AUDIENCE INTERACTION HELPS CREATE THESE MILKY PORTRAITS BY BEN TRICKLEBANK

Filmmaker and photographer, Ben Tricklebank explores the humanistic need for control through its illusory existence in technology. Endec, his current exhibit at the Gazelli Art House in the United Kingdom, is comprised of two installations, one of which is a new series of photographic prints featuring a female figure partially submerged, yet fully coated in marbled, milky-white fluid.

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The swirls of black dye ripple around her body and simultaneously controls, and is controlled by, the motion of a light reflecting pool where audience members can effect the speed and direction of the ripples. This symbiosis of struggle and accord between the figure and the liquid allows the creative process to shape the unexpected outcome of each ‘canvas.’ As one image on display states: control is an illusion and illusion is control.

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The second installment of the two-part exhibition is also named, Endec, and will be a short film deriving inspiration from the installation and photographic series to follow. Alongside Tricklebank’s solo exhibition, concepts of control, surveillance and security will be examined in a group show featuring artists working with VR (virtual reality) technology in their practice. Displayed on the first floor, this show within a show will introduce the new medium for the first time within the gallery’s context, surveying ways in which the Summer 2016 release of Oculus Rift might influence trends, commercial and institutional engagement and artists working in this field. A full list of artists as well as contributing partners will announced shortly.

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Endec will be on display May 13th- June 25th, 2016 at the Gazelli Art House UK

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Unreleased Photos from New Documentary “Blue Velvet Revisted” by Peter Braatz

Blue Velvet is celebrating its 30th birthday this year coinciding with Peter Braatz’s release of Blue Velvet Revisited – never before seen photos and footage depicting the making-of. Director, Filmmaker and Transcendental Meditator, David Lynch asked German-born Braatz to come out to North Carolina to “observe him direct.” Braatz shot 70 reels of Super 8 film and took nearly 1000 photos. The behind the scenes look encapsulates the world of Blue Velvet and David Lynch like a fly on the psychedelic wall of the 1985 set. Photos of Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan and of course, Mr. Lynch himself. 

“David was producing every piece of art,” Braatz says. “He’s writing, he’s creating props, he’s making set decoration. You see him in my film working on each piece himself. So it’s not just a portrait of Blue Velvet, but a portrait of David in 1985 as an artist.”

“Beneath that appearance there are so many things happening,” says Lynch in Blue Velvet Revisited, and this making-of piece will take its viewers there. The documentary is being released along with a soundtrack just out from Crammed Discs.

“Sound is so important to him [Lynch], he adds so many things in postproduction,” Braatz says. “Ants crawling under a glass or—how do you call it in English?—a match that goes on fire. These things are mostly related very closely to the sound of the picture.” Angelo Badalamenti composed the original movie’s soundtrack and went on to create many more musical masterpieces with Lynch on projects such as Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks.

Now Braatz has made an homage to Blue Velvet, sensual, provocative and true to the eccentric, dreamy vibrations of what is now a voyeur classic. A “meditation,” he calls it.

Braatz hopes the documentary will have a film festival premiere this year.

Photos: Peter Braatz Blue Velvet Revisited 

David Lynch

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini

Isabella Rossellini

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan

 

Santa Claus (1898)

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This film was made in 1898, so that should get you interested immediately. We just read the summary, and this an epic film. Made in 1898, G.A. Smith’s ‘Santa Claus’ is a film of considerable technical ambition and accomplishment for its period. It uses pioneering visual effects in its depiction of a visit from St. Nicholas.

A former magic lanternist and hypnotist, Smith was one of the first British film-makers to make extensive use of special effects to create fantastical scenes. It comes as little surprise that Smith corresponded with the French pioneer Georges Méliès at about this time, as the two men shared a common goal in terms of creating an authentic cinema of illusion.

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Never been so excited about a faucet: the new Grohe Ondus Digitecture faucet

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We have never been faucet shopping, but if we were to go, the new Grohe Ondus Digitecture faucet, a Red Dot Product Design winner. The future makes things look all neat-o. By the way, when Kubrick was making movies, or any other filmmaker who like to emphasize future, politics, and design, this was the faucet they envisioned. We would buy this, even if it costs us $3,000.

Thanks to Selectism.com.

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John Waters opening in San Francisco tomorrow, May 27… we may even go out for this one

John Waters opening in San Francisco tomorrow, May 27… we may even go out for this one” posted from: The Citrus Report | Art, Culture, News, Graffiti, Music, Street Art, Clothing, Politics, Reviews

John Waters, the legendary filmmaker, writer, and fine artist, has a show opening at Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco tomorrow night. Knowing John Waters, it will be epic, and kind of weird. Its called Rush, which we like already. This is the kind of show that we should all go out and check.

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