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Saving 30 Days of Night

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

30 days of night

This is the least haunting image I can find from the film I started watching last night: the male lead trapped in an attic while bloodthirsty savages (vampires like you haven’t seen them before, see below) claw and pry the windows. I started watching it but quickly realized this was not a film for Jillian to watch alone, at night. So I’ll save it for next week’s trip to Québec City, where no doubt I’ll watch it even more alone, at night.

The snowbound “Alaskan” landscape is stunning, though the darkened town was filmed on a sound stage in New Zealand. Note to self: more footage for Snow Stories. Another snow covered landscape signaling despair, doom, and entrapment. There is no explanation so far for why the townspeople can’t simply drive away.

These vampires are more closely related in demeanor and appearance to the furious and faster frame rate zombies of recent films like 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Land of the Dead etc, than to debonair and handsome Hollywood vampires played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas. That’s a relief.


They resemble the original Nosferatu, or even the blind post-human cave dwellers in The Descent – batlike, with razor teeth.

Gone is the slow courtship, the stealth, the dark beauty… these vampires are messy, blood covered, and undeniably inhuman deadly monsters.

pictured above: 30 Days of Night, and Nosferatu.

Ode to a Prairie town; and Doing it, bug-style

Saturday, April 26th, 2008


The Tribeca Film Festival’s screening 2 nights ago of Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg was delightful – particularly enhanced by his own live narration in Winnipeg twang, and paired with Isabella Rosellini’s hilariously funny Green Porno micro-shorts describing the bizarre sexual practices of common bugs. She plays the costumed male of each species as well as various hermaphrodites, and is subjected to all manner of physical trauma. The low tech effects are enchanting. Beckley and I agreed that these should be shown to kids, and also would work well in a gallery installation. Rick Gilbert, Green Porno‘s producer who I recognized from somewhere (Winnipeg, it turns out), told me they have been trying various configurations as they tour the work. Stay tuned for her second series featuring sea creatures!

Maddin’s signature blurry style of a bygone era in endless snow grace this documentary/travelogue of our shared prairie home town. Its highlights include a hockey match between historical hockey greats amidst the wrecking ball demolition of their beloved arena; a reenactment of Maddin’s childhood living room complete with dead father exhumed like a mound of dirt beneath the carpet; a steamy coming-of age in arena locker rooms and the subterranean levels of a public pool; and Golden Boy pageantry in the otherwise dull and fading Paddlewheel family restaurant.

My favourite line references the newly erected MTS building looking “like a zombie in a cheap new suit” where Canada’s iconic Eaton’s department store once proudly stood. I’ve been away from home for a long long time – thanks for the memories, however self-deprecating.

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.

weather widget

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

widget weather

I heart my Apple default weather widget, and although I try others, I come back to it every time. For example, who wouldn’t love the melting sun icon that lasts all summer in Brooklyn, the fat happy snowflakes, or the disintegrating particles of sparkling white atmosphere? Today I looked up Winnipeg’s weather because my whole family is there right now, except for me. It’s a good thing I couldn’t make it…as best I can tell from the visual iconography, in two days Winnipeg will be obliterated.

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

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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.