Fragments of memory get put back together like stills from a dream. To borrow an idea from the film Inception, "you never really remember the beginning of a dream do you? You always wind up right in the middle of what's going on." That middle ground is where I find myself in the studio. If I called my work "fantastical" then this would be an accurate description of how I come to terms with the landscape of reality and dreams.
Vivid colors have been eliminated from my palette to simulate a dream state. Color has an inherent pleasing quality that would interfere with the starkness of my imagery. My video projects fuse the link between the act of drawing and moving images. One of my current projects, in the blink of an eye and (link at bottom), is an experimental film that incorporates both animation and live action footage. Most of my video footage is shot in dark and murky conditions giving it a grainy quality that is similar to my drawings. The film is intended to simulate lucid dream states that reveal aspects of how our memory operates.
The other current video project is accumulation and dispersal(link at bottom). This short piece expands the definition of drawing as not just a series of marks on paper, but as an act of participation. This video highlights the process of making a drawing through visual and audio input. Traditional materials such as charcoal, ink, and paper have been used in a timeline, thus making the drawing real when the viewer hits the "play" button and is part of the performance. I find this similar to painters who need an audience to finish their work in an optical way. Putting colors and brushstrokes together to form an image. Your eyes become the "play" button. The audio was made from recording charcoal moving back and forth on the surface of paper and then erasing those marks, creating a cacophony of frenetic energy.
https://vimeo.com/49057791 in the blink of an eye https://vimeo.com/52091738 accumulation and dispersal
Artist Bio / CV
Brian O'Malley is a Providence, Rhode Island based artist. He has been showing his work in the Northeast since the late 90's in various group shows. He is currently on the staff at the University of Rhode Island as an adjunct faculty member and is represented in Providence by Gallery Z. Brian has participated in many artist residencies, most recently at Weir Farm National Trust in 2009 and the Ragdale Foundation in 2012. Brian received an MFA from the university of Miami in 1999 in painting and has recently fused digital animation and sound into his traditional processes.