Tagged 8mm

Still, Moving, Near, Far

Over the centuries, still-life and object painting have always done more than depict something as it is. The subjects in the images can tell a story, represent an idea and be used as symbols.

Still & Moving / 16 x 20 inches / oil on canvas / 2021 / on the easel

As I hunt around for objects to add to my collection, I always make sure that they somehow fit into the narrative I am pursuing in my overall work. For example, in the painting “Still & Moving,” I have a still camera and an 8mm film camera — one takes still images, the other moving. Anyone who has been using social media for the last decade knows that the advances in cameras have shifted us from still images to videos. Instagram, an app that initially was about sharing photos of what you were doing at the moment, used heavy filters to “age” the images and make them appear aged and somehow “authentic.” But now, here we are, with Instagram becoming all about the moving pictures. We have entered the phase of brief and trivial videos that one can sit and view for eternity.

Near & Far / 16 x 20 inches / oil on canvas / 2021 / on the easel

As someone who has used social media in all its forms over the last 20 years, I have often wondered if I will eventually be left out as I feel no need to move on to the next iteration. You are reading this on my blog that I have published since 2007 — an ancient medium as far as many would be concerned.

I draw inspiration from my work from centuries ago (see the last post), so I have a bit of a “long view” of what I am doing with my work. Focusing on the minutiae of now isn’t my game.

These two paintings will be part of my upcoming exhibition at the George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles.

Vintage Film Projectors

Amaro 16MM Film Projector Oil Painting by Christopher Stott
Ampro 16MM Projector / 30 x 30 / oil on canvas

Last year I started painting film projectors after years of seeing them in vintage and antique stores. They have all the trappings of a subject I like to paint.

Revere 16MM Film Projector Oil Painting by Christopher Stott
Revere 16MM Projector / 40 x 30 / oil on canvas

The reels all have these unique designs. The repeating pie shapes, the circular repetition, the repeating lines on the lamp housing.

Keystone 8MM Film Projector by Christopher Stott
Keystone 8MM Projector / 30 x 30 / oil on canvas

The dials, knobs, levers, switches, gears, springs and buttons give the paintings a tactile sensation.