Inspired by haunted-house animatronics and the universal experience of dancing alone to one's personal "inner soundtrack", these fragmented, polymorphous figures eerily evoke male adolescent sexual anxiety, fantasies of digital corporeality, and the body horror of the 'uncanny valley'.
CODAS (Man Is A Bubble) HD vertical video, 4:45 min, 2015.
The science fiction romance of the '80s/'90s foretold a future inhabited by cyberpunk techno-mystics and omniscient A.I.s populating our corporate virtual-reality landscape. These spirits are summoned from the vapor of that era in an attempt to recuperate those lost promises.
...Remember what "the future" was supposed to sound like?
...Once we achieve techno-immortality, do we still need dating advice?
... and, what is that "1 Weird Old Trick" that everyone is talking about?
These and other relevant queries are addressed.
A Word Heap
A Word Heap HD video, 10:30 min, 2015
From the animation series TROLLS, which explores themes of digital embodiment, performative absurdity, and avatar poetics.
A virtual-reality performance-art duo attempts to transform the absurdist ‘found language’ of auto-generated spam emails, online troll commentary, postmodern literature and late-night druggy revelations into lyrical poetry … while floating amidst the morphing cyberscapes and textual flotsam of chat-room media noise.
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HD video, 6:00 min, 2015
From the multipart animation series TROLLS, which explores themes of digital embodiment, performative absurdity, and avatar poetics.
The science fiction romance literature of the '80s/'90s foretold a future inhabited by cyberpunk techno-mystics and omniscient A.I.s floating through our shared virtual reality consciousness. These characters are summoned from the vapor of that era in an attempt to recuperate those lost promises.
... What is the shape of desire in a disembodied future?
... What does it mean to "get small"?
Clouds b/w Death Is A Star HD video, 10:30 min, 2015
Two figures attempt to conduct 'Turing Tests' on the audience (or perhaps, just on each other) with jazzy punk karaoke, gestural expressionism, overly earnest recitations alluding to an emergent self-awareness, and other garbled hints of meaning (hey, whatever works) ... continuously dissolving and morphing into the bounds of their screen-based realities.
HD looping animations (excerpts)
The GUIDE series examines the boundaries of what could be considered 'hand-drawn' within digital art, and highlights the persistence of the gestural, even as contemporary animation becomes increasingly automated in nature. These are digital 'process abstractions' that generate a kind of pseudo-expressionism, filtered through the labor of post-production.
Intended for display on vertical screens (9:16), this series will form the basis of a streaming digital edition available exclusively through the Electric Objects platform.
A series of looping animations, created using procedural software to generate complex emissions from basic, underlying gestural strokes. These pseudo-expressionist compositions investigate the relationship between the 'hand drawn' and the 'digital' in animation -- a subsumed but persistent relationship, even as many processes in the animation field become increasingly dynamic and automated.
Daphne in 4 Parts
HD video, 19:35 mins, 2014
An excerpt from a longer-form piece The Metamorphosis: Daphne in 4 Parts, which updates Ovid's poetic myth of desire, punishment, and arboreal transformation.
Here, the nature-spirit Daphne is presented as an interview subject: a psycho-therapeutic case study and talking-head confessional -- fragmented but lucid, defiant, continuously morphing and dissolving into a polymorphous hybrid of bodily and landscape forms. Staged as a kind of modern myth in documentary form, the story resonates with contemporary concerns about sexual violence, desire/memory, trans/fluid gender identity, and our adverse relationship to nature.
HD video projection, 5:30 min, 2014.
Commissioned as part of the Museum of Biblical Art's exhibition 'Back To Eden', exploring the influence of the Garden of Eden story in contemporary art. '1000 Paths' is an animated video projection that depicts an abstract Creation cosmology. Inspired by early 20th-century 'spiritualist' abstraction, as well as motifs from traditional Christian art and Gnostic/sacred iconology, this animation immerses viewers in a cycle of efflorescing forms that burst into blossom and dissolve around the central motif of a 'World Tree'.
This group show, curated by Jennifer Scanlan (read interview here), featured work by an international array of artists including Pipilotti Rist, Mat Collishaw, Barnaby Furnas, Adam Fuss, Marina Zurkow, Fred Tomaselli, Mark Dion, Mary Temple and several others, as well as selections from the museum's Rare Bible Collection.
"...a psychedelic light show...spectacularly evokes the Creation..." Ken Johnson, NY Times
"...cyclical, fluid...absolutely mesmerizing. Capone manages to evoke the beginning of, well, everything." Benjamin Sutton, ARTnet News