'Fleeting' - Graham Patterson

This is artist Graham Patterson's statement about his new commission for dot to dot active arts entitled Fleeting:

This commission is a direct result of a workshop held in Blyth during the AGL project. Participants 're-mixed' an archive of 35mm slides and 8mm cine-film using hole punches and scissors to create multilayered compositions. Some of the images were hand coloured with marker pens, others were bleached or etched into to remove layers of the emulsion from the transparencies - magenta to cyan to clear... The slide archive consisted of religious iconography 'HolyViews' along with slides from a series entitled 'The history of British Painting'. These images have been superimposed with images of the harbour, sea and sky above Blyth.
The commissioned work utilises several transparencies featuring the imposing warehouse close to the harbour. The cladded facade resembles a giant piece of geometric abstract painting; which somehow seems to blend into the landscape, whilst simultaneously blocking the view. The transparencies are diffused and refracted with the use of prism filters which multiply, refract and rotate the projected image. The projected imagery mirrors the elements; fluctuating horizons, tidal movement, sunlight glinting on the sea. The prism is an integral component of mechanised lighthouses which facilitated the safe passage of vessels at sea entering the harbour.
The transparencies are projected from both sides onto a single sheet of suspended tracing paper, which enables the images to be viewed on both sides. Associations and compositions are formed through the constant flow of imagery; mixing the archive and documentary imagery together. Fleeting 'sensations', caused by the multiple imagery which appears then disappears, replaced by images chosen at random to convey a visual stream of consciousness. Imagery sometimes cancel each other out through overexposure. Respite is gained periodically through the light fading to darkness as projectors are shut down; with the after image retained in the minds eye.
Much of my work uses film, which is worked upon; printed or projected. Opposed to 'virtual' digital media; film physically 'exists'. It holds silver gelatin emulsion or dye in the case of slides; it can let light pass through, or block light or as a base to hold material from the natural world such as crystallised seawater and debris such as dust or sand particles.