As many of you might know already, I have been working with Sadie Young to create some awesome art, orgonite, and other beautiful creations. Our biggest undertaking so far has been the amazing installation idea that we have developed over the past couple weeks. Here is the artist statement written for our project by Sadie:
Here is the amazing video Zac put together of our new project from Arise where we premiered this new vision of ours.
Less than a week later we have taken this vision to 3 different shows in Denver including a new canvas we did at the Herbie Handcock tribute featuring Motet and Dom from Big G and could not be happier with the response we have gotten.
So what is it?
At arise we ran around and took photos of people who we thought were illuminating the Arise spirit. We did this each day, and the same day we took the photos I live painted portraits from these photos on to a 5x4 ft canvas while Zach live projection mapped around where I was painting.
With a constantly changing background, everyone’s experience of this piece is different just like everyone’s experience life, and this festival. Having the faces ties the abstract with something we all can connect with, a human face, a smile, an emotion, each different but relatable. Together we are able to see ourselves as unique yet united, and through unity we stand, and arise. Transformational culture and the message of arise encapsulated visually. We are all apart of the creation of this culture and the change it can bring. The co-creation that is a huge part of transformational cultures such as Arise is the most powerful part of the experience. These festivals show that we all have something worth sharing and offering to each other, and how powerful we can be when we actively participate together. Our generation of Millennials is proving that we can create our own culture instead of blindly consuming a culture preconceived by big business; we are all active participants in creating a future, and together we Arise! For these reasons I wanted people at the festival to actively be apart of the creation and experience of this art piece and I could not have made this dream a reality without connecting to another amazing creator with the same vision and drive, together all of you, Zac, and myself made this piece of art happen. THANK YOU.
It is also a celebration of dualities and the marriage of the past and the future; to show the importance and beauty of embracing technology while showing reverence to the tactile quality of the analogue. As a classically trained painter and student of art history I have a deep love for the traditional forms of art, but I hold great esteem for artist pushing boundaries with technology. It is truly a limitless medium that is being introduced in to the world of art, and I want to embrace it in all of its glory while still accentuating the intimate feeling of traditional mediums for painting and drawing with the human hand.
This is the work we did at the Herbie Hancock Tribute concert at Cervantes: