Tahiti – Moorea (2012) by Thomas Tronel-Gauthier participates to the Everyday Abstraction : Images at Work Abstract room project.
This video was shot on the return trip from an artist’s residence in the Marquesas Islands, from the famous boat Aremity Ferry, which links Tahiti to Moorea, a true paradise destination in Polynesia. It shows the graphic aspect of the sun ricocheting on the surface of the water, and also the volume and the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean. The singular pulse of the boat provides its rhythm to the image filmed in still frame (…). This 2 minutes crossfade loop replays an endless crossing without starting point nor end point. The image oscillates between a graphic abstraction close to that of a scratched film or to a television screen with no signal, and moments of materiality where the contrasts of water range from a great variety of ultramarine blues to black and white.
Thomas Tronel-Gautier, Tahiti-Moorea, 2012 / HD video / 2'00 loop. © Thomas Tronel-Gauthier, Courtesy Thomas Tronel-Gauthier.