Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Living Dead Girls

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

hildwine

While in Chicago I met artist Jeriah Hildwine, a painter whose acrylic series Living Dead Girls features goth girls slaying the naked and grisly undead, in nightmarish colour. Best are the portraits of his protagonist zombie slayers, especially Zombie Hunter Elizabeth, pictured in the detail above. She seems to enjoy her role, and I like her attitude, clad in school girl plaid.

My Horror Top Ten!

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

night of the living dead

Here’s a feature on American Classic Movies TV Channel’s website about my recent horror work, based on an interview from last week. Written by Christine Fall, it’s a semi-regular feature called “who loves horror?” and includes my top ten horror film list. #1 is the classic Night of the Living Dead, pictured horrifically above.
Read the feature in a separate browser window.

Walking Contraposto

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

contraposto

I bought this incredible western shirt, the answer to my dreams, online. The animation above was created from the seller’s images, and reminds me of Bruce Nauman’s performance tape Walk with Contraposto from 1969, where he walked in an exaggerated hip-swaying manner up and down a narrow corridor. Then again, how else would one walk in this shirt? Billy Bob eat your heart out.

Vamping

Monday, March 17th, 2008

vamp

To celebrate St. Patricks’ Day I filmed a performance on the elevated train this weekend with the help of young Chicago filmmaker Liz Hood. The resulting video is a companion piece to Horror Make-up from 2006. I’ve been thinking about this performance for over a year, and can’t believe it took me this long to execute. I guess I’ve been busy.

Strange Beauty

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

josie mccoy painting

Josie McCoy is a painter who divides her time between London and Valencia, Spain. Beckley and I met her in 2006 in Valencia when she introduced us to far better cuisine than we were able to find on our own, and a deceptively alcoholic orange cocktail called Waters of Valencia. Her paintings are stunning, beautiful, and eerily unsettling – watery cyan flesh mimics the haunting glow of the TV screen. They memorialize the glamourous beauty of screen actresses that seems at once temporary, translucent and as artificial as painting itself. These perfect close-up moments where ripe red lips, expression-filled eyes, and flawless skin prevail is how the star struck remember their screen idols – far from the trashy paparazzi shots in supermarket tabloids.

Visit Josie’s website for more images. The recent painting above, of Sun Kwon, from ABC’s “LOST”.

Haunted chandelier

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

chandelier

Break through! I’ve been working on an interactive video installation titled The Sparkling for months – very sporadically – and it’s finally coming together. Luckily, since it’s in a show opening April 4. I was frustrated for days with the program – written by programmer Josh Rose – which just would not talk to my videos. But sleepless in Chicago at 3am I had a brainstorm and figured out the missing link. The projected video chandelier will shiver and make eerie noises based on visitors’ proximity to the image, in reference to many films – horror and otherwise – in which the haunted chandelier signals a larger presence.

Snow Stories in Brooklyn

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

snow stories

Here is a shot of the installation of Snow Stories at A.M. Richard Fine Art in Brooklyn, in it’s own little white room.

Valencia Graffiti

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

I just came across these great photos taken by Beckley and/or I of amazing graffiti in Valencia, Spain.

spain graffiti

spain graffiti

spain graffiti

VDay

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

screen kiss

Hey it’s Valentine’s Day. If you don’t love someone, make it up – they don’t have to know about it.

Superfan Two

Friday, February 8th, 2008

super fan

…another still from Superfan. That Vincent Gallo always causes me trouble, like the endless hours I spent today and yesterday and the day before trying to match the colour and grain of his film stock. Don’t get me started.