I haven’t shot any art videos lately (although I will be buying the Canon M mirrorless camera that was just announced), but my collage work is flourishing. In the three months that I do collages now, I got better results, artistic maturation, and public recognition than I had in the 5 years that I did videos. I feel like I have a real shot in the specific sub-genre of collage: the highly narrative type that is, where the artwork feels like a still frame of a longer, surreal B-movie. If all I’m supposed to get is a single frame out of all my sci-fi movie ideas, it’s still better than no realization of them at all. I’ll leave the rest of the plot to the viewer’s imagination.
I’ve made 75 collages so far, of which 32 of them are commercial, but they’re all under the various Creative Commons licenses, and their high-res versions can be found on FlickR. I personally consider about 25 of these works to be “good enough”. For the rest, I’d prefer it if they didn’t exist at all. Most of the stuff I do lately are vastly better than the ones I did in the beginning, although my four John Maus collages I did early in the process are still among my best. I think that the guy inspires me so much that even when I didn’t know what I was doing back then, the collages of him were still coming out pretty nice.
Still, I have a long way ahead before I become as good as Cur3es (if ever).
According to my viewers though, “Time Out” seems to be their favorite. As I wrote before, I don’t like this artwork much, or a few others that I made that look like it (with a big round ball in the middle of the frame, that is). It looks “wow, nice”, but it doesn’t propel art in any new direction, it feels like a cheap-shot to me. Regardless, this got 3500 “notes” on TumblR. Still zero sales though.
Sometimes I try to imagine who would buy this type of witty, “lo-fi” artwork, and apart from myself, I don’t know of anyone who would like such art prints hanged on their wall. I know that hipsters and psychedelic art lovers would probably dig them, but I personally have no one in my social circle that fits that bill. I’m guessing that most of our friends are probably rolling their eyes looking at my collages, finding them cheesy or just plain weird. My husband, who understands my eccentric ways better than anyone, sees “me” in them though, he says that they’re definitely “me”. So that’s probably a good thing…
On the video side of things, getting involved with collage has helped me see visual arts with a different eye, so whatever video I might do in the future, it will be much different (and more weird) than anything I’ve done so far.