Motion Art

With the advent of the NFT market, and the fact that so many NFTs utilize motion, Motion Art has moved to the forefront of the art world. There are many ways that Motion Art is being presented, everything ranging from small, compact acrylic devices to enormous museum screens. The Motion Art that I am offering is generally realized in the form of compact acrylic devices for the home, office and non-institutional spaces. If you are interested in larger works, please contact me. Broadly speaking my Motion Art is of three main subject categories: the natural universe and images that represent an idea or a combination of the two.

Pilgrim Planets
 

This work was inspired by an author who was a close friend of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis. Like Tolkein, Lewis was a great Oxford scholar. His work was focused on the medieval period. Like Tolkien, he was a great writer of science fiction fantasy. His space trilogy published in the nineteen-thirties has been a classic for nearly a century. My Motion Art work was inspired by the first novel of that trilogy entitled, Out of the Silent Planet. The premise of the book was that the planets of our solar system were actually gods with special gifts and characteristics. Only Earth was a silent planet because it had been taken over a destructive force. The trilogy is the history of how humanity has been affected by this darkness and how, eventually, the darkness is defeated.

I wanted to create a colourful, positive image, however, so I imagined what the solar system would be like if some of the planets left their fixed orbits and became pilgrims in the universe, in search of ways to improve the lives of all sentient beings.  The music is original but owes much of it's character to baroque trumpet concertos by Vivaldi and others.

The Collision of Iapetus

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Spring and Fall

This is a meditative piece that was inspired by a poem by the great 19th century Oxford poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins. I have "borrowed" my title from that poem as well. Below is the full text of the poem. I enjoy this piece most when I turn up the sound of rain hitting the leaves.

Spring and Fall 

 

to a young child

 

Márgarét, áre you gríeving

Over Goldengrove unleaving?

Leáves like the things of man, you

With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?

Ah! ás the heart grows older

It will come to such sights colder

By and by, nor spare a sigh

Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;

And yet you wíll weep and know why.

Now no matter, child, the name:

Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same.

Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed

What heart heard of, ghost guessed:

It ís the blight man was born for,

It is Margaret you mourn for.

Radiance

Inspired by images from the Hubble Telescope and my own short stories. Best viewed in full screen. I originally visualized this as a very large piece in a public building lobby, but instead its first application will be as the animated cover of an NFT book of my short stories.

21st Century Firebird
 

This Motion Art work was inspired by the Firebird myth which appears repeatedly in Slavic folk/fairy tales. I thought it would be interesting to update the mythic image to the 21st Century. That is also the reason for the original music I wrote that attempts to recall some of the composers of the region like Smetana,  a Czech composer who pioneered the development of a musical style that became closely identified with his country's aspirations to independent statehood. He has been regarded in his homeland as the father of Czech music. This is not to say that my little musical snippet is in the same category as the music of this world class composer.

Space Sky Meditation