moving between lens-based and drawing media

For the past four years I have almost exclusively worked with lens-based and/or networked images as well as with written and performative forms of practice.

The move from media which starts with a blank page to one that starts with a fill-up viewfinder took a while to grasp, and I am curious to see what this reverse move will entail.

I want to use this post to update periodically on the boundaries and transitions between these media/forms.

Here is a sketchbook note from one of the last projects I undertook in drawing, at a point when I was already working with a camera. The entry is from 2013; and since last summer (2016) I have taken several notes that spoke about the struggles over subject-matter and the severity of subject matter that seems to prevail with my lens-based work (for the past 18 months lens-based mainly meant an analogue medium-format camera (Bronica SQA with several backs and lenses, with negatives then scanned and digitally post-processed; also some 35mm film as well as a camera phone, and much less use of a 4/3 digital Lumix G with several fixed lenses).

So, for the past few photographic projects I have rather purposefully tried to seek ways in which both a form of visual pleasure is present in the work while maintaining the seriousness of the content (often to do with violence, transgression, various forms of boundaries, concerns over public-private, family constellations and biographical work).

The projects are namely

 

de-light as resolution
de-light in image

some initial thoughts on digital/analogue

… this mp4 (not quite a gif, not quite a meme) is the outcome of an exercise for the course I am currently finishing: Digital Image and Culture.

And while I know that previous coursework must not constitute coursework for a different course, I want to spend some time to draw out the themes, concepts and methods that I have been working with in lens-based, digital and analogue form for the past two courses (Art of Photography, then Digital Image and Culture), as some of the working processes and interests will remain similar and I want to use Drawing 2 as a framework to work more seriously through the interconnections between analogue and networked artistic practices; – Digital Image and Culture has set me up well, I feel, to form an understanding over what the relationships are, what some of the anxieties are too, surrounding a changing field of practice, but moreover: what are the continuities and how can an artistic medium and form be utilised to understand contemporary identity-constructions and social practice.

So, here, a playful first dip into meme production, artificial intelligence and an Android Drawing app: