There are four sections to this proposal. The first section looks at my latest my latest work, Paintings for a Robot. Here I’m proposing the use of film editing technologies to rapidly create merged images that work as paintings. My first attempt at this is documented in the short film below. I was interested in creating abstract images that I feel are as interesting as any traditional abstract paintings I’ve seen. My second foray into creating virtual paintings combined traditional paintings with a wide variety of images that I have shoot over the decades. I have no doubt that robots will be capable of creating high resolution paintings in the near future, meaning artists will be freed from the time consuming tedium of fine art painting. I consider myself a pioneer in the use of digital techniques to create “pre-paintings” that will be rendered by complex painting robots in the not too distant future.
Section two, Minimalist Videos, looks at the work I’ve concentrated on over the past 15 years. These wall art minimalist videos exist somewhere between photographs and film. Section three looks at work that I hope is more accessible; Montage Videos that comment on the rise of Christian Nationalism in the U.S. and the coming new urbanism as defined by Las Vegas, the first 21st Century city. All of the videos in sections two and three are intended to be viewed in a gallery or museum setting as wall videos. They are intended to be viewed over time, like a painting, rather than viewed in a single sitting, like most films.
Section 4 has examples of Proposals for Photo-Sculptures, virtual sculptures I created based on photographic imagery. These include works for Washington, D.C. and Stone Mountain, Georgia, home of a colossal monument to Confederate heroes. With the Washington D.C. works I suggest public art pieces that elevate attitudes concerning the need for a big science solution to carbon based energy issues. The Stone Mountain works are suggested sculptures based on Civil War photographs. I would hope these works would disabuse Southerners from their romantic delusions about the Civil War.
1. Paintings for a Robot
This is the video used to generate proposals for eight colossal paintings seen below.
New Series of Painting Proposals Generated by Film Editing Techniques: Painting Film Test 2
Preliminary Results Painting Film Test 3, August 2019
Monet & DaVinci
Nude with Wilting Plant
2. Minimalist Videos: Between Film & Photography
Video Posters: The videos can be played below this section.
A final comment on the value of painting and AG film works
3. Montage Videos: Reacting to Nationalism
4. Proposals for Colossal Photo-Sculptures
Model for Colossal Sculpture based on Harold Edgerton’s high speed photograph of the first nano-sceond of a atomic bomb test. Built by sculptor Kerry Moore.
General Sherman overlooks Atlanta
Slave labor on the plantation
Bone collector after a Civil War battle