The recent projects I’ve been involved with have pointed me a direction that fuses my disciplines into big new creations this year.
Music as a mirror to visual art, motion woven from still drawings and paintings, abstract expressionism born in footage and brush marks, remixing in the digital and analog realms, and letting the higher dimensions intersect in our world as best they can through the flow of the art.
Here is a quick but generous preview of what I’ve been up to, including commissions from supporters and collaborators – and what I’m working on now: Click to watch on YouTube.
Some artists have a very consistent, straightforward path in their work. Mine is quite the opposite. This year I’ve worked on some truly magnificent miscellany thanks to the commissions I’ve been tasked to create along with my gallery shows and series.
This talented musician commissioned me to create a photographic remix of him for his solo album. Taking my own photos, I used the techniques I learned and developed in my Photo Remix series to create this weird and distinct portrait.
Screen Shot from a video project incorporating my original art. In this image are digital layers from “The Dream State Converses With You.”
This is an extension of my visual art in musical form – The Endless Spiral was the music to a bizarre and beautiful live performance of many of my art models at the opening for the Visual Remixes show. In the following weeks I plan on editing the video and sharing it with you.
My music in the Shocktoberfest video trailer
I lent some of my dark, creepy ambient music to be used in the video trailer for Shocktoberfest, an annual performance of the Thrillpeddlers Grand Guignol Halloween show in San Francsco.
Where to go from here?
I want to do more video and commissions, and use this year’s work and explorations as a natural stepping stone toward even bigger and better creative works. I can’t wait to share them with you. Thank you again for being part of my journey. If you wish to support me, please consider becoming a patron of the arts at my Patreon page!
Peace, love, and twisted, joyful inspiration to all.
Years ago I started on a path toward teaching myself to animate my hand-drawn art for the screen. I didn’t know what the exact context would be, but I set a foot forward on this new and challenging path. A few interesting and trippy projects later, I have a fifteen-minute silent animation that is both beautiful and twisted, grand and microcosmic at the same time. I have had a version of this piece used by the rock band Gold Minor for onstage projection during their live performance. Here is my YouTube playlist of their live performance clips with my projection. Please note how awesome this band is.
Alone, the silent projection piece stands as a junction of past, present and future for my creative work.
The path to here
My first video animation pieces were to my music, starting with “After Dreaming”:
Then I got more ambitious and created this beast, to “Comfort Cage,” another song from the same album (which I composed in 2011 – you can check it out here):
What will I create next in this vein? I’m looking forward to sharing the answer with you in 2017!
Until next time,
peace, love, and twisted inspiration to you all.
I have been creating these weird and wild fine art remixes of photographs from the depths of San Francisco’s drag, burlesque, and queer creative subcultures for over a year now. My art opening is upon us, friends! Celebrate the opening of this exhibit with a bizarre music and interpretive stage performance before you set out to that Saturday night club, show, or soiree.
Take a look in person at these 15 astounding and challenging visual creations. Purchase original art, prints, or pre-orders to fit any budget and wall. Open your mind, and fly on over to experience this show.
A step forward with the animation of my hand-drawn art.
I am proud to present Version 2 the After Dreaming animated art music video. In this endeavor, I use several of my small ink drawings from sketchbooks and journals. Many of them are in ballpoint pen, the first instrument of my artistic renaissance back in 2010 in Baltimore, when I would sit at the end of the bar in The Depot and do live drawings to the rhythm of the incredible bands that played there. These drawings are scanned at ridiculously high resolution and used as epic elements in a moving ink landscape which waddles to life like a newborn giraffe. Someday this beast will be tall and elegant, but this video, and The After Dreaming Video: Version 1, are its fledgeling incarnation.
Presenting Version 1 of the After Dreaming animated art music video.
This is a lower-resolution video animation experiment using a song from my most recent music album, Shadows In Sand. I took a step forward from here, developed and improved it considerably. Check out Version 2 here!