City Lights and Rural Colors Artist Talk at The Oak Room by DeepWood

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Artist-Talk-Graphic

On Thursday Feb 20th, I was able to give a 90 minute discussion about my recent video landscape series City Lights and Rural Colors. Highlighting inspiration from filmmakers such as my wife Nicolette Swift,as well as Tony Conrad, Michael Snow and many others, a discussion of the work lead to larger questions about the state of experimental cinema and the juggling act of audience engagement, critical meaning making, and cinematic experimentation that artist in this medium must face. To see a sampling of this series visit the series on vimeo.

New Video Piece from Summer 2013, City Lights – Columbus

City Lights is a series of experimental poetic short films documents a city using a single tracking shot that is then compiled as a kaleidoscope of lights providing a new life and dancing quality to the stop and go of night life. The lights of the city are accompanied and timed to music creating a sensual experience of sight and sound that lets the viewer’s eyes and ears work in tandem to create unique engagements with the beats of the music and lights on the screen that embody those bets differently with each viewing.

A Few Stills from the video.

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City Lights Columbus Still 1

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City Lights Columbus Still 4

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City Lights Columbus Still 7

New photo and mixed media media work on display at CS Gallery

As part of the CS Gallery, in Columbus Ohio, December Holiday show, I am displaying two different styles of work. First is a set of photographs called Rural Nights 1-7. The photographs highlight the stillness of the night through long wide angle exposures containing farm equipment and a display of the moon and stars.

Rural Nights 1-7 at CS Gallery

Rural Nights 1-7 at CS Gallery

Second, is a new mixed media piece that stems from my work with discarded electronic components. This piece Terra Prima is a mix components from a plethora of electronic sources, mounted to wood, and covered in glossy white to give it a uniform almost relief sculpture feel.

Matt Swift and Terra Prima at CS Gallery

Matt Swift and Terra Prima at CS Gallery

Autumn Invocation: Samuel Hoar, Tiffany’s Collections, Sun Thief featuring Matt Swift

Second annual outdoor celebration of autumn through musical performance and visual arts. We will be performing in the courtyard of the historic Milo Arts building on E Third Ave.

Music:
Samuel Hoar, digital detritus, alienated glitch:

Tiffany’s Collections, cinematic minimalist ambiance from your favorite designer jewelers:

http://www.tiffany.com/?siteid=1

Sun Thief: shamanic drone, industrial rhythm, deconstructed hip hop, ethereal vocals

http://sunthief.bandcamp.com/

Video:
Matt Swift – Program Coordinator at Ohio State University/ Film Studies Program and Digital Media Specialist at Nicolettecinemagraphics — cinematic collage textures “City Lights” and “Rural Colors”

Please contact Adam Wetterhan if you or someone you know might be interested in displaying visual art of some kind relevant to theme!

Video Highlights from COMFEST 2013

For the last 4 years I have been volunteering with the archives at the Columbus, Ohio Community Festival (COMFEST). Comfest has always been an avid documentary force when it comes to keeping track of the events and happenings at the festival. Every year they set up a display of past t-shirts, mugs, maps, binders with communications on how the festival began and video displays of past years documentary efforts. This year not only did I help put together a screening event for local filmmakers, Best of the Columbus Moving Image Art Review from 5-6PM each evening but I also spent 7-8 hours each day capturing videos and photos of various events. Below is a playlist of a few of the highlights I was fortunate enough to take part in.

Instragram photo of Installation at CS Gallery’s “A Scape”show.

In May 2013 I had the opportunity to show a few of my City Light pieces along with some of my wife’s, Nicolette Swift, City Walks pieces as part of CS Gallery’s A Scape show. We were pretty happy about the new installation include 42 inch LCD TV, BluRay player, and Headphones. The best part is that our set up allowed for the TV to play the sound at a moderate level while also letting people use the headphones to have a more immersive experience.

Video Installation at CS Gallery Pic

Video Installation at CS Gallery

Stills from City Lights Columbus

Stills from my newest piece City Lights Columbus. It will be showing this summer at both CMIAR 15, Comfest, and hopefully the Ohio State fair Fine arts Exhibition.

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City Lights Columbus Still 1

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City Lights Columbus Still 7

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City Lights Columbus Still 6

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City Lights Columbus Still 5

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