Stills are aligned with the keystone system. In this way, they are representative of experiences and our choice and influences over each.
The Keystone series is a photographic body of work, utilizing imagery from a hand-crank moviegraph projector. The projector illustrates how we fundamentally create our realities in physicality. Like a film strip, we jump from frame to frame. In quantum terms, these frames represent parallel realities. Each exists as motionless perceptions of states of energy. Motion is then experienced by infinite jumps between parallel realities much like how the film strip projects the illusion of motion video when the crank is spun. In this way, each experience is a meeting point of the paradox between motion and still.
'I From Myself (Donald Untitled)', oil on canvas
For me, this piece is about what some refer to as ‘ego’ or ‘negative ego’. It’s the part within most of us that limits our potential. The part that judges and allows judgment to eventually influence all of our decisions. It gives up the limitless potential within all of us, individually and collectively, for what we’ve been conditioned to believe ‘reality’ actually is. And some how we feel we are happy within these boundaries, because we know no other way. This idea confronts the viewer of this piece. By fleshing this out, I hope the viewer realizes they do have this choice to unbound their own choices- to not assume an event has to go a certain way or that a certain path must be taken to achieve what they’d like.
Donald is a character that embodies the idea of our actions as a collective for quite some time. Over and over he gets himself into situations with his nephews that quickly escalates to aggravation. The question I would ask is why he keeps having them over? Why does he not try to react differently to this situations and see where this may lead? We all have an infinite amount of choices of how to react to our own situations. Regardless of how they may look externally, we have control over our interaction with them internally. However, many keep the naive smile Donald has, thinking this is happiness, thinking they must sacrifice or compromise, because that’s how they’ve been taught love is achieved, what happiness is received. They march with the rest in this conditioned state, not thinking that just as there is a choice to march, there is also a choice to leave the line. For me, happiness, love, joy, is leaving that line. It does not have the condition of uniforms, the condition of how you must act or react. Reality waits for you to make that choice internally, to react how you would like to, to any situation. And then reality gladly opens its pasture for you. The same field you had marched down obligingly before in single-file becomes a fertile pasture of opportunity- all when you realize you do have a choice.