Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Website and Blog

www.lucasnovak.com

Dirty Business


This piece is a combination of materials: oil and acrylic paint, brass plate, steel chain, steel wire, canvas, paper, foam, epoxy resin, adhesive, primer, gesso, and wood. It measures 29" x 44.5", though portions of the wall on which it hangs can be seen within its space. Film geeks may recognize that the painting on the brass plate is a scene from The Godfather, moments before Al Pacino's character, Michael Corleone, kills Sollozzo.
Here is a detail:



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Monday, December 8, 2014

Doodle of the Day - The Perils of the Sea Turtle


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Doodle of the Day - The Peril of the Panda


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Monday, December 1, 2014

Something of a Superman

Here is a recent painting that I doubt anyone would want to hang in his or her living room -- or anywhere else in the house. But I did not paint it as part of an interior design scheme. The portion of prose is a page appropriated from The Fall by Albert Camus.


Something of a Superman, 40" x 36", oil, acrylic primer, gesso, paper, canvas, 2014.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Dawn Of Digital Life

Synthetic biology, aka "digital life", can be described as editing DNA like software in a computer. Recent advances "have enabled scientists to make new sequences of DNA from scratch. By combining these advances with the principles of modern engineering, scientists can now use computers and laboratory chemicals to design organisms that do new things--like produce biofuels or excrete the precursors of medical drugs." For more info, see: synbioproject.org.

But the world of biosynthesis is, and will be, abounding with conflict.


Synthetic Biology, 48" x 36", oil, acrylic primer, gesso, paper, canvas, 2014.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Doodle of the Day - Doctor Watson, the Genius

Watson is the IBM robot supercomputer which will supposedly revolutionize medicine. Watson apparently helps diagnose sicknesses by instantly surveying all available literature and patients' files, then making recommendations for treatments to the doctors.

This is how I foresee it playing out . . .


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