I AM SCARED http://youtu.be/rCuJECdmRDE
NOTES: Produced for final Exhibition of the year in the Hokianga Art Gallery in November 2012
The narrative is around a stream of consciousness response to the negative affirmation "I am Scared".
It was projected onto a built landscape composed of cloth and rocks , the word stream rippled over the rocks as it passed from right to left.
SPIRIT, June 2012 http://youtu.be/7XkHvpDoR1
NOTES : Produced for Midyear Submission, Diploma of Applied Arts, Rawene 2012.
Will also be submitted for 21st Annual Wallace Arts Awards 2012.
Uses a combination of stop motion animation and drawing.
Metaphysics, May 2012.
NOTES: This was a mid-semester one exhibition item, while doing Diploma of Applied Arts in Rawene, Northland, New Zealand in 2012. Using stop motion animation and basic elemental substances to talk a bit about metaphysics. Because of the acoustics of the room, the audio was barely audible, but people were fascinated anyway.
ROAR WAIRUA - A video response to Shane Cotton, May 2012.
NOTES : Wairua "usually translates as 'soul' or 'spirit' " . Refer P54, "Tikanga Maori-Living by Maori Values",Hirini Moko Mead, This is a response to our Shane Cotton art history lecture for Diploma of Applied Arts in the Hokianga, Northland, NZ (2012). There has been a lot written about Cotton, my first video response was not an intellectual one !. The area Cotton traverses in his paintings, is as difficult for Europeans to negotiate as Maori, perhaps even more so as Europeans like myself are recent arrivals , I can only trace back my mothers side to my grandfather coming from Sydney in 1906 and my father on an immigrant ship from England in 1955. So here I am, not even familiar with my European or Australian heritage, on shaky ground trying to negotiate biculturalism....I feel no link with my ancestors, but grievances have been leveled at them. And wrongs will be righted somehow, this in the middle of shaky times politically themselves. So this video is trying to find a middle ground, at least open a discussion, or a light to go forward. At the very least, I hope you get a better understanding of Shane Cottons paintings. All credit to Scott Hamilton for giving me the words in his blogs to describe what I was feeling. Trying to create space around and between the views on the issues and grievances
The Father,the son and holy ghost, May 2012.
NOTES - Produced as a personal video response to Euan McLeod as part of Art History , Diploma in Applied Arts, Rawene, 2012. McLeod was a painter originally from NZ, who explores the themes of memory , and according to one of my tutors this year, "mines the father-son relationship". Well it is like that perhaps , in the case of absent fathers. Euans father died 13 years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The picture however in this , is my father, Donald Alfred Nixon, and myself aged around 6 years in happy times .My father died in December 2008. The rowing boat was highly symbolic for Eaun, a symbol of NZ and his father, also for me , as I was involved in tragic boating accident involving a rowboat, when I was 12 .The images are from Lake Dunstan in Otago, and Kohukohu in the Hokianga, Northland.And a photo of my father and myself about 1967 ?.
I_Red, April 2012.
NOTES :A response to Hoteres work for our Art theory paper.in 2012 Diploma of Applied Art. Music by Jan Garabek.View from Kohukohu looking towards Horeke and Mangugu Misson House
Cross, April 2012
NOTES :From original photos taken in 2010 , I created this video in 2012 as a video .This is a response to a art history lecture for Diploma of Applied Arts on Colin McCahon.Last year I did a painting kind of inspired by Martin Edmonds excellent book "Dark Night: Walking with McCahon".I liked the concept Edmonds used of the 14 Stations of the Cross.
Fade to Black, June 2012
NOTES :This was my submission for BVA 1st year in Dunedin School of Arts(Electronic Arts). The footage is from motorway approach to Dunedin from the south, and my personal photo library mainly from the Far North of New Zealand. FIlmed on a very low tech point and shoot, Olympus VG-140
Kauri-A Future Vision, May 2010.
Url : http://youtu.be/v6Dhazky6A8
NOTES : Completed May 2010 as part of Flaxroots Initiative Film Making evening classes in 2010.Voice over by Louisa Geddes.
Dallon August : Painter, January 2010
Url : http://youtu.be/t9XkboWQLPY
NOTES : My first video work .Completed in Summer 2009-2010 as part of Flaxroots Initiative Film Making summer school. A documentary style film looking at Dallons work in the context of his background, and the Hokianga.