Friday, April 9, 2010

Contextus; braided ambience

I've long possessed an unhealthy interest in the various processes behind creative works, with a tendency to place more emphasis on these than the eventual work itself, although I've struggled to find artists (with blogs) who're openly willing to share their techniques and/or explain the context behind their pieces. I guess their candidness could be perceived as unraveling the myth, like a magician with no sleeves perhaps ...

It was with great pleasure then that I stumbled across Orchid Theatre a couple of weeks back; the main reason being this photograph:

General intrigue inspired by abandoned mental institutions aside, the fact that herein lay documented the technique used to record this track by Evan Viera, which had caught my attention on Soundcloud a week or so earlier, was fascinating to me. Far from demystifying anything, it an added further clarity to the piece, more depth, which relates to my general philosophy of art being more than its finished product. I'm too tired to waffle, but art (other than shallow perception itself) is not tangible. The painting on the wall is not art - merely the impression left by the artist. Whatever 'art' is gets lost somewhere between brush and canvas ...

Oh, my dearest brain!

Suffice to say that finding the above track on Soundcloud, reading at the time its description and how it was recorded, and then to unexpectantly find a photograph capturing that precise recording take on film resonated with me.

And so, following on from this, yesterday I was watching a slideshow displaying the progress of an animated short film called CALDERA that Evan's currently working on with others here, and again was pleased to be offered the priviledge of insight relayed by the inclusion of test renders, concept art, and various storyboards.

My interest in (this aspect of) creativity is of course sullied and nullified by various principles taught by Werner Erhard (which I adhere to), for no-one but the artist involved can ever know the entire truth behind any work - although, with a little background and context I can at least enjoy the contemplation thereof.

Anyway, I joined Little Art Notes a while back because Karon Leigh went to great lengths explaining various inspirations and techniques, and although I'm not a painter nor have any desire to be, it was refreshing to see someone talk so passionately about what they do and why. And in such detail.

Another article I happened to find yesterday, which strays along similar lines, was Adrian Kinnaird's (a New Zealand cartoonist).

Hmm. Guess I'm never too tired to waffle ...

Ooh yes, and slightly (or rather completely) unrelated (yet noteworthy), during a radio interview with Graeme Downes from The Verlaines today, I heard a great quote from Paul Verlaine (1844-1897): “Music before all else, and for that choose the irregular, which is vaguer and melts better into the air...”

Which, of course, doesn't merely pertain to music.

Unless you're Paul Verlaine, I guess.