Jason Mitcham

Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise, 2010

American, b. 1979

4:20 minutes 

Music by the Avett Brothers

Courtesy of the artist

Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise

November 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017

Fleckenstein Video Gallery

Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise, described as a moving painting, explores notions of temporality, evolution, and modernity. Artist Jason Mitcham made 2,600 alterations to a single canvas to produce this stop-motion video. Creating in this way becomes less about the final painting and more about the evolution of the narrative. According to Mitcham, the purpose of each brushstroke “is to bridge the one before it and the one that will follow it. More than likely it will be overlayed later on, by other marks needed to tell another part of the story. The painting must be allowed to destroy itself in order to become itself. This correlates to the concepts within the work, and the video excavates the painting, allowing its history and narrative to be revealed.”

View the making of Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise.