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Val Nelson at Bau-xi Gallery

I went to Bau-xi gallery recently and saw the massive oil on wood paintings done by Val Nelson who was present at the gallery. My first glance sort of shrugged off her work as just another modern impressionist painter, but as I look closer and made connections in her work I found it to be quite brilliant. Her paintings fuse the indoors with the outdoors, nature with manmade, new juxtaposed against the classic. Very much like drawings, the paintings have an unfinished look to them, but at the same time there are probably already several layers of paint over that spot. Really great work, I’d recommend it to anyone! Right across from the AGO on Dundas.

Jonathan Hooper

The Caged Bird: Jonathan’s Electronics Project

My original idea was a red canary perched within a rib cage, singing and moving. I had decided to go with making a wire-frame sculpture because I figured it would add great effect, but through experimenting, the wire was really difficult to work with and nothing went as planned. I wanted it to be originally life sized, but in the time I had and materials, it would have been near impossible. I drew up a design to make a wire-form bird that would idly breathe in and out, and I wanted to incorporate some sort of bird song through the use of speakers, but I found out that solder and an iron are pretty limiting for things other than circuits and didn’t have the means to make me exacting original plans. I incorporated a bunch of lights at different amperages and some fancy wire forming to create this sculpture. I’m fairly happy with how it turned out, however I’ve been revisiting this idea for a while and I don’t feel like I’m going to be happy with it until I have an actual ribcage and red canary installed somewhere. Here’s a link to the photo, wordpress won’t allow me to upload as always.

Jonathan Hooper

Jonathan’s Video Assignment

This video project has been pretty interesting for me. I couldn’t think of an idea, making an image is one thing, but a video is another, so I struggled with this for a while. It wasn’t until this week through calling home to old friends and some thinking outside the box that I came up with an idea. And then my idea rippled into my entire video, structured out, so that I could go home this past weekend and simply shoot what I needed. My friend, Halle Mead, was thrilled to star in my short stop motion film, also featuring her two twin girls, Armandy and Ryland, both a year old. I originally had talked about working with figures emerging out of light, like the tennebrism of Gentilleschi or Vermeer, but through a little trial and error, it would have been super hard to get the light I needed. To still achieve a similar but less dramatic contrast, I shot the video at dusk on a Nikon D700 with a 50mm f1.8. While the photos don’t look like they came out of a D700, take into account I was shooting JPEG basic small to achieve long bursts (like 100+) while shooting at 5fps, and high ISO (like 6400ish) with no flash , because the batteries could never hold up at 5fps. Shot everything, then processed it in iMovie, added music, transitions, worked out the stop motion, etc. I’m really pleased with the video. The accompanying music is Cat Power’s I Found a Reason and I think it really adds to the message I was trying to send. I won’t tell you what it is because you shouldn’t look for my intentions, so make your own interpretations! 🙂

I hope you like it, it can be found here.

Jonathan Hooper

HTML assignment

This is my first time ever seeing any of this HTML stuff, so it’s been challenging to say the least. I can’t imagine the codes for a complex website and the amount of hours spent to create them. I’ve been trying to upload a screenshot, but again WordPress won’t allow me to upload for some reason. To thwart this, you can see a screenshot here, as I’ve uploaded it to the webspace to avoid having to put it on my flickr, which is also linked on my webpage. This is something I would like to get good at, but I’d rather stick to my art!

check er out here

Jonathan Hooper

Hi, my name is Jonathan.

I’m a first year art student from Woodstock, Ontario. Fresh out of high school in a small town to a wicked art school in Toronto has been quite the change, but I love it here. I do a lot of digital and black and white photography, but I also like to dabble in sculpture, printmaking and painting. The pesky wordpress program isn’t letting me upload a photo, so if you really care, here’s one. If you’re interested to check out some of my work, it can be found on my flickr. I’ve got a little place on McCaul, so I can often be found wandering around the area aimlessly. I can’t wait for a bunch of cool art to get underway, I can’t wait to start making new things with everybody, it’s going to be great!

jonathan hooper