Fastest hair combing ever!

It often seems as though my life-management strategy is to put everything on a rotating cycle of neglect. I’ve been focused on some other work for a bit, but am now back to the wall at YYZ. These new animations are slightly more awkward than the first two of Gen.  I should be adding them to the wall this week or next.

Last week I had a really great chat with Leah Sandals about Unspent Love. There’s a sweet little blurb about it now on my favourite art blog (hers!). Thanks Leah!

Sometimes play can lead to exciting, accidental discoveries. For another project, I have been researching and thinking a lot about puppets. Some potential crossover is suggested by these moments of hilarity.

Clean up at Open Studio was as fun as installing the work. I salvaged most of the heads of each drawing to paste up around town.

Unspent Love at Open Studio, Toronto. November 4-27, 2010

A curious and vaguely unsettling similarity in my paste and my lunch. Miso soup is forever transformed. G-ross.

Detail from the first animation. If you stop by YYZ, feel the thickness of paper around the neckline. Very satisfying. Multiple, off-registered hair is also a nice element.

Okay! Here’s a first, lo-fi attempt at animating the wall at YYZ. (If you don’t see an animation in the image above, try clicking on it. It should open in another window and move)

In person, this looks really neat. There’s a nice density of paper built up already after only 10 layers of images pasted on top of one another. As I add more and more imagery and expand the animated area, I am hoping the wall will start to look and feel like a topographic map. The idea of telling stories this way is pretty exciting. Eventually, the action will move across the wall and new stories and characters will develop.

I am really pleased with the transparency that occurs before the layers of paper dry so that what you see are multiple instances of Gen showing through each other.

The biggest problem for me to solve is how to light the area. It is a pretty narrow corridor, so I have to photograph the wall at an angle. Today I just used whatever cheap flood lights I could find and rigged them up to a ladder. Is anyone an expert at lighting? Does anyone in Toronto have more professional grade lights I could borrow to experiment with? Email me on shannon AT shannongerard DOT org if you have any tips. I’m learning so many new things on this project.