Average Security Council 2015

Averages, Data Representation

Working again with the concept of averaging things to see what results, I’ve pulled up a project from years past and figured out a way to make a physical manifestation. In this case, I’m averaging flags, specifically, the flags of the nations that make up the United Nations Security Council for 2015. Here’s the base image that I prepared for inkjet output on canvas:


Each rectangle represents the average color of the flag of that nation. There are quite a few maroony-pink flags here, because red-white-and-blue is a common selection for flag colors.

Earth Flag

Averages, Graphic Geography

There was a Photoshop contest over at Fark.com today to make up an “official” flag for the whole planet. Most of the entries were snarky, as befits the location, but I used my average continental colors to come up with something a little more interesting:


The stripes represent each continent in proportion, starting with Eurasia on the hoist and then North America. A thin strip of blue represents the surface freshwater, then come stripes for Africa, South America, Australia and Antarctica. (The stripes are in order from north to south.) The final navy field represents the oceans, in proportion.

So it was something fun and interesting to make, and the Farkers loved it.

Vexilla: Serial Monoprints with Flag Imagery

Metashapes, Printmaking

I managed to do some organizing today, and while doing so finally signed and photographed some serial monoprint pieces I did at the Vermont Studio Center last March. These are called “Vexilla” (singular “Vexillum”), and are groups of twelve prints, starting in the upper right hand corner and going left to right to the bottom right corner. Monoprints are single-copy prints, but when you pull one print some of the ink remains on the plate, which then can be incorporated in the next print, as a “ghost”. In this way I built up several values of gray as the prints progressed, with more and more layers of ghosts adding to the image. Each new print has just two or three new elements added, usually a strip, circle or star. I’ve always been interested in heraldry, and this is a fun way to play around with the vocabulary. In fact, this started out as a lark one day, and I was surprised by the critical acclaim.

(Sorry about the differing margins around each member for these composites; I wanted to get them posted before I went to the Bow and Arrow.)

Vexillum 01

Vexillum 02

Vexillum 03

Vexillum 04

Vexillum 05

Vexillum 06