J. Michael Simpson
Sprengeri Studio Gallery
Painting, Video, Drawing, & Installation
The imagery of my multi-media works, whether on canvas, wood, or projected screen, is derived from video of the surface turbulence of white-water rivers. From edits and clips of the video, the surface forms are transcribed into linear patterns that explore a specific moment of the disruptions of the watery surface. The linear patterns, whether drawn in paint, graphite or light, are used to create metaphors for the ephemeral moments of change within the flow onto larger waters. Through the use of water movement as a metaphor for time, change and life I have explored such questions as how long is a moment, what happens within a split second, and the impact of digital technology on the our understanding of place and time.