Black on Black

This is part of an ongoing series of experiments that use variations in black materials to create abstract imagery. In this example an abstract video was created by filtering a solid black image through various video compression codexes, which caused the artifacts and distortions that are seen as changing shapes of color. The project also includes a number of drawings using black materials that are based on the patterns that emerge from low quality video. I started working with these ideas while I was living and working in Italy; I was struck by the frustrating cliché of the Italian environment providing a “beautiful” backdrop for artistic creation. In my experience the light and aesthetic of Rome was a caustic distraction, an inconvenient drain on my senses that provided no inspiration, but rather a distinct desire to block it out. I decided to work with all-black composition as a type of antithesis to the corrupt expectation of the Roman studio.