Archive for the ‘Horror’ Category

Haunted chandelier

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

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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.

Sharing the Love in Richmond

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

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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:
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Fanatical in Richmond

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

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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.

Chandelier

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

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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.

Bitmap: as Good as New

Monday, November 19th, 2007

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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.

Press for “Waking the Dead” at Moti Hasson

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Here is some nice press for my very recent solo show in New York (Oct 10 – Nov 11):

1. Last Chance: Trent Morse on Jillian Mcdonald at Moti Hasson, New York, by Trent Morse, The Saatchi Gallery, November 9th, 2007.

2. Jillian McDonald at Moti Hasson by S.C Squibb, Art Cal, October 25, 2007.

3. Night of the Living Awes – BUST magazine online, November 1, 2007

4. Daydream Believer by Caitlin Jones, Rhizome, October 8, 2007

5. La Semana de los Muertos en N.Y. by Juan Fernando Merino, El Diario, October 28, 2007

6. ART MORE OR LESS by Julia Morton, New York Press, 2007

7. Also, Tom Moody wrote a short post on his blog about my new video, “The Screaming”
Jillian McDonald’s Screaming Video by Tom Moody, October 16, 2007

Monsters Descend on Moti Hasson Gallery

Monday, November 12th, 2007

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Hallowe’en performance with zombie and vampire converts, plus some less terrifying party-goers – October 31, 2007
photos by Andrew Garn and Marie Anne Richard

Beautiful Zombies

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

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Luke Moloney, Canadian new media artist and engineer, sent me this photo he took at a Zombie Walk in Toronto, of kissing zombies. Ah, young love!

Art of Horror

Thursday, November 8th, 2007

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Today through Saturday there is an international conference on horror and contemporary art in Ludwigsburg, Germany, titled The Art of Horror. It is being held at the Baden-Württemburg Film Academy, and was organized by Christian Jankowski. Melissa Ragona, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, will screen my work during her seminar on the Modern Gothic and resurgence of issues of abjection and horror in contemporary art.

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

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I’m performing for a Hallowe’en party tomorrow night at Moti Hasson Gallery, to accompany my exhibition Waking the Dead. Beckley Roberts, Anne Marie Richard, and Andrew Garn will be performing along with me.
Costumes, especially scary ones, welcome! Or come prepared to be transformed…

Wednesday October 31, Hallowe’en, 2007, 7pm
Moti Hasson Gallery
535 West 25th Street
New York, NY
212.268.4444