Cullen and Marchessault: The Slowlight Concept

SlowlightThe art works reflect joint discussions that we have engaged in for many years. We are intrigued with creative interpretations of sensory experience, whether these are sourced internally from our own imaginations or directly from the external world. Our Slowlight art works strive to communicate our visceral impressions specifically regarding colour, light, texture, movement, sounds, and how they might be illustrated through our visual art.

We pose the questions – can light & colour, line & texture, through various media, be organized in ways that have the effect of music or other non-conceptual experiential cultural practices? Or, could these represent how our consciousness, through our visual or aural faculties, interprets and concretizes a sensory experience of the worlds of colours and sounds and movement? Can we abstract these experiences into paintings and photographs? Once finished, the art works should resonate our ideas in a moment of perception.

We are working with paint and photography as scaffolds for our explorations. The finished works vary in size from small studies to large surfaces and range from square to varied proportions. Each new work begins with an impression from an experience (i.e. from music, a sound, a visual experience, etc.) and then progresses via decisions about the colour range, under-painting, line widths, edges, textures, canvas shape and size. Often a small study is produced and a larger one follows, applying on a larger scale the insights and lessons learned - sometimes with surprising results as revisions are introduced. To date, our work includes paintings with circular designs and coloured bands, as well as photography.

The concept of slowing down our movements and broadening our awareness of the moment is influenced by the creed of living slowly in what is now accepted to be a frantically paced world. Slow viewing could also be suggested as a method for viewers to interact with these artworks. Each year people are invited to celebrate Slow Art Day http://www.slowartday.com/ (To learn more read the Artsy.com editorial by Issac Caplan, How Long Do You Need To Look At A Work Of Art To Get It? )

Teresa Cullen, 2016

 

Our Media

Slowight uses drawing, digital photography/video, painting and mixed media to express ideas. An idea is first discovered and played with through experiences in the world. Various media may be selected to explore and play with the idea. Discussions and reflection on the emergent work may lead to changes or combinations of media. Ultimately the media merges with the the ideas and may be considered art.