Ransom Virus Alert

If you haven’t been hit by computer virus recently, please know that some new ones are making the rounds now. Apparently they gain entry to your system by posing as messages or software updates from Adobe and/or Apple.

The effect is to shut down your internet access and slow everything down.
Some include Ransom provision i.e. if you want to see your digital information again (including picture files), you must pay money.

Watch out.

Christo-Wrapped — Marin General Hospital 2016

Marin County sculpture done neatly in two views.
Honestly, it was not the real Christo who did this — it’s actually native genius in anonymous architecture.

Christo was here -- Marin General Hospital
Christo was here — Marin General Hospital

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Christo was here -- Marin General Hospital
Very neatly tucked-in — Marin General Hospital

Face-blind sculpture was the beginning, not the end.
And that’s the truth.

Sculptures Climb Mountain

Silhouette of natural stone formations climbing mountain slope recalls Barrier Canyon Style of ancient pictographs.

Barrier Canyon style natural formation seen from Colorado River bank. Photo by Peter Neibert.
Natural stone formation (viewed from Colorado River bank) reflects 5500 year old Barrier Canyon style of stone pictographs in US Southwest. Henry Mountains often snow-capped in August.

The Holy Ghost Group is the seminal work of the Barrier Canyon style of rock art.  It is in the Great Gallery of Horseshoe canyon about 100 miles north of the photographer’s site on the Colorado river bank.

Anasazi and other archaic native Americans travelling along the river 5,500 years ago probably saw the natural stone silhouette as it appears in this contemporary photograph. The Holy Ghost’s painted pictograph, the work of archaic native Americans 5500 years ago, resembles this formation.

Post below shows my photographs of Barrier Canyon Style rock paintings.

What Does a Music Album Cover cover?

Album covers seek to convey the mystery and ambiance of the music.  Here, the cables of the Golden Gate Bridge in fog reflect Karen Gottlieb’s harp performance — music of San Francisco Bay Area composers.

Harp Music by Karen Gottlieb, original photo by Peter Neiber
Bay Area Harp Music by Karen Gottlieb, original photo by Peter Neibert

 

 

 

Listen to sample on SoundCloud:  https://soundcloud.com/innovadotmu/15-track-15-5

Harp music album is here:  http://www.innova.mu/albums/karen-gottlieb/music-harp

And the album cover booklet (6 pages) is here:  927_itunes_booklet_harp  The cables in fog backlight each page of the booklet.

Golden Gate Bridge in Fog, original photo by Peter Neibert
Golden Gate Bridge in Fog, original photo by Peter Neibert

Golden Gate Bridge in Fog, original photograph by Peter Neibert.  Digital editing by Philip Blackburn.

 

 

 

Cervantes is Dead?

remains of cervantes?
Investigators said on Tuesday that some of the remains of Cervantes are believed to be among the samples. Credit Madrid Regional Government

Why wasn’t I told ?  nyti.ms/1BQfgmN

I thought he was looking so good as Peter O’toole.

don-quixote-on-rocinante: carving-in-fence post by Peter Neibert
don quixote on rocinante: sculpture-in redwood fence post by Peter

 

Don Quixote as Peter O'toole, wood sculpture by Peter Neibert
Don Quixote as Peter O’toole, wood sculpture by Peter

Survivor ~ Woodsculpture WIP

A character I saw one morning on Telegraph Avenue (Oakland, California) inspired The Survivor .

"Survivor" & heads/faces, WIP 2014;  wood sculpture, fir, 2014, by Peter Neibert
“Survivor” & heads/faces, WIP 2014; woodsculpture, fir, 2014, by Peter Neibert

I don’t remember his face, so I am carving five interchangeable masks to fit on the torso.

His arms hold four masks as he tries on each to choose the right one to get through the morning.

 

I began thinking about The Survivor torso a long time ago.

It’s carved out of a used beam I found in the back yard of Fairfax Lumber company.

I took it home in my jeep and let it dry in my garage for several months before I started work.

The picture at left shows what The Survivor #Woodsculpture looked like recently.

Here  is what the first cut looked like:  http://neibert.com/portfolio/wip-waiting-at-the-workshop-door/

Wood Sculpture ~ Fugitive, Face & Inner Presence

The Nara fugitive’s one-eyed face looks like this now:

Nara Fugitive mask
Nara Fugitive ~ mask, Carved Fir, Acrylic and Pastel

The back of the mask is left open – to fit the torso’s neck opening (not shown here).    But when the head is apart from the body, the empty opening in the back leaves  us feeling incomplete.  So, what to do?

Well, the hollowed-out opening in back is ideally situated to possess the fugitive’s Inner Presence.  So, as the mask rotates the Inner Presence comes into view.

Nara Fugitive Inner Presence (in mask)
Nara Fugitive Inner Presence (in mask)

The Inner Presence sculpture is carved in redwood and detachable from the Nara Fugitive’s fir mask.  So then, of course, the question becomes  what to do with the Inner Presence when it’s detached?

Nara Fugitive Inner Presence, nested in back of mask.
Nara Fugitive Inner Presence, nested in hollow back of mask.

 

Nara Fugitive ~  inner presence
Nara Fugitive ~ inner presence

 

 

 

Smart Meter ~ for the love of Pacific Gas & Electric Co

PG & E (Pacific Gas & Electric Co) installed its controversial smart meter on my house.  They said it would give me great detail on my use of electricity.  This attracted law suits from the public.  So, PG&E stopped connecting the “Smart” part of the meter that would tell me everything — the only part they connected is the dumb meter that tells me how much money I have to pay PG&E.

Smart Meter I (door)

Smart Meter I (door) ` For the love of Pacific Gas & Electric Co
Smart Meter I (door) ` For the love of Pacific Gas & Electric Co

 

If you open the door you will see this inside:

Smart Meter II (inner presence)

Smart Meter II
Smart Meter II – this is what you see inside the door.

 

Smart Meter (round thing at top) provided by Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  Installed at Kentfield, California.

 

 

 

Fugitive in the Woodwork ~ wood sculpture photo print

Wood carving mask over woodcolor pallet, photo print on canvas by Peter
Wood carving mask over woodcolor palette, photo print on canvas by Peter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one made itself over the course of two years.  First, I carved a life-size mask in fir of a Nara period face drawing.  Here it was:

sculpture inspired by Nara period theatrical mask
Wood Sculpture by Peter, 2013
click on photo to enlarge details

 

 

Then what?  I used it in the Head Case.  Here’s what that looked like:

head case on used barrel ~ 3 wood carvings inspired by Nara period gigaku masks.  Sculptor Peter Neibert. Click on photo to enlarge.
head case on used barrel ~ 3 wood carvings inspired by Nara period gigaku masks. Sculptor Peter Neibert. Click on photo to enlarge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I let it sit for a year while I worked on other things.

When painting wood sculpture during this period, I cleaned brushes, rags, knives on the inside of a utility closet door.  If I were a formal painter I would call this panel my wood palette for the time.  Here’s a picture of that:

Woodcolor pallet
Palette of the time

 

Meanwhile I took another cut at the Nara fugitive, so then it looked something like this.

Nara Fugitive mask in rework
Nara Fugitive takes a break from modeling work in Head Shed

And then I took many looks at the two pictures (and countless derivatives) in Photoshop — the result is the image at the top of this post.

The biggest image my printer can make is 13″ wide and maybe as much as 28″ long.   Any bigger, means I have to take it out to a real printer.

 

By Peter Neibert, Kentfield, California, 2014