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Published on Nov 15, 2016
Artist's Statement: In this video, we interpret Jason McLean’s portrait, Move It or Lose It, as a visual manifestation of a diary entry. McLean has created a portrait of the artist in the past, in a specific moment, but not necessarily of the artist now. This phenomenon is clear in Move It or Lose It, but also raises the question of the temporal nature of any portrait. The video attempts to live through a version of the artist’s experience and interact directly with the portrait. McLean’s piece is effective in demonstrating complex concepts as rapidly and sporadically as they would be addressed in one’s own thoughts. The surreal images are accompanied by individual words and fragmented phrases that frequently have double meaning. This style mimics thoughts, and the significance beyond what is visual is unusually clear and can be grasped quite quickly. In the video, we relive and relay the artist’s exploration into temporal and geographical aspects of identity. The piece is a mental journey with no identifiable beginning and end. The medium of film almost forces a directed flow into the viewer’s experience of the painting; it is made linear simply by the need to address images and ideas in a certain order.
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