This composition excerpt (< 3 minutes) is from a ~ 22 minute composition exploring a visual interpretation of the broad concept of personal space.
As I learn about the anatomy and the biochemical “magic” that occurs inside and among the nerve cells of our brains, along the spinal chord, and throughout the body, I create artwork that resonates with what I learn. Its never meant as a diagram or a scientific illustration per se but rather as an homage to the known and known neurochemistry that is at play in our sentience.
This clip shows about a minute of a rotating slideshow which includes images form my 2D portfolio. All images shown in various configurations on the screen are randomly organized purely for display and review purposes. Its one way to help visitors understand the style, variety, cohesion, and scale of works available for display and for collecting. This is only a small subset of the many images I’ve produced as 2D extractions from time-based video art projects. The bulk of the images shown in this clip are from an ongoing artistic exploration of the wonders of the neuron. These are not intended as strict illustrations but rather a visual appreciation and exploration of what we know and what we don’t know (yet) about how these amazing cells function, both internally and as part of a vast network of similar cells, to form our sentience and our identity.
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On view now at MAP (Maryland Art Place). Digital still (from video) print, 7-color on aluminum/dibond. 18″ x 32″
2D work selected to be part of the
Second Tri-Annual Maryland State Artist Registry Juried Exhibition
Show open Thursday, September 19th – Sunday, November 10th
Reception: Thursday, September 19th 6-9pm
Narrative Threads (excerpt below) continues screening through July 27 at IA&A @ Hillyer in Washington D.C.
I just went to see Narrative Threads…Alan, I am so impressed (though not surprised) … I was so moved— it felt tortured and exhilarating at once.—viewer comment
There are narrative threads that bind us, those that unite us, and those that obscure our inner selves. These threads run through our psyche and impact our perceptions and how we are perceived. Those threads that bind us help us feel whole and secure. Help us feel in control and in command of our destiny. Those narrative threads that obscure our inner desires and our inherent rules for behavior tend to make us suspicious, untrusting, feel vulnerable and alone. These threads coexist and interact with each other, sometimes strengthening confidence, and sometimes weakening it. This art is homage to those threads. Threads of sexuality, disability, logic, intelligence, fear, loss, hopelessness, hope, biology and psychology, pride, happiness, joy, anger, and pain. My pieces, each of interest to me for what they represent alone, are merged, juxtaposed, layered, and each changes the layers above and below in time. This is an allegory to my experience of life and living and struggling and loving and feeling and thinking.