Watch Bob Ross simultaneously paint 31 landscapes
You want to binge watch episodes of “The Joy of Painting” but you don't have the time. No worries. Columbus artist Tyler Bohm has overlaid 31 episodes into one file — video and audio from all of them playing simultaneously in one two-and-a-half-minute-long loop.
The good news is that watching 31 episodes of Bob Ross at once still results in a mostly recognizable landscape painting. The bad news is that Ross' soothing, approachable speaking voice becomes a haunting, discomforting melange of sound.
Bohm's “Crash Course” is one of 39 works in ROY G BIV Gallery's “ImageOHIO 19” exhibition at the Shot Tower Gallery at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School. The gallery's 19th annual exhibition of photo, video, digital and new media work was guest-curated by Jennifer Lange, curator of the Film/Video Studio Program at the Wexner Center for the Arts, and will remain on view through Feb. 22.
ROY G BIV Gallery Director Haley Kedziora said the exhibition is typically held off-site and therefore is not really impacted by ROY's temporary itinerant status, as the former Short North gallery awaits the opening of its new digs in Franklinton. She also said this exhibition has remained consistent in intent through the years, while broadening in scope in response to new technology and the fresh and often unexpected ways in which artists employ it in their making.
“There has obviously been a lot of change since 2000. There are things that are happening now and pieces being made now that wouldn't or couldn't have been 19 years ago,” Kedziora said. One such piece is Bohm's moving images-meets-sculpture piece, which uses an iPad for presentation.
“It starts with an idea, and then I find the technology that enables it,” Bohm said of the inclusion of new media in his work. “When you start seeing what software is capable of and what people are doing with it, you start to think maybe certain things are feasible.”
Bohm created a Plexiglas sculpture that frames the iPad screen, adding what he called “emoji-like buttons” that even further simplify the video content. But, in the end, it's the video that captivates.
“Visually, I didn't try to line [the episodes] up because I think the whole point of it was to see what kind of composition you can get from small variations,” Bohm said. “I've done a series of these around the vague idea of condensing a lot of information down into a simplistic form. It's not so much about Bob Ross, but more about the way people consume information these days, because there's so much of it.
“But I love Bob Ross, too, so it's not just a purely random subject.”