STREAMING FILM: The Dying Alchemist: Creating Box Sculpture
THE DYING ALCHEMIST: Creating Box Sculpture (1994)
Video, 22.5 minutes, original music soundtrack
During the winter of 1994 I was invited to do a residency at a Connecticut high school, where I would work closely for a week with a small group of students with behavioral difficulties who were showing keen interest in visual art.
In order to illustrate to the students the way in which I make my own work, I filmed myself (with a massive VHS camcorder and a tripod) creating a small box artwork in my basement studio in Westport, Connecticut.
I had been making these found-object pieces for six years by that stage, and this was the studio where it all began.
It was a thrilling week of coaxing these kids from their everyday troubles into a nurturing creative space. The film was well-received by the students, and I showed it several times to subsequent student groups.
One thing I hadn't considered at the time was the importance of documenting my working method for myself.
'THE DYING ALCHEMIST' (originally titled "Creating Box Sculpture - or Art-While-U-Wait") becomes a window into the early days of my creative work with 3D materials.
This film thus served as a subconscious blueprint when, nine years later, my partner Irena and I filmed 'WITHIN AND WITHOUT'.
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