words and art by w a l t e r w s m i t h

into abstraction | form and place | holding our absence | a returning ecstasy

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“Into Abstraction | Form and Place” continues my exploration of various forms that manifest elements of the surreal, abstract and memory attachments. The piece structure is centered around a time-lapsed progression. It moves from a visual kinetic movement to a slower more meditative movement. The electronic sound scape mirrors this movement with several layers of organic and industrial sounds centered around a continuous ambient drone. Within this complex musical structure, different distinct modalities emerge. And after several minutes of frenetic movement, the sound structure slowly washes away (with ocean waves) into a quieter more delineated infused drone. In each new video in the series “Into Abstraction”, I am attempting to find new ways of manipulating the film software. This process is very satisfying because the possibilities seem endless.

I have been working on this piece for several weeks. And over that time, I found myself contemplating many aspects of my life, as I often do, and searching for visual parallels that may compliment the emotional context of the moment. As in most of my work, I find that I repeat and remix many of my images, sounds, thoughts, and voices. Sometimes I wonder if the emotional connections of the past and the present ever change at all, or just evolve into the future: Evolve into the continuum which is the work. Evolve Into Abstraction, where form and void, form and memories, form and mutation, form and impermanence, form and dreams and form and place become one. Art has a way of giving us a moment of clarity, but does not necessarily save. Our work at times can reveal the life that lives in shadows. But may never quite give us the answers we seek to sustain us. So we are driven to go at it as if there were no history before now.

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3 responses

  1. This is stunning. I really enjoyed the emotional journey.

    July 28, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    • Hi Xrapics. Thanks for checking in and commenting. I updated the commentary a bit. Check it out. I have been wanting to say more about the work., but sometimes it seems hard to get to the true depth of things.

      July 29, 2015 at 1:18 am

      • I agree, though too much interpretation of the image can be distracting. Some indication of the direction one is moving in is important to guide the spectator. Personal philosophy around the image can be quite enlightening – mainly for myself, but that’s true of art, isn’t it. Thankyou so much for visiting and commenting on my pictures. I have a video up-coming, less abstract, more of a story, will upload soon.

        July 29, 2015 at 1:44 am

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