This is a 1-minute cycle of 6 animations created for a video installation titled Rheumers.
The top of the structure is aged wood siding into which holes were drilled for 6 peepholes. The peepholes are nickel plated door viewers with rubber rings, which sit on the wood structure to prevent the viewers from sliding further into the wood top. The base of the structure is painted wood, with wood edging to sit on top of a flat screen monitor. Under the base a blue-ray DVD player and small fan (pointing upright toward the TV) are affixed with plastic ties. The entire top base is set on 4 black cast iron 1” pipes with cross beams, T fittings and elbows (found in the plumbing section of a hardware store). Strategic sections on these cross beams were padded with iron pipe insulation so that the TV could be placed on the beams. The 4 pipes were threaded into 4 flange bases. Looping animations are compiled onto a 1920x1080 pixel grid with masks and edge blurs. This is output as one 1-minute video loop with sound at HD resolution (1920x1080) and transferred to a blue ray DVD for maximum image resolution.
Imagery Inspiration: During fall of 2008 I viewed a presentation by apiarist Dennis van Engelsdorp relating to the mass evacuation of bees (honey bees primarily, but also the lowly bumblebee) while simultaneously reading James Tate’s surreal poem “Head of a White Woman Winking”, the first two lines of which read: “She has one good bumblebee, Which she leads about town…” James Tate’s poetry extracts snippets from current events, manipulating these found words into surreal narratives. At the time I was creating this piece in July/August 2009, my brother-in-law unexpectedly died from heart failure and I was consumed by thoughts of mortality while listening obsessively to Bernard Hermann’s score for the original The Day the Earth Stood Still.