It's a summer of hot weather as the Argentinean government and economy also heats up with inflation and assorted corruption messiness. Is it just Latino style politics? This Latino manner generally I try to ignore or avoid as it usually involves arduous, tiresome and illogical drama. To expend energy loudly and abruptly could be a good way to rapidly discard frustration, stress or some anger but it seems to me that it can also flame more stress and emotional chaos inevitably fuelling further soap operas. “It’s the Latino way” I hear you say and I understand but it’s not my style. Making art is and this perhaps is just another peculiar method to vent any negativity or confusion one feels towards life. Speaking of life… here’s a pretty cactus to celebrate life.
As an artist I express, prod, distort, distill, present, gush, blabber, simplify, prompt, question, utter and if lucky I even communicate. Over the next few months I will “communicate” in a few venues very far from where I currently am.
- H Gallery in Bangkok will screen a film of mine in an International group show. METAMORPHOSIS AND FLUX.Opens in March 7th (www.hgallerybkk.com)
- Currently a massive Antarctic painting from 2009 titled - Big beautiful dead place/rafting sea ice is displayed at the Australian High Commission in Singapore.
- In the group show titled 10 YEARS 30 RESIDENCIES at Turner Gallery in Western Australia I show a selection of tiny Greenlandic works. (www.turnergalleries.com.au)
All whilst I sit in rural Argentina trying to work out how on earth to work on a film in Berlin next year. Woozy is one way to describe my mental movements.
What do I communicate these days? Well the films I now work on primarily revolve around the topic of xenophobia; which seems to float about the airwaves across the planet like a rancid smell. This aroma I often bump into as I travel and it is often sadly stoked by political manipulation making the stink even more oppressive.
I am not overly fearful, negative nor pessimistic about the state of the world but I do have a very normal hope that humans would operate more as a total unit rather than a sloppy bunch of tribes, sects, nations, cults, gangs, armies, hordes, throngs and flocks. I will not be holding my breath for such a time to arrive. Perhaps while we wait for world peace you will see some of my new short films somewhere on this rather hectic planet.
The Chinese New Year has arrived so now we all slither through another year. Carolina and I with some Mendozinean friends celebrated the Lunar year of the snake by driving up a rough curling road to visit the impressive Reserva Natural Laguna del Diamante. Diamond Lake (4600M) sits below the massive classic Maipo volcano (5264M) in an Andean caldera just south of here. Underneath mostly blue skies many guanacos scampered around the beautiful lake and in the ravines all making our short trip pretty fine and a very long way from complicated human business.
© Stephen Eastaugh, 2019. All Rights Reserved.