Table of Elements was specifically conceived and designed for use in a health care environment. The ideal situation for this work is in a hospital waiting room, "Table of Elements" attempts to shift the viewer’s experience away from the typical mode of watching a moving image and towards a way of observation more akin to the way in which we view a painting. I’m interested in creating a tension between the static and the dynamic. Initially the work may at times appear unchanging, although never static, and the piece, which at first may seem like it can be absorbed in a single glance, gradually reveals new dimensions of itself over time, or through repeated encounters. The work is exhibited as a diptych, with two synchronized video loops displayed on two adjacent monitors.
Edited excerpts of the performance documentation from 2/25/2012. Curator and long time viDEO sAVant supporter Steve Liggeitt, of Living Arts of Tulsa, paired the sAVant crew with a group of choreographer/dancers for this improvisational extravaganza.
Snow Mountain Ranch is a meditation on the elasticity of time and the veracity of representation. The focus is on careful observation and on a tension between the static and the dynamic. Shot from the patio of my hotel room at a YMCA Resort located just down the road from Camp Chief Ouray in Granby, Colorado, where I spent two summers a boy. The video begins as a single continuous take. We are witness to two unfolding narratives, happening at very different scales, the action of the weather and that of the cowboys. Both the movements of the sky and the action on the ground have been accelerated but not always to the same degree.
I was commissioned by Andy Marko of Semantics Gallery in Cincinnati to create a live show as the concluding event for his annual Autumedia Festival. The space at Semantics was filled with other work in the show, so he approached Third Party, another artist run space down the street, to host the performance. I sent a general call out to friends at CCM looking for improvising musicians with the idea of forming a fairly large ensemble. I had a a number of responses and the musical group was ultimately made up of Regan Brown (Bass Clarinet), Dave McDonnell (Sax and Electronics), Carrie Magin (Percussion), Steve Weimer (Keyboard), and Zach Larabee (Drums). I also invited Loraine Wible, former student and previous collaborator, with Discerning Crane, to contribute a second stream of images. When we got to the space I decided to throw Loraine's images obliquely across the long wall with mine in the center.
An ecstatic chant to the rising of the sun. Sound and image are juxtaposed and find moments of synchronicity, while remaining parallel and separate. Time rushes forward slowly. Narrative is all and nothing. Left over material from "Blooms" was adjusted to accompany Chris Bailey’s music.