nothing in stasis- the drawing : photo, video, sound

The initial proposal for this exhibit includes video. As I put this post together I realize I’m still not completely convinced video will be in the show itself.  There’s going to be a lot of stimulation and I wonder now if it will add to the experience. It may. The blog includes it anyway.

I’ve shot footage since the start of this series, not exactly knowing what will become of it all. The goal is always that it be visually interesting and educational …  filming the parts and then connecting them all to make one statement  … the drawing , and or the video … both, all of it.

I put together something I like enough to post into YouTube. I’m sharing it today.  And though I did get quality photographs of the work below, and I do show you close-ups of it in the video – the work is highly detailed and so in truth I think it’s one of those works you can only really appreciate in person.  The video was always meant to run with the artwork nearby. So here, separated from the real thing, I wonder if it can only a tease. Maybe so. I learn from it all anyway.

Video synopsis:
The plan – to show only process. Friends comment they’d like to see artwork details. It begins with me drawing and then halfway through, it cuts to close-ups of the completed work (shown here above ) There’s about 4.5 minutes of each. At the start you hear the newscast  that was live as I worked, something about Christians and Muslims. At the end you catch another newscast about a cat, serendipity. I added the later because there’s a cat in the work. And it’s This American Life, a Saturday afternoon favorite. I also pick up a lot of the natural studio noises, which I like.

The on purpose sound that fills most of the video I made with artist and friend Joe Willie Smith. We recorded it a few years ago at the college, where we both teach.  I was hoping to create something that mimicked internal body noise. Or at least what I imagine such visceral sound is like. You hear heartbeat-like rhythm (fast, slow, abstracted).  You also hear Joe Willie drinking water, gulps, movements, and touches of digestion process. The memory of us doing this is a good one.  I also want to capture what I think of as electrical impulse(s), you know … brain and nerve activity. This is all based on Joe Willie’s and my imagination.  We sat my paintings nearby for inspiration, while he and I moved about hitting and sliding tools across one of his multi-media sculptures.  Does this make sense? Oh and there’s short, cool drumming – we both got caught up in.

I call the sound recording A Constant Vital Commotion. I call the video and the artwork Nothing In Stasis. Here it is … life stuff …

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elements at play in my work

I photographed this drawing, this weekend. Here are some of the thoughts that play into it.

…matriarchal and patriarchal, feminine and masculine, cyclical and linear, spiral and hierarchical, being and doing, spiritual and physical, moon and sun, water and fire, joyful and serious.

The work is joyful, the study is serious.

Here is an influential quote from the introduction to Phillip Shepherd’s book New Self, New World, which took me an eternity to read.  So worth it.

He describes two brains, the intelligence we have ruthlessly and ruinously centered only in the cranium, with its obsessive and disassociated cold passion for separatist analysis, objectification and control, and the vast free-flowing, infinitely supple and responsive intuitive intelligence of our second brain: that of the enteric nervous system, immune system and genetic networks, with it’s locus in the pelvic bowl.

The well written sentence prompted the first two works, of which this is one.