I Control Nothing

The body becomes a brush to paint gestural forms suspended in time

2013 April

Every frame captured with a camera has an implicit indication of time. It is a temporal memory of light at an instant and the frame makes visible a subjective representation of that instant. Precisely 36,500 frames are merged to form singular images using a computer program authored by the artist. The program preserves the brightest portions within every exposure. What then becomes visible in the finished image is a sculptural representation of the motion of the performer separated from the dimension of time. The motion involves part choreographed, part improvised attempts at tracing traditional brush script-letterforms using the human body while it interacts with a narrow field of light. The intersections of the body with the light becomes the brush with which to paint organic sculptural forms into the memory of the camera.