Fri, 30 January 2015
Howdy Funky Film Fest Lovin' Folks!
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2015 kicked off this week and I managed to score an interview with the director of opening night film "Desert Dancer" the true story of Afshin Gaffarian, the Iranian man who defied his government and set up an underground dance company. The film stars Reece Ritchie (as Gaffarian), Freida Pinto, and Tom Cullen and is Raymond's feature directing debut. It's a beautiful film made more lovely from the choreography by Akram Khan. It will be released stateside in April by Relativity Media.
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Thanks to Andrea Sumpter and Relativity Media for helping set this up.
Tue, 27 January 2015
Jillian McDonald got into horror movies later in life, but after working on video art pieces on Billy Bob Thornton and Brad Pitt, she turned her attention to zombies, just before the undead became "big." She plays with the narrative expectations of horror movies, either delaying, refusing, confusing, or inverting cliches.
Her current touring video installation Valley of the Deer comes from her extended stay at Glenfiddich's art residency program. (Yes, the distillery!) and features figures wearing animal masks looming menacingly in the misty, mystical landscape. Currently at SBCC's Atkinson Gallery, this three monitor, 48 minute piece is odd and hypnotic. It is accompanied in the gallery by her drawings of the film's characters. And by using the Layar app, at various locations around the gallery and certain locations in Santa Barbara, you can see the characters waiting for you in augmented reality.
Valley of the Deer's origins
Ms. McDonald was in Santa Barbara briefly to install and attend the premiere, and thanks to the Atkinson's Sarah Cunningham for setting up this interview. Being a horror film fan and a filmmaker, I had a great amount of fun in this interview.
Outside of Santa Barbara, the show is also on view right now at Montreal's Centre Clark through Feb 21, 2015. It will also be touring to Air Circulation in Buffalo, NY May 16 – June 22 and Waterloo, Ontario later in the year.
Her website is here
Tue, 20 January 2015
Abstract painter and former graphic artist (and hellion!)
Good day, funky peeps! For this episode I sat down in the spacious new studio digs of abstract artist Peggy Ferris, who turned from two decades of graphic design business to focusing on abstract art, both in the hard edge style and gestural abstraction.
In this chat we dug deep into her past and unearthed some groovy stuff.
Peggy's work can be found at her website.
She is currently showing as part of the Abstract 10 group show at MichaelKate Interiors.
Tue, 13 January 2015
Howdy everyfunkybody! On this week's podcast we check in with Crista Dix, who has run the Wall Space Gallery for 10 years, showcasing the best in contemporary photography. As you'll hear, her path to running a gallery was not the straightest of paths, with stops in the theater world and the National Parks Service.
Wall Space Gallery is located in the heart of the FunkZone, in the blocky concrete building that houses both Pali and Anacapa wineries. I have hosted an art talk there--that's when I met Sue Van Horsen for the first time.
For those of you who are photographers and want to hear what is in the mind of a gallery owner when they are looking through your portfolio, this episode is for you!
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Wall Space Gallery is here
Tue, 6 January 2015
That's the sound of David J. Diamant making another piece of his unmistakable art. The FunkZone fixture has been a tireless worker and a tireless self-promoter, but his enthusiasm is infectious. Whenever I talk with David, I get excited about art and possibilities and just want to get to work.
In 2013, he briefly joined my table when I was taking part with Jonathan Crow in MCA SB's 24 hour Dusk Til Drawn drawing marathon, and I got to see his technique up close. The pens came out and soon a piece has appeared out of the ether. His bold line and coloring makes his work pop out at various show openings around town, and recently he's been working on cityscapes, using wood and plexiglass to create multiple layers. During FunkZone events, if Diamant doesn't have a show inside a gallery, you can find him setting up shop on an available corner and selling art.
This was one of the first podcasts we recorded, but it's still a good one. Boom! Thanks to Skye Gwilliam for the use of his gallery space.