FAQ

Do you make these yourself?

Yes, these are all hand made by me. I do all the photographs, post-production, research/writing, mounting, and framing. I have no assistants (well my wife does help with the shipping).

Are the colors I see on my computer the colors of your artwork?

This is a very good question. The short answer is that it will be close, but the exact colors and shades vary from one computer display to another (and how it is adjusted). One of the major challenges of digital image processing is to make sure that the colors all match between cameras, scanners, displays, and printers. The key is that you have to have to have control over all the devices … and I don’t have control over your computer.  If you are interested in more on this topic, search the Internet on Color Management. If the exact colors of my artwork are important to you, for matching purposes, contact me and I can provide samples.

How many do you make of your Artworks?

I have experimented unlimited, limited, and one-of-kind artworks. I haven’t sensed a demand for one particular edition methodology over another. Unless the artwork is marked otherwise, it is an unlimited edition. I have changed out some of the artworks on my store, so in sense they could be considered time limited.

I do mark some artworks as one-of-a-kind (ex: my clocks), or limited edition (ex: my historical series works, see the next paragraphs). I generally do not limit artworks unless there is some physical or resource constraint. I sometimes reuse commission and custom artwork materials unless we specifically agree that they are intended as one-of-a-kind.

My historical series are limited by the availability of good quality chips. Chip collecting is a relatively new phenomena. People who have not been involved in the search for collectible vintage chips don’t  realize the challenge (see next paragraph). Even of the more “common” chips, finding chips that are still aesthetically pleasing after 20-40 years of use is well … uncommon. I have put a limitation of 50 on these artworks. Due to the lack of availability of chips, I may never reach 50 on some of these. In a sense, most of these mixed works are unique because the chip numbers, styles, and packages vary, even if the artwork itself does not.

Most chip suppliers dispose of obsolete chips after about 10-15 years. Some are simply trashed, but some are sent to metals salvagers. The salvagers grind up the chips and use chemical processing to retrieve precious metals, such gold, then trash the rest. After 50 years of chip making, there have been billions and billions of chips made. Although my efforts to preserve and recycle chips is a drop in the ocean, I am happy that these chips wind up in art, rather than a landfill.

I’ve already got the chip. Will you frame it with your art?

Absolutely! The biggest limitation on my Historical Series is the lack of chips. I am happy to help preserve your chips. eMail me with what you have, what you want, and I’ll give you a price.

I have been asked to sell the “parts” that go into making the Historical Series artworks. Unfortunately, I am a quality control freak and these are complicated to put together. I have sent nearly completed artworks with just the need to insert the chips (for those that don’t feel comfortable shipping me their chips).  This has worked okay, but it is not my preferred mode of operation.

How do you work with Decorators?

I am very flexible. I can provide swaths of artworks for color matching purposes (it is very hit-or-miss to assure color matches over the Internet). If different colors and sizes are needed for your requirements, let me know. I can handle most requests for textures, color and sizes in house, so I have very quick turn around. For larger sizes I work with a couple of print houses, which will slow things down a bit. For more advanced projects, I can provide virtual mockups and scaled down models. If you send me photos of a wall, I can virtually place artworks to give you an idea of how it will look. I am happy to collaboration on new designs and ideas. It’s what I live for (I am very easy to work with).

Do you do commissions?

Yes, I do. However, the availability of subjects may be a problem. I won’t destroy chips to get pictures of them. Chips need to be  pretty ugly and not useable before I will break them open to get at the chip die. I use silicon wafers, busted chips, chip paperweights, chip key chains, essentially all kinds of chip mementos to get pictures of chips. The good news is that I have over 45,000 items in my chip collection, so there is a good chance I might have something we could use.

Do you have plans to publish a book with your pictures?

I am in the process of putting something together. There are a number of print-on-demand houses out there and I am reviewing what is possible at a reasonable price. I am also checking out some of the traditional publishing houses as well.

Do you do art shows?

I have, and even won awards, but I have found that I am best served by focusing on the wider audience afforded me by the Internet. I do consider art shows that are focused specifically on technology and digital art, but I do this primarily to lend support to our small community. I am humbled that my works are collected internationally by some of the foremost collectors of computer technology and art. Ironically,  the best way for me to reach those interested in my art is through the technology that I celebrate with my art.

Will you contact Patrons of your sold works to see if they will sell them?

I am careful of all of my Patron’s time and privacy. I will try to find someone willing to sell, but it will take time because I will not broadcast emails to them.

How can I find out about the Chip Collecting hobby?

If you are interested in collecting, try my chip collecting website www.antiquetech.com. Another great site is Gennadiy Shvets’ www.CPU-World.com. The Smithsonian in Washington, DC has started their own Chip Collection. Also, for Intel chips you should check out George Phillips’ great book, “The Collector’s Guide to Vintage Intel Microchips”.