Geometric (2023), Inverted (2023)

To pair with “Inverted (2023)” this nude was created by using circles and curves and then mapping the rest of the drawing with colour. Therefore, this results in its geometric triangular curved design.

Geometric (2023)

Geometric (2023)
This work is also available to purchase as a CNFT on my JPG.store collection page here.

The work was created in the idea inspired by my previous work; ‘Gazing Nude’ (2023) was created by creating lines for the curves. In effect; I took this technique to create circular areas and then created more shapes through this technique. I then filled them in strategically with colours to create the somewhat ‘stained glass’ style that I usually work with in my colour pencil works. It hopes to make the viewer think of ‘nudes’ as not something that is an idea to objectify but rather the elements of what makes humans, human. Therefore, it has been cut down into colours; keeping the face itself while not having any unique features. The chest and the body have dissolved into the colours, therefore, removing the sexualisation of the individual.

Inverted (2023)

Inverted (2023)
Rather than them being placed in certain definitive places; I placed the curves and lines randomly. Often creating new shapes and strange regions in the drawing.

This colour nude is inverted in a way in which lines were placed and manipulated to create the guide of the nude. Inside the gaps created by these lines were filled in with colour. It showcases a slight figure in the centre.

Inverted was created with the same process as the previous nude, though with a slight variation in which circles and curves were placed at random. Rather than being deliberately placed; giving reason to create a new form in its process. This helps to create a new fresh look in the project rather than just being the same work in different variations.

Is “self-curation” the future of galleries?

As the world and art move on into the digitized future so does art literacy. Yet many still do not understand the numerous academic jargons that present themselves in art curation and history. I propose the new idea of “self-curation”, a way in which the artist curates their own work. Understandably, this creates a new issue of unfortunately creating more work for the artist. However, I argue that the artist is the only one with true knowledge of their own art.

In which the artist no longer is the artist, but an ‘artist-curator’. This brings forth questions to which that with digitization; are artists simply curating their work on social platforms already. When the artist creates a description of the work- they are creating a curation. Yet many have not gone through the efforts of education that we art historians have gone through.

As an art historian– I see no issue with this future; it brings accessibility to the gallery. It makes it easier to understand; an artist is more likely to show their true self. Rather than their work being curated- or co-curated with some parts of the excerpt removed due to sensibilities. It unlocks the true passion of the artwork and cuts down the cost of running a gallery institution.

self-curation
My works on JPG.store are pre-curated by myself with what could be wall texts in an exhibition.

Therefore, it could be argued that the artist has a much larger say in an exhibition with this in mind. They would be guided around the gallery and learn skills that could benefit their careers much more. Though this does add to the problem of what will curators do without their jobs. They simply would just be confined to historical museums or paid for when the artist does not want to self-curate their work.

If the artist’s work is shown, then why can’t the artist have entire control over how it is presented? These questions will possibly pose a challenge to the future of curation and institutions.

Let’s hope “self-curation” will become a movement or change in the institutions.

Exploration (2023), Stained Glass (2023)

A pair piece with ‘Stained Glass (2023)’; this colour nude explores exploration. The nude figure is left amazed and astounded by all of the ‘glass’ shards when glancing at a stained glass artwork. There is no gaze- as this work is the nude’s world rather than ours.

Exploration (2023)

Exploration (2023)

When this is paired with ‘Stained Glass (2023)’ it shows that the figure is pacing and exploring to become just like the hero. It is an allegory created of how people wish to be just like others when they should rather be themselves. It points out the human obsession with comparisons and ideals- rather than accepting ourselves for our own traits and personalities.

You can get this colour nude on JPG.store where we sell all of the NFT versions of the collection!

Stained Glass (2023)

Stained Glass (2023) is paired with the piece above to create a story. The nude figure in this work is supposed to exemplify the stereotypical nude hero in heroic/religious stained glass works. But rather than looking at the audience- there is no face; an allegory to icons.

Stained Glass (2023)

The stained glass theme was used here as stained glass is used in religious buildings (in Christianity). Therefore it gives the work a religious or heroic semblance; a work to be admired- and a story to absorb. Therefore, it creates a link between two pieces of the collection to create a new story. Though; what happens next is up for the viewers to decide.

In both these pieces – the color pencil is utilized. I have found it a great material to work with as well as a way to blend colours together and create art. I rarely see colour pencil work in art galleries so I wanted to take up the medium for a project. Hopefully, this helps to bring the medium some light in the institutional sense.

Portrait Nude (2022) and Stylized Nude (2023)

Portrait Nude (2022) is a nude of a male in a portrait position; the male is unidentifiable as it superimposes that it could be anyone. Portraits, therefore, don’t signify importance.

Portrait Nude

Through looking at the idea of a human and putting those shapes but blocking out the idea of appearance- these figures can be anything- the shapes do not define them. Nor should they define us in real life.

The figure in these works shows no personality, but the figure instead is to be filled in through the audience’s mind. It is meant to create relatability in an unidentifiable figure.

Portrait Nude (2022)

You can purchase this work on my JPG.store page as an NFT, or buy the original artwork here from Saatchi art.

Stylized Nude (2023)

The first ink-based Color Nude created is the Stylized Nude. It sits in a confident pose glaring at the viewer to the side. Not only is it satisfied by the gaze it receives, but it encourages it. It’s a break from the conventional collection rules; rather than being created with the colour pencil, it diverges and turns to ink.

It is the symbolic bleeding of the old into the new, as it was created on the first day of 2023. I wanted to make something of the collection and to refresh rather than the old coloured pencil drawings. It hopes to be bolder and more outgoing, instilling these feelings in its viewers.

Stylized Nude (2023)

These are different from the current art trend: creating AI art. This is doing something unexpected of myself to defy the automatons’ neural network. You can read my relatively neutral beliefs on this subject if you wish to; here.

Alternatively, we have our page here if you’re interested in the Color Nudes project. You can find out more about it and how it corresponds to my artistic practice.

Writings on AI Art

So AI Art has become a rather trendy topic in the latter half of 2022 and spilling over into 2023. It has turned art into a process of a few words inserted into a neural network which then uses this prompt to create art. I am in awe at its prowess but find it funny at the copious number of errors it creates.

AI Art- On the replacement of human art

What I’ve seen artists most scared about is that it could replace human artists. On this point, I understand – but I know that there will always be a market for human art, especially if one can prove that a human created it.

I honestly can’t fathom how some people haven’t seen a new traditionalist revolution in the art world with this creation. If AI can only create digital art through neural networks- why not turn back to paint and canvas? I see a future renaissance of ‘non-replicable’ art- recorded videos of artists working in the person of old materials; oils, conté and pencil.

Digital art could be argued to have made art faster and cheaper for the artist, especially with all the technical tools provided. But are we seeing the demise of this once-revolutionary art tool? No- you could just record your drawing process- that’s what makes human art.

There’s a history to each work of art, with all its layers- AI art currently forgoes all of this and creates a finished work only. It doesn’t have its sketch layers, and it doesn’t have layers of detail that could be removed. Therefore, I argue that this could create much more beautiful work. Beautiful human work, in fact.

Is unfinished work more beautiful?

COLOR NUDE project not made with AI art
This is one of my colour nudes, made by myself through the thought process of feeling gazed at by the audience. You can see its page here of what I intended through the project.

As someone who revels in the beauty of not too much detail – the Color Nudes project. I believe that unfinished work. Or involving the processes of your finished work- is more beautiful. The unfinished work is unfinished because of a reason- AI art doesn’t have that reasoning. Perhaps, the work didn’t feel good enough to you? So you stopped working on it- but what if someone finds that piece aesthetic?

Aesthetic is in the eye of the beholder. For me- unfinished work is rather beautiful- it showcases the artist’s style. Their process, how they work and what they do to the work before it’s finalized. You can see their personality in their unfinished work shine much more than the finished work. Is the linework deliberately shaky or purposefully delicate? It shows how you are as a person.

AI art doesn’t have that until AI itself has sentience and emotion.

I am saying with this post that humans will predominantly reside in human art. It’s a connection that AI art cannot create or forge. Until then- I believe artists should feel less threatened by artwork with fifteen fingers on their hands. Or even different eye folds for each eye.

Rosehip Kompot Recipe

This delicious rosehip kompot is super tasty and sweet despite containing almost no sugar! We added everything we had foraged into the recipe, which tasted absolutely delicious! You can add extra ingredients to this rather than just being rose-hip, as I didn’t harvest as much as I wanted this year.

If you don’t have rosehip but you have any other autumn forages, you can try making elderberry syrup!

Rosehip Kompot Recipe

They’re inside a big pot- you’ll be wanting to use a big pot since you’ll be using a lot of water.

First off- we simply just deseeded the rosehips and removed the strands of fibres inside. We don’t want those itchy hairs, as drinking would not be a great experience. This process is highly time-consuming, but I suggest you do it since I’m not sure the juices come out of the rosehip when it’s left whole. Oh, and make sure to wash the rosehips before doing this process. You don’t want anything that might come into contact with wild fruits.

rosehip kompot ingredients

Core the apples, put them into the pot, and ensure they’re cut up so they can infuse the kompot faster. We will also crack open a pomegranate and put its seeds inside of here as well since we have one that’s quite old and needs to be used. Add two or more litres of water to the pot as well.

We will heat it until it boils, ensuring it has the sugar and xylitol inside. Pour them in before you start the heat up, so it sweetens nicely. Then we will leave it to boil. Then once boiling, simmer for 5 minutes, then take off the heat.

rosehip kompot

Here we have our delicious and quite refreshing rosehip kompot for winter! We hope you enjoyed this recipe and will also enjoy our other recipes on our site! Also, if you want to support this content, you can check out our NFT series here.

Rosehip Kompot

Josh N.
A very delicious kompot, can be sugar free as well!
Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
15 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Russian, Vegetarian
Servings 10 People

Equipment

  • 1 large pot

Ingredients
  

  • 2 litre water
  • 100 grams rosehips deseeded
  • 5 apples cored and cut
  • 5 apricots deseeded
  • 200 grams xylitol/sugar

Instructions
 

  • Deseed the rosehips making sure the hairs are all gone and then add them to the pot
  • Core the apples and slice them up, add them to the pot
  • Deseed the apricots then add them to the pot
  • Break the pomegranate in half then scoop all of its contents into the pot. That gives this kompot the nice pink appearance.
  • Add the water and xylitol (or sugar if using instead)
  • Heat until boiling then simmer for 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature then serve after straining the solids.

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Keyword forage, kompot, rosehip, sugar free, xylitol