A few weeks back, I was contacted by another gallery that represents me in Oklahoma to see if I could put together a film showing me at work in my studio along with some of my work and a bit of dialogue describing my work. They were in the process of upgrading their website to put more information about their artists in the hands of their collectors, to give them a better idea of what was behind the work. Like many galleries around the country who have been affected by the ongoing recession, they were trying to make themselves more helpful and responsive to their clients.
At first, I wasn’t too keen on the prospect of doing this. I’m a painter, not a filmmaker. Besides, I’ve always been a little self-conscious about painting in front of others. But I knew this might prove helpful to this and other galleries, so I jumped in.
The hardest part was deciding what I wanted to say in the film without it becoming too wordy, too filled with artspeak. I wanted to keep it simple and let the paintings do the talking with as little narration as possible.
Using some pretty basic film editing software, I was able to put together a fairly simple film. Like many things, I think it works on some level because I did keep it pretty simple, without too many goofy effects. I used the music of one of my favorite musicians, acoustic guitarist Martin Simpson, as a background to the narration and feel that it adds a lot to the feel of the film.
Anyway, here’s my film that I call Finding Home…
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———Posted by GC Myers