[Video Art]: Animation by Beau Stanton on Channel 36

On Channel 36 December 2nd-February 2nd. “A Precarious Voyage” is an animated painting that follows an antiquated sea faring vessel through the cycles of day and night as it rises and falls with the tidal restlessness of the sea.  The appearance of archetypal symbols, rotating clockwork-like designs, and cataclysmic forces of nature create a romantic sense of the past while reminding us of the cyclical nature of time. The work provides a unique opportunity for the viewer to continue to discover new elements and events that appear throughout the duration of the piece to create a living, breathing painting.

Unearthing ancient narratives from the detritus of industrial decline, where Sirens grapple with sinking ships and Sibyls predict cataclysmic events, Beau Stanton gilds his apocryphal myth with the graphical elements of creation, destruction and rebirth, inviting the viewer inside our collective unconscious ornamented by layers of chipped artifice and the rusted machinations of time.

Beau Stanton: A Mini Documentary, 2013

A painter and muralist, Stanton creates work ranging in size from tiny eye miniatures to large-scale images ornamenting entire building facades.
The work combines classical oil painting with intricate patterns inspired by ancient architecture, letterpress ornaments, and decayed infrastructure. In search for historical reference, Stanton begins his artistic process by exploring abandoned 19th century sites around the greater New York City area collecting photo references, Victorian ephemera, and antiquated machinery. These artifacts often appear in Stanton’s paintings as visual cogs in heavily ornamented machine-like compositions. The initial studies of these artifacts are then distilled into highly ornate compositions. Finally, the pieces are fully rendered with oil paint, manipulating focus, light and perspective.

Stanton is originally from Southern California where he studied Illustration and Drawing and Painting. He relocated to New York after graduation in 2008, and has since been mentored by New York Pop Surrealist Ron English.  His most recent exhibitions include shows with Ad Hoc Art, SCOPE Art Fair, Helium Cowboy Artspace, Spoke Art, Corey Helford Gallery, Opera New York, Stolenspace, and Last Rites Gallery.

When Wesley was growing up, the first vocation he was ever called to was that of comic strip artist. He soon discovered he couldn’t draw very well. The rest is history.
Since graduation from NYU Film/Television, he has been building a little fort for himself in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with his girlfriend and dog in hopes of riding out the zombie apocalypse.

Wesley has worked as a writer and director of films in New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Prague, Atlanta, Savannah, and Hogansville. He is a member in questionable standing at the Writer’s Guild of America

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