I'm not the Immortal Artist. You are

Immortal Artist is dedicated to exploring all aspects of experimental art and creating new and innovative techniques which other artists can use to strengthen their own work.


The blogs creator, experimental artist Grey Cross pursues and discusses art across a wide spectrum of artistic mediums. They include painting, sculpting, body art, digital art, and photography. With an emphasis on teaching artists to utilize today's social networks to further their own art and reputations.


This blog uses the Living Blog concept, an idea created by Grey Cross

Grey Cross Studios/Immortal Artist Operations

New Orleans

Email: greyacross@aol.com

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Revisiting Old Work - The Debate of Altering Art



Several years ago there was a large debate over movie companies changing original movies to add new materials and update the formats of various films like Star Wars. A lot of people were angry that their classic movies had been tampered with. 

Its an intriguing argument. Face it, we humans hate change. That is a fact of life. But it is also a fact of life that nothing stays the same. Everything from our thoughts to our tastes in fashion and food changes constantly. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Constructing Man


Sometimes we find art when we least expect it. Last evening, as I was nearing the end of my work night, I'd left two of the head sculptures on my work table to be completed. One of the heads had an under-layer of phosphorescent paint on it which had been painted over. Some of it was still peaking out through the paint but with the lights on, I hadn't noticed it. I shut the lights down in the studio and the scene above emerged, lit all in a bright phosphorescent glow. It was so surreal that it actually made me gasp. You see, usually I would leave lights on in the studio at the end of the night. But for some reason I shut everything off this night. If I hadn't, I would not have even noticed this or that the phosphorescent paint had been building up on the worktable over time. I scrambled for my camera in the dark and caught the image above.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Studio Aesthetics - The Artists Workplace



I had an interesting discussion with an artist about the aesthetics of my studio. He noted that I had approximately 30 candles burning throughout the room and wondered why I would light so many each day and was it religious in nature.

In a way it is religious, but not in the way he was thinking. I've written before about the sanctity of the studio and that the artists studio is as holy as any church or cathedral is. Creativity is the closest that, I believe, we can come to the true nature of our spiritual being.

I explained this to him, but I also took time to explain the importance of the aesthetics of an artists workplace for conducting business. For me the candles create a very special feel that guests instantly sense when they enter. There is an other worldliness to this space that it is important to me to impart to those who visit.

Friday, October 13, 2017

I"m a Sandwich Artist! The Demise & Affront of the Artisans Label



There was once a comedy routine that said that the word "fuck" was the most versatile word in the English language. (You can hear it here if interested)

I would like to propose that there is one word that is more fucking versatile than fuck. That word is:


"ARTIST"

This word has gone from identifying painters and sculptors to identifying EVERYTHING. Once when you claimed you were an artist people looked at you with wonder. Now the word has been so lost in the lexicon of humanity that its totally bereft of its original meaning.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Intuitive Power of the Artist



intuition
[in-too-ish-uh n, -tyoo-] 

Direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension



Intuition is one of those things that we always here about but it is rarely spoken of. Intuition hearkens back to witchcraft and arcane powers of the mind. It is the stuff of druids and mystics. It is not for the modern man.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Deep Storytelling in Art and the Limits of Today's Technology

"The Grand Conjunction" Deep Storytelling Art


What is Deep Storytelling?

Depp Storytelling is the process where by a piece of art focuses on multiple points of reference, each with its own story. 

The easiest way to describe it is to picture in your mind, a painting of a tree. The tree is at full bloom, its branches full of bright fruits and there is a morning dew glistening on each leaf. That tree represents a single story. The mind of the viewer creates that story in their mind because all the elements are present to tell a story. 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Higher Calling of an Artist



As artists develop and mature, they often find themselves taking on subject content that is far more than just a piece of art. It marks them and it labels them. We choose causes that are often not politically correct, are taboo or not in the mainstream. We choose them not because they make us feel good, but because we are willing to be shit upon in order to try and make the world see its problems in new ways. For example, Dissident Ai Weiwei has taken on the plight of refugees as his own. It has marked him and he has marked the debate about it. He is forever changed because of it and the subject of refugees has been forever changed because of him.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Burning Man - Art From a Distance (Complete Album)

For the second year, I am doing a screen capture project for Burning Man. My original intention last year was to promote the live feed for Burning Man while it was going on. But I quickly became intrigued whether something as simple as a low resolution screen capture could be made into decent art. In the past year I've done some extensive experimenting with the process including working with the live feed for the International Space Station. So this year I am bringing new skills to the table for this unusual art form and looking forward to making some great art remotely for this amazing yearly festival. Check back often for new art during the festival and immediately after!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Running Headlong into the Fog - Developing Creative Ideas



Sometimes I will get a very vague idea for a project. So vague that all I can see are shadows of what it could possibly be. If started these can fail easily because we have no guidance of the overall form. So why bother? 

Its easier to have a fully formed idea for a piece of art. Its more like playing connect the dots to get to what you see as the finished idea. Sometimes it feels too easy. 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Real Difference Between the Photographer and the Artist




There is a constant debate about the differences between an artist and a photographer. There is so much overlap into each field that it becomes a hopeless entanglement of terms and definitions. I've seen both artists and photographers become angry when someone confuses who they define themselves to be.

Friday, June 30, 2017

What to Do When You're Creatively Stuck - By Larry Mager (Guest Writer)




Photo By: Mihai Surdu (Stock Snap)


In a world where physical activity is performed in abundance, it is all so easy to forget how to nurture your mind as well as your body. Just like the muscles of the body, your mind is indeed a muscle that needs to be exercised daily in order to function to its best ability. Creativity is the driving force of passion behind many people, and when it runs through your veins and body, it can be the most exhilarating experience. However, when creativity runs dry, it feels as though that little flicker of light within has burned out. Fortunately there are several methods and exercises you can implement to relight that flame and get your creativity back up to par!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tales From Another Age - Art Merging the Past With the Present


Old photographs have always been a passion of mine. I find I lose myself when I look at photos of earlier eras. While creating the work for the Grand Ball series, I've had to spend a lot of time looking through old archives. United States law says that virtually all photographs published before January 1923 are now in the public domain. In simpler terms they are free to use. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Setting the Scene - Creating the Surreal Seas Series


This is an example of how I set up some of my images. In the image above a scene is set in an all black staging area. Because this image will be taken in complete darkness all the pieces for the scene have been sprayed with an X2 phosphorescent paint. Once the lights go down, the only thing remaining will be those pieces. This gives me a little more leeway to be creative as the wiring will disappear once the lights go out. Using an all black staging area guarantees that only the objects I want to show will be seen. This also gives me more leeway when I am not shooting in the dark to add my own colors and backgrounds after the original image is photographed.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Ghost Ships


The Ghost Ships series was created using scale models of ships that were purchased at a flee market for $5.00 each. Each was spray painted solid black and then coated with an X2 phosphorescent paint. The models were staged with props that were also sprayed with the X2 paint. The staging was done in a completely black setting to eliminate all other light sources and photographed in total darkness. The photos were then moved to the digital studio where the final images in the series were created. 

Each final image has a doppelganger. This allows the viewer to zoom in and see each image larger than their screens may allow. The doppelganger is located beneath each image and can be controlled without having to move to another site.

Image #1 Silents Cries in the Deep



Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Prayer Against the Storm


Here in New Orleans, summer means that we begin to think about hurricanes. We don't acknowledge it publicly. But deep down inside there is that nagging uncertainty that our way of life may be destroyed yet again. In 2015 we went through the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. I did a lot of work during that time that was hurricane related. One of the pieces was a huge 5' x 5' canvas of a hurricane coming in over a city. It still hangs on the wall of the studio. 

Fast forward to today. We are getting the first of our spring time thunderstorms which come in May and June. This particular storm decided it was going to put the lights out for a few hours. Darkness is always a reminder of Katrina where we learned to live for weeks without electricity. 

I entered the studio to get some candles. In front of the Katrina portrait is my Buddha altar. I try to keep a single candle lit on it at all times. So when I came in, this was the first thing I saw. I had to suppress a shudder when I saw it. Then I had to reach for my camera and try to capture the image. I needed no other greater reminder that its hurricane season than this. 

The lights are back on now. But there is still a darkness that remains.