Bertie is joining MUTUAL an artist run studio co-operative to create a new series of paintings and a fresh body of work. (June 2018)
Bertie’s MA and previous work consisted of 3D mapping video film and surround sound installation. The work was an enquiry into the effect of pollution (plastics) on ecology; the pollutant object itself, and the effects of these entities on the environment through time and space along with some references to existential and philosophical ideas as in ‘Hyperobjects’ (Morton, T. 2015). This awareness of current ecological problems, particularity with plastics, has been reflected raised to a new level in our consciousness’s recently through research, news items, articles and documentaries on the biosphere. (Aug 2017)
This work consists of 1056 time lapse footage of the solar sun flares and coronal mass ejections from the sun projected onto an inflated weather balloon via 3D projection mapping software. Cosmic Background radiation. Sky footage from time-lapse film taken on Battle of Britain day - Moffat, UK. Video stock footage. The base footage taken by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). SDO keeps a 24-hour view of the entire sun. Each frame represents 2 hours in time filmed in the extreme ultraviolet range that cannot be seen by the naked eye. A solar eclipse is created by oversizing and overlaying the montage on the sphere. From original The Sun(eclipse) & SkyeTime (HD video loop projections, 10 min. 56s) 2017
This was the most ambitious in a series of audio-visual environmental art montages and collage works. This one focuses on marine ecology and in plastic pollution in the seas such as the phenomenon of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The film starts at a fast-moving pace in a world with layers of footage taken from personal video archives juxtaposed with the discovery of plastic inside the guts of wildlife. Edited excerpts have been taken from a documentary film, Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, (Sun, A. 2013). This is used to create a loose narrative in the work and appeared to fit the original cut of footage. More layers and abstraction have been introduced that include: Trump’s insults and comebacks; North Korean military parades; Modelez global advertising; Garbology; Dubai’s largest shopping mall, World War I combat in colour and, ‘When Clouds Clouds Roll By’ (Flemming, 1919) where the silent movie portrays psychiatrist Dr. Ulrich Metz attempting to drive Daniel Brown to suicide through scenes of nightmare of madness.
The film and work can be engaged at any point in the cycle and interpreted along with a powerful soundtrack. The film has also been projected onto a translucent material or fluorescent acrylic, suspended mid space to allow the viewer to interpret the object itself as plastic and at differing angles either side.