Monday, 31 August 2009
this almost "the latest" incarnation of this painting (in a previous life it was called "bolts" - an older post on my blog) is at a breakout stage. It got caught up with a narrative for a while there, a narrative with which I became bored so I took a hammer and chisel to it which released me to paint in reaction. I feel much better for it - kind of like 8 hours after a good breakfast of branflakes. Phew.
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Another experimental video – old film footage and my old guitar.
Actually this is my grandparents, doing a bit of acting for me in 1980 – they were keen to do a bit of experimenting with art now and then. This footage was originally shot on an old, second hand, standard 8 camera. I recently converted over three old film reels I had from around this time – projecting them onto a screen and then videoing them – the frame rates are out, but I like the effect anyway.
The music is my guitar distorted on a cheap amp with drums added, and then slowed right down – the whole final thing is very grungy.
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Just finished NASA #8 – The NASA Control of Culture – Acrylic on canvas – Cadmium Yellow, Phthalo Blue, Cadmium Red, Titanium White, and Carbon Black.
A bit of good and evil mixed up in #8 – just like culture. A cross on a boat on a mountain – a stream of sixes flowing – black bird like creatures flocking – snake like ropes and coils for breathing and support – yellow stars shining – astronauts crumpled and dragged.
I don’t believe in the notion that artists shouldn’t talk about their work: that the art should speak for itself. The art does speak and so can the artist, as long as they are articulate enough to communicate clearly.
Sometimes not speaking is a foil for not knowing anything and other times the speaking is so cryptic and meaningless that all sense is buried. It is important to think and talk about art, especially your own.
What is “culture” but the avoidance of fresh air. Below is a detail from my stagnant pond of blow hard NASA #8 stench. What the heck does it all mean?
Next is - NASA in a Time of Drought – same actors, different costumes, different story.
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Yes, is the new No. This is another bit of snipping and stitching – a bit from here and a bit from there. The image is a portion of a drawing inverted in Irfranview, the guitar is just a quick bit of picking, the drums are a free sample from Magix music maker. The music was slapped together in Samplitude and then mixed with the image in Movie edit pro. All this was shunted up to Youtube and then posted up to blogger via Windows Live writer – our generation has problems.
Saturday, 8 August 2009
This is a song I wrote back in 1981 – it was scribbled in my college daze art journal – 20 years later I re-wrote the tune a bit – and now 8 years later I have just done a quick recording – two takes, very little editing and a spontaneous bit of guitar picking – with plenty of mistakes. The sound card used for the recording cost ten dollars and the software was free.
This is very much how I do things – the man with the ever present past – slowly moving along at the cheapest pace – maybe in ten years, I will make another if I can afford it.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
I have been wondering how to replicate this “negative effect” into the analogue world. It’s so easy and quick to do in the digital world, but somehow a real painted version would be a challenge.
I like the way the line becomes so brilliant and energised and how the sloppy paint becomes so fragile and floaty – sort of like aura photography, resonating in harmony with the meandering line.
Maybe I should use perspex painted black, mounted on a brilliant white background – the black scraped and scratched to produce the image.
And then experiment with coloured versions, like this chunky nude.