Tempus Fugit

2011 ArtPrize Entry
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Tempus Fugit, a single work comprising 25 small to medium sized paintings in oil on canvas, explores perception and memory as creative acts through a narrative rooted in family history. John Gordon Gillanders, my grandfather, flew with the 18th Squadron RFC in France in 1918. His journal entry of March 30th, 1918 describes a flight, and a very close call, upon which Tempus Fugit is based. In the fall of 2007 my father, brother and I went to France, hired a small plane and retraced the exact route flown by my grandfather in 1918. The video I shot from the air became a starting point for this group of paintings. In the work, an open narrative shifts between 1918 and 2007. Landscapes pass below us in colour and black & white. Cockpit interiors alternate. Uncertainty arises from the paintings’ random arrangement and from their varied vocabularies. Tempus Fugit declares that perceptions and memories are fragmentary and imperfect, but are compelling and beautiful nonetheless.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 feet
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Width: 20 feet
  • Year created: 2009
  • Height: 8 feet

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  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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