Oct 13, 2010

Split Wash 2: Jaguar XJ8

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.


Angry Charlie said...

Nicely done! I like the music and the old film effect you added. The other one was creepy but this one is far more creepy.

You've created very interesting tones with each of these edits. Seeing these though, I wonder more and more what a stylized Luke Fandrich music video would look like.

Editing Luke said...

Ya there could certainly be a lot of variation in a music video that I might do. The style would obviously depend on a lot of things though.

Short mini-projects like this though let me play around to try things out that I wouldn't necessarily get to do in larger projects.

Stephanie Janke said...

It's the "up to your own interpretation" part that is the beauty of modern art. The process of viewing and understanding the artistic expression transforms art into something engaging as a viewer. In a lot of ways abstraction is what makes art real - more true than a lifelike representation.

T.R. said...

This reminds me of really early film history where people filmed simple acts to see how it looked. You have to wonder in 50 years how footage like this will seem even more stylized and dated. I love all the unique stuff you post, keep it up!