Over the years, I have fidgeted with my artist statement on an irregular basis. The changes only occur when something triggers a reappraisal. There is no plan or timetable. The most recent update has now been rolled out to the handful of sites that share the statement.
ARTIST ENGINEER at REVAD.COM |
“A fidgeter of outcomes between signal and noise.
I use signal and noise as my primary mediums. A signal stimulates an idea, noise interferes, and the enquiry generates new outcomes.
In the record of my enquiry you will find a constant dialogue between digital and analogue, one informing the other, I flip and flop between the two and occasionally we meet in the middle somewhere to create something unexpected. In logic flip-flops are bistable elements, in my art digital and analogue are bi-unstable, almost as if there is a self clocking mechanism encouraging constant movement between states and exploration of the space in-between.
A great many master artists have, over the years, created a large proportion of their work with the help of multiple assistants and technicians. For me, my network of computers are a substitute for that team. Using my coding and math skills, honed for thousands of hours of practice over a (35 year) career as a systems engineer, I can explore a theme more widely and more deeply than I could if I made everything by hand. I also use a computer when I desire precision, when the goal is to eliminate as much of the noise as possible. I then work by hand as a guaranteed way of introducing natural noise. My hand making skills have been honed for thousands of hours of practice over a shorter (10 year) period as a full time artist. By ‘noise’ I am usually considering emotion, imprecision, and happy accidents. There is a certain tension between these two approaches. The act of exploring that tension, using all the skills available to me, generates the most satisfaction. If my enquiry, practice and outcomes have any artistic value to others, then that is a bonus, a side-effect of my need to make what I make.
The materials used to create an outcome are chosen to be appropriate to the enquiry. An outcome may be real (a drawing, a painting, a print, an installation) or virtual (a digital image, an animation, a blog, a web site). Outcomes often contain multiple components. Real outcomes are currently held in private collections in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Romania.”
The statement is accompanied by some artwork, whenever this is possible.
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