Hi guys - wow lots of points to think about and address here.
Vernon - "Do you mind if I subject it to some additional manipulation. What software version where you using?"
I am using Gimp in this instance. Do I mind if you mess with my piece......well yes, a little......but you do have permission since I have messed with people's images in this forum.
"I think that if all four views were combined around a central axis and if all 5 canvases were shown as a series it would be more apparent that she has a viable and interesting piece."
Well I either have a valid and interesting piece or I don't, no?
"There are two important terms which must be clearly defined when critiqung digital art - is it abstract or nonobjective. Abstract simply means that it is based on a real subject as is the case here, or is it nonobjective which simply means that the artist did not base it on something real."
"Abstract" means NOT based on a real subject. Since this is a photograph, it can't really be abstract can it? I have abstracted it a little by means of the filter, but I have changed nothing else. You have hit on something there because I love art that *looks* abstract but is, in fact, realism because it is a photo.
"Sorry, I've gone on far too long." - no not a bit - I'm having fun are you?
Christopher - "Why would you want an observer to take a minute to decipher the chair? If there is a shape there which is decipherable, shouldn't it be either obvious (obvious enough to force an orientation on the piece), or else really challenging?"
Because I personally enjoy art that reveals itself slowly. This invites the viewer to hang around a bit and have some discovery. Quilters call these "hidden surprises" I also create art from found objects and unlike most found object art, I do not like it to be obvious at first what the piece is made of. I want it to look like the subject and then after a moment these other layers become apparent. This is why I just don't like North at all. I like East and South but South is growing on me because it also feels like a cityscape.
As you can see, "East" is the original orientation, not forced. I was having a yard sale and the shadows interested me so I made a pile and started snapping pictures.