Back when I was just graduating from my MA in Cardiff in the good old days of John Gingell I happened to meet the one-man New York loft happening that was Kim Fielding. The man was a living camera with the will to make things happen. He whisked a few of us off to New York where we drank too much, saw the seedier and more interesting side of the city and hung out with Tatum O’Neal in a nightclub (Paper Moon would never be the same again). Kim was a preacher, a shaman, a silver tongued hawker of snake oil and I wouldn’t say we were good friends (I’ll leave that for those that truly were) but I had a great deal of respect for his determination and his ability to magic anything at all out of thin air.
I worked with him as an artist, I worked with him as a curator and I know he was a believer. A barking believer.
So it was with sadness that I heard about his untimely passing and wanted to pay tribute to him by screening two works of his that I showed back in 2008(ish).
Wales / Duration 10m 12s / 2008
Face emerging from a black viscous liquid. Shows a human face rising and falling, and eventually submerging into a mire of his own choosing. Nothingness. Nothingness Contained. Denotes a sinking into a nether space with eyes wide open. Fully clarified human detritus in a vat of black tar. Metaphor: Addiction or wallowing in Subconscious Thought.
Wales / Duration 3m 38s / 2007
Libertine Red evokes the presence of archaic metaphysics while embracing state of the art ‘through the lens media’. We follow ‘Ishmael’ a ‘fallen’ angel cast down from heaven, his arcadian rhythms blighted as he struggles through a transitory journey into a hell of his own making…beyond consciousness, the undefinable soundscape lulls and weaves searching for a way out…
Multi-media in its presentation, performative in its outlook, the new work combines ancient futures – the new millennium juxtaposed with pagan mysticism. There is a darkness inherent in the imagery that denotes dangerous malcontent creating a vibrant beauty in the blackness – unnerving for some, evocative for others…an innovative combination of photo-visual and the human condition: KFC 03/08