I celebrated Memorial Day by taking some video footage. I set up shop near Harvard Square and Porter Square and got the raw materials for two new icosacomposites, presented herewith:
So some of what I do is process artwork that attempts to hack or at least deconstruct social media. My nom de plume Edward Semblance dates back at least a decade, to when I was playing bass or doing electronic music. Recently, it’s become a name I use for some sci-fi musings and some autobiographical essays. I used to post earworms through my @mindhue account, but then changed over to the @EdwardSemblance handle to start isolating things.
So I created an Edward Semblance Instagram account with my new and shiny phone, and will start doing some process Instagrams for funsies. The conceit is solo images of common implements, captioned with three random scribbles on the Swype keyboard and the three words those scribbles invoke. We shall see how that works.
Greetings, folks… Sorry it’s been a very light time for the blog, it’s been a crazy busy month, with my new job teaching intro printmaking at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and some craft fairs and other fun things. Among those things would be the shindig for the relaunched Big Red & Shiny, which will be at the Mills Gallery Saturday the 29th at 6pm. My MBTA Icosacompsites will be one of the featured works for the shindig! Before you go there, you might want to check out my tent at What the Fluff? in Union Square in Somerville. And there’s also the Hyde Park Open Studios this Sunday in Dedham. All sorts of art to see!
Elaine Mehalakes reviewed the Rethink Ink show for the May/June Art in Print, and she saw fit to mention my portfolio print! Here’s the relevant text:
Here’s a shot of the print itself:
I had a brainstorm a couple days ago, and realized I needed to do icosacomposites of probably two of the more odd art movies of the 80s, both of which managed to garner a cult following that still persists to this day. Let me present to you Koyaanisqatsi and My Dinner with Andre, in case your day needed a jolt of layered time-lapse explosions and urban montages, or twenty Wallace Shawns discussing life and New-Age woo-woo all at the same time. It’s more likely than you think!
Well, the results are in, and all three film shorts I submitted made it into the 2012 Glovebox Film Festival. Glovebox is a couple of folks crusading to get interesting art out in front of the public, and I first showed with them when I arrived in Beantown in 2008. Another short of mine was in the 2011 Film Festival, which was a pretty awesome selection of cinematic arts shown at the Somerville Theatre. So, many thanks to Glovebox, and everyone needs to get out and see the selections on August 4th. Remembering last year’s slate, there should be something interesting for anyone’s taste.
These are the three shorts I will have in this year’s Film Festival:
Harvard Station Icosacomposite
McGlynn Northwind 100 at Sunset
Since I did my Cinema Icosacomposites of 32 of the Top 100 American Films, I decided to dust off a similar project I was working on a couple years back, that of my Average Cinema. I only did a few films, because of the limitations of my hardware, but this time it was much easier. Here’s a link to the Vimeo album.
These pieces are full-length movies with each individual frame averaged to a single color, so the film becomes a moving color field with no sound. It’s an interesting examination of pallette, timing and pacing, and a nice chill-out background for your computer if you so desire.
Just a quick note to mention that I’ve started up a Vimeo channel for my video work. I won’t post any video here, since you can just go to Vimeo for it. ; )