Tuesday, June 19, 2012

clean/UNCLEAN


I made a piece of video art. I'm not sure why, I just felt compelled. I mean, it's not like I don't have a million other projects on the go. I have scripts I'm working on, books I'm writing, films I'm making, comics I'm drawing, sketchbooks I want to fill. Not sure it makes sense to take time away from all of those, things that need finishing, and do something else. But I think art isn't primarily about doing what makes sense. (My son is in a philosophy class, and the teacher asked them 'What is art?' which is of course one of those age-old philosophical debates to which there is no one correct answer that satisfies everyone. So he and I have had a few interesting chats about the topic, which has kept it at the top of my mind.)

So in the middle of my life, which in addition to other projects, has a large and busy family, I stopped what I was doing and made this video. I wasn't really sure what the final product was going to be when I started. I didn't write a script or draw a storyboard, and I didn't pitch the idea to anyone. I just had a grain of an idea and then followed wherever it led me.