My work explores themes of impermanence, interconnectedness and the cyclical nature of existence. It reflects and compliments my practice in Soto Zen Buddhism. The video footage focuses on the everyday moment and everyday objects that tend to be ignored in the way we live our busy lives. The editing and addition of animations point to a state of being, wider and deeper than that which is on the immediate surface, and it reflects the way we create patterns and rhythms in our lives.
This refers to the transmission of the essential teaching of Shakyamuni Buddha to the present day. The soundtrack contains a manipulation of the sound of monks at Throssel Hole Buddhist Abbey singing the Ancestral Line scripture, which lists the ancestors through whom this transmission has passed.
Loukes studied sculpture at Liverpool Art College, 1967-71, and taught art in North Walsham. Inspired by Rothko, he began to paint in 1982 and retired from teaching in 2002 to work at it full-time. I became attached to digital video on the Fine Art MA at NUCA, 2005-07. Recent exhibitions include, “Particles, particles”, Surface Gallery, Nottingham – Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo – Cafe Gallery Projects, London – Abstracta Cinema, Rome – Norwich Arts Centre, ”Shorts” and Bangkok Experimental Film Festival.
Chris Loukes – Norfolk UK