November 07, 2009

"Joan of Arc Riding My Little Pony" - Process Video

“We are made of star stuff,” is Carl Sagan's lasting insight, the take-away line from his landmark television series, Cosmos. His 13 episode cosmological tour-de-force presents thrilling evidence that even our simplest, most private actions and dreams can be best understood when placed in a context of the entirety of being.

A few days ago, by seeming happenstance, I came across composer John Boswell's ingenious tribute to the late astronomer: "A Glorious Dawn.” Having just completed my edit of the 16 month process video that accompanies the latest oil on canvas, Joan Of Arc Riding My Little Pony, I played the composition along with the finished clip.

The uncanny congruence of the two was striking – a match made in the heavens. As if evidencing an awesome super-structure in operation, could the structure at play be the structure of play? Shine on, fellow star stuff!

Posted by mark at November 7, 2009 03:22 AM

We have been waiting for this. Wow!!!!

Posted by: Simba at November 7, 2009 08:50 PM

I love it! I just finished reading Sagan's "Contact" for the second time. The combination of the music, the video creation reconstruction, and your text interpretation is multi-dimensionally tantalizing. I expect to view, read and listen to it many times. I want to come to NYC again to see the painting live. I loved coming out to see "Returning Wounded". Congratulations!!!

Posted by: Denis at November 16, 2009 11:27 PM

Good show, Mark. (and Carl) Love it.

Posted by: John Tebeau at November 17, 2009 11:13 PM

So happy for you that you published "Joan of Arc Riding My Little Pony". The painting is really beautiful. i like to imagine myself in it
having the strength & courage of Joan of Arc, the pure playfulness of My Little Pony, and all the while the grace of an Angel. Looking
forward to seeing the next painting's evolution.

Love & Grace,

Posted by: Jessica at March 25, 2010 02:53 PM