History

In 1981 to the mid 1990s Thomas Lisle worked predominantly with Glitch TV images which formed the basis for a series of slide installations prints, books and videos.

These images where made by detuning TV sets to get new and unique abstractions and capturing the results on video and stills camera. The works are concerned with painterly abstraction as well as Televison culture. They are deconstructionist by nature. No actual painting is involved in the production of these artworks. Many hours of video tape and weeks of work to find exciting interesting glitches go into the making of these artworks, only a small percentage of the results would be selected for exhibition. The idea from the outset was to find new ways to abstract the figure and the portrait, to have a fresh new perspective on painterly abstraction, which resonated with the times and culture of the early eighties. As the artworks existed as photos and videos Lisle developed new and innovative ways to present the artworks as projections, making the artworks up to 10m wide for a single slide, the only limitation being the power the bulb.

The artist is currently reviewing and digitising his vast archive of glitch work, some 300 hours of video footage and approx 12000 transparencies. starting at the beginning and working his way to 1990 and his final glitch art piece "A Domestic Opera" which was part funded by the Arts Council.



Videos




Stills

All TV glitches caught on 35mm film and now digitised 1981 to 1991


1981 Glitch images
From Pototemizing 1983 approx 300 slides.  Pototemizing means willfull self destruction I'm not the subject of these art works I'm just the object that's being abstracted. Abstraction is the subject, and new ways of abstraction in a time based and painterly style, (there's no actual painting)
From Pototemizing 1983 approx 300 slides
From Pototemizing 1983 approx 300 slides
1982 selection of glitch images - 30 slides
From "A walk in the garden" 1983/4 approx 200 slides.  A walk in the garden refers to a journey into the possibilities of glitch art. The model is not the subject of these art works she's just the object that's being abstracted. Abstraction is the subject, and new ways of abstraction in a time based and painterly style, (there's no actual painting)
From "A walk in the garden" 1983/4 approx 200 slides
From "Debbie" 1983/4 approx 60 slides
From "I Claudius" 1984 approx 50 slides
From I Claudius 1984 approx 50 slides
paintings with felt tips and watercolour on 35mm transparency acetate for projection 1985 approx 150 slides
From "Aeroplane" 1987 approx 200 slides
From "Aeroplane" 1987 approx 200 slides
From Fish out of Water 1986/7 approx 250 slides
From "Celebrating Cezanne" 1988 approx 50 slides.
From "New York Match boxes" 1987 approx 50 slides.
From "Geometry" 1987/8 approx 200 slides. The geometry that is being glitched is computer generated geometric shapes made in a Windows basic paint program, my Mac SE30 was still black and white.
From "Geometry" 1987/8 approx 200 slides
From "Veronique" 1988 approx 100 slides
From "Veronique" 1988 approx 100 slides
From "Feedback" 1988 approx 50 slides
From "Nude study 1" 1990 approx 100 slides
"Tree" 1990 approx 200 slides, show with the Crafts Council and Common Ground touring exhibition
"Figure "study 2" 1990 approx 200 slides
"Figure "study 3" 1990 approx 200 slides
From "A Domestic Opera" total 2500 slides  "Ballet in the bedroom"   approx 275 slides
From "A Domestic Opera 1990 approx 2500 slides
From "A Domestic Opera 1990 approx 2500 slides
From "Bedroom dislocation" 1990 approx 200 slides
From "Patrick the dog" 1990 approx 30 slides