ken Morris recently started creating "Glitch Art Panorama Photography," a rare form of photographic art. For this piece, #glitchalley, Morris spun in a circle while taking the shot, thus creating skips in the middle.

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 6:06 PM CDT

McKinney High School graduate Ken Morris is at it again. He has another way to engage others digitally.

Morris, a 2003 grad, recently stumbled upon a unique kind of expression, what he calls "Glitch Art Panorama Photography." Using the panoramic feature on his iPhone while cascading up, down and around a scene in front of him, Morris creates a picture in motion.

"It's more of a movement piece; it captures the movement as I'm taking the photo, so you can tell where my arms are, my body is, where the rest of the scene is.

"It's really more like a dance."

Add a photo-editing and color-correction app, and Morris's phone is his palette. "No Photoshop, though," he assured. "I twist and turn and spin, and that creates bent buildings and curved horizons."

His artistic photography - or photographic art - premiered in March at the RatCity ArtCity Art Walk in Seattle, Wash., where he now lives. There he sold one piece; it's also available on Etsy.com, an online marketplace for handmade items. Since the festival, it's been featured on artist Philip Stearns' blog, he said.

Morris said he knows of just a few others who've taken to the style, as discovered through extensive online browsing. He came into it accidentally: while taking a panorama of a sunset, he started walking away without ending the shot.

What would happen if he took a panorama of his feet while walking, he pondered.

"That's the first time I'd ever seen that kind of glitch art photography," he said. "I just absolutely fell in love with it."

From there he experimented with different lights, scenes and angles. The term "glitch art" comes from manipulating electronic devices and files for aesthetic purposes; thus, creativity in Morris's art hinges as much on intentional changes in color and other basic parts of each picture.

"It's a very specific kind of abstract photography," he said.

Inspiration is all around, whether a building caught by the early sun or a cloudy day with added darkness. A piece's typical print size is about 10 inches tall and 30 inches wide, Morris said, but like most digital products, that's up for edit.

What started as an impromptu hobby has become a consistent venture for Morris, but he says it's less about the money than it is about spurring others to think and view the world differently.

That approach isn't new. Last year he attempted to launch an app-based TV show called Parked 3D. It never truly got off the ground, but was another innovative digital creation.

Morris said he continues his work in film and TV - screenwriting, video developing, storytelling - what he's done since his time in McKinney. His new art form is simply another avenue to connect in a digital society.

"It's a whole new way to share my story and express myself and really engage other people," he said. "I hope that as this becomes more popular, people buying and selling and viewing it will be inspired to talk to each other."

Experimenting with glitch art panorama will go on, the honing of subjects, titles and manipulations. All Morris needs is a phone and some imagination.

"We've become such an isolated culture, I really want to do things to help correct that and bring people back together," he said. "Technology can be a blessing or a curse, depending on how you use it."

For examples of Morris's work, visit officialkenmorris.com.

RatCity ArtCity Follow-Up

Last week I had my first gallery showing at the RatCity ArtCity Art Walk.  GNU Organics down in White Center hosted seven of my pieces.  It was an awesome experience.  I really like the guys who run the place.  You can tell they really care a lot.  

The art walk was just so much fun.  Really a wide range of talent.  I noticed a lot of the artists doing mixed-media and multiple formats.  I love that kind of stuff.  One artist did these incredible oil paintings in a 19th century romantic style but overlaid them with images of designer fashion logos.  Real cool effect.

Of the seven pieces I chose four were more traditional shots (albeit abstract).  The other three were glitchographs (glitch art panoramas???).  Aside - I'm still figuring out what to call this style.  Glitchography?  Glitch Art?  I guess it's interchangeable but my manager suggested I pick one term and stick with it.

People really responded well to my work.  It felt so good to be there and talk with people and be able to engage with them and find out what they like or don't like.  I even had my first sale at the art walk.  It was the photo titled "Mobile Home" (check it out in the gallery below or onFlickr).

I'm definitely going to participate in all the future art walks if I can.

Abstract Reality

I'm really falling in love with glitch art. Like I mentioned before I use the iPhone 5 in panorama mode and then "draw" with it. The phone stitches images together as best it can so you're able to twist it and move with it.  

Alone

There's something about glitch art that I absolutely love. It's not that they're imperfect, rather that they ARE perfect. Exactly as they should be. Yes, it's an abstraction of reality but aren't all photos an abstraction of reality?

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As photographers we don't capture moments - we borrow them. That brief fraction of a second when the shutter flips open, exposes the sensor (or film) and then closes again doesn't freeze time. Time still passes by. Just like it always has. Just like it always will. A photo is an echo. A reverberation. It's a rough approximation of what once was.

Walking

Photojournalism is important.  I want to emphasize that.  Especially conflict photography and images exposing corruption or the plight of the disenfranchised.  What reporters are doing in Syria, in Haiti, Africa, wherever, is absolutely necessary and absolutely commendable.  They gots them some guts.  But I don't believe photojournalism is any better at capturing "truth" because there isn't one.  There isn't a universal Truth but instead, many truths, many stories, and many perspectives.

What I love about abstract photography and glitch art in particular is that it doesn't claim to represent "truth."  It's perspective.  How I see the world.  It lets go of the moment that once was and provides a new moment for the viewer to share.  It's you and the artwork whether that's photography, painting, sculpture, dance, whatever.

Abstract art isn't about defining; it's about redefining over and over and over.

Reach for your dreams

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Glitch Art

So I've been experimenting with the wonderful world of glitch art panoramas lately.  What I do is point my iPhone 5 out the window of my car and take a panorama.  The phone attempts to stitch together the scene but because of the high speed the image gets a lot of artifacts and strange compressions.  The image coming out is pretty raw but I like to cook it a little bit to get the more fluid feel.  Here are some examples:

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