April 9th, 2008

Living Dead Girls

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.

March 25th, 2008

My Horror Top Ten!

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.

March 18th, 2008

Walking Contraposto

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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.

March 17th, 2008

Vamping

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.

March 16th, 2008

New Smile

teeth

I had a little dental work done in the windy city.

March 16th, 2008

Strange Beauty

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”.

March 13th, 2008

Haunted chandelier

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.

March 12th, 2008

Tetris Fans

tetris shelves

I confess I love the game. I never really get tired of positioning those falling, brightly coloured pieces. I don’t have to kill anyone, and occasionally I catch myself fitting tetris shapes against the tops of buildings in the sky.
Today I was perusing some fan fiction on fanfiction.net and came across a juicy tidbit about a girl who falls in love with a tetris piece. I’ve been reading a fascinating academic book titled “The Adoring Audience: Fan Culture and Popular Media”, edited by Lisa Lewis. In it, Joli Jenson offers a fan vs aficionado comparison that situates the two as versions of the same thing, varying mainly in class and economy. John Fiske heralds the productivity of fans, “Popular culture is produced by the people out of the products of the cultural industries” (p. 37). Indeed.

In related news, the image above is part of a product line made by Brave Space in Brooklyn, whose design is solid but colour choice pales. I noticed the suggested configurations, except this one, all crown the shelving owner a tetris wiz – few blank spaces here ;)

March 7th, 2008

Squeezing in Nick Cave

nick cave

Between a long train ride to Baltimore’s MICA yesterday, and today’s fog-delayed flight to Chicago where I’m working at Three Walls Gallery, Beckley and I saw Nick Cave perform last night in New York. After a week of 5:30am risings, and on the eve of another, I literally dragged myself to the event, but Cave’s performance was rousing and super fun. Nick’s sporting a 70′s moustache these days, which you can see in the stunning detail rendered by my cellphone. In the photo the spectacle looks like Niagara Falls at night – both astonishing forces even after all these years.

February 22nd, 2008

Presto change-o!

cuttlefish

After reading an article in The New York Times during a recent two-hour frigid midnight subway ride, I am now a huge admirer of the cunning cuttlefish. Related to the octopus and squid, cuttlefish are cephalopods, masters of disguise, and hapless performance artists. Research scientist and marine biologist Dr. Hanlon studies their incredible camouflage ability in his lab and in their underwater environments.

Check this NOVA Video featuring Cuttlefish, and Dr. Hanlon’s footage of an octopus instantly reversing it’s camouflage. It’s real.