Another abstract construction in the opArt series.
Seriously, I just figured out that you can loop embeds on Vimeo! Optical illusion: if you stare at this long enough, and stop it manually, it will appear to reverse direction and keep moving, slowly.
opArt loops are like little experiments, that sometimes evolve into larger pieces, or sometimes not.
Shooting with a digital SLR, I sort of animate my way through portions of the American Museum of Natural History (New York City). Entire sequence was edited “in camera”. Each of the 16 tiles contains the same movie, but offset in time, if you watch it long enough, this becomes apparent.
Amber World or Tripped in Amber, something like that, exists as a set of abstracted loops constructed from single frame images (from the American Museum of Natural History), mainly dinosaurs, layered, animated and creatively degraded (as to render the original images incoherent, and yet, still organized).
This is a partial view of a large mural (110 feet wide, 16 feet high) completed in 1947 by art student Rudolph Zallinger for the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. A few years later, it appeared in LIFE Magazine as a part of the “The World We Live In” series which was later published in book form in 1955. For kids growing up in the 1950s, this was our “go-to” reference on what life might have looked like when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Obviously, thinking about this subject has evolved over the last 60 years, but this retro depiction still charms me. I dream that some day, someone will make a science fiction film where people travel back in time to the age of dinosaurs, and find a world not unlike Zallinger’s “Age of Reptiles”.
A collection of photographic abstractions stemming from a disparate collection of nocturnal time-lapse shots collected over the last few years. Improvisations, if you will.
Dennis Hopper called Bruce Conner “the most important artist of the 20th century”. He frequently recycled stock footage, found objects, photographs, clippings, whatever, into “assemblages” filled with irony, humor & pathos. I first encountered Conner via “A MOVIE” in High School nearly 50 years ago, and either consciously or sub-consciously, he has been a huge influence on my film work. Bruce Conner: It’s All True is a career spanning retrospective which will be at SFMOMA (San Francisco) from late October to January 2017.
“Mongoloid” is a Music Video Conner did for Devo.
Here’s a wonderful pairing of the great Lang Lang performing Chopin’s “Ocean” etude along with dancer Marquese Scott’s inspired moves. A refreshing idea: taking the music out of the Concert Hall. Works for me!
Just looking down on some kind of water plants, blowing in the wind, somewhat manipulated to create a loop. Not that it matters, but filmed with an iPhone in Point Reyes National Seashore…