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On The Workbench

My most recent finished work With Love and Sincerity. A more subversive and political work is hidden under the surface. Sometimes change is inevitable and sometimes change has to be sought out. One cannot wait for change to happen. One has to be active in the pursuit for something better.

In my Directed Studio Projects class, I just introduced students to macro cinematography and microscopy. These tools and techniques have the power to change perceptions of the world around us and our place in it. They're also just a lot of fun to explore.

In academia we often find ourselves whether as teachers or as students, staying in our own lanes, never moving beyond expected parameters of study and exploration. This is unfortunate. Bringing the microscope into cinema opens up a new way of approaching art making and provides avenues that are much broader than then single one-way lane we often find ourselves upon. Life is much more interesting when we jump lanes. You'll never know where you might end up when you start going a different direction.

Probably one of the most surprising student tests with the microscope this semester was the use of Jolly Rancher candies. Some of the textures and colors were mesmerizing. I love seeing what evolves from these experiments.

I'm continuing my Cinema 4D experiments for fun and necessity. What started out as some explorations of soft body dynamics turned into an ersatz microscopy and analog video test. There's a lot of words that I never imagined would be strung together. I took the basic shape created for the dynamics test and with some slight modifications to form and materials created the microscopy piece. I expect I'll be using C4D for composited elements within Tether beyond the modeling of 3D printed props I've already started.

One day down and the first project of the year was wrapped up on 1/1/23. What started out as a learning exercise and half-hearted project that I felt was really taking time away from other things has turned out to be something I'm fairly happy with. With Love and Sincerity is a a proclamation of self-worth and a vitriolic critique of unbalanced relationships in alI their myriad of forms. Run time is a short 2:35 but it's really feeling like a visually dense and cacaphonic experience that will benefit from repeat viewings. The work will have its debut screening in the 2023 Fredonia Faculty Exhibition at the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at SUNY Fredonia, January 24 through February 19, 2023 - Reception: January 27, 6 to 9 pm. As with most work I'm doing these days there are elements of this that are already working their way into my narrative project. I'm looking forward to putting more parts of that puzzle together soon. It's calling me.

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