Currents, Series 1, No. 1, 2019

Currents, Series 1, No. 1, 2019 (excerpt)
Running time: 5:54 minutes / HD / colour

Water, Sand, Light.

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Silent

NOTE: For the past several years I have spent hours observing moving waters in rivers, lakes, oceans and seas. This process has often guided my travels. I have become captivated by the way they disclose their secret anatomy, by their life force, by their continuous rhythms of movement and transformation and by the way they capture and reflect light.

I have returned several times to the same vantage point in Punta Zicatela, Oaxaca, Mexico, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. On each occasion I spent several days in the same spot observing and recording the Ocean at different times of day. 

Chance occurs in nature – it is echoed by the chance and the unknown that occurs in the making of art.  This is what is called improvisation.  In Media Luna, I have abandoned myself to the to the life force of the ocean. Water, sand, light, currents and the forces of nature that shape them come together.  By observing and recording what is in front of me I am permitting nature to create its own painting.  

Currents, Series 1, No. 2, 2019

Currents, Series 1, No. 2, 2019 (excerpt)
Running time: 6:11 minutes / HD / black & white

Water, Sand, Light.

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Silent

NOTE: For the past several years I have spent hours observing moving waters in rivers, lakes, oceans and seas. This process has often guided my travels. I have become captivated by the way they disclose their secret anatomy, by their life force, by their continuous rhythms of movement and transformation and by the way they capture and reflect light.

I have returned several times to the same vantage point in Punta Zicatela, Oaxaca, Mexico, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. On each occasion I spent several days in the same spot observing and recording the Ocean at different times of day. 

Chance occurs in nature – it is echoed by the chance and the unknown that occurs in the making of art.  This is what is called improvisation.  In Media Luna, I have abandoned myself to the to the life force of the ocean. Water, sand, light, currents and the forces of nature that shape them come together.  By observing and recording what is in front of me I am permitting nature to create its own painting.  

Currents, Series 1, No. 3, 2019

Currents, Series 1, No. 3, 2019 (excerpt)
Running time: 7:43 minutes / HD / black & white

Water, Sand, Light.

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Silent

NOTE: For the past several years I have spent hours observing moving waters in rivers, lakes, oceans and seas. This process has often guided my travels. I have become captivated by the way they disclose their secret anatomy, by their life force, by their continuous rhythms of movement and transformation and by the way they capture and reflect light.

I have returned several times to the same vantage point in Punta Zicatela, Oaxaca, Mexico, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. On each occasion I spent several days in the same spot observing and recording the Ocean at different times of day. 

Chance occurs in nature – it is echoed by the chance and the unknown that occurs in the making of art.  This is what is called improvisation.  In Media Luna, I have abandoned myself to the to the life force of the ocean. Water, sand, light, currents and the forces of nature that shape them come together.  By observing and recording what is in front of me I am permitting nature to create its own painting.  

Currents, Series I, No. 4, 2019

Currents, Series I, No. 4, 2019 (excerpt)
Running time: 7:00 minutes / HD / black & white

Water, Sand, Light.

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Silent

NOTE: For the past several years I have spent hours observing moving waters in rivers, lakes, oceans and seas. This process has often guided my travels. I have become captivated by the way they disclose their secret anatomy, by their life force, by their continuous rhythms of movement and transformation and by the way they capture and reflect light.

I have returned several times to the same vantage point in Punta Zicatela, Oaxaca, Mexico, on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. On each occasion I spent several days in the same spot observing and recording the Ocean at different times of day. 

Chance occurs in nature – it is echoed by the chance and the unknown that occurs in the making of art.  This is what is called improvisation.  In Media Luna, I have abandoned myself to the to the life force of the ocean. Water, sand, light, currents and the forces of nature that shape them come together.  By observing and recording what is in front of me I am permitting nature to create its own painting.  

Moving Gestures No. 1, 2019

Moving Gestures No. 1, 2019 (excerpt)
Running time: 7:03 minutes / HD / colour

A group of people interact in the late afternoon on the shores of La Barra, Mexico on Jan 3, 2016. The footage is slowed down to observe the subtleties of movement.

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Silent

NOTE: For the past several years I have spent hours observing moving waters in rivers, lakes, oceans and seas. This process has often guided my travels. I have become captivated by the way they disclose their secret anatomy, by their life force, by their continuous rhythms of movement and transformation and by the way they capture and reflect light.

“Movement, chance, light, growth and decay are the life-blood of nature… When I work with a leaf, rock, stick, it is not just the material in itself, it is the opening into the process of life within and around it. When I leave it, these processes continue.”

– John Fowles and Andy Goldsworthy, Hand to Earth: Andy Goldsworthy Sculpture 1967 – 1990, Leads: WS. Maney & Son, 1990, pg.160, 162

Moving Gestures No. 2, 2019

Moving Gestures No. 2, 2019 (excerpt)
Running time: 6:33 minutes / HD / colour

A group of people interact in the late afternoon on the shores of La Barra, Mexico on Jan 3, 2016. The footage is slowed down to observe the subtleties of movement.

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Silent

NOTE: For the past several years I have spent hours observing moving waters in rivers, lakes, oceans and seas. This process has often guided my travels. I have become captivated by the way they disclose their secret anatomy, by their life force, by their continuous rhythms of movement and transformation and by the way they capture and reflect light.

“Movement, chance, light, growth and decay are the life-blood of nature… When I work with a leaf, rock, stick, it is not just the material in itself, it is the opening into the process of life within and around it. When I leave it, these processes continue.”

– John Fowles and Andy Goldsworthy, Hand to Earth: Andy Goldsworthy Sculpture 1967 – 1990, Leads: WS. Maney & Son, 1990, pg.160, 162

Water Over Stone No. 2, 2019

Water Over Stone No. 2, 2019 (excerpt)
Running time: 15:51 minutes / HD / colour

Repeated movements of water moving over a stone in Lake Memphremagog in the Eastern Townships.

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editting: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Silent

Note: In 2002, while gazing at the currents in Lake Memphremagog, I became captivated by the flow of water over a stone. It was a windy afternoon and the water kept gushing in rhythms of swirls as it intervened with the stone, or was it the stone that intervened with the flow of water… However, it was the stone that I identified with – my body became the stone and I was enveloped by its folds, wrinkles, and ripples. When I became conscious of the experience I ran to get my video camera.

Since then I have returned to the same spot at the same time of year in anticipation of rediscovering the experience. Nature has a mind of its own – the conditions that create one situation is never the same. On a bright Autumn afternoon in 2018, the stone revealed itself. This led to a new experience – Water Over Stone No. 2, 2019.

Sun No. 1, 2019

Sun No. 1, 2019 (excerpt)
Running time: 5:45 minutes / HD / black & white

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editting: Patrick Andrew Boivin, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Silent

I’ve spent hours of observing and filming how the sun reveals itself through haze. Once an image is taken out of context, it is open to all sorts of possibilities and interpretation. After viewing the footage over and over again I was incited to manipulate it and explore the possibilities of transformation. Light turned into darkness -darkness into light.

Sun No. 2, 2019

Sun No. 2, 2019 (excerpt)
Running time: 5:45 minutes / HD / black & white

Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editting: Patrick Andrew Boivin
Audio: Silent

I’ve spent hours of observing and filming how the sun reveals itself through haze. Once an image is taken out of context, it is open to all sorts of possibilities and interpretation. After viewing the footage over and over again I was incited to manipulate it and explore the possibilities of transformation. Light turned into darkness -darkness into light.