Video: An animated sequence of 64 unique still images (studies for large scale paintings), each shown for 0.1 second, with the sequence repeated to fill 3 minute run time (minus opening and closing titles). Soundtrack: electronically manipulated recording of rain. See a sampling of 16 of the still image painting studies at: http://www.behance.net/gallery/Painted-Attenuation-(Signal-Loss-2)-Video-and-Studies/11576935
The image in this animation is the somewhat narcotic essence of television with the dark and light areas alternatively pulling the viewer's attention. It was important to me for the sound to be a bit softer than the hiss of a TV... rain proved to be a close enough sound, and it had a preferable organic audio quality that coincidentally (and poetically) also matched the visuals. Like much of my work, I am seeking to metaphorically describe what I perceive as aspects of the human condition... the need for numbing escape, the error at the core of humanities' identity and paradoxical tendency for turning the banal into an icon.
Our burgeoning dependance on machine created perfection and instant digital communication is the starting point for Wayne Edson Bryan’s evocative compositions that explore our complex relationship with human fallibility and the arcane.
Favoring common office supplies over traditional fine arts materials, Bryan uses cut and pasted copier paper, ball point pens and self-adhesive vinyl letters to construct horror vacui collages reminiscent of the electronic glitch and signal loss static we occasionally experience, inadvertently create and wish to evolve beyond. The black and white images sourced from the internet that he painstakingly trims into strips and glues into patterns are created by or associated with computers as well as nano-technology, satellite imaging, physics, chemistry and molecular biology. By rendering depictions of technological error by hand, their human origin and attributes are amplified and become more endearing. Another result of Bryan’s manual manipulation is that the present day time frame visually communicated by the high-tech source material reverts to the appearance of being rooted in a steampunk-like past.
Just as meaning is implied by the use of letters and symbols but denied by their random arrangement, Bryan denies public access to his original physical artwork. Instead, the handmade works are exhibited exclusively in digital form on the internet. For the artist, the ascendence of the imitations of things, of our easy forgiveness of desirable data being dispensed through globalization’s filters means we’re indifferent to being denied the real.
By transforming virtual information with the realness of the hand’s lack of precision and a metaphorical glitch-like error and then returning it to its simulated form, Bryan examines the boundary between realness and electronic distortion.
Eruptus metaphorically deals with the concept of strength through vulnerability. While the audio first sounds complex, the cacophony potentially becomes coarsely textured minimalism with time. The contrasting visual, stripped to the fewest elements, hopefully does the opposite as one invests time and notices the color flares and patterns within the repetition. I believe that simplicity is not only a visual or an aesthetic value, but it has a moral perception that looks into the nature of truth and reveals the inner qualities of materials and objects for the essence. The waterfall-like television visual, having both organic and electronic qualities, is intended to be a representation of the commonality between our sometimes banal lives online and in the real world. A drop of water leaves barely a mark just as a single banality barely leaves an impression on our consciousness, but the flow of tons of water can move mountains and the masses preference for the cliché can reshape cultures.
Error, as analogically characterized in this work as Signal Loss, defines us and is what makes imperfect human beings preferable to the fictitious myth of perfection. I believe that accepting error as a strength and not a weakness gives each of us the ability to be vulnerable and create original concepts instead of staying in our comfort zones and putting out more of the safe and commonplace imagery that dominates our culture.