Context: Spalding Gray

i was surprised to watch a short cut from the film ‘Drunks’ featuring Spalding Grey acting. It made perfect sense that the clip featured a monlogue delivered in character,  a perfectly flawed alcoholic at an AA meeting. Its interesting that Gray is in acting, it makes sense. Some people cross over boundaries in the arts. I think his role is expressed in part as an autobiography, true to life in action. His father was an alcoholic and his mother suffered from severe depression.  He is only afterall acting and to be a good actor must require preperation and purpose, also sensitivity and understanding.

This relationship between acting and making art films is an interesting parralel. It makes me think of the artist and his subject, his field and his intention. In my work ive reintroduced work of mine from sixteen years ago. Looking at my final piece, with the Autobiographical content makes me think of the shaman story teller that resonates the difference between seeing and believing. The art of healing crosses boundaries in reality and synthesized reality. To find a sence of balance in my historic autobiographic ive tried to work with sensitive nature and the real aspects of looking at film.

key moments: Finding footage of an actor/ film maker acting really set me thinkin about sensitivity to subject matter and my role as editor of autobiography. Im contemplating relationships between objectives and consciousness, the nature of progression and the momentary grasp we have on what is real to us.


Documentation: non objective animation


Animation of the Non Objective. Following a period where i painted and made an instillation which conformed to the architectural angles in early drawing, i wanted to create a studio piece which eliminated all elements of reality and create something in the Non Objective way. The formality of truth in painting is taken away and reflects a more medatative side of my work. It is an Eastern Philosophy that has been in the experience and techniques i used to remove thought from art. Ironically the method is a generator of meaning, either working in the opposite direction or within the boundaries between action and non action.

I took to working with simply line, experimenting with spacial arrangement, and the movement in ‘the through time’ aspect. My piece is a time based, where the arrangement is nothing more than the passing seconds it takes to watch it. It to me is a moving Mandala, created purely for aesthetic reasons, my enjoyment of silence whilst i work.

key moments: the making of the animation follows several other animated creations for projection. Ive become familiar with One Stop animation studio and Adobe Premier final cut, both located in the Audio Visual Suite. I liased with the Technicians for instruction then spent some time working with the software and cameras. I established the abstract method which corresponds to my final paintings. The other objective in my paintings is from the auto biographical element. This exists in written form which ive used for nearly twenty years; recording daily happenings, meditation. I used written word with drawings.

Context: Mondrian ‘Broadway Boogie Woogie’

Mondrian made a massive impression on Eve Polgar and Sandor Valy who made the 1943 piece ‘Broadway Boogiewoogie.’ They share his vision of 1940s New York with his translation to paintings, my inspiration being their film and audio.  Further more they bring elements of film and music together in the piece which for me is a perfect realisation of music and art together.  In my piece i intend to use the same format, Broadway Boogiewoogie reminds me of my time spent in New york. Memories put me in mind of some of my first recordings onto high definition tape and life sixteen years ago. This single HDV tape being the first element of my piece.

Choosing abstraction alongside autobiography from my footage, i look for conditions that sum up and relate to the intentions of the work. For example the  relationship between the two pieces is dictated by the flow of the footage, significant moments in story and within that story gestures. Ive edited the film to make it sequential. ive focused on creating a tangible reality of two films existing in the same time and space, though they have obvious differences, both pertain to states of mind and communications, silence and using the voice.

The Non Objective abstract is potentially the final movement of drawing and painting in my work. The Autobiography locates my physical presence in the piece, and to the viewer a glimpse into my existence and recorded past time. The piece Broadway Boogie Woogie is about vision, with regards to location and presence, happenings and translation into painting and moving image.

The truly modern artist is aware of abstraction in an emotion of beauty. (Piet Mondrian)

Key Moments: descovering a piece like this brought about a further commitment to choosing one format for my own studio work. Ive been aware of Mondrian since i was a youth. To me his work speaks of clarity and seems to translate or abstract reality of living in New York in a statement similar to that of a set of way of life paintings.