"The Visible Compendium" constructs bits of unnamed meanings, fragments of light. Photography is, to me, not about things, but about light. "The Visible Compendium" attempts to engage the mind, and particularly what is unknown in the mind, rather than what has been seen and known a thousand times over. "The Visible Compendium" reaches farther than any of my other animations. It goes off in many directions, held together, hopefully, by the sountrack, which itself goes off in a number of directions - strange sounds, some recognizable, others not. Some music. No voice, no silence.
The film is a compendium, as indicated in the title - a catalog of visible possible experiences, some at normal time, some speeded up or slowed down, some continuous, others broken up. Why ? Tough question. Why not? Why not experiment with different modes of visible motion? (And, I might add, totally manufactured bits of motion elucidated by the light from the projector.) For instance, when the nude woman with the towel walks across the screen, the image breaks up with flashes, close-ups, erratic zooms, etc. - this is partly to find out what such a construct looks like, partly to express the soundtrack (which was in place before the animation ), and partly to express those unspoken "meanings" I mentioned above. (Larry Jordan)
"Your images in the new film ('The Visible Compendium') are just as stunningly beautiful as ever." - Gunvor Nelson
"Your compendium is a perfect counter-part, it seems to me, of the chores and diversion of the human world - lacerated by two meditations on War: the first an almost endless rain of missiles on an ancient chariot, the second your wondrous clown dancing on battleship cannons - Bravo! Nothing could be cleaner on the subject (especially welcome at this time): and in between (as suggested slightly before and slightly after) a feelsome balance spectrum of dreamed dailiness finally exposed as - if one can but see it as you have - the greatest show on Earth." - Stan Brakhage