Incident at the Brick Yard [Video study]

Low definition & no audio composition of videos and stills of a train in front of the Brick Yards here in Hamilton, Ontario. Some of these are auto-treated by Google+ and this gave me the idea for this experiment. I like it. I think I’ll keep messing around with the multiple split screen work – especially since I _finally_ figured out how to do this in Premiere! I may re-do this one in high def if I get an opportunity to show it somewhere.

Landscape of Resistance [VIDEO]

I can’t believe what I am watching through live feeds of the protest in Kyiv, Ukraine. I have been monitoring through different raw video broadcasts, both corporate news and individuals, and find there as many questions about what I am looking at there was questions about what is being reported.

I took screenshots of a stable view at about “helicopter” distance and created a slideshow. It is fantastic, horrific, compelling to watch these lights, flames, explosions and smudges of smoke. It is a study of the cityscape away from the details of the persons involved but I think gives a valuable perspective on the sheer magnitude of the events there.

This was during the announced truce, just before sunrise in Kyiv.

_landsc_APE_: 2012 text work

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_landsc_APE #3 2012, pastel and charcoal on Arches rag paper 30″ x 40″

Visited the Art Gallery of Hamilton today and it’s always worth it.  There’s usually a good selection of text work too, and this time I saw “not wanting to say anything about art”, a multiple plexiglass pane square object with eroded text by John Cage that was very inspiring.

I know that is a confusing description and I wish was allowed to take a photo of it – unfortunately the AGH seems to be one of those places that doesn’t yet put much credence in art bloggers despite my efforts here over the last few years. They don’t send me press releases or media preview invites so I don’t cover their exhibits (yes, I did ask but never heard back. Oh the humiliation).

But it has motivated me to post one of my text works from my new series “_landsc_APE_” – you can see another one here.  I have lots of stencils and vinyl lettering and big stack of rag paper waiting to be worked on, and look forward to completing this series (hopefully) after my shoulder surgery. Hope you enjoy.

p.s. Posting about another current event to lead a relevant online audience to your own content is a type of digital marketing called “Newsjacking”. For example, people searching for the “Play” Exhibit at the AGH in Hamilton, Ontario and with an interest in text art might find a link to this post in Google’s organic search results.  I’ve newsjacked that large and well funded endeavour to capture some relevant eyeballs. I’ll post a couple of more examples of this SEO method for artists soon.

[Video + Podcast #8] Christopher Healey interviewed about exhibit Mexico ii, by Hamilton Artists Inc.

You listen to the Audio Only Podcast or watch the video below:

Raw audio + finished video  from a 20 minute interview on June 29th, 2013 of Christopher Healey. Conducted by Hamilton Artists Inc’s Curatorial Assistant Caitlin Sutherland, and Gallery Assistant Samantha Roketta, about my exhibit Mexico ii featuring paintings by my mother Beverly Healey and digital collages by me.

I’m the first artist for this video interview series for the Inc, and was glad to help out this way. I really appreciated being able to articulate more of about the show and the process, and yet still feel like I forgot to mention a couple of key points – of course. That is, essentially, my work is about death and the “thinness” of our existence – which is one of the reasons I used the sunlight and the materials I did, such as the skull and white plastic. My Mom’s oil painting portrait work is about life, and the richness of an individual’s character and immortalizing it.

More information at my original post about the show here: https://chrishealey.me/2013/05/26/mexico-ii-an-exhibit-of-paintings-digital-collages/

One of great things I enjoy about the culture of the Inc is involvement with some young graffiti artists – one in particular has been very involved. He got very excited telling me about the impression my Mom’s work made on him during the member’s exhibit “Oh my god it was so good – no offence, but it was the best work in the gallery… it’s like a 17th century painting by on old master… no one else came close to it – no offence to your work or anything – it was totally sick. If she gave me her one of her paintings, I would walk out of the gallery and never do graffiti art again.. I’m serious!..”

This was awesome feedback for my Mom 🙂 Especially since we live in an age where street artists usually end up as the new art stars.

I’ll update this post when the video is available. In the meantime, enjoy the pictures of the exhibit below:

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Christopher Healey & Beverly Healey – photo by Joanna St. Jacques

Mountain Path

Mountain Path

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Breakfast with James [warning: art video]

My son and I fooled around with his new Windows phone and the “Symphony” photo app. This capture technology is a trend right now across many mobile platforms of producing a sort of half-photo, half-video looping clips. We ended up making a rather creepy series of carving and eating a mango.

I enjoyed the stresses and pushing, pulling of animating parts of the picture and leaving others static. Unfortunately, like most of Microsoft’s approach to apps, my control of the process is limited and the process plays out like a meek multiple choice that seemed more like a bad focus group result than a robust tool. Also, there was no way to export the result as a stand alone movie which is a troubling trend – these social app platforms are determined to keep the user and their content inside a “walled garden”. They want you to purchase their software to view your friends content.

So I filmed the sequences playing on the Windows Phone screen with my iPhone 4s and put it together with iMovie 🙂 I like the degradated and shaky quality of this process and the audio I accidentally captured transferring the footage in this manner.

Update: my son has the original footage for the project, so it may appear again in a different presentation and in more pristine quality. I’d like to show them all in chronological order and simultaneously, both in a space and on a web page.