Instead of writing more in this second blog post about my installation at the In Situ 2018 festival, (to see part one click here), I will speak to you via the video below, shot and edited by my charming colleague photographer/videographer Nettie Seip, to whom I owe many thanks!
You'll see me on-site in the room during the early stages of installation as I talk about the work and my intentions for it. Then you get to tour through it at night with it fully installed while the festival was in progress.
Please take a look and let me know what you think!
Perhaps after the holidays I will put together some time-lapse video shot over the three nights I spent drawing the Hearts in Place mural in front of the festival audience. I will upload it to my YouTube channel – please click on the link and if you like it, consider subscribing :-)
Video shot and edited by Nettie Seip, www.nettiephotography.com
OK Go is a band that does extraordinarily creative, innovative and powerful visual music videos like no one else – they are art forms in and of themselves. They pull off incredible feats without relying on the magic of digital effects, what you see always happened in real life and in real time.
Seriously, you need to check these videos out, no matter what your musical preferences are, those won't matter at all. Here are some I recommend (titles are links):
What these videos show is that these guys are masters at finding ideas. Extraordinary ideas. They also obviously have an amazing team and a considerable budget to pull them off, but plenty of uninteresting ideas have that and get made.
Below is a TED Talk they gave on "How to Find a Wonderful Idea". They point out that the usual approach of sitting in your chair (or other favourite thinking spot) and dreaming up an idea, then planning and polishing it before executing it is missing a vital step: the "sandbox" – that place where you play and discover or unearth your real idea, the wonderful one that the preliminary idea (which leads you to where the sandbox is) was just the seed for.
Have you unearthed some of your own wonderful ideas in a sandbox of some type? What's your favourite sandbox? If you haven't tried it, where could you start? Let me know in the comments below!
I will be updating my In Situ album on Flickr with more photographs soon, so check it out next week!
Here's an illustrated page from a project I've been working on (writing and drawing) for a few years now and hope to finish in a few more years. It's about the human heart in the emotional sense but uses an anatomical heart in unexpected ways. I'm venturing into very new territory for me (my favourite thing to do apparently), and learning a lot along the way. Meanwhile I hope you enjoy this little peek.
Under Pressure (left middle) and Turbulence (top centre) | Turbulence is made up of 5 custom wood panels made to display the image at an angle since it was being mounted on the mezzanine balcony but viewed from below. Designing the panels so they could break down but be assembled to form a single unit and considering how to hang them securely from the balcony (can't have these falling on people's heads!) were the main details that took some thought and recruiting the expertise of the Phil, who was in charge of fabricating the panels. I didn't even know if I would have help installing them but thankfully I did!
As a visual artist I like nothing more than getting up to my elbows in paint or little plastic toys, or wading in at the deep end in pursuit of an idea. When I am not teaching others in a similar vein, you can find me researching, writing and noodling around in my studio, seeing where my latest lines of inquiry lead me.
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