Oct 13, 2010
Split Wash 2: Jaguar
Nostalgia seems to be a great motivator. When going to clean my car a couple weeks ago I decided to bring along my camera simply for the sake of capturing something similar to what I had with my 1989 Buick. From that footage I created Split Wash, a short experimental video using a split screen to divide the recording in to two separate points and layer them together.
What I've done here is of exactly the same principal, except this time the image has been roughed up a bit more and repetition has been applied to the bottom layer. While the validity of these types of video as art can be debated, I've always had a fascination with the subtleties of editing and how it can force us to look at things in ways out of the ordinary. I often attribute this to painting. Like how an artist will create something that is as much about recognizing the paint on the canvas as it is about the art itself.
My goal isn't really to make this seem like more than it is, but in washing my Jaguar (just like I did with my Buick) I've captured a moment and presented it somewhat out of context to make the video and edit the subject. I find something visceral and tangible about working this way. In a little over two years the first version of Split Wash is now a little piece of my history; not quite a homevideo, not quite a complete project.