Liquid Motion Textures (work samples 1999-2013)
“Contemplation of water is one of the oldest forms of meditation”
Water in all its ephemeral aggregates has always been in the center of my artistic focus and fascination. Water has been my main inspiration for focussing on video art, living in San Francisco close to the beach for several years, experiencing the relentless raw forces of the Pacific ocean. Being mesmerized by the infinite formal variety of this fleeting element depending on wind, light, tide and season I developed the urge to capture in detail the infinitely regenerated yet volatile beauty of it.
For over 12 years I have been video capturing hundreds of different water phenomena all over the globe, always exploring new water occurences in its natural surroundings- water as ocean waves, waterfalls, lakes, rivers, creeks, puddles, surf, rain, drops trickling from a melting icicle wet leaf.
By adjusting/reprogramming a few basic parameters of the various water video material, I pursue to reveal its endless repertoire of abstract visual data.
The common perception of water is connected to the horizontal plane and a linear motion. By turning the water footage into the vertical plane, making it move in or out from a middle axis symmetrically instead of in just one direction, the brain stops categorizing the optical signals as the natural phenomena of water - as river, surf, waterfall, that we all have seen a thousand times.
Without relating it to any of these concrete aspects of our visual knowledge of the world, we can perceive the live creation of pure dynamic visuality at its best.