Two bits of work have been occupying me these past few weeks – editing a film with Gilles and a bunch of paintings to do for a tv drama. Its working title is “White Heat”, and one of the main characters is an artist, the script calls for quite a few pictures over the course of six episodes, in different styles, and it was my job to make ’em,
Biarritz! At last I was on the way, after as many promises as promptings, to see my friends, Miyuki and Steve. Calling me in London, Steve asked if I’d like to take part in a performance during my stay; the idea being to paint a large canvas to music in front of an audience, with Miyuki playing the piano alongside an American artist friend of theirs, Lesley Varela, and myself splashing the paint about the canvas. Good for an evening’s entertainment; an improvisation in colour and sound; I said, “Yes” straight away and thought about it later.
I had yet to meet Lesley but Steve’s reports were enough to think we’d get along, which we did, just fine. As for the show, we knew what we were doing, the details we’d plan at the time. I took along some equipment we might need – long-handled brushes, pigments, stuff like that – and gave myself over to toying with the notion of an art performance. What is it? [Read more…]
These paintings are going into a film, Dreaming Istanbul, directed by Gilles Blaize & Julien Tréfouël, which is being made to celebrate Istanbul being European City of Culture in 2010.
It is easier to describe how they came to be made and what they’re for rather than what they are all about.
As I painted them I photographed them at every stage for Gilles to turn them into animations (now “we’ve moved on” from using a film camera and no longer shoot all the frames as we go, he has to edit them afterwards) – little ten second transformations morphing from the photograph into the painted image.
Every so often during the film the frame freezes and a stop-motion animation begins.
How to describe the way it breaks into the action? Like a song in a musical? [Read more…]
Probably best to have the following…….
Title of exhibition: Buitendoor
Kursaal Westhelling 5
Dates: Feb. 14th – April 19th
Sort of basic info ( that no-one involved has actually thought to send me ) but which a little googling winkled out.