New unreleased work
I am a photographer, video artist, and composer, based in Vancouver, BC.
Active in both visual art and music, I continue to seek an effective convergence between audio and visual mediums.
Humans are the common focus of my work, often depicted in brief moments of an orchestrated alternate reality presented in video format combining video, animation, still photograph, original music and sound.
The detailed and immersive scenarios question humanity’s role on earth, drawing attention to both the positive and negative; exaggerated symbols and classic scenes from literature and film celebrate the extensive history of humanity’s creative output, while content and theme sarcastically and satirically point to popular culture’s disconnect from reality and humankind’s withdrawal from nature.
The temporal context of each scene is often omitted, allowing audiences to animate their own narrative based on their understanding of clichés in human storytelling. Hints, however, are given in visual clues in fabrics, patterns, animals and objects that play reoccurring roles; music and sound create contrast, context and space.
The new unreleased work below expands on the animated photograph concept by combining multiple loops of footage of different lengths into the same pieces. This idea was adapted from a technique I often employ when composing music. In both my recent compositions and new video works, loops of different durations are layered simultaneously to allow for unique and unexpected interactions between each element as the piece progresses. For example, in "How To Protect What Is Important To You," the three battling cowboys are composited (and loop) separately resulting in a dynamic and unpredictable gun battle.
In addition to reoccurring clichés in film and literature, inspiration is drawn from multiple new sources including the 'holiday fireplace' video, high school theater productions as they are portrayed in film and TV, video games, and Saturday morning cartoons. Specific references to devices utilized when looping segments of animation in classical animation are made in each new work. With these series I have increased duration (endless loops) and taken more meditative approach to the medium. Less reliant on music, the soundtracks are sparser, allowing sound to play a larger role.
All actors are Vancouver-based musicians and artists.
These works are intended for large projection with speakers and on large monitors with headphones. Listening with headphones is recommended when watching videos below.
"HOW TO PROTECT WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU (EXCERPT)" 1080P Full HD video with stereo audio (seamless, endless loop.)
“How To Protect What Is Important To You” is a reference to the seemingly endless gunfights that often occur in PG-rated cowboy and action movies in which no character is ever actually injured, due to the fact that depicting blood in films with such a rating is restricted. This scene employs the use of several different composited layers of looping video segments, each of a different duration. The three cowboys and a series of lightning flashes, all looping separately, interact uniquely over the course of eight minutes with each loop. The complete eight-minute video also loops seamlessly with itself, resulting in a literal endless gunfight. The female character, depicted as a still image, is clearly bored and frustrated by the three male character's relentless desire to fight and conquor as censorship denies the story to progress.
"HOW TO AVOID BEING DETECTED (EXCERPT)" 1080P Full HD video with stereo audio (seamless, endless loop.)
Using suction cups or toilet plungers to scale walls is a tactic used repeatedly by cartoon characters when sneaking into a buildings. “How To Avoid Being Detected” is a specific reference to an episode of The Simpsons where Mr. Burns and Smithers break into the Simpson house using suction cups as tools to climb onto the ceiling. The plate of corn chips in this scene is also a reference to a common technique used by animators when looping segments. The man eating the chips will always reach behind the pile for a new chip, allowing me to loop his portion of the video without fear of the pile of chips changing when the loop repeats itself. His obsession with his phone leaves him distracted from oblivious and imminent dangers.
"HOW TO ESTABLISH A VANTAGE POINT (EXCERPT)" 1080P Full HD video with stereo audio (seamless, endless loop.)
This piece continues with the idea of playing with multiple time trajectories. The cowboys who appear as still photographs seem to be distracted and their actions appear to be unimportant. The two animated characters, one collecting firewood, and one sipping water, draw the viewer's focus. The character sipping water, seemingly the leader of the group, appears to be deep in thought or contemplation, yet his job seems exponentially less taxing as the worker collecting firewood. This is exaggerated by the fact that for the worker completes one cycle of animation for every five cycles that the leader completes. Close watching at 2:40 reveals a third perspective.