I scalped the title of this post – clearly I am not to be blamed. It sounds simultaneously like a sexual come-on and a euphemism for a frontal lobotomy. How often do you find that?
Speaking of video artists (who doesn’t?), it’s time for a SHOUT OUT to digital media artist Faisal Anwar whose sensational work graces the ShinyArt website right now. An interview is definitely in order for the near future, but for now, I wanted to highlight the kind of narrative pieces that Anwar has contributed to the site.
Timely in an eerily kind of way is Black Water [NO LONGER AVAILABLE ON SHINYART] – a breathing, pulsating mass of blackness that flashes in and out like an eyeball and blinks back at the viewer in confrontation and incredulity. Watching this conjures images of the Gulf of Mexico right now…heavy under its oily coating.
In Clifton to Sadder and Walking Spirits [AVAILABILITY OF BOTH WORKS HAS UNFORTUNATELY EXPIRED ON SHINYART], Anwar presents physical and emotional contradictions from the diaspora. What happens when “home” becomes a place of anxiety and perceived danger and when the diaspora reveals its own coldness? Displacement is almost overcome by the eye of the video camera – it provides a space for individual re-placement and self-perception within a state of limbo.
Anwar’s work features complex yet accessible commentary on art and technology, human perceptions of architectural space, surveillance and social interactivity in modern urban cultures.
…check it out and be duly impressed…..ENERVATE YOUR VISCERA