PAT CASSAR

Action 11: Acknowledgement

Acknowledge those who had a direct impact on your work.

 

Patrick Cassar is an emerging South Australian artist. He graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2016 with his Bachelor of Visual Arts, and is a founding member of Floating Goose Studios, an artist run gallery and studio space in the heart of Adelaide. He has since entered art prizes, becoming a finalist in the Kennedy Art Prize and a semi-finalist in the Moran Portrait Prize in 2017. In June of 2018 Cassar had his first solo show “Deep Focus”. He is currently undertaking his Honours year at Adelaide Central School of Art.

David Lynch sits at a desk within his cement studio, side-lit by a window just out of view above him, Lynch welcomes us with a “good morning” followed by the date. He then proceeds to glance up towards the window behind him and report on what he can see “Here in LA, a lot of white puffy, plenty of blue skies, clouds, golden sunshine on its way, a slight breeze” before glancing back at the camera and reporting the temperatures for the day and signing off “have a great day everyone”. 

This is something that Filmmaker David Lynch likes to do as a hobby meteorologist, reporting on his LA weather,  which is renowned for being ‘never-changing’, yet each video is subtly different based on how he comments on his observations. Sometimes this means commenting on the sounds of birds or chainsaws he can hear from his window, as if this has any real bearing on the weather. Lynch has an ability for finding the unusual within the mundane, an overlooked nuance of his film work. When Lynch notices something is slightly peculiar, he gently nudges us to notice it. Compound Obscura is made with this intention in mind, the effect of an obscura can be subtle, the tone and colour of the image will change slightly depending on the weather outside. 

“ I look at the world and I see absurdity all around me. People do strange things constantly, to the point that, for the most part, we manage not to see” – David Lynch