Lamda photo print
40.97 x 32.10 inches
HD 1080p / One Minute Loop
HD 1080p / One Minute Loop
This series of animations further investigates the concerns that I was dealing with the project 24 Short Pieces. The idea behind this series is to take a very simple compositional idea, the idea of a central axis, and have all the work spring forth from there. I think of these simple compositional ideas as being the container for “painterly incident”, and this concept permeates my drawings, other digital works and especially the paintings.
These pieces are in color and are 10 second seamless loops. As with 24SP there is no sound. Although I like experimental animation that incorporates sound it never quite seems appropriate for my work. I like disturbing the expectation of sound because we are so used to seeing sound and image together that it becomes a given. I feel the visual impact becomes stronger when sound is not present.
These works have been created at HD resolution. With 24 Short Pieces I wanted all of the work to be seen together but I consider each of these pieces could act as a stand alone piece within a larger series.
24 Short Pieces is a series of motion clips inspired by a suite of drawings of the same name executed by the artist Cy Twombly. Twombly’s drawings consisted of a few pencil scrawls and brushstrokes and look to have been created in a matter of a few seconds. Each of the pieces that comprise my set were created digitally using off the shelf software and took as much as several days for each one to execute. Although my work is far removed stylistically from Twombly it was my goal to capture the immediacy and fluidity of his drawings.
I consider these pieces to be more in the realm of drawings than the obvious interpretation of video or animation. When creating these works I was thinking in terms of mark making, layering and erasures, trying to build up a rich, tactile surface even though the work is purely digital.
My abstract painting practice informs how I approach creating digital work such as this. Although 24 Short PIeces are computer generated, I view myself more as a painter than an animator. I think that the area where different disciplines collide is a particularly fertile ground for creative endeavors and painting or drawing is the perfect medium in which to work in this space. One only needs to look at the work of artists such as Blinky Palermo, Jessica Stockholder, Katharina Grosse, or an artist more engaged in the digital, such as Jeremy Blake, to clearly see that paint on canvas is not the only way to make a painting and pencil or charcoal on paper is not the only way to make a drawing.
There are numerous ways in which these works can be seen. I have a version on DVD that presents each of the drawings two times in random order. Between each drawing is a black frame that has a random duration between zero and six seconds. The entire edit runs for approximately four minutes. The nature of a presentation like this theoretically could continue for infinity much like Brancusi’s Endless Column. Another option is that the drawings could be projected on a wall or viewed simultaneously on several different screens.
To see the animated gif versions of these pieces navigate to http://24shortpieces.blogspot.com
These pieces are digital motion sketches output as animated gifs. To see them in motion you may need to click on the thumbnail, and when click on the image again on the next page to open it in its own browser page. The smaller ones seem to load fine once the thumbnails are clicked.