Original software and video projected onto acrylic paint and collaged photographs on masonite panel
Exhibited at Mon Amor Paris at Guenter Knop Studio
New York, NY
Visiting Guenter at his studio in August, in order to show him some new media work I was doing, and get his opinion, he showed me some photos he was planning to show of Paris. They were beautiful.
I had been talking about going to Paris for years - I love paintings, and there are a lot of them there - but I hadn't actually planned a trip. He invited me to put something up at his exhibit. I thought we could create a piece together.
I bought a plane ticket to Paris, stayed with my college buddy Michael, and spent a week wandering around in museums, writing letters to old friends, and shooting video footage.
Back in New York, I couldn't figure out how my video footage and Guenter's photographs fit together. Yes they were both Paris - but my Paris did not seem to be his Paris. My Paris was more Paris-through-New-York-goggles and his seemed to be more romantic, European, old-school. I decided to shelve my footage and concentrate on really making something with his images.
The result was a new media piece which was created by:
1: Selecting my favorite of guenter's photos;
2: Digitally manipulating some of them;
3: Printing out his photos plus the augmented images;
4: Collaging onto masonite, then painting over that, then collaging over that, then painting over that, and so on, with the video camera running and recording the changes the piece was undergoing;
5: Editing myself out of the video;
6: Importing the stills into flash, autotracing and duping and reversing time;
7: Creating multiple layers, and telling the image on the screen to jump around through time often;
8: Projecting the digital continuously-changing piece based on Guenter's Paris photos onto the completed collage of Guenter's Paris photos
Due to the varying degrees of transparency, moments in time, and large number of images involved, this piece looks different constantly.
Guenter's Paris is the first of three pieces described in this brief explanation of concepts and methods: