Projection & Frame

Projection & Frame from Jonathan Hardy on Vimeo.

The purpose of art and specifically film for me is the connection with the audience, my work might be political at times - because I want to talk politics with the audience, my work may be emotional at times - because I want to engage the audience on a raw emotional level. Whilst Projection & Frame is not specifically political or with emotional rawness, it still has audience engagement at it’s centre - pushing the audience to react to the subject - a normally passive character in their portrait viewing. We turn the tables on the audience as they go from being in control - the objectifier - to the objectified.

Then how will the viewer feel? Their position as viewer will change with each emotional shift - some may feel awkward at the unwanted voyeurism, some may feel a lack of power at being watched by a portrait, some may question their position as a viewer and how they should feel peering into the identity of another.

The aim is to push the boundaries of portraits and their purpose, which are often one way, a passive image, static, sometimes emotionless, looking for a truth in who that person is - but here we have an active, false person, pushing back on the people that have come to see someone else laid bare in a gallery.

This debuted at the NeoPortraiture exhibition in April 2015 at the Island gallery, Bristol, when viewed in the gallery the piece was lifesize and at eye level, so there was a real sense of confrontation when standing just inches away from the subject.

Concept and Filming - Jonathan Hardy
Actor - Catherine Guy

Call for moving image artists

I’m a filmmaker and artist (among other things) looking to get a few Bristol filmmakers/artists/other together in 2015 to create an informal group to potentially put on an exhibition.  I’m really looking to bring together a loose collective of moving image artists (or related fields) as this is my area of work primarily, although it would be interesting to see how slightly different disciplines/mediums/styles/technologies could work side by side in a single exhibition and compliment each other.

By day I’m a director/writer/producer of mainly animation, drama, music videos and live visuals but I’ve been looking towards video art for some new projects so its a slightly new field for me (whilst closely connected to a lot of work I’ve already done)  you can see more about me here:

Looking for Bristol artists only (or very close by) as it’s nice to have a local thing to build on.  It’s an informal thing really, so if you are also looking for this type of thing then it would be interesting to hear about your practice and art. I'm assuming that whatever is done (both art and show) will be self funded. I don’t know how many people we’d need to form the informal group, but it would be good to hear your ideas as well. 

Please get in touch via if you have any questions or to tell me about your art.