Fractal Grafitti

The image above is called Undulating Spirits. I’ve been working on it for awhile because of a renewed interest in fractal geometry. In this case I projected some fractal shapes onto a grungy surface. Fractals of course are shapes that repeat themselves on different scales to make up a whole shape. They can be found in nature such as the fern leaf or can be generated using fancy algorithms discovered by Benoit Mandelbrot, the father of fractal geometry.

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A continuum. The point at which deliberate order and reactive composition come together. The place where aestheticism meets spontaneous textural muscularity.

Charged by relational and discordant influences and polarities, the thrust is to pool these diverse energies and disciplines to build up and dismantle them at will thereby creating a new relationship between them. Art has a design.

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Mother & Child ~ Linocut ~ John Steins

Linocut chopped up into four pieces

Here’s another linocut from my archives that I made in the 1980’s employing a technique used by Edvard Munch. It’s the “jigsaw” method, meaning that you cut apart the elements of the lino block that you want inked separately. Then they are carefully assembled on the bed of the press and printed all at once. […]

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Bird Dog ~ Linoleum print ~ John Steins

Knotty Dog

A Favorite Linocut I’ve unearthed this old linocut of mine from one of my print drawers. It holds a special place for me because I sent it to my mom way back when, to offer up as a donation for one of several raffle prizes at a “church lady” fund raiser event. The punchline is […]

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Pinhole ~ John Steins

Pinhole Polaroids

I found this Polaroid pinhole camera on the web this past summer after digging around looking for SX70 film. Looks like film for Polaroid is going the way of the Dodo bird, a shame since there seems to be a re-kindled interest among photographers in this medium. I was pretty excited to get this from […]

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Sucked Into the Green

Bob Frisch knew the Yukon terrain like the back of his hand, he could lope over a mountain range at the drop of a hat in the way most of us trek over to the local convenience store for a bag of chips and a bottle of soda. One day he disappeared for weeks without […]

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Box 40

Here’s my offering for the Box 40 show which opens on the 17th of May at the YAAW gallery in Whitehorse. All members were given a blank box to decorate in some way for the exhibition which will also serve as a fund raiser for ceramic artist Patrick Royle who is in the hospital right […]

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lou reed

Lou Reed

The other day when it was uber cold outdoors I thought an antidote might be a hit of mental therapy. So I broke out a piece of linoleum and began a cut of Lou Reed. That “School of Hard Knocks” face and the quintessential New Yorker ‘dude seems irresistible. Thinking about him now that he’s gone I always felt that even though […]

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