March 5th, 2011

TV Time

Two recent TV series which, despite my low expectations, I have been watching, for “research purposes” are The Walking Dead and Being Human (UK version only).

The Walking Dead, on AMC, is based on a weekly comic series begun in 2003. It’s a zombie apocalypse tale set in the American South (Georgia), and better than a lot of zombie movies. The worst part is the first season had only 6 episodes and it’s been off now for many months. It shares a problem with a lot of high production TV: namely, suspense fades fast. I already forgot the characters’ names. I may have missed the undead for a while, but I got over it.

Being Human, decidedly more light-hearted, has a ridiculous premise: a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost shack up and try to pass as human in a working class Bristol neighbourhood. As embarrassing as this may sound, it is both funny and dramatic. Refreshingly, Mitchell the vampire, despite being abstinent and devastatingly handsome like his fellow male vampire stars Bill (True Blood) and Edward (Twilight) which I’ve mentioned before here and here, has no human ingénue to protect with his powers, and torture with his immortality. The worst thing about this series is the terrible and completely charmless American remake, hot on its heels and eager to capitalize on its success.

Vampire Diaries set in small town Virginia and currently in it’s second season on CW, is equally charmless. No amount of beautiful pouts can drag the teenaged characters from their dull lines and generic prettiness, and I lost interest long before the first diary entry (yes, the vampire does keep a diary, as does his human ingénue love interest).

February 16th, 2011

Roselee Goldberg Speaks at Pace University

The Fine Arts Department at Pace University welcomes distinguished Lecturer Roselee Goldberg on Tuesday February 22nd, 3:30pm – 4:30 pm.
1 Pace Plaza, Room W605

This lecture is open to the public, please join us!

Roselee Goldberg

Roselee Goldberg is the founding director and curator of Performa, a non-profit arts organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world, which launched New York’s first performance biennial is 2005.

She is an art historian, critic, and curator whose book Performance Art from Futurism to the Present, first published in 1979, pioneered the study of performance art.

November 8th, 2010

Dead of the Night

dead of the night evite, jillian mcdonald

October 23rd, 2010

Zombies! Drew University – Reception Nov 12

On Tuesday my solo show, Zombies!, curated by Lee Arnold opens in New Jersey and includes 3 videos, 2 drawings, and 2 lenticular photographs featuring, you guessed it, zombies!

A reception will be held Friday, Nov 12 at Drew University’s Korn Gallery, following a zombie makeup workshop and campus zombie sneak attack!

Read the exhibition essay by Kimberly Rhodes (pdf, 1.7 MB).

October 20th, 2010

Actors and Make-up Artists Needed for Performance Nov 13

Zombies, Victims, Make-up artists needed. No experience necessary (will train).

“Dead of the Night is a re-imagining of George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968) in the gallery space, where audience members are inserted into the narrative as the horror unfolds. Surrounded by menacing zombies and set within the context of a rural farmhouse, visitors attempt to evade the ghouls unyielding thirst for human flesh.”

zombies needed

October 8th, 2010

More Prairie Horrors

Photos below by Scott Wachal, U of M Fine Arts students and zombie extraordinaire (he’s the one who fully plunged into Lake Winnipeg…in…October).

prairie horror

prairie horror

prairie horror
Fred, dancing before the farmer attack scene.

prairie horror

prairie horror
This is not a wedding shoot.

prairie horror

prairie horror

prairie horror

October 7th, 2010

Home Home on the Range…

Last week I was in Winnipeg, my hometown, thanks to Cliff Eyland and Sigrid Dahle of Gallery One One One and The University of Manitoba. In half a week, I shot a new video titled A Prairie Horror, featuring the talents of various Winnipeg folks. These production photos are by Derek Brueckner, my fabulous Sunday assistant:

prairie horror

prairie horror

prairie horror

prairie horror

June 3rd, 2010

13 Drawings

happy birthday to me

I finished my Body Count Drawings, featuring slasher films, and the images are up! This detail is from Happy Birthday to Me (1981) – I saw the film in the mid-80s and this image freaked me out.

May 10th, 2010

Channeling all things “Zombie”


May, according to the Zombie Research Society, is zombie awareness month. It’s already the 10th, so if you’re behind I recommend sleeping with one eye open – starting now. Wear your grey ribbon (perhaps you have one you can recycle from other awarenesses such as Diabetes, Brain Cancer, and others).

Secondly, there is a band from Paris called Zombie Zombie – it’s trance music – get it?

And visit the blog for an upcoming DIY (as yet untitled) apocalyptic zombie film combining narrative fiction and contextual zombie-expert interviews… by Michael Frank of Rochester, NY. I met Michael in January in frozen Buffalo, NY and look forward to his feature.

And last but not least, this Studio 360 clip on zombies was sent to me from Sam Zimmerman in NYC:

May 10th, 2010

Body Count Drawing #7

Wildflowers are in their late spring phase. Yesterday I saw white-fringed phacelia, trout lily, flame azalia, wild iris, wild violet, pink lady slipper, and trilium. Also louse wort and squaw root which are cruel names for flowers. The squaw root is not a beauty:

squaw root

Meanwhile, I’ve been drawing unpleasant things.
Below are some details of Body Count Drawing 7: “The House on Sorority Row”

body count drawing, jillian mcdonald, house on sorority row

body count drawing, jillian mcdonald, house on sorority row

body count drawing, jillian mcdonald, house on sorority row

body count drawing, jillian mcdonald, house on sorority row