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Other Cinema's OPTRONICA / Sat. October 5th - Spoken Video Performance / http://www.othercinema.com/calendar/
San Francisco Cinematheque Art Auction / Date/Time: Friday, October 18, 2013; 7–10pm / Location: San Francisco Cinematheque/Center for New Music Gallery, 55 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
Antimatter International Media Art & Experimental Cinema / Deluge Contemporary Art, Victoria, BC / Nov. 1st 9pm / Song for Primary Colors / http://www.antimatter.ws/
The lemon, an often-utilized fruit by famed still life painters was rarely the focus of a composition. More typically, this citrus was being abused for its compositional qualities. Its ovoid form of highly saturated yellow used to balance the more dominant piling of apples and oranges. The lemon, I felt, never got its day in the sun.
That was until I came across Manet’s, “The Lemon”. A rather
small oil painting completed in 1880 that puts the tiny fruit on center
stage. In the work, it sits alone on a platter. Its alien-like being takes up the
bulk of space as its nutrient enriched,
yellow tone, begs to be loved.
After my encounter with Manet’s masterpiece, I began bringing lemons
into the classroom. I discovered that many students had never tasted pure lemon. We investigated the color, scent and heavy weight flavor of this tiny citrus. Their paintings
surrounded the fruit in a vast white space and a solar system of floating yellow forms
This video is my tribute to the lemon. An innocent orb of sourness, often used to describe broken down cars or flavor dead fish. Love lemons.
video & music written, performed, recorded and edited by Tommy Becker 2013. A huge THANKS! to all those who participated and inspired.
SIDE ONE selections below. two of nine.
SIDE TWO selections below. two of nine.
This work is about the death of color in contemporary art and my attempts as a teacher to connect young artists with its power. The video pays tribute to three modern artists, Picasso, Rothko and Van Gough, each of whom is renowned for engaging a particular hue during their lives.
Pablo Picasso spent four years in a predominantly blue palate after his good friend Carlos Casagemas shot himself at Paris café. Mark Rothko, who took his life at the age of sixty-six, struggled to tame the color red throughout many of his most famous works including, “Four Darks in Red” and the infamous Seagrams mural works. Vincent Van Gough became infatuated with the color yellow while surrounded by its prominence in the landscape of Arles, France. It was here that Vincent completed some of his most famous works including his depictions of sunflowers.
In “song for Elliott Jacques”, the man of steel has been crippled with over-sized monster hands. His psyche struggles to come to grips with this sudden shift of identity. After failing to go back in time by reversing the rotation of the earth, he surrenders to his situation. Superman's bruised hero identity evaporates after discovering joy in the childhood activity of chasing butterflies. Track Fourteen of, TAPE NUMBER ONE, is dedicated to psychologist Elliott Jaques who coined the term “midlife crisis” in his 1965 article "Death and the Midlife Crisis”.