As part of my one person exhibit at CRS (running through November 30), we'll be screening two of my documentaries this coming Friday. Goodwoman, winner of the 2016 LA Film Invasion Grand Jury Award, and The Red Umbrella Diaries, directed by Dave Kornfield, which I co-produced and cut.
Folks who know me primarily as a filmmaker have been asking what I'm showing. Here's a brief explanation.
The main body and newest work in the show are the Limited Edition Denominations. These are prototypes of art made with cryptocurrency. Inspired by several of the activists I was privileged to work with on recent documentaries, they are an attempt to make art that has a positive and direct impact on the world.
In this experiment each print is a document representing a unit of cryptocurrency, in this case 1/100th of an Ether (1 eth = $273.59 as of this writing). Eth is the name of the currency associated with Ethereum and is connected by the QR code located at the bottom center of the piece to data representing the cryptocurrency. When the work is complete, 1 set of the edition is for sale to the public and another set of the edition is donated to organizations such as the ACLU or the International Relief Fund for use as collateral or for sale. If the value of the cryptocurrency or artwork increases so does it’s ability to directly benefit others.
In this case the beauty of the flower acts as a lure or trap, drawing the viewer in close enough to read the “fine print,” examples of the devil's bargain we unthinkingly make through the course of any given day.
mosaics are made from many photos stitched together into one image. like a panorama, but twitchier.
In this case, invisible selfies.
I disappear into an artificial space-time generated by my phone.
The image is composed of several pictures taken from one spot,
i think of them as inverted graffiti. Rather than leave a mark, I take one. Taggers and I share a love for the street and chunky, irregular shapes that encapsulate an image.
Back when the twentieth century was fresh and movies were a hand cranked, 4 minute reel of celluloid, Russian filmmaker Lev Kuleshov experimented with putting moving images next to each other and establishing and artificial continuity known as montage. The Kuleshov Effect is that trick the machine plays on our minds to create an illusion of reality that we immerse ourselves in through the day. In my opinion these experiments changed the world as much as any of the great inventions of the twentieth century. Like alternating current, antibiotics or other advances that have changed the lives of millions, montage has grown into a visual language that has shaped the perceptions of a species on a global scale.
Montage is at the heart of my work as a film and video editor and diptychs, the most rudimentary tool of my craft, are a way of exploring both the quantum core and outer limits of the instrument.
The art of the edits is what happens in your head as your brain tries to draw connections between the images. Sometimes the Edits are simple visual puns, or cartoons, others are aesthetic comments or political statements. A lot of them are from a series called Studies For An Untitled Space Opera, which is kind of a science fiction film running in my head. There’s a couple years my sci fi hallucination @ www.ectstaticabyss.tumblr.com
There are issues of appropriation addressed in the work. All of these images come from jpegs dragged from my browser into my miscellaneous jpeg folder. Jpegs are the seashells of the internet, washing up in pretty waves upon the beaches of our device. The intent is not to steal the work of individual artists but to weave a skein of unexpected connections in the head of the viewer.
The fact that this work is found in the bathrooms is nod to working conditions often found in the industry.
There are several large PoP panels displayed exclusively on opening reception and documentary screening nights.
I'll be showing Edits, like the one on the poster, Limited Edition Denominations, and Mosaic Photos. There will also be two movie nights with details to come.
Dai wearing Bridge Of Swerve. First favorite picture. More to come.
FRESH FROM IT'S SCREENING AT THE 2017 AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL IN PALM SPRINGS, I'VE PULLED THE FILM FROM FUTURE FESTIVALS AND HAVE RELEASED GOODWOMAN ON THE WEB, WHERE It's VIEWABLE FREE OF CHARGE.
From the web to the real world and back again.
Now I'm going to have to take one of these fucking things everywhere I go.
Goodwoman screened to an enthusiastic crowd on a hot April Saturday in Palm Springs at the American Documentary Film Festival.