Friday, February 12, 2010
  • Torn Vector MoirĂ©s

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    ... or how to make gradients with only fill and stroke -- in fact, stroke will be perfectly sufficient.

    It was going to be called "meaningless graphics #1 through #6."

    Lyrois: Torn Vector Moirés

    As always, I could invent some crazy-ass legend and try to convince someone, somewhere, that in reality, I had such and such idea, and was looking for the right way and time to eventually express it. Really.

    Except, I didn't. Didn't intend to, at least. Make a series of 6 graphics, have the minimalistic approach grow into something kinda elaborate, and wait for the questions. The inevitable. Why 6? Why are they similar, different, purple, what are those lines? Inevitable.

    Of course, reflecting upon the dreaded questions lead to answers, and, you guessed it, some crazy-ass legend. Talk about going full circle, a dialogue evolved out of and into never meaningless graphics.

    A short story in six parts --

    Veiled struggle behind darkness, emerging into the light only to be sucked back into the dark, emerging again, you can't do it on your own, join forces already!

    Obviously, the darkness leaves its traces, impossible to tell who is who, also, struggle changes, together, united, you make it. What's left of you? Are you still the same? Did any part of you remain untouched? Don't think so. Never did.

    1. Here I am, drowning, being sucked in. Here I am, drowning, being sucked in.
    2. Hey, it's me. You ain't drowning. Hey, it's me. You ain't drowning.
    3. Now, that's better. You feel the air? Now, that's better. Can you feel the air?
    4. Trying to show you the light. Trying to show you the light.
    5. You're losing me. You're losing me.
    6. No! Reach out -- See how we change? No! Reach out -- See how we changed?

    What? Make of it what you want.

    Note: You should will see the print version of this series. Where the moirés are static and pixelated on the screen, they visually live and move in high-res printing.

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Friday, January 22, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
  • Ace of Spades

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    I don't play cards because it violates rule #7. Other than that, when I play -- if I play -- I play by my own rules with cards from my own deck.

    Here is my hand, drawn randomly from the deck of 52 aces of spades --

    Lyrois: Ace of Spades

    Thorough preparation makes its own luck.

    --Joe Poyer

    Lyrois: Ace of Spades

    Obvious or not, there is more to it and in it, but it's a good starting point.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009
  • Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Aluminum Series

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    It's tiny, it's affordable, and best of all, it's specifically made for a good cause --

    Lyrois: Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Aluminum Series

    This special miniature edition is executed in matte black (upper part) and glossy black (lower part) vinyl on 2mm aluminum. It is the sibling of much bigger works, sampling and remixing the silhouettes shapeset painted on walls, etched as well as decaled on glass, even printed on a collection of snowboards.

    Lyrois: Close-up of Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Aluminum Series

    Lyrois: Close-up of Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Aluminum Series

    The Lyrois Silhouettes Mural Limited Edition Aluminum Series come in 140 × 55mm, it is a series of 10, with #000 and #001 being retained as artist's proof and the remaining #002 through #009 donated to support John T. Unger's Legal Defense Fund in his quest to defend himself and art in general.

    The pieces are scratch-signed and numbered on the back, and accompanied by a printed and signed certificate documenting its story and origin. No more pieces of this edition will ever be made.

    Buy them as long as they last, for your pleasure and for a good cause, at John T. Unger's Artist's Legal Defense Sale.

    See also, the companion piece to the Aluminum Series, the Vinyl Series, in black/purple.

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Monday, October 12, 2009
  • The Lyrois Companion

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    A new batch of the Lyrois Companion figure is in the final stages of production.

    While the first release was made from vinyl, the new ones are black-opaque acrylic, with a glossy, glass-like appearance on the front-side and a height of 3" --

    The Lyrois Companion

    See the reflection?

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Monday, September 28, 2009
  • Mashup: Lyrois X Picasso's Guernica

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    I'm a big fan of pop culture and graffiti, I like papercutting and transparent vs. opaque, then again, I like light and shadows, particularly shadows. What better representation of light and shadows than dancing and dying?

    I keep seeing Pablo Picasso's Guernica in the original shape-set for the mural. With the connection already and always there, here is the resulting mashup; web only, no prints --

    Mashup: Lyrois X Picasso's Guernica

    Check out the details that mix nicely with shapes #1, #2, and #5.

    One more thing, it is said that Le Corbusier once called tapestries -- like the Guernica copy at the United Nations in New York -- "nomadic murals". (Note to self: Make nomadic murals, for the name and for the concept.)

    UPDATE: I added the very hi-res version of the mashup for your download and print-it-yourself pleasure. You may even send it to me or fly me in to sign it and make it very, very special. (Hazel Dooney's idea?) Also, I've heard that there's a big empty wall at the UN Security Council...

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Thursday, September 17, 2009
Monday, September 07, 2009
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
  • It Wants to Exist

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    Looking at this, I had to make this, immediately, asap, freezing the shadow --

    Dirty pic of clean aluminum plate

    Matte black on matte, almost smooth, white aluminum. Ten by ten inches.

    Dirty pics of clean aluminum plate

    Sometimes, often, creation is compulsive. Works almost manifest themselves. They just want to exist.

    See also: Lyrois: Etched Glass.

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Monday, August 03, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
  • Black Magic Vinyl

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    A mixture of glossy and matte vinyl, all black, all magic, and just as hard to capture.

    Lyrois: Black Magic Vinyl

    This work predates the white on white and the tongue-in-cheek purple on purple edition. It was made in 2004.

    You may recognize it; it's the one in the kitchen.

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Friday, February 10, 2006
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Friday, September 30, 2005
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
  • Tableaux 2: Variant

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    A variation of the original Tableaux 2 --

    Tableaux 2

    Matte-black vinyl with glossy-colored shapes, 21 cm × 40 cm × 5 mm.

    Note: Destroyed shortly after taking the photo.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Saturday, January 15, 2005
Wednesday, December 01, 2004
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
  • Hipster PDAs

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    With hat tips to Richard Dawkins and Merlin Mann, ... the meme-busting, curiously famous, ... Hipster PDA --

    Mini *Hipster-PDA*

    *Hipster-PDAs* in 3 Sizes

    Mini: 7.5 cm × 11 cm; Medium: 11 cm × 15.5 cm; Large: 15 cm × 22 cm

    They come with metric (5 mm) grid paper and a black glossy cover made of heavy tarp.

    See also:

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Thursday, February 21, 2002
  • Gobos Strips

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    Playing with the dark side from the light side, and vice versa --

    Lyrois: Gobos Strips, Cropped

    Click the picture for a view of the original long strip.

    Somewhat related to, definitely inspired by the Theatrical Gobos.

    The one pictured is a tiny miniature, there are also some huge ones in 5ft height.

    By the way, you can tell it's a genuine Lyrois by the trademark wooden floors in the pics.

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