Archive for the ‘Billy Bob’ Category

Billy Bob and My Devotion Hit Rock Bottom

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

…momentarily at least. I can’t make promises in matters of the heart.

I’m tempted to put this in the “Horror” category. It is a sign of true friendship when your friends call to report the love of your life has crossed a line. I have very good friends, but some things I’d rather not know.

jillian mcdonald

I was alerted today not only by CBC Radios’ Q Facebook group but by myriad friends in Canada, the UK, and the US that my special someone starred in a new bad boy role today, and not in a good way. Bad boy is one thing – grumpy is another.

With heavy heart I report Billy Bob Thornton, interviewed on CBC’s Q today, has slightly fallen from my favour. I guess it was only a matter of time – 2009 marks seven years after Mr Thornton first set my heart aflutter.

The interview is here if you care to watch. I can’t bear it myself so I won’t embed the video. Note Mr Thornton “lumps” Canadian audiences into the descriptor “mashed potatos without gravy”, and then walks out on his own performance sans southern charm and with his fellow band members left to fill in the blanks, themselves as lively as zombies – the slow kind. Jian Ghomeshi, our host, doesn’t know what to make of the crew’s uber-melancholia.

The thousands of comments floating around on Facebook, Q’s blog, and Youtube, to name a few, grasp for explanations: drugs, depression, Hollywood arrogance, doomed acting career, “band as celebrity vanity project”, rudeness, etc.

For my part, I believe if BB had called me all those years ago, he might be a happier man today. Just sayin’…

Superfan in Vancouver

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Third Avenue Gallery

My solo show in Vancouver opened at Third Avenue Gallery on May 1, and will run through May 31. Minutes by foot from Granville Island, Third Avenue was awash in pink from blossoming trees all last week.

Including work from the past five years which can best be described as culture-jamming, the exhibition also features 2 new videos, Superfan and Staring Contest with Brad Pitt. I finished editing the latter a couple of hours before the show opened, the video equivalent of hanging a wet painting. The sweat was dripping from my brow.

Third Avenue Gallery
Third Avenue Gallery

From the press release:
Superfan stars Jillian Mcdonald riding in vehicles with costars Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent Gallo, and Donald Sutherland. Despite their attempts at conversation, the trio of male leads cannot shake her concentration on the Superbowl game. Staring Contest with Brad Pitt finds Mcdonald and Hollywood’s leading heartthrob locked in an endless gaze of a familiar childhood game. In To Vincent with Love“Mcdonald inserts herself digitally into scenes from Vincent Gallo’s film Buffalo 66” playing the ingénue opposite his socially awkward male lead. In Me and Billy Bob, she digitally manipulates romantic scenes from Hollywood films starring actor Billy Bob Thornton, creating a soft critique of celebrity obsession.”

Thank you to Michael Bjornson and Camille Graham for all their support and hard work on the installation!

Third Avenue GalleryThird Avenue GalleryThird Avenue GalleryThird Avenue GalleryThird Avenue GalleryThird Avenue GalleryThird Avenue GalleryThird Avenue Gallery

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.

Billy Bob stage act

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Billy Bob

I really hope BB is playing the role of a Vegas performer and isn’t on the Las Vegas circuit himself. I’m not sure what to make of this photo, grabbed from the interwebs, it’s too disturbing.

>>update, February 24: This is a photo of Billy Bob in his new band The Boxmasters which in live performance conjures television variety shows and electric hillbilly music.

Superfan

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

superfan

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:
fanatic

fanatic

fanatic

fanatic

fanatic

fanatic

Me and Billy Bob at Brock University

Monday, November 12th, 2007

rodman hall 1
rodman hall 2

curated by Gordon Hatt

Matchmaker, matchmaker, bring me a dream…

Monday, August 27th, 2007

roy dupuis

a grad student at a recently visited art school who shall remain nameless, but not quoteless, wrote to me:

Hey Jillian,
…I know that you love Billy Bob, but while you were speaking and hints of your Canadian accent came through, I kept on thinking that a Canadian love interest would suit you well. Maybe as your next obsession and/or a future project. His name is Roy Dupuis. He is a Canadian actor, but has done some American productions, including the TV series adaptation of La Femme Nikita, which aired on USA network. He is a solid actor, but much of his fame lies north of the border. Certainly a bad boy, gorgeous, and not pretentious….

While I do appreciate suggestions, I must assert that I do not have a “Canadian accent”. Please….

Billy Bob in Zombietown

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Recently I watched the film Chopper Chicks in Zombietown. It was recommended to me by Netflix, which speaks volumes about my recent film-watching habits. It also sums up my art interests of the past four years in one fell swoop and makes me feel kind of cheap. This was one of Billy Bob’s earliest films, long before “Sling Blade”, and was not his finest hour.

Billy Bob’s band on tour!

Sunday, August 12th, 2007

The tour is under way but you can still catch him in Texas, Colorado, Florida, Alabama, Portland or in 3 Canadian cities – Vancouver, Calgary, and Saskatoon. I’m a little disappointed he didn’t invite me on tour for one of our famous duets. There are no New York dates on the tour – I wonder if he’s avoiding me…

click for full tour schedule