Dr. JohnnyWOW! Video

February 3, 2009 at 9:52 am | Posted in Art, Artists, Music, Life, Art, News, vlog, Work | Leave a comment
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I hope this is the first of many times I help artists in their efforts to take it to another level. All the best to Dr. JohnnyWOW!

An art walk in the dark

December 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm | Posted in 1, Music, Life, Art, News | Leave a comment
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Last winter wasn’t like this one. This is my second year producing my video and art show, and I expected this fall to be mellow and rejuvenating after spending most of my summer in the south bay, California.

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I missed my dog, was behind on projects, and other constraints and my new freewheeling lifestyle demanded I start working harder at my freelance ambitions. Despite all that, I’ve been able to keep up the pace with the art. Lots of art events happen in the fall, especially in Seattle. While its not known for being a 24 hour city, there’s definitely a night life.

One like I have never seen in my 6 years in San Francisco, exposed to the painted writhing denizens of the underground art scene by the bay. That is home to an excess of decadence and disdain. I saw a few things in my time there as a student! I didn’t enjoy most of it.

I hoped Seattle would be a refreshing change. I really hope to meet more artists in SF but I’m usually so busy with classes or meetings its hard to find the time, so instead I just sublet lofts in the painted alleys of the Mission district instead.

Back to my promise last week, here are some shots from                    December 4, 2008

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The Doctor wanted to try something different this month. He’s not content to have hoardes of young viewers shuffle through his studio month after month on the First Thursday artwalk. He wants a response, some feedback, perhaps a comment on how his art affects the viewer. This evening the Doctor was trying out some new art pieces and showing video of his new direction was part of the equation.

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I rented a projector and showed video of my edit for his upcoming 28 minute episode on SCAN TV. The audience Johnny has a gripe with didn’t seem to react any differently than they are known to. Its a big warehouse full of artists, so everyone is always on the move.

The audience was actually commenting once Dr. JohnnyWOW! dived into his slasher presentation. I am incorporating this into the episode so that you have a context for it, so I’ll post this video once I get the new footage worked into the current edit.

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The past few months I have either shot two times a month, in contrast to the 20 a month days or more I was shooting during the competition that started all this madness. This month, the most peaceful of all, see me leaving the state not once, but twice. The madness never ends.

More about next week’s excitement soon.

I missed the performances they had because I had to keep an eye on my equipment, but I did drop in, say hello, shoot a little footage downstairs on the 2nd floor, at Blank Space Gallery.

The artist behind Efflux Creations was there as part of the art show. It had been at least 6 months since I met him and he looked busy so I went back to my shooting.

Blank Space Gallery has a really nice space, and are working hard to put on some good art shows. Keep up the good work Mindi, Riley, and Leo,!

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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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