What’s in A Signature? Digital or Not?

  1. Canyon Moonlight in Fused Glass

If you were selling or buying art from a reputable gallery, from an auction house like Christie’s, or even getting an appraisal from the Antiques Roadshow you would want to know that an artist’s signature is authentic. And there would be tons of comparisons to make to other signatures, comparisons of the work to work of a similar period, and references to what is considered provenance in the antique world. Frequently used by dealers, Provenance, from the French provenir, “to come from”, refers to the chronology of the ownership or location of a historical object. This might include a letter describing the painting or art object, a photograph, or anything else found in an old drawer or trunk to validate the fact that the art was in fact created by somebody really important — or a lesser know artist, or an imposter!

This is all fine when it comes the world of handmade objects you can physical examine in person and hold in one’s hands. But what happens in the digital world, is my new question. Consider this picture of a glass landscape that I fused. And note my signature on the bottom. Did I etch that into the glass? No, I applied it digitally.

But more interesting, take a look at the comments that were made about this lovely piece of work by me. Note who had what to say about my art. Did they really comment?

Knowing how easily this can be manipulated (in this case by myself), it will be hard for to believe that folks making comments in various sites are really who they say they are. I would never have run across this so called digital glitch until I starting messing around with comments made on this website.

After this, have no fear, I promise you I will only allow comments made by real people in real time, who are valid human beings, are who they say they are and still living! Hope you enjoy this spoof!



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  1. After your early blue period, I was suprized to see that you still work with the same dreary color scheme, but have stopped your very gentle and tender line drawings and subject matter. What made you go so bold?

  2. I must say, although I prefer brighter colors and more patterns as part of any composition, this work does make me want to float away on some seas in the sky of my imagination. And perhaps stop for a respite at one of the lovely islands. Actually, this reminds me of sand paintings. Is that the medium?

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