We had an excellent time at the Midnight Sun Art and Film Festival in Sun Peaks, BC, about 45 km north of Kamloops, from August 7 – 9, for the outdoor screening of my video The Fire Ceremony II: Metamorphosis, an experimental short which opened the festival.
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 Festivalin 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.
Inspired by Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and its alternative planet homelands, and reports of various geo-engineering possibilities currently being floated to save us from ourselves, these works imagine portals to another world opening up in our everyday landscape through which we might slip into another realm.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
I have been invited to participate in Electron Salon at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art this July, opening on July 10 in conjunction with the the Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk which draws up to 20,000 people. The receptions on July 10 will be the featured event for the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles along with other special exhibits for that night at other locations nearby.
During the July run of the salon Artillery Magazine is premiering “On Guard” a video of thoughtful interviews with museum guards on July 19, which is also a Downtown Film Festival event. Editor Tulsa Kinney, filmmaker Josh Herman and some of the museum guards themselves will be present giving talks. The Electron Salon exhibit features artists focused on digital art and photography and raises operating funds for their new location. This exhibit will be in the largest of four separate exhibit areas in the new LACDA gallery.
A selection of photographic art by Wendy D, Lisa MacLean and Tehya MacKenzie Exhibiting Oct 1 – 12 / Oct 22 – Nov 2, 2013
From Oct 1 to Nov 2, The Cultch Gallery will be displaying works by Lisa MacLean, Tehya MacKenzie and Wendy D. Tehya MacKenzie, through symmetrical images of worker bees in man made environments, explores our constantly evolving relationship with the natural world. Lisa MacLean echoes this concept through different methods, using techniques such as infared photography to explore the ways in which the technological sublime and the urban pastoral affect our connection to nature. Wendy D’s photographic set exposes the human emotions that manifest when someone is presented with a chance to just scream. Sometimes humourous and sometimes serious, Wendy’s art shows us just how rarely we’re encouraged to express great emotion.
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My works are part of a series entitled Urban Pastoral focusing on Vancouver’s seaside landscapes. In this series my interest is in the ways pastoral green spaces such as parks, gardens, nature walks, forest preserves and others reconnect humans with nature and how such spaces might change with global climate change, high waters, and heat. A constellation of forces, including economic pressures, climate change, rising sea levels, extreme weather, and shoreline erosion, is affecting coastal areas worldwide. In Vancouver, the consequences of these changes for our society are beginning to register in the collective consciousness with recent reports that our city is one of the top ten around the world threatened by high waters. In this series of photographs I use unnatural coloration or technological processes (such as infrared photography) to suggest our mutating relationship with nature and its consequences. Images of natural beauty console us that everything we love about our everyday environment is not being lost, while the slight psychic dislocation caused by the technological interventions – curious colour palette and image inversions – hints at decay and dissolution.