the idea for 'rehearsal' lead directly
on from painting 'moth'.
i wanted to explore the movement of a figure and it representation
on a canvas even further.
i filmed a video of a figure moving.
i had an idea for how it should be represented, but i was
unsure of the composition and placement of the figure within
the canvas. for this i decided to appropriate one of degas
compositions, so i could concentrate fully on the getting
the source material and execution correct.
i have always admired degas use of
composition. see how the work is based on degas here.
i broke the movement video down into
about 60 frames and converted the images to slides. i could
then project the 60 frames on to the canvas, using the projection
as a rough guide for the placement of the figures.
the slide projector had a 30 second
delay between changing each image, effectively breaking up
the video into bite size 'paintable chunks', making painting
from video more manageable but still challenging.
it would be a painting that consisted
of many layers, so that the sum of the finished painting would
hopefully unify into one total movement, made from many singular
i started by painting the frames of
figures in the background first. working forward, choosing
when the figures overlapped what unified into one form and
what stayed separate. when painting i feel there has to be
room for creativity, room for accidents to happen and to take
the work in a different direction.
half way through this piece i realized
i had explored the image too thoroughly and manipulated it
too much, prior to executing it. when it came to paint it,
it became too much of a chore. there was no room for spontaneity
however i continued using the computer
to finish the piece and it became my first digital work. the
next step evolved into 'dress rehearsal'. a simple animation
generated by a web script.
ultimately i would like to digitally
manipulate each frame of a video, creating a total effect
as described above.
painting with video.