AUTONOMIC

“The notion of any artistic practice being open to automatic expression is arguably a dubious one; just how much control can be relinquished while writing, or drawing, or dripping isn’t clear.”
Albert Mobilio, Automatic Transmission: Drawing Surrealism, Hyperallergic.com, March 2, 2013

This project explores notions of agency, identity and authenticity in the context of an objectivized framing of a putatively subjective activity. It takes Surrealism’s “pure psychic automatism” at face value as a valid, established artistic practice and extant performative language, available for appropriation as a component element of a postmodern, post-Surrealist, process-driven painting language, serving as both motor and content-generator. For the purpose of the project, automatism is posited to be less the expression of an unbridled, subaltern subconscious than as the active voice of a separately-willed, autonomous intuition. As a parameter of the process, it is treated as a ‘found identity’, assigned its own name (“Tracy Volkswagen”, also found), provided with its own multi-platform internet presence and entrusted with the aesthetic structuring and realization, start-to-finish, of all the work in the painting series. Beyond the initial demarcation of the project parameters and preparation of necessary media, the ‘Peter Fox’ identity is not permitted to participate. To authenticate the process, the entire performance is documented via GoPro video camera, providing a first-person start-to-finish view of the alter-identity painting experience. The complete 152 episode library (129 hours) is available on YouTube at the 'Tracy Volkswagen TV' channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChyO0tXZTjspaZWAKpRTwjg). Tracy Volkswagen’s painting project involves a pre-mixed primary-based oil palette that is brush-applied.

AUTONOMIC
PETER  FOX AUTONOMIC  oil on canvas
WARPAINT
2013
oil on canvas
24" x 36'
PETER  FOX AUTONOMIC  oil on canvas
YON
2013
oil on canvas
70" x 50"

PETER  FOX AUTONOMIC  oil on canvas
YON detail
2013
oil on canvas
70" x 50"
PETER  FOX AUTONOMIC  oil on canvas
OUTREACH
2013
oil on canvas
50" x 70"

PETER  FOX AUTONOMIC  oil on canvas
OUTREACH detail
2013
oil on canvas
50" x 70"
PETER  FOX AUTONOMIC  oil on canvas
SURVIVOR
2013
oil on canvas
59" x 96"

PETER  FOX AUTONOMIC  oil on canvas
HATCH
2013
oil on canvas
48" x 48"
PETER  FOX AUTONOMIC  oil on canvas
REDHEAD
2013
oil on canvas
16" x 22"

PETER  FOX AUTONOMIC  oil on canvas
WINGMAN
2013
oil on canvas
48 x 48"
PETER  FOX AUTONOMIC
TRACY VOLKSWAGEN TV

complete 152 episode library of video at WWW.TRACYVOLKSWAGEN.TV




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