Archive for the ‘Art’ Category


Sunday, February 3rd, 2008


Here’s a still from a new video I shot and am now editing for an upcoming show in Ottawa, called Superfan. It is short and features “found performances” of Billy Bob Thornton, Donald Sutherland, and Vincent Gallo.

Sharing the Love in Richmond

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

tattoing richmond

After many days of installing my show at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia, we had an opening reportedly attended by some 3,000 people. Many of them lined up to share the Billy Bob love by getting tattooed, including the little one pictured here. Billy Bob fans come in all sizes. Thanks so much to all the fabulous people of Richmond who spent endless hours with me on the installation and planning. Especially Brad Birchett, Vaughn Garland, and Diego Sanchez. Also Ron, Alison, Katherine, Matt, Garth, Curtis, Justin, and Jessi – you guys rock! If I am forgetting anyone, thank you thank you. It is great to come to a city like Richmond and find such a generous and vibrant art community that is this welcoming and that much fun!

See more at 1708 Gallery’s blog!

Images of the exhibition:






Fanatical in Richmond

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008


Fanatic, a solo show, opens at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, Virginia on February 1st.

From the press release,
“This exhibition highlights work from the past five years which can best be described as culture-jamming.

In Mcdonald’s recent work spanning video, web art, performance, and photography, she addresses the American cult of celebrity, the fantasy that buoys extreme fandom, and the mechanisms of “fear as entertainment” at work in horror films. The presence of her image in the work serves not as a self-portrait, but as a projection of universal emotions such as desire or fear. In “Me and Billy Bob”, she digitally manipulated romantic scenes from Hollywood films starring actor Billy Bob Thornton, creating a soft critique of celebrity obsession. In “Screaming”, she inserted herself into popular horror films such as The Shining and Alien, screaming at the monsters to scare them away or blow them to smithereens. She confounds the traditional roles of “victim” and “predator”, or “star” and “fan”, to transcend cinematic conventions. In “Horror Makeup” she applies makeup on a daily subway commute, transforming herself into a zombie.

Caitlin Jones, of Rhizome, writes that her “work is distinct from many other artists also concerned with the cinematic. Not simply interested in issues of narrative, time, space, or the like, Mcdonald looks specifically at the genres romance and horror and how these constructions become a part of our own experiences” (Rhizome, Oct 8, 2007). ”

Fanatic, as in fan addict.

Instant Fix

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

dana wyse

I have been waiting for this my entire adult life, it’s better than a happy pill. Artist Dana Wyse, who hails from Vancouver and lives in Paris, makes countless products which promise instant creativity, fame, orgasm, pilot skills, showers, Afros, television appreciation, Canadian-ness, belief in god, and practically everything else your heart desires. Think of all the time you’ll save. She also makes Grow up to be Gay play kits for kids, Goldfish Resuscitation Powder, and Genuine Celebrity Sperm kits featuring the likes of Mikhail Gorbachev. All packaging circa 1950. Run don’t walk, here’s a French article on her magic pills.


Saturday, January 19th, 2008


I bought a plastic and crystal chandelier on EBay for a new interactive video. It’s fabulous but unfortunately part of it broke. After much trial and error to fix the broken limb, my studiomate helped me hang it today. I’m pretty sure it’s haunted, or will be when I’m through with it.

Canadian Martyrs

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Martyrdom of The Great One

In Miami last month, I ran into fellow Winnipeger Diana Thorneycroft. I missed her work at Photo Miami, because a day of beach laziness, iguana tracking, and stone crab was a far more attractive offer than another marathon session at the art fairs. Later I visited her website and came across her 2006 photographic series featuring Canadian Martyrs.

My favourite is Martyrdom of the Great One, where Gretzky is torn asunder amidst a flock of terribly calm Canadian Geese. Yesterday I watched a few documentaries about Gretzky while researching a new video, and learned that number 99 was the only number ever retired from the NHL. I also found that the great one doesn’t have a lot to say, and barely blinks. The lions and tigers are priceless, not everyone is aware that Canada is home to these beasts.

Pictured above, Martyrdom of the Great One.

Winter in Williamsburg at A.M. Richard Fine Art

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

snow stories

Now that it’s finally cold in Brooklyn, Snow Stories is in a wintry show titled No Wonderland in Winter in Williamsburg – shiver shiver! From the press release, “Winter is a time capsule of desolation, decay, discomfort, isolation, frost, obscurity, death and stillness. The eight artists presented all work in distinct mediums – be it paint (Joel Adas, Jessica Weiss), computer animation and film (Jillian Mcdonald), line drawing (Sascha Mallon), photography (Andrew Garn, Vanina Feldsztein, Stephen Mallon) or clay (Michelle Sholtis).”

A.M. Richard Fine Art, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
January 18th 2008-February 17th, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday January 18th from 6-9pm

more info

Winter in Zombie Land

Monday, December 24th, 2007

avoca in winter

View of the road where we shot “Zombie Loop”, in full winter dress. Somewhere along the way, this land in Avoca, Wisconsin became my muse. No art-making this time, just a quiet winter vacation.

Carol Kino online

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Carol Kino, who wrote an article about my work last year for The New York Times’ Arts and Leisure section, mounted a new website this week archiving her plentiful and varied articles for The New York Times, Art + Auction, Art in America, and many others.

From her website, “Early on, I prided myself on being an “outsider” art critic. These days, I can’t claim that status – but I still try to retain that perspective.” She does – visit Kino’s website and enjoy!

Bitmap: as Good as New

Monday, November 19th, 2007

bitmap image

Marcin Ramocki curated a show titled B I T M A P: as Good as New for vertexList gallery opening Saturday Nov 24. It sounds great, I am making a minimal animation for the show (yes still), image above. It’ll scare the pants off you!

“B I T M A P: as good as new” is proud to feature: Cory Arcangel, Chris Ashley, Mike Beradino, Mauro Ceolin, Petra Cortright, Paul Davis, DELAWARE, Notendo (Jeff Donaldson), Eteam, Dragan Espenschied, Christine Gedeon, Kimberley Hart, Daniel Iglesia, JODI, Olia Lialina, LoVid, Kristin Lucas, David Mauro, Jillian Mcdonald, Tom Moody, Aron Namenwirth, Mark Napier, Nullsleep, Marisa Olson, Will Papenheimer, Prize Budget for Boys, Jim Punk, Akiko Sakaizumi, Paul Slocum, Eddo Stern and CJ Yeh.