Selfies vs Self-Portraits: Expanding the Genre at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

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In conjunction with the exhibition The Artist Herself: Self-Portraits by Canadian Historical Women Artists running from Oct 2, 2015 to Jan 3, 2016 at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, the gallery organised a parallel show entitled Selfies vs Self-Portraits: Expanding the Genre. The premise of the selfie exhibition was articulated as follows: “We want you to think about more than just your face representing the self. Taking inspiration from the artists featured in the exhibition, we are looking for images that explore the definition of the self-portrait and representations of identity. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to redefine the genre by looking at the spaces you occupy, the things you create, the objects that surround and/or adorn you; all the things that create the likeness of you as an individual”. 

Double Self-Portrait in a Burning Room

I was happy to have two of my Double Self-Portrait in a Burning Room works included. For more info on the Historical Portraiture show, click here. For more on the Selfie exhibit, click here.

See a video about portraiture, with some shots of the works included in the show, below.

 

New Video Work

Update: My film The Fire Ceremony II: Metamorphosis, soundtrack When I Die feat. michael dent (Youth “Don’t Feed the Trolls Rainbow mix”) by Jeremy Gluck and Michael Dent, remixed L. MacLean. Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 International License, has been selected for the 7th Annual NYC Independent Film Festival running from April 27 to May 1, 2016 in New York City. For more information, click here.

It was screened twice: Art/Experimental Session April 28, 2016 9:00 pm Producers Club – Studio 3 · 358 West 44th Street · New York, NY 10036 & Art/Experimental Films Sessions 4 April 30, 2016 12:00 pm Producers Club – Theater P · 358 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036.

This film was also screened at the Burnaby Film Forum in September 2015 where it won the Best Technical Achievement Award and was featured at the Midnight Sun Art Festival in Sun Peaks, British Columbia, Canada running Aug 7-9, 2015. It was also screened at the LACDA 11 Year Anniversary Represented Artists Exhibit from April 9 – May 14, 2015.

The Fire Ceremony II: Metamorphosis. Mixed media installations, projections, performance and video 2014-15.

The Fire Ceremony II: Metamorphosis represents an unfolding metamorphosis of elements that are transmuted through fire and water, from ancient ruins to an unknown future. As the ceremony proceeds a sequence of projections bathes the proceedings in a kaleidoscope of changing images and colours, all ultimately dissolved in fiery conflagrations. Beginning with a step through a flaming basement door into a ruined cathedral in central Anatolia, the visual narrative carries us through abandoned ruins and landscapes, to a Spring Solstice ritual burning for Nevruz, the Turkish and Persian New Year, to an idiosyncratic fire ceremony performed by an apprentice yogini, to an imagined post-apocalyptic west coast of British Columbia.

Requiem: Birds and Beasts: Mixed media installations, projections and video 2015. No soundtrack.

This work comprises digital images of a sculptural tableau of natural and pseudo-natural elements (a dead magnolia branch picked up during a bike ride, candles, LED lights, plastic flowers from a Mexican market), and photographic projections of animal specimens. I had the pleasure of access to the teaching collection of animal specimens at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC where I was able to examine their shelves and drawers of bird, mammal, and insect species. It was fascinating and also somewhat sad to gently handle and photograph their bodies; I was amazed to note how similar some of the small mammals and birds were to humans as they lay in their silent sleep.

Turkey Art Adventure Sept 27 to Oct 10, 2015

I am really excited to have been asked to lead a small group tour to Turkey this Fall with Finisterra Travel. See the itinerary here.

See my blog posts here for my 2014 painting trip to Turkey here.

Read about my month as artist in residence at the Babayan Art House, Ibrahimpasa, Turkey in March 2009 on the blog here.

Read about my month as artist in residence at the Gumusluk Academy on the Bodrum peninsula in Turkey for May 2009 here.

New Work: Requiem

Purple Sky Kits Beach

Requiem: This work comprises digital images of a sculptural tableau of natural and pseudo-natural elements and photographic projections of animal specimens and threatened landscape. I had the pleasure of access to the teaching collection of animal specimens at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC where I was able to examine their shelves and drawers of bird, mammal, and insect species. It was fascinating and also somewhat sad to gently handle and photograph their bodies; I was amazed to note how similar some of the small mammals and birds were to humans as they lay in their silent sleep.

Requiem for the Birds 2

I am saddened, angry and frustrated by the global lack of action on environmental degradation and species loss. Every day, it seems, we are confronted by a new species at risk and another conscienceless proposal to drill, rip, disturb, and destroy our ecosphere and its inhabitants, collateral damage in late capitalism’s frenzied consumption of everything. I despair that we no longer seem to have a sense of the interconnectedness of all life, an awareness of humanity’s place within the cosmos, and a respect for the other living beings that share the world with us.

Red Sky Kits Beach

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

I am delighted to have accepted Director Rex Bruce’s offer to become a represented artist at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. My work will be included in the LACDA 11 Year Anniversary Represented Artists Exhibit running from April 9 – May 14, 2015 in their huge new space in downtown LA. For more information about the LACDA, click here.

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For an account of my earlier visit to LA as one of the winners of the 2010 Digital Art.LA International Exhibition, click here and here

Double Self-Portrait in a Burning Room 3

See related videos here.

Laura Reznek CD Release Show at Renegade Studios, Vancouver

I was delighted to be asked to provide projections for the Laura Reznek ‘Who Came Before Us’ CD Release Show at Renegade Studios in Vancouver. Laura is a local up-and-coming singer/songwriter whose piano stylings and smoky vocals captivate. She and her band entertained the crowd in front of a screen on which my photographic projections provided a visual counterpoint to the musical proceedings. Along with Laura on piano are Hayato Kubo on drums, Mark Brown on bass, Samuel Romero on guitar, with Jocelyn Hallett & Bronwyn Malloy on backup vocals.

Awesome fun! For more information on Laura, click here.

Click here for a video clip of the event.

Theatro Florae Sufi

Video of my Theatro Florae installations at the Gumusluk Academy. Soundtrack Zeb Sufism, remixed by me.

I was fortunate enough to be an artist in residence at the Gumusluk Academy in May 2009, a “thought farm” located in a small fishing village on the Bodrum peninsula in Turkey. While there, I constructed a number of installations with local flowers, vegetation, and found objects on the Academy grounds and around the area. For more information on this project, see my page here.

To read more about my time in Gumusluk, click here and go to the May 2009 blog archives.

Amed Beach Mandala (Jemeluk Bay, Amed, East Bali) & The Rocky [Beach] Horror Picture Show

While in Amed, Bali in 2011 I created mandalas on the beach from natural objects found locally, placed next to a yarn-wrapped tree. Within this setting, illuminated at night with small LED lights, myself, my partner, and several local community members joined in three public performance pieces invoking the spirits of the dead; this one is entitled Amed Beach Mandala/Rocky [Beach] Horror Picture Show. Soundtrack MacLean/Palestrina, Kyrie from Pope Marcellus Mass.

For more information on this project, click here.

Nevruz Burning

This video documents a site-specific installation and performance of Nevruz Burning, a piece created for the Spring Equinox in a ruined cave house while I was an Artist in Residence at the Babayan Culture House in Ibrahimpasa, Cappadocia, Turkey. For more information on the piece, click on my blog link.

Viernes de Dolores: An Altar for the Virgen de Dolores in Guanajuato, Mexico

This was a small performance for Viernes de Dolores, the Friday of Sorrows that begins Semana Santa, inspired by the Guanajuato Virgen de Dolores altars. One of the most sumptuous and popular celebrations in Mexico is Semana Santa (Holy Week), which begins with the Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Our Lady of Sorrows), celebrated the last Friday of Lent. It is dedicated to the seven sorrows that Mary suffered before and after her son’s death. Widespread in Mexican homes in the 18th century, the tradition of putting up the altar of sorrows dates from the 16th century. The altar was meant to comfort the Virgin Mary, who eight days later would suffer at her son’s death. For more information on Guanajuato’s altars, click here and here.

Below are a few examples of public altars in Guanajuato: the first at a neighborhood fried chicken shop, the second at a funeral store where coffins are made, and the third in the lobby of a government building.

Our performance took place on the terrace entrance area of our colonial home and included floral elements, ribbons, masks, and lights

See more pics here.