365 Days Out of My Mind chronicles in first person a day in the life of nationality non-identified painter, poet, philosopher, singer, songwriter and filmmaker David Arthur-Simons. The film shows his abusive formative years and early awakenings to the potential for escape through art in Sydney Australia; a major turning point involving “falling into” Antonioni’s “L’Avventura” which leads him to explore the inter-connections between inner and outer realities and made him produce playful self-portraits that built landscapes and objects into his face; after migrating to New York in 1995 he used self-portraiture to create a surreal gestalt amalgam of landscapes and self-portraits culminating in his working simultaneously on 365 (one for each day of the year) paintings. Filled with live footage of David Arthur-Simons painting, dancing, singing and speaking candidly about his surreal paintings, as well as animated philosophical aphorisms about painting, 365 Days Out of My Mind offers a unique view into the mind and world of an artist created (almost) entirely by the artist. A film by and about David Arthur-Simons.
Not much progress has been made on this painting since it began in 2007. Yesterday I merely painted the two planks going across the hole in the ground out of which the two figure emerge.
Sometimes the painting sits for years (literally) till “something” finally happens that brings all the elements together (if what happened with other paintings in the series is an indication of what might happen in this painting).
I love watching each painting slowly emerge – without it seems to me – any input from me: after all I don’t think about each painting during the year until I come back to it the following year to work on it again – some times as in this case – to add very little or as evidenced in this painting also, to paint over elements I had previously painted into the painting.