May 31st, 2012

Scotland Bound

glenfiddich artists

May 15th, 2012

Slasher Cycle

Stills from a 4-channel video in post-production. Feet were dragging on this one, but a corner was turned today and I got excited again. Something about the colour.

This was shot in 2008 at the Headlands Center for the Arts in California.

Freddy, played by Joe McKay
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Jason, played by Pavel Kruk

Leatherface, played by Beckley Roberts

Michael, played by Reid Johnston

December 10th, 2011

Body Count

Installation images: exhibition at Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University, NYC.

Jillian Mcdonald, Body Count, Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University

Jillian Mcdonald, Body Count, Peter Fingesten Gallery, Pace University

December 10th, 2011

Volunteer Vampirism

Say no more…

December 10th, 2011

Wonderful Parade of Xmas Demons in Graz

Krampus, the Austrian Christmas boogieman (via NPR), beware all naughty kiddos.

Note to self: plan Graz vacation next Winter!

December 10th, 2011

Horror Stories – Sneak Peek

I’ve been working on a new web project called Horror Stories with Julie Gill, a programmer who is also a ballet dancer. Here’s a sneak peek at the visuals. I am hoping to launch it soon.

Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald
Horror Stories, Jillian Mcdonald

November 7th, 2011

Staring at Vampires

Hunger Jillian Mcdonald

I’ve been working on a new video, Hunger – a series of three staring contests with TV and film vampires. I inserted myself digitally into scenes from Twilight (New Moon), True Blood, and Being Human. As the (replaced) ingénue hopeful of shared immortality, I am locked in endless staring contests with Edward, Bill, and Mitchell – the leading male vampires from these series who share brooding good looks, apparent youth, advanced vampire years, immortality’s curse, abstinence from blood and in some cases sex, and an ability to pass as mortal. These are the new breed vampires of our dreams – insatiable, beautiful, charming, yet dangerous. Separate hungers unite them with their mortal prey. Time is suspended in the staring contests which no one wins and no one loses. In installation three larger than life projections play simultaneously, forcing the viewer to either shift their gaze between screens constantly in order to catch a blink; or to simply indulge in an infinite loop.

Hunger is a commission of Revised Projects and the New Forms Media Society for the Electric Speed project series, curated by Kate Armstrong and Malcolm Levy. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts which last year invested $11.8 million in media arts throughout Canada.

Hunger Jillian Mcdonald

Hunger Jillian Mcdonald

Hunger Jillian Mcdonald

Hunger Jillian Mcdonald

Hunger Jillian Mcdonald

November 4th, 2011

“Better off Dead” – scholarly treatise on the walking dead

Better Off Dead

Better Off Dead is a new scholarly book edited by Sarah Juliet Lauro and Deborah Christie (Fordham Press). It features a chapter titled Zombies Invade Performance Art…and Your Neighbourhood, featuring Thea Munster’s Toronto Zombie Walks and my own artworks. Cover art and other images from my recent work. Well written and researched, the book is not another campy zombie book; this one considers the post-human archetype from some surprising angles.

November 4th, 2011

“Beyond Galleries” magazine article

art experience NYC

Images and interview segments, of my work and others’ in article Beyond Art Galleries by Claire Lieberman, Art Experience NYC magazine (Fall 2011). Read the article online, pp 16 – 33

April 19th, 2011

New Catalogue, “Horrified”

cover, horrified catalogue

Here is a catalogue of my recent horror-related artworks which can be downloaded or viewed online as a pdf.

Text by Virginia Spivey. 16 pages, 3.6 MB