6:41 PM 9/22/2015
My work presents itself though a concept. Individual works, and sometimes groups of work, are created around a concept. Say…. EAT: Link 1; Link 2.
This is difficult to do using photography as a base. Realism automatically sets up a question that is related to literature. Words explain the real world to us. By extrapolation, then, realism must tell a story; explain something. To present the concept only, without any word explanation from me, I set up an arena of contemplation; a setting where questions are asked but not always answered by the concept maker. The viewer must now engage in contemplating the image and its structures; ask questions of their own; listen to their inner voice for possible answers. No answer is correct. No answer is wrong. They are simply answers, which hopefully lead to asking more questions.
A concept is structured using images that create connections and associations that start to reveal what it might be; a glimpse; a reflection; a pointer; a place maker.
8:34 PM 9/23/2015
I like to work at manipulating digital photography of people relating to people, themselves, the artist, using different psychological states as a driving engine, and not sentimental if at all possible, or super emphasizing the sentimental as expression and documentation. Cliche is also good. I also like action to be static. I like to remove all signs of lens distortion and off-horizon angle, everything nice and tightly related to sides, top and bottom.
People and things, events, relate to the picture plane. The picture plane is the thing in 2d art. No picture plane. No art.
The feeling and experience of all things “isolation”; getting away from the noise of life; solitude, comfort with ones self, being within one’s skin.
Image structure explores the event as an appearing open-ended — deliberately suspended.
The visual related to music and sound and how the abstractness of sound-like images make a statement at the level of poetry; word structure of a poem; especially a minimalist poem.
All things surrealist. Monsters. Imaginary reality.
10:35 PM 9/24/2015
I like the drama created by artists involved with surrealism; a sense of mystery where the question is asked, “what is it?” Most of what I have written so far needs to fit the cover concept: surreal, mystery, —–