The Wide Canvas of Faces

I made my public debut as a video artist on Saturday, April 4th, 2009, at the CreateHere gallery on Main Street, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. I’ve titled the piece “The Wide Canvas of Faces.” I built an 8-foot by 2-foot canvas from wood strips, canvas dropcloth, and white paint, and projected onto it from a strategically-placed video projector. Here’s an example of roughly how it looked. I enjoyed the entire experience, from concept to execution, and learned a lot about the logistics of Relief Projection. Thanks to everyone for their help!




To catch y’all up on some artistic backlog… I worked on some sculptures in clay back in the fall (1999) and spring (2000).

The big bone-looking thing is supposed to be, well, a big bone. (Our model was from a cow, probably a leg or jaw or something.)




My main project this spring was making something similar
to a human head. In the background you can see the live model, and yes,
she did survive. The clay is still in the process of drying out on this 70-pound clump of dirt; hopefully by August or September it will be fired in a kiln, ready for display in my gallery.

Special thanks go to my teacher, the talented artist Lee
Deigaard, who made tracks to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor a couple weeks ago to teach art.

In other news, I learned about several community ventures at the Virtual Organization of Chattanooga meeting on Friday (more on the CCP page).
And my interview with Susan Werner was great (more on the documentary page).


Musing on music

Sure, music’s a lot of fun. And the convergence of computers with music has certainly been interesting so far. Take MP3s, for example. I thought the connection
with Suzanne Vega
was fascinating (thanks to King for the forward – link broken now, but discussed the influence of Suzanne Vega on the actual coding of the MP3 standard). Ok, ok, so I thought all along that the song was “Tom Steiner.” (The first time I heard it was when my friend puppetmaster Dianne was singing it for me and — no surprise — I misunderstood.) Kinda like how “I Lost You To Monty” turned out to be “I Want You
To Want Me.” And “I Loved You In Evita” is actually “Love In An Elevator.” Oh well.

Speaking of music, the Susan Werner interview is set for Wednesday after her sound check at Riverbend. This is part of the material I plan to use for a documentary I’m putting together concerning — surprise — music. I intend to use a similar narrative style to the Noteworthy mini-series I produced back in 1991 (eschewing a script or even a straight-line narrative, it resembles a spiral staircase in how it circles around the subject until you either get dizzily nauseous or you get to where you were going.) I thought about using the name “Noteworthy,” but perhaps that’s tied to the earlier series too much. Today I’m considering the title “From Within” (domains already taken, though) or, just maybe, “Spiral Stair.” The footage I already have in the can includes hammer dulcimer performances (Dan Landrum), singer-songwriter acoustic set (Mark Hall), interesting band (substructure with David Bird), rehearsals from the opera Madame Butterfly, and various interviews. It occurred to me last week to include Susan (seemed like a natural idea). I’d like to hit percussion (hee hee), perhaps a drum circle or some similar event. And a dancer or dancers, interpreting music. Maybe the local group Flannery. Might grab some stuff from the Mountain Opry. (Wonder if Kevn is hanging around Atlanta?) Once I reach some critical mass of footage, I’ll edit it all together into a tidy hour-long documentary for distribution to all the public television stations in the country. Three a.m. Nebraska, here I come.

Btw, I love the Onion.
And Trailervision is entertaining, too.


Music documentary?

I’m putting together a documentary on the diversity of music, using a nonlinear narrative style (look at it this way: instead of being told like a story, in a straight line, this look at music unfolds like a spiral staircase). It will probably be somewhat similar to the “Noteworthy” mini-series I created back in 1990-1991.

I’m planning on distributing this hour-long program (for free) to all the public television stations in the country, once I complete it (and here’s hoping that day will be here soon).

Somewhere along the way I’ll have a better name for this venture (which is, incidentally, in association with my workplace, Creative Resources). Thanks again to everyone who has helped with this project. Here are some ideas I’m throwing around:

Dan Landrum
Mark Hall
David Bird/substructure
Susan Werner
Madame Butterfly (in rehearsal)
John Hoomes
Brian Steele
Theresa Andersson

and still to come:

Mountain Opry?
Shaking Ray Levis?
Interpretative DancerGospel/Blues?