"Yes, But Is It Art? Gallery" presents the art of Michael
F. Nyiri. Fond of calling himself a "failed artist",
Mr. Nyiri showcases the many reasons why on this part of the AllThingsMike
Universe of websites. I also am fond of using the phrase "art
exists". For as long as man has graced the planet Earth, he has
added "decorations" and "illustrations" to his
world, in an attempt to describe and explain it, but I find art in
random acts of nature, the weather, and in time and existence itself.
From early cave paintings, through painting, sculpture, architecture,
photography, video and film, mankind has used art to instruct, entertain,
propogandize, and entice spirituality. Here will be examples of my
art, from early pencil sketches, to the elaborate composite illustrations
capable with image editing programs.
AllThingsMike website contains
poetry and prose, but was also designed, back in 1999 to be "an
electronic experiment" in art. Immediately after I found I could
"create" a website, and even before I had any specific idea
as to the content that website would contian, the idea of "site
as art" intrigued me, and even before I actually knew how to
structure the HTML elements to create fields and tables, I put up
"pages" on Homestead which announced the "grand experiment."
These first pages were created on the Homestead server, and as I manipulated
each "element", background, image insertion, text boxes,
etc., I figured that even without knowing exactly what I was doing,
I would be able to summon my creativity to "place" the elements
on the "page" in cyberspace in an "artistic" manner.
The basic "images" were in a database on the Homestead server,
and introduced me to copy/paste imaging. I used the images in the
Homestead editing program, borrowed from the web, and bought many
clip art programs. These images at first merely illustrated the "articles"
I wrote on the website. With the addition of a scanner in order to
insert more media into my computer, I discovered image editing software.
In 2001, after the website had been up for over a year, I actually
used the computer images and the editing program to "create"
new images from those copied and pasted. The program also allowed
one to "draw" using the mouse. I am still a budding artist
concerning this "medium". The images chosen can form "ideas"
and can also be completely manipulated. These days, my "talents",
if any, are being utilized in computer compositing. I learn new and
exciting ways to use image editing software each time I open a program.
I am slowly beginning to summon my muse for drawing purposes as well.
The computer can be used to implement and enhance one's own work in
this website will celebrate it's ten year anniversary online. The
early babysteps of my computerized "experiment in art" are
now full of youthful swagger. There are now whole galleries of composite
artwork I have created over the past decade. First a trickle, now
an avalanche of artistic expression. It is up to the viewer to ascertain
whether the art works. As the artist, I will only admit it exists.
As does all art.
been drawing for almost as long as I have been writing. As a child,
my brother, sister, and I frequently gathered round the kitchen table
with pads, pencils, and crayons, and created not only pictures, but
magazines, storybooks, and comics. Media was always of interest to
my brother and me, and we found ways to "present" the art.
My website could be a 'receptacle' for my latent "failed"
artistic talent, both by displaying past drawings and photographs,
and also by displaying any new styles of artistic endeavors as they
arose. My first pages in 1999 did not have an "art" section
for express purpose of displaying pictures I had created. The "Yes,
But Is It Art?" Gallery grew out of a "joke site" I
created for the Komedy Komedy Komedy section. The joke site became
a real AllThingsMike section in 2000 when I got together with Regina
during the summer. Regina was a painter, and I developed an interest
again in drawings and paintings.
with Regina didn't last long, and the impetus for constructing the
"Yes, But Is It Art? Gallery diappeared entirely. This site existed
for almost three years under construction, and while there was content,
most of the pages only announced what soon would grace them. In 2003,
I "took up the paintbrush" again, as it were, and worked
on this part of the experiment, expanding the page design, creating
more elaborate galleries for the images, which now could be enlarged,
and establishing what only began in 2007 as a recurrent theme for
the site, which had different sections, which all looked dissimilar.
don't have any early drawings I made as a child, although I wish I
did. I can remember elaborate story books and magazines. I did save
my "MFN Handbook" magazines from middle school, which were
like Motor Trend and displayed the automobiles I designed. A friend
at school and I both designed our own car lines. An early comic I
might be able to locate is "Arnold" my cartoon character
created in 1968 when I was in hgh school. The "Arnold" comic
book is the only attempt, other that my high school newspaper single
pane comic, to actually tell a story with my many "Arnold"
characters. In high school, I really began to cartoon, more than
to draw. I liked hard, solid lines. And a lot of the "instant
art" I would create was in response to a "situation"
either historical or political. I was editor of our high school newspaper,
and "Arnold" showed up in some of the editorial cartoons
I drew. I didn't "study" art in school. I did study journalism,
drama, and most of all, literature. I always held a great appreciation
for art, however, and still love to wander through art museums. Before
photography, art served the purpose of illustrating existence. After
photography became popular in the late 19th century, the idea of "art"
as more that representation gained a foothold. In the 21st centruy,
anything can be art, and we're full circle to the fact that "art
are being made to expand the
drawing section. The composites
section was given a complete overhaul in December of 2007, adding
over 15 more images. The
photography section contains the best photographic images I had
taken in 2004 and 2005. I will soon be adding the best photos up till
2007. The philosophy section
contains one of my signature essays on my "philosophy of art."
. The "Yes, But Is It Art? Gallery" actually encompasses
more than a passing fancy for Michael Nyiri, artist. As the electronic
experiment expands, and as the artistic muse continues her mentoring,
more and more art work is added to the Yes, But Is It Art? Galleries.
They're just another place for art to exist.
But Is It Art?
MFN 12/31/04 (Revised 12/31/07)