Jerome and Clothilde

Jerome and Clothilde.jpg
  • Today they walked 5 hours
  • Together, they have six children
  • Tomorrow, they will leave Nice and return to their home in Normandie
  • To anyone else, they would seem a pleasant couple
  • To me, they are more nuanced
  • I believe, in this photograph, Jerome is saying "Tu marches trop vite."
    • Though I could have misheard him.
  • They bought me a dinner, and kissed my head.
  • They spilled water on my new trousers.
  • They apologized.
  • I am in a bed, still wet, as I'm writing this.
  • I'm not sure if I will see them again.
    • This is often true.
  • I will not be leaving any time soon.

On: text/image etudes

My favorite art moments, I think, are those that require the audience to put pieces together. Those assembled by hand - those that by their own character implicate the audience.

A memory from high school comes to mind.

There was a point in Ms. Fitch's English class where we were presented with an advertisement. On it were three images next to each other: a lighter, a tub of gasoline, and a dog. Under it, there was text saying something along the lines of "you can prevent animal abuse: donate here."

What captivated me about the advertisement was what it made me do. I put the gasoline on the dog, I flicked the lighter. This is to say, I put the pieces together. I wanted to understand - I solved the puzzle, and the answer revealed something about myself and what I was capable of. The answer was mine - it wouldn't exist without me.

Sound can be very powerful here as well. We naturally associate it with image, but when we take away the visual element of a sound, the listener is responsible for creating a new representation. 

This type of artwork has a unique kind of intimacy to it. An intimacy of the internal mind - of the untamed imagination - of the soul, I think. The art of implication.

I'm just beginning to have some fun playing around with this - text and photos that contextualize each other in new ways - that ask the audience to participate in creating the work - in discovering their place within it.

This blog will be a place for me to mark down ideas - and update on my progress.

God bless,

John