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I used Sony Vegas software to create 18 art and music "slideshow" videos and created the official Doug Craft YouTube Channel. I recorded the music using Ableton Live and Acid Pro software. Visit my channel and leave a comment if you like the video!
1 + 3φ Collages from the 2004 Elements in Golden Ratio Series:
A group of whimsical collages...
And, a video showing a group of my polarizing microphotos of chemical crystals:
I have been making collages that juxtapose women and military aircraft since 1979, and these collages are the recent pieces with this theme. Some sample collages and a YouTube art and music video (images link to slideshows):
This series of collages features American Indians juxtaposed with images of American consumerism and technology. Here's to the Library of Congress digital archives! Here are some sample collages and a YouTube art and music video (images link to slideshows):
This series of collages was inspired by the Neo-Nazi demonstrations in Charlottesville, WV, and the shameful support of white supremacy offered by the President. Here are some sample collages and a YouTube art and music video (images link to slideshows):
I often use Golden Triangles in my work (usually in arrangement of figurative objects), and these are some of the abstract √5 Rectangle Collages that feature to obtuse and acute Golden Triangles. Here are some sample collages and a YouTube art and music video (images link to slideshows):
This series of collages was inspired by growing up in the United States during the Cold War. Here are some sample collages and a YouTube art and music video (images link to slideshows):
This series of collages mourns the destruction of our global ecosystems by human overpopulation. Here are some collages from this series and a YouTube art and music video (images link to slideshows):
I used the FractalXtreme and Ultra Fractal software to create mathematical fractals and Photoshop to create symmetric √5 Rectangle reflection collages and mandalas. Here are some samples of the new collages and two YouTube art and music videos (images link to slideshows):
An extended road trip was the inspiration for several new series of photographs. The collection includes abstract/experimental, macro, panorama, and landscapes images of New Mexico, Florida, and Texas. Here are some examples of the new work:
I spent most of the fall and winter creating digital image cutouts in Photoshop and now have a respectable inventory of backgrounds and foregrounds for a large body of new figurative collages. Here are some samples of the new collages:
Doug has published an exposition of his aesthetics derived from the fractal and holographic structure of nature, the Golden Ratio, and ideas from Thomas Aquinas and James Joyce. This exposition, which should be of interest to artists and art teachers provides background on the Golden Ratio, fractals, and holographic metaphor, and then illustrates his aesthetics with collages from his Elements in Golden Ratio Series. This peer-reviewed academic book is called Biologically-inspired computing for the arts: scientific data through graphics, edited by Professor Anna Ursyn, University of Northern Colorado. The book was published by IGI Global Publishers and released in April 2012. Doug's aesthetics are detailed in Chapter 17, Science within the Art: Aesthetics Based on the Fractal and Holographic Structure of Nature. (PDF file download).
CNC Supply, seller of microscope and telescope camera eyepiece adapters, has included a link to Doug's microphotography as part of their webpage information on the ScopeTronix MaxView eyepiece camera adapter. Doug has used the MaxView adapter for his microphotos since 2005.
Over a dozen of Doug's recent microphotos were published in the fall 2009 issue (volume 16, No. 3-4) of the journal Cybernetics and Human Knowing. A commissioned cover image was published in color and 12 black and white reproductions accompanied the journal articles. Below left is the color cover image - a reflection mandala formed from rotated proportional squares from the Elements in Golden Ratio Series. The smaller Golden Rectangle is a B&W rendering of a microphoto of benzoic acid crystals, and the bottom image is a double Golden Rectangle reflection image based on rock thin section microphotos.
Two of Doug's recent microphotos of benzoic acid melt crystals were selected as Images of Distinction in the 2009 Nikon Small World microphotography competition. Here are the images:
Doug had 12 pieces exhibited in City of Aurora, Colorado, public buildings from January - December 2008. Work included six photomontages and six coiled Golden Rectangle photo collages.
One of Doug's recent microphotos of a phenol crystal was selected as an Image of Distinction in the 2008 Nikon Small World microphotography competition. Here's the winning image:
I posted several new series of images and have a New Artwork Gallery on the Artwork mainpage that features recent work. Click here to see Mathematical Fractals and New Coiled Golden Rectangle Collages.
I shot a large series of new microphotos in 2006 of chemical crystals, rock thin sections, and biological specimens using a polarizing microscope and a digital SLR camera, and I recently posted 640 of these images on the website. Click here to see the new work. This series is really fantastic!
Liz Keefe, a music teacher at the French-American International School in San Francisco requested the use of 12 of my macro and micro images for her classes. Her idea is to use my art as visual inspiration for students to compose music. I am happy to provide my art to teachers as a charitable donation and I welcome inquiries from educators.
The City of Aurora Art in Public Places Program is currently displaying a set of 12 framed photomontages from January 15 through May 31. 2008. The work is hanging in the Aurora Justice Center.
Sky Wide Number 3, © 2002 Doug Craft
Doug was profiled on a Russian photography website, Prophotos.Ru. This feature includes a description of my work and a slide show featuring some older collage as well as several pieces from the Elements in Golden Ratio Series and some more recent assemblages. The article is written in Russian.
The City of Aurora Art in Public Places Program selected me as an alternate exhibitor for their spring and summer 2007 schedule, based on my proposal for a program called Doug Craft and the Art of the Golden Ratio.
This juried exhibition was a fundraiser for the Rocky Mountain Sustainable Living Association, and co-sponsored by the Solid Art Collective in Ft. Collins, Colorado. The event, held at the Lincoln Center, featured 3 of my framed photomontages.
I showed 20 framed pieces at the Flee Art Event, a juried multimedia happening held at the Oriental Theater in Denver Colorado.
I had several pieces in the 25th Anniversary Exhibit at CORE new Art Space in denver, Colorado. CORE is one of the oldest and most respected co-op galleries in Denver, and I was a full member from 2000 - 2002.
In April 2006 I started shooting a major new series of microphotos of chemical crystals, rock thin sections, and biological subjects using a polarizing microscope with a Nikon D-70 digital camera. I have processed around 1,200 new images and will eventually post them here. Brokers may see this exciting nature abstract work by contacting me directly.
I have created a new series of Solar
Mandalas that combine my own microphotography with NASA
of the sun and stellar images from the 2-Micron
All Sky Survey (2MASS) . I also have some new Coiled
Golden Rectangle collages. These collages use my
own stock (or copyright clear material) and were constructed using
Photoshop. Images in both of these series are for sale as limited
edition prints (100 prints each) or for licensed use (email
me for details).
I have posted almost 300 new Golden Rectangle Macrophotos,
Landscapes, and Experimental
Photography images. The new experimental photography
(68 images) includes open shutter
and camera movement experiments and lots of close-up shots taken
of television screens (one of my favorite fun photo subjects). The
185 macrophotographs include close-up images of flowers, tree
leaves, rocks and gems, wood, rain on windows, and paintings. The
43 new Golden Rectangle landscapes are included in the Panorama gallery
and include images taken in Colorado, Utah, Florida, and California.
I have used many of these images in my collage and photomontages,
but I feel that they stand on their own as effective compositions. The
macro, landscape and experimental photos, along with 545 Microphotos,
are for sale as prints or
for licensed use (email
me for details).
Nine framed 40"x26" collage prints of mine are on permanent display at the recently dedicated Winship Cancer Institute, part of the Emory University medical research system. The contract for fine art decoration of the new facility was awarded to Novus, Inc., an Atlanta-based art consulting firm, gallery, and brokerage.
I was selected to participate in a web gallery as part of the University of Colorado's 2005 Special Year in Mathematics. The digital gallery, Patterns in Nature is part of the recent conference Art+Math=X, celebrating the creative interactions between art and math, and hosted by the CU Mathematics Department. My images include a recent microphotograph and a collage from the Elements in Golden Ratio Series.
Farsi, a local Colorado artist and University of Colorado
Mathematics Professor, and I recently published an article in Math
Horizons magazine, One
in Two, Two in One:
Mathematics and the Arts. The article
discusses the similarities and differences between art and math
and provides a summary of the local Colorado collaborations and
exhibitions involving artists and mathematicians who explore the
fascinating parallels between art and math. This article can
but it's probably too big for dial up connections.
I have been very busy the past year shooting micro and macro images
and now have completed a new body of work to show you here on my
website. My exploration of the Golden Ratio continues with the organizing
theme of the elements: earth air, fire, and water - with the additional
element of life as a centering element. This series is composed
of four sets of 9 images and 21 collages (for a total of 120 new
pieces!). These collages use my own stock (or copyright clear material)
and were constructed using Photoshop. Each image in this series
is for sale as a limited edition print (100 prints each) (email
me for details). Click here to
see this exciting new series.
I am very excited about a large group of new microphotos that were recently posted, including new rock thin sections and chemical crystals imaged with a polarizing microscope, biological specimens and tissues through a phase-contrast microscope, and butterfly wings through a dissection microscope. Prints of these images and licensed use are available. I also recently joined the Lightscapes Webring, a web collective of artists and scientists who shoot images using polarized light microscopy:
Lou DiMattia, 1946-2004 REST IN PEACE, LOUIE. I LOVE YOU, BUDDY! Lou was a great man, and a talented and creative photographer who taught me a lot about art - and living - over the past 15 years. Those who knew him will miss him, and he leaves a huge gap in my life. His art was worthy of any museum - anywhere, and he made proper art from the soul as only a true shaman can. He was a spiritual man of character and honor and it was my honor to know him. Special love and prayers to his wife, Patty Pokigo, his son, Andre DiMattia, his brothers, Ray, Mike, Richie, and Joe, his sisters, Carol, Claire, and Janet, and his mother and father, Mary and Louis.
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