I'm not entirely sure why, but I've been infatuated with Tarkovsky's floors ever since I first watched his films. Something about the textures, the implied age and history made them stand out. Maybe it's how the floors are integrated into the shots, truly grounding Tarkovksy's characters into their worlds, giving them a foundation where life can happen. I want that grounding in my work, that foundation. I need this attention to detail. Detail equals life.

A symbol contains within itself a definite meaning, certain intellectual formula, while metaphor is an image. An image possessing the same distinguishing features as the world it represents. An image - as opposed to a symbol - is indefinite in meaning. One cannot speak of the infinite world by applying tools that are definite and finite. We can analyze the formula that constitutes a symbol, while metaphor is a being-within-itself, its a monomial. It falls apart at any attempt of touching it. - Andrei Tarkovsky

I'm pleased with the direction of this foundation that I am building. Here are a few images of the process. Starting with two shots of floors from Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, my implements of creation and destruction and some steps along the way.

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Updated: Feb 3

The Telephone project is now supported by two grants, I am happy to announce that I just received a Keep NYS Creating Project Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). https://arts.ny.gov/blog/announcing-keep-nys-creating-grant-recipients

The film is also supported by a SUNY 2020 Summer Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity Grant. Both grants are for needed materials and supplies. I am honored to receive these two generous grants in support of the project. Looking forward to providing a glimpse into where this support is going, but even more importantly these grants help to reaffirm in my own mind the importance and worth of what I am doing.

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Updated: Feb 3

Every now and then, I need a quick fix of a creative project, something to accomplish with expedience when working on larger projects. The Fragmentum series is one way of doing this. FRAGMENTUM 57(C) is a counter to my 2012 film Steadfast. This new project continues my interest in using discarded and unused material and was made with footage originally shot on that same fateful day. A bit of a nod to Michael Snow's Wavelength too, maybe.

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