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Saturday, January 17, 2004
Eye Candy List


Check out JfZ's eye candy links
Besides using Thunderstorms as my public ranting place and as digital psychiatric therapy, it's also become my
handy-fucking-dandy place to store some of my bookmarks, organize them on the left side panel, and highlight a handful of favorite web sites.   Sifting through hundreds of porn site bookmarks, I've collected some that I call eye candy.

The digital image above, The New Face of Science, is by canadian artist
Lillian Bohbot.  She has a nice selection of her work on her site.  I especially like two of her oils, Entanglement and Dream.  She's just one of many talented people featured on digitalsalon.com.

While I'm mostly interested in digital art at the moment, I can appreciate more traditional forms of visual art.  I've  enjoyed the work of surrealist artists, like
M.C. Escher, since I was a teenager.  Back when I was in the military, I made a point to wander around the Louvre, in Paris.  A few years ago,  I attended a showing of Van Gogh portraits at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).  And this year, I plan on visiting the Salvador Dali museum in Tampa.

Until I can walk again, I plan on wandering the web for cool eye candy.  Rather than being a problem, this has its benefits.  Now that the net has finally reached puberty, many brick-and-mortar museums and galleries have their own virtual counterparts.  I can view the works of a vastly greater number of artists without even spending a dime on travel or museum admission.  More importantly to me, though, is the fact that I can check out hundreds of new artists whose work may never see the inside of a traditional gallery or museum.

In addition to those benefits for new artists working in traditional visual art, the media I'm most interested in is actually glowing balefully in your face right here on your monitor.  I've fiddled with digital art since my mother put a light pen in my little hand during one her midnight shifts at the
Ford Motor Company product development computer center and told me to trace around my other hand on the half-million dollar monochrome green cathode ray tube. 

That was a long time ago -- decades before 
Xbox, Playstation, PC games, token video arcades, Space Invaders, or ANSI and many years before even Atari and Pong.  So, I hope you check out my eye candy list as it grows.  I hope it'll inspire you to sneak off with the kids' Crayola crayons next time you get a chance. 



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