Dee Dun

The D’s are done. Every “D” Facebook friend I have is drawn below.

I’ve decided not to Facebook comment on the drawings, not wishing to influence the reception of the works in any way. This has grown harder as I post more drawings. As these portraits are more about how people respond to them than how they look, with the E’s I will post a few memorable comments from my Facebook contacts.

I expected the responses of others to be interesting. An unexpected result of creating these works is my own emotional reaction. The majority of my Facebook friends are people I have not seen in years: old coworkers, elementary school classmates, friends of the family, ex lovers, distant relatives, high school acquaintances,  and SCAD alumni. There are many friends I’ve let drift away that maybe I should have held on to. Looking through the photographs of these people feels intimate. I know them better after drawing them. Tagging is the hardest part, as it is essentially sending the practical stranger an e-mail with my name on it.

A project that was initially an in depth look at privacy in the age of social networking has brought me to wonder about the nature of a Facebook relationship. As banal as an internet only friendship may be, it is all I have with a lot of people I know. These portaits have brought them closer to me, but has made me no closer to them.

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Facebook friends A, B, and C.

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A Sea of C’s

There were too many “C” names to fit them all on the 8″x8″ sheets I’ve been using. I drew the last six “C” people on a 5″x5″ piece of cotton paper. The last six portraits are not bigger than the previous portraits. They are simply on a smaller surface.

My Facebook friends whose first names begin with the letter “C”:

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Facebook friends A & B.

Facebook Friends “A”

The internet is a big place. Social networking is a phenomenon. Everyone has a Facebook page. Friends, family, and strangers upload photos of each other with no regard for the individual’s rights to privacy. Once you post a picture on the internet, it is no longer yours. It is everyone’s.

Photos posted on Facebook can and will be used for every possible purpose: from keeping one from getting a desired job to prosecuting under aged drinkers to stalking. You do not know who is looking at your Facebook page right now. The internet is not private.

Please do not get me wrong. I am not opposed to social networking or having my photo posted online. I love twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Facebook. It’s just, I know I have no control over any  image I upload to a website. I understand the dangers involved in posting information on the internet. I do not like these dangers, but I am aware of and accept them.

I am not sure every person posting pictures and comments on Facebook understands the implications. There is no privacy; there is no control.  That is the main theme to my next body of work.

I am going to draw every “friend” I have on Facebook.  Many of these people I haven’t seen in years. Some I’ve never met. While I am doing my best to draw flattering portraits, I have not asked permission to draw these people.

The drawings will be made strictly from photographs I have found on Facebook. Every drawing will be tagged initially. Should the subjects of the drawing choose to untag themselves, that is their right. The point is, I drew them. Without the subject’s knowledge, I spent time looking at his/her photographs. Then, I thoroughly analyzed and drew his/her face. All while he/she was off living life.  An image posted simply to entertain was used in a way never intended. That photo is now a part of my art. It is now mine.

Enough jabber. Here is every Facebook friend I have whose name begins with the letter “A”.

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The People on the Bus

I’ve always been fond of public transportation. Thank you, New Jersey Transit, for giving me the opportunity to draw the inside of one of your nice buses.

buspeople

Boardwalk Birds and People

This is a nice summery sketch for this fourth of July Saturday. People and birds on the New Jersey boardwalk in Atlantic City.

boardbird

Featured Artist

My Etsy shop was featured today on Go Go Kioko!’s blog. Please take a look:

http://gogokioko.blogspot.com/2008/07/featured-artist-jashme.html

I’m very excited and honored.

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