Anton is a character; full of artistic energy with a mind you can almost hear ticking from one idea to the next. He loves working with people; talking, collaborating, observing their rituals... and the work he produces exudes exactly that. He invites everyday people in to the limelight, often for just a few seconds at a time, to engage in a simple activity. He might borrow your palm for the frame of an animation, or ask you to learn a few steps of the tango, or to play a note on a musical instrument at the signal. But when all the footage is collected and played in sequence, the end result is a wonderfully coherent composition.
Over the last few weeks I've been assisting on his next project Angel Aberystwyth. It will be made up of three mini projects: the soundtrack, provided by the Male Voice Choir, Côr Meibion, filmed singing on the beach; a life sized artists mannequin animated around the Arts Centre by passers-by; and an animated drawing of the Angel of Aberystwyth at the war memorial on the castle grounds.
The work is never about himself. Or indeed any other individual exclusively. It’s a gentle observation of human behaviour in acts of participation, subtly exposing our gestures of concentration, nervousness and pride. It’s a celebration of community spirit that will come to life across the walls of the gallery.
I love the way Anton's projects keep community spirit and communication at their core because selflessness and art don't usually go hand in hand.
Collected ideas, inspiration and lessons learned in how to teach, how to look and how to curate.