Friday, January 30, 2009

Visionary Art Network - Press Release



PRESS RELEASE:
PRIVATE VISIONARY ART NETWORK
READY TO ACCEPT MEMBERS
Artist Otto Rapp just recently started a Private (by Invitation only) Network on the Ning Platform.Initially he invited a few close friends to participate in order to test out the features. A selection of those works can be viewed on his website in a full 800 pixel embedded slide show. To view the show, please click on the featured painting Parthenogenesis by Tassos Kouris:

Visionary Art Network
Artists:
Miguel Tio - Jon Beinart - Martin-Georg Oscity - Vladimir & Daniela Ovtcharov - Pavel Surma - Christian Flora - Bernard Dumaine - Janelle McKain - Amanda Sage - Piotr Zygmunt - Sonja Tines - Otto Rapp - Agim Meta - Santiago Ribeiro - Dean Fleming - Peter Hutter - Jay Paul von Koffler - Pedro Prata - Shala Rosa - Joe A. MacGown - Ben Tolman - Philip Rubinov Jacobson - Barbara Wiewiórska - Tassos Kouris - Oleg Korolev - Steve Smith - Zoltan Ducsai - Chris Edler - Brajanne - Raul Casillas - Adam Pinson - Aleksander Rymarowicz - Janne Kearney - Gerald Butalewicz - Jeff Stewart - Paula Rosa - Danny Malboeuf - Andrzej Masianis - IT Hammar - Gautam Nair - Frank Nitkiewicz - R.L.Frisby - Felix Klee - Gromyko Padilla Semper - Laurie Lipton - Joseph Larkin - Ton Haring - Franz Landl - Pedro De Kastro - Manfred Marburger - Silvia Pecha - Dennis Konstantin Gerigk - Leo Plaw - Herman Smorenburg - Erik Heyninck - Edward Walton Wilcox - Gil Perry - Tim Zart - Ludgero Paulo Rôlo - Nad Wolinska - Peter Sibrin - Breck Outland
We are now ready to proceed to the next stage.If you are a established Visionary/Surrealist/Fantastic Realist Artist working predominantly in traditional media and are interested in joining, contact Otto Rapp by e-mail at
artofthemystic@gmail.com to receive a official Membership invitation.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

VISIONARY ART SHOWCASE

Here is a selection of some of the best work by Artists on the Private Visionary Art Network.


To see a large screen version of this slide show, go to my website

Artists:
Miguel Tio - Jon Beinart - Martin-Georg Oscity - Vladimir & Daniela Ovtcharov - Pavel Surma - Christian Flora - Bernard Dumaine - Janelle McKain - Amanda Sage - Piotr Zygmunt - Sonja Tines - Otto Rapp - Agim Meta - Santiago Ribeiro - Dean Fleming - Peter Hutter - Jay Paul von Koffler - Pedro Prata - Shala Rosa - Joe A. MacGown - Ben Tolman - Philip Rubinov Jacobson - Barbara Wiewiórska - Tassos Kouris - Oleg Korolev - Steve Smith - Zoltan Ducsai - Chris Edler - Brajanne - Raul Casillas - Adam Pinson - Aleksander Rymarowicz - Janne Kearney - Gerald Butalewicz - Jeff Stewart - Paula Rosa - Danny Malboeuf - Andrzej Masianis - IT Hammar - Gautam Nair - Frank Nitkiewicz - R.L.Frisby - Felix Klee - Gromyko Padilla Semper - Laurie Lipton - Joseph Larkin - Ton Haring - Franz Landl - Pedro De Kastro - Manfred Marburger - Silvia Pecha - Dennis Konstantin Gerigk - Leo Plaw - Herman Smorenburg - Erik Heyninck - Edward Walton Wilcox - Gil Perry - Tim Zart - Ludgero Paulo Rôlo - Nad Wolinska - Peter Sibrin - Breck Outland

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Otto Rapp Pictures on the Visionary Art Network

Testing the embed feed on the Private Visionary Art Network on Ning:


Find more photos like this on Visionary Art

Tip for Network Members: The original embed size is too large for this (or most other) blogs. Suggest that you grab a corner in "Compose" and drag to size. The size of this player was reduced to a width of 402 pixels and height of 341 pixels. You could also re-write the code with these sizes in Edit HTML .
I also tested whether newly added pictures would show up on the embedded player (yes, they do) and whether the feed worked properly if you (or the blogs visitor) are not signed in (yes, it does).
What this means is that, though the Network itself is Private, and can only be accessed by signing up/in, you can PROMOTE your art anywhere you can embed the slide show! However, one can only access the full screen version when signed on/in to the Visionary Art Network.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Orphan Works Legislation

Recently, I received more mail on the subject of Orphan Works Legislation.

The body of the letter was actually the text from this website:
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=145485

And here is the video mentioned in the text:


My answer to this would be:
Interesting, to a point. Understandably, everybody is up in arms about this.To get a better view, maybe check out this site: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/index.html and look under the tab: Legislation.
From there, you will find many useful links, articles and blogs regarding this subject.
These I found informative and interesting:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/opinion/20lessig.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=orphan+works&st=nyt
http://www.withersworldwide.com/news-publications/419/visual-art-america.aspx
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/110-s2913/show
http://www.opencongress.org/bill/110-h5889/show

My Quote: NO SOUP IS EATEN AS HOT AS IT IS COOKED. It won't fly without amendments.

Currently, there are many art and photo sites on the internet, and from what I read, I don't need a "paid for registry" (though some poor sap might be conned into that) - the existing ones (and any that may follow to make a quick buck) , in my opinion, rate on the same level as Vanity Galleries.
The (free) service ConceptArt speaks of is also served by many other sites (I belong to oodles of art and photo sites, besides my own website, and through any one of them searchers can get my contact easily, so none of my works are 'orphaned')............

early works by De Es Schwertberger on Vimeo

early works by De Es Schwertberger on Vimeo

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Do's and Don'ts for Sharing Electronic Images | CARFAC Ontario

A very good guide for Artists that submit electronic (digital) images to competitions, on-line galleries etc.
Protect yourself against copyright violations by submitting web-ready low resolution images that still look good on the web, but not very useful for printing. Although the guide recommends a maximum size of 1024 x 768 pixels at maximum 500 kb resolution, I have found that some of my larger images on my web site display very well with much clarity at less than 200 kb. At that size and resolution, they do not yield satisfactory prints.
At 423 x 600 pixels and 80 kb, the image below from my web site illustrates this point:


BOGOMIL'S CEREMONIAL STAGE:
CASPAR AND HIS PROPS

Acrylic on Canvas 14” x 10” 1983
Note: the old website does not exist anymore - any links to it redirect to my new site here:
ART OF THE MYSTIC OTTO RAPP
on this new website, I largely use another ploy: I had uploaded  photos on a private network and embedded slide shows of these photos on my website. The slide shows can be viewed (even full screen) but the source image files are not accessible except to signed in network members.
Larger images could be protected with a watermark. Some Artists don't like to do that, since often it appears way too intrusive.
Do's and Don'ts for Sharing Electronic Images CARFAC Ontario

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