Photography and Editing by Victoria Taylor-Gore.
Music - Cinematic Eerie by Relevance (music license from shockwave-sound.com)
Pastoral was created for a video installation for a show at Process Art House in Amarillo, Texas called "The Art of the New West". This show was a collaborative project by Process Art House and West Texas A & M University. Pastoral is not intended to be a story but rather a series of related symbolic images for the show I am also doing a series of digital photo/collages along with the images in this video for another upcoming solo show at WTAMU in January 2014 as well - flickr.com/photos/28987755@N08/sets/72157636012954703/ .
Jon Revett and Amy Von Lintel describe the “Art of the New West” show as: “The ‘Art of the New West’ is the presentation of a traditional idea in a contemporary context. Western art has many meanings. In one sense, it describes European and American art as opposed to art from other global regions. But in the American context, the notions of western art also point to ideas of manifest destiny and the westward expansion of the United States. It describes the proverbial ‘Old West’ with its quintessential cowboys, Indians, and harsh landscapes. These ideas of the west and western-ness continue to press upon artists living and working in our area, as they explore themes of space and place, time and distance, borders and gateways, networks and resources, fantasies and failures. This show seeks to capture the west as both traditional and progressive, as both past and present.”
My play on the "The Art of the New West" theme was to use my miniature sets and characters to create my own pastoral landscapes of the west with a mystic twist. The cows presented a dual role as an icon of the “Old West” and as a feminine nurturing symbol of the earth itself. The images of astronomy charts came from a book of astronomy published in the 1850's. Accidental and intentional symbols abound in the combination of images and the play of opposites: light vs. dark, earth vs. the heavens, sun vs. moon, above vs. below, east vs. west, sunrise vs. sunset, etc. There are also references in many of the astronomy charts to directional movements of sunlight, stars, moons, and planets from west to east and east to west.
The layering of my miniature landscape sets and the astronomy images was done with blending modes and other effects in Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. Shot with a Canon 60D and a Tokina 100mm macro f2.8
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