On the Hook

November 25, 2008 at 12:53 pm | Posted in vlog | Leave a comment
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I was intrigued by a news article that arrived in my inbox about an artist who resorted to what some call extreme measures to express herself in this week’s art news. We are not strangers to artists who like to bring a little intensity to a situation, an immediacy piercing affords. For the artist Alice Newstead, the effort was effective in making the art world know about her efforts. We wholeheartedly understand the frustration of trying to get your audience’s attention. BRITAIN-ANIMALS-PROTEST

For example, I got a last minute call to film an art performance on November 5, 2008, in Portland Oregon, by no one other than the first artist ever to express interest in Arte Vivant,  which was name of the show during the pilot – which was from April 23, 2007 to May 31, 2007.

Dr. JohnnyWOW! finds himself in a strange situation as an artist. picture-72He has a studio, is a full-time artist, retired, and has hundreds of visitors to his art gallery every month. Despite this, he unhappy with the situation, one of the topics of his performance at the BlackBird Wine Shop in Portland.

I’ve learned a lot about him in his frank discussions about the state of art and awareness, and I’ve kept my eyes and ears open to what he has to say. I enjoyed editing this last video because of the humor of the situation.

I’ll post more information about his next show for the December artwalk where we’ll get to see more of his video presentation as well as a live demonstration for the art about his frustration. This seasoned artist resorts to strange but not-so-painful efforts to get some kind of feedback or commentary from his large monthly audience.

When I first read the description of the artist that hung herself in the window of a gallery in a method referred to as Suspension, I immediately thought of the compelling performance which was a visual delight for your humble host to document!

My mental stability and my Canon HV20 survived the show, and while I had a sore back from doing hand held for the entirety of their two night performance, it is some of the best footage I’ve shot. Still working on the edit.

I don’t want to give away too many of the antics of the group since I am actually planning an interview with this organization, whose events I’ve been documenting for most of 2007 as I followed the now disbanded Midway Orchestra, in their adventures of a new band playing for some rather unorthodox performers.

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Despite all I saw last summer, nothing quite prepared me for March 15, 2008, when I first filmed a performance by a member of the local Butoh performers Death Posture. I am shooting an event with them and their rather interesting guests soon, and I look forward to this event with great anticipation.

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