⇒ My three years of investigations into the texture and topography of cinema inevitably led me back to the work of Len Lye. It was his 1935 work, "A Colour Box" which inspired my interest in experimental filmmaking. The works above present his 1939 short, "Swinging the Lambeth Walk" and his 1937 short, "Trade Tattoo" as spiraling trains of the multiple frames, which reveal the colorful texture of the film itself. His work with hand painting directly onto the film surface in rhythm to synchronous sound creates patterns of color and contrast and often reconstruct the long brushstrokes that he used to create visual representations of sounds.
⇒ Another pioneer in the art of hand painting onto the film surface is Norman McLaren. In the work above, excerpts from his 1935 film, "A Phantasy in Color" spiral out from the center and reveal his original markings on the film surface. The Vinyl Series uses digital transformations to present these films in their pseudo-physical states, in a roll, while mimicking the feel of a vinyl record.