Courtesy of the exhibitor:
About the work: This new work (inspired by the artist’s attempts to teach himself to float in water) depicts the body under the constraints of a strictly limited system. The system itself has been obscured, leaving the body — whose dimensions we innately understand — to act as a way of depicting that system. The system is described by its effects, rather than by its rules. The body acts as an instrument for depiction, instead of as the object of depiction.
As in much of his work, the artist uses bodies as a way of ascribing agency to less-human objects and ideas. “The ocean is the furthest from easy personification,” says Leonard. “I never understand why people talk about the ocean as a ‘her’ with a specific temper. The analogies are really thin. It is just an elemental force — completely unfeeling.”
The piece presented at Moving Image is a 4K Ultra high definition video, available in an edition of three on a custom-engraved USB solid-state drive.