While ronbloore.ca is the painter’s official web site, originally set up and supervised by Ron Bloore and now kept up by his estate, it is no less a personal work. This site is entirely the product of one person’s efforts and it benefits and suffers from the unity and eccentricity of all such sites. The studio assistant who began the site in the nineteen hundreds by buying a book about HTML became over the years Ron’s closest friend, advisor and colleague in arms and eventually the director of his estate and he writes the site to this day.
RonBloore.ca began as a byproduct of the job of cataloguing the works which remained in the painter's possession. Its inevitable expansion to include commentary was a bit problematic because its subject and sponsor refused to read it. The painter stuck to a policy, implemented in 1959, of not saying, writing, nor even reading anything about himself or his work, except to speak of his methods or to fact-check information.
The oldest sections of the site were designed for 56Kbps modems. Later on gallery pages were tailored to 1Mbps broadband and larger monitors. Now higher speed connections and new browser features have facilitated gathering images onto single long pages and having high resolution versions openable in separate windows.
One problem for someone who manages and extends a project like this is having to live with the pretentions and presumptions of ones younger selves; the naive provocateur of decades past and the pompous fool of a couple weeks ago. But letting the writing skirt the ridge of ridiculousness may be the only thing that makes it readable at all. And besides that, there is plenty of piffle here not produced by the curator himself that nevertheless needs to be given place.
Ronbloore.ca is being updated piecemeal. And new pages are being built and uploaded piecemeal too; posted even when they are in early stages of development. Recently added or altered pages appear in light text on the Contents page and hovering on the links will reveal if they have been added, edited or supplemented and when. No page on the site is ever really finalized. Nor is the site to be seen as finished until the internet itself is finished.
Wandering the site will usually lead to vintage web pages because a few of these will be kept for their old world charm. That is not to say that they have been left intact. They are corrected, adjusted and added to as new information arises and their code will be kept viable as long as their look and feel can be preserved.
In early days, and in some vestigal pages still, links were hover-colour coded: orange within the site, blue to other sites and red to elsewhere on the same page. But outside links keep dying so there are no more outside links on new or updated pages. Orange links still go around the site or around the current page. Red colouring is now applied to sold works and links (and image borders) that turn blue when hovered over are artworks in the estate which are now for sale (or at least will be at some point).
Linda Corbett took this photo during the filming of White Balance. In the background are works framed for the Winchester Gallery show in Victoria, BC.