KEY TERMS AND VOCABULARY & REFERENCES

The Labyrinth of Angels is a play on the Thai label for Bangkok: ‘City of
Angels’ combined with the legend of  Ariadne and the Minotaur

Labyrinth aptly describes the hidden beauties and surprises to be
discovered within BKK's maze- like streets:  secret staircases and trap-
doors to other sharply contrasting times , values and visions, tastes

Animism is an Exchange of External impressions and  Internal
Projectons / dramas
 we all have with our environment. Our chemical  
composite and DNA is almost identical to to the landscape we inhabit.

Ariadne, or Ariachne (the spider) Spins a thread to guide through the
labyrinth of our individual past  and  onto objects, people and  our
environment . An  Animist thread within us all connecting our past   
experiences and
projecting our own feelings onto all  we see. This animist
ability to project inner emotion beyond ourselves is at the heart of
compassion for others and
the capacity to be moved by visual art, to be
inspired by beauty in nature or have any  form of love for other people

Cityscape Internal / External: Through my varied responses and
projections, on Bangkok's unique visual and cultural  mysteries, the city
has become both my source and subject, an ongoing epic drama told in
rare combinations of beauty  in a two way dialogue.
.A conversation  or exchange between my inner and outer
cityscapes.
RECENT WORK:   PHOTO-PAINTINGS   2008-2010      'URBAN ANIMIST OPERA / ALCHEMIC REALISM'
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Between Ghosts and Machines: is a multi-purpose metaphor . Just as the
city landscape , and buildings are a complex apparatus, bustling  by day
and deserted by night,  as if haunted by the presence of all who had passed
through over years. Also the human animal
 is part  bio-machine, part
museum of personal and cultural experience, driven by hope, desire and
the shifting pasts of individual and collective memory.
 

As Individuals Condemned to Act
we are stranded 'between the ghosts of
hopes and desire and the machine-like systems of culture, history and
economics in which we are bound but try to overcome to flower as people.

Alchemy is a Metaphor for the artist's aim: to re-arrange base material to
make gold. In Art terms the alchemist's  'gold' is when by a new  
arrangement  combining process an object can become charged with life ,
feeling, and fecundity. The successful artwork does not generate feeling.  it
invites, lures or seduces others to project the emotion from within
themselves, like Ariadne, the spider animist.

Ambiguities Vital for Art and the power of poetic Imagery:  to seduce. The
viewer is more moved by beautiful uncertainties which tempt the eye to
explore an artwork. In painting the 'illusion of 3D space on a canvas is one
such ambiguity and a very powerful one to give pleasure to a spectator.

Visual Power is Generated through ambiguities of  many sorts. By multiple  
spacial /depth illusions and contradictions, of ambiguities of  figure / ground
postive /negative shapes, special types of image, like the Janus (doubled)
by repititions and reversals. All kinds of illusions  colors, contrasting
materials, rhythms, tones etc. To ambiguity in verbal poetics we have the
pioneering William Empson (7 forms of Ambiguity 1916) No one has yet
mapped/illustrated the poetics ambiguity  in  visual art as yet.

Natural storyteller and entertainer in the manner of Shakespear, Homer or
Spielberg find a story/moral/dilemma in the details of unique experience of
the complex self through characters and events driven by the spirit of their
times, by dramatic staging. But they never forgot they were entertainers.
 
MARTIN P COLLINS
FINE ART PHOTO PRINTS   BANGKOK  2010
Galleries 1-2                        'THREADS FOR ARIADNE IN THE LABYRINTH OF ANGELS'
                               An Inter-Cultural, Inter-Species Operatic Thriller Performed In and  With Bangkok Itself
RECENT WORK: FAQS. TECHNIQUES, VISUAL
INGREDIENTS AIMS, MISSION

All Artworks This Section:  Large-Scale Archival Photo Prints in the LAMBDA
Durst process on Kodok Professional Paper,
in limited editions.

Solid State product:  I use digital means to create photo-paintings/collage for a
final print. I am not interested in Digital art or consider myself a digital artist in
the desired result of a physical 'present' object: a framed print.
By home-printing
infinite test-proofs/ variations on a theme result  complete control of color / tone
quality for a defin
itive statement and  final proof  for a limited edition. Some
images are re-worked over years.

Standard sizes are 120cm x 85cm up to 200 x 145cm for exhibition/client
request, with various print finishes and framing solutions. Each work has
3 year Guarantee from loyal Printer
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My Artworks are Combinations of my own high resolution series of images
and ambient surfaces taken near my Bangkok home mixed with landscapes
from travels in Asia and rural UK as  a rich, pre-developed l
ibrary of single
photos. (see Photo Singles/combos galleries)

An Exploration of Visual Ambiguities by layering and collaging, blending,
erasing and orchestrating matter in minute colour and tone and image
combinations using Photoshop as a tool to create visual ambiguities I feel
are at the heart of expression

I Use a 'Painter's Toolkit'  of  erasers,cut and paste and opacity control of
many
layers in Photoshop only. I make full use of color and tone potential. I
Employ No digital rendering or digital generation with special filters or
programs. In this sense
I'm not a Digital artist . I rely on the edgy alchemy of the seductive and emotive
visual facts and 'beauties' I have found all around my home: by addition, erasure
and alchemic fusion


The Recent Operatic Works In my  photo works as much as oil painting &
mixed media
I Seek a language in a matrix /mirror of possible beauty of our
time/world as the world and myself are in motion

A visual Theatre / Opera where the animal, vegetable and mineral spheres
engage. An arena to create a dramatic moment, of colour, edge and image as
scenes in the larger story of our time.

Process:  first exploring /mapping my immediate environment for meaningful
beauties. Then selecting, combining, re-arranging, fusing, orquestrating,
adding / erasing, re-working.

A flexible  language of color, form and concept, to describe and explore
contemporary experience, its beauties, issues & events, to mirror our times, as  
both unique individual and concerned social citizen

Dramatic story-telling traditions, from Shakespeare to Spielberg,  
entertainment and thrills are provided by murder, mayhem and menace, as
much as by heroics and the ideal, I mix the stange, dark beauties with the lovely,
for dramatic effect, and  original, unseen before solutions.
While my work employs and is informed by the formal, technical, expressive, abstract-symbolic achievements of Modernism, I aspire to
build upon & update the great pre-modern 'epic' story-telling traditions in image, word and drama where on the same 'Stage' (Image, legend
, play) mankind questions himself engaging with Gods, spirits and a 'personified' nature in a symbolic drama of good, evil and tragedy in
'action' The challenge for today is how to build a secular visual language in an entertaining & accessible form , capable of delivering the
thrills, action and dramatic resources of a hollywood movie while still able to move and excite the hearts and minds of  today's audiences.