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This site is meant to give an overview of my work over the last 45 years or so and also serves as a digital archive.  Whilst it is not a complete, comprehensive record of my work – more an overview – which I attempt to update as regularly as I can.

Having originally studied painting I have spent most of my time making 3D work in the conventional sense of individual objects or groups of objects, as pieces to be photographed, actual installations or, for the last twenty two years, virtual objects. These works take the form of 3D abstract animated movies and prints. This digital work  concentrates on making non-narrative animated time-based images which are to be shown in dedicated art spaces or festivals.

At the beginning of my move to making digital pieces I was part of a small group of artists showing at the Colville Place Gallery, run mainly by Keith Watson, between 1987 and its demise about 2002. Sadly the gallery and its effort was completely ignored by the establishment art world but now seems to surfacing again, at least in academic circles.

The actual iconography of this later work relies on, takes from and develops my non- digital output so is a continuation of it.  My autodidactic personality is reflected in the diversity and variety of the work which sometimes surprises me.

I’m just completing a complete edition of the Moving pieces on Blu-ray DVD which means that for the first time they can be owned and viewed on a reliable system without their appearance being compromised by compression.

My work can be found in various private collections throughout the world.

About navigating within the site:

The site should open with a page which has a banner at the top and a picture of me under a heading “A short introduction“. In the top grey area below my NAME drag your cursor on to ‘digital prints’ (as an example) which should then highlight. Click on it and the page should become ‘Introduction to the digital print section‘. Use the scroll bar on the right to progress through the pages. Eventually you will reach the end of the page where there is an instruction ‘ ← previous‘. Clicking on this will take you to the next set of pages. Eventually the instruction will change to: ‘previousnext‘, keep on with the ‘previous‘  until you get to the end of the section – ‘Cruciform prints’  you will then have to keep clicking on ‘ next →’ until you eventually return to the beginning again. This sounds like a tedious process but there are over 20 years of prints there and they do change over the years.

The principle is the same for the other catagories.

A bit about  the CRUCIFORM IMAGES:  The “X” form which occurred in my work for just under 20 years had no connection with religion. The form itself, appeared to me, to be one of the most stable artifacts I could use which encompassed but did not encase space within it’s visual influence. This skeletal structure allowed me to impose upon it various visual guises which changed its appearance without loosing it’s intrinsic stability – why I felt the need for this subjective stability is still a mystery to me.  At various times its use has almost been a cliche but this aspect appealed to me and made it an even more attractive. The form also appears when academics and analysts of pictorial work seek to demonstrate the latent, underlying structures within the work.

Videos: A direct link to the moving image section of my work is by using:

https://vimeo.com/user24274324/videos/sort:alphabetical/format:thumbnail

This should give you the list of work in the order they were made. If not please use the ‘sort: alphabetically’ option just above the  movies which put them in their chronological order.

There should also be a dircct link to each work on their own page.

Please let me know if you find any faults in the working of the site – thanks.

A special thanks to Prisca Schmarsow < prisca@eyedea.eu > for hosting and supporting this site over these years.

Andrew Greaves        2018

When I started making digital movies 18 years ago the way I made them made them difficult to present, either privately or at public screenings, as the data rate was far too high for the available projection methods at the time. I was never committed to streaming them as this would have compromised the visual experience via the reduced size and data rate.

Luckily recently, with the advent of Blu-ray technology, they can now be viewed easily. The only condition for seeing them is that a Blu-ray player (BD) is available which is getting more and more common every year and, if not yet found  in every home, is now present in most public viewing establishments and galleries.

Most of the work posted here has been converted to this process and can be recognised by the designation “Dvd: Blu-ray” at the bottom of the short description of the piece. Of course you need to buy a player first.

Fortunately now the technology has improved even more and most of the movies included here are now available to be be viewed on Vimeo.

Please use this link to see them all:    https://vimeo.com/user24274324/videos/sort:alphabetical/format:thumbnail

This should sort them into the order when they were made, or if not check the ‘Alphabetical’ option above the videos to see the work in chronolgical order.

Alternatively there should be a direct link on their individual page, thanks.

Thanks

A.G. February 2020

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These image originate from the short animation of the same name although the images have been slightly modified for static viewing.

For more detailed information please read the ‘Introduction to the digital print’ page.

AG 2020

For more information about this and other movies please see the ‘Introduction to the moving work (movies) page.

Original size: HD1920 x 1080 uncompressed
Length 04:12 mins
Direct Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/385796362

Please read this before looking at the images of the prints especially if you are contemplating buying one.

Use the scroll bar on the right to progress through the pages. Eventually you will reach the end of the first page where there is an instruction ‘ ← previous‘. Clicking on this will take you to the next set of pages. Eventually the instruction will change to: ‘← previousnext →’, keep on with the ‘previous‘  until you get to the end of the section – ‘Cruciform prints’  you will then click on ‘ next →’ and the site menu should be shown at the top of the page. Clicking on ‘digital prints‘ should return you back to the beginning.

The following section  attempts to give the viewer a virtual overview of my digital prints, however, it is a representative selection and not all of the images in the the series are included. This ‘web’ selection – like all web images – only gives a hint as to how they really look as so much of their presence is lost by the size and compression.Viewing hard copies is the only way of appreciating their true properties.

More information about the imagery of the series can be found on the Movie section of the site if it is derived from a movie although they are  independent pieces.

The very early images can only be printed to smaller size than the later ones but the overall quality is exactly the same.

Where the maximum size is quoted as being 800 mm x ? (where 800 is the width). Larger sizes are possible without loosing any definition which of course is the bonus of digital media.

The size will be reflected in the  price but isn’t the only consideration.

To locate the actual name of the print RMC (right mouse click) on it and choose the option “save image as” where the name of the file will be shown in the window. You may then make a note of it or save the it to your desktop and extract the information later. E-mailing the image(s) to me is also an option.

A small printed version (A4)  can be sent to you to help in your selection, especially for the larger sizes.

Thank you for reading this.

N.B. Any print series with “Not 3D” in its title has been made using virtual 3D technology but in such a way as to exploit the process for normal 2D viewing.

AG 2018