Time is Love | "Song for Disobedient Youth" | screening | UK, USA, Germany, Norway, Iran, Netherlands | http://timeisloveshow.blogspot.com/ | curated by Kisito Assangni
Experimental Film Festival Portland | CATALYST: WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 at Studio Two | "Song for Elliott Jacques" | screening
Montreal Underground Film Festival, MUFF 8 | OPENING NIGHT, May 24th & SQUIRRELS MAY 25th | Song for Elliott Jacques & Song for Bobby XP1 | Screening | curated by MUFF collective & Allan Brown
SIDE ONE selections below.
new tracks off SIDE TWO below.
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”.