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?
Do disembodied techno-immortals still need dating advice?
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 word-jazz duo attempts to transform the absurdist ‘found language’ of auto-generated spam emails, online troll rants, postmodern literature and late-night druggy revelations into lyrical poetry … while floating amidst the morphing cyberscapes and textual flotsam of chat-room media noise.
(Hint: Enable YouTube's CC button to activate a bonus layer of online autopoiesis!)
HD video, 6:00 min, 2015
Cyberpunk avatar phantoms discuss history, beauty, art & revolution.
Who will be the first up against the wall? We are all here to go.
One of us ... has got to go.
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 ... continuously dissolving and morphing into the bounds of their screen-based realities.
HD videos, 2014-2015.
This collection of commissioned work explores the relationship between traditional pictorial space (drawing, painting, pattern & ornament) and modern moving-image space (3D animation, generative graphics, projection mapping, and HD flatscreens). My production techniques permitted more of a process-driven and gestural spontaneity, allowing me to 'work' the compositions more like painting or sculpting, as opposed to conventional labor-intensive animation.
The artistic movements of the early 20th century developed abstraction as a means of free philosophical exploration of ideas related to spirituality, mysticism & the occult, cosmology, geometric symbolism, synesthesia/synchromism, and other such metaphysical speculations.
Thus, these works circle back into this history of "visual music" as it continued its development through the moving image medium: experimental film, abstract video, and now, computer-generated animation.
IMAGINARY ATLAS | generative motion compositions
SYNCHROMATICS | generative motion compositions
STILL LIFES | generative motion compositions
COSMICOMICS | generative motion compositons
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.