November 19, 2009
Black and Blue Walk
July 26, 2009
The Red Shoes Walk
December 03, 2007
Notes to Self
A friend recently reminded me that he comes to my blog and that I no longer explain my work here.
There is a reason for that. The reason is that I got tired of explaining my work.
However, I put the work in the public forum that is the internet, for a reason. And, I do have people that come here to check out what I am doing and, like my friend, they may feel a little confused, so I'll make an effort to start talking about art here again.
Right now I am considering how to develop the walkabout project. Thus far, the project consists of a mostly private practice and passive sort of distribution. I wanted to have a documentary project grow organically out of a simple action which I perform everyday, an action which is not unique or special in any way.
This is what I have learned about it so far:
It is sub-conscious and meditative.
It has to do with timing both natural rhythms and imposed patterns.
It is time travel.
It is figure ground relationships.
This is not so surprising because all are themes I have explored in other projects.
The project includes 2 types of moving images:
1) Nodes, hubs, scenes, events - In which, objects and people move through the frame horizontally and on occasion vertically. I/camera stand still for a minimum of 60 seconds to allow passage of bodies through the frame. I am observing the scene as these bodies are making exits and entrances. I am in stasis, rest state.
2)Passages, paths, scene changes - In which figure/camera moves over ground. I am in constant motion for 60 seconds or more to. My feet move the ground beneath me, physically pushing it behind me and into the past and simultaneously moving my own body into the future, into the next frame, node, scene.
Possible ideas for further development:
Incorporate video clips from other contributors or existing media sources, but not sure yet how.
It must maintain the level of fluidity and lack of overt messaging - or must it?
Consider what is catalyst for change from stasis (of a node video) to movement (of a pathway video).
What might connect the two?
That's all I got for now.
August 28, 2007
Quiet Bowery Walk
On this particular stretch of the Bowery there still remain some of the trademark bums. They now share sidewalk space with European tourists who have seated themselves at an outdoor cafe for brunch.
They do not pay me any notice as I walk past. It Sunday morning and rather quiet.
August 16, 2007
Walk Fast, Live Long!
New York Magazine published a lengthy article on the extended life expectancy of New Yorkers.
Turns out its not just the smoking ban... its the walking, the fast, furious, New York City walk.
“Walking speed absolutely reflects health status,” Simonsick says. So when you irritatedly blow past a trio of ambling visitors from Ohio or Iowa on the subway platform, you’re not just being an obnoxious New Yorker. You’re demonstrating that you’re going to outlive them—and enjoy better health while they slowly degrade."(link)
And 'a recent ranking of cities found that New York has the fastest pedestrians in the country'
I feel very proud.
June 19, 2007
Process + perception - pants = conceptual art
June 08, 2007
Broadway at Times Square
December 03, 2005
Here is a video of the busy lobby in the building where I am working. Tourists walk a certain way. People on their way to work walk another way. I am standing still as long as I can. I want to see if I can see their various rythms, stalls and stops, as music.
October 14, 2005
I take a walk down Main Street in Homestead, PA. and Daniel tells me about the buildings he is re-constructing and how they had to fight a million dollar lawsuit to fend off CVS. It's all about setting a precedent. Also, some models, glide down the runway, allowing me to use them as a metaphor. I am not quite sure yet what it means, but it just seemed fitting. Maybe you can tell me.
click picture to see
what I am talking about.