Jim Blashfield

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Jim Blashfield's work covers a wide range--
from genre challenging experimental films and videos, through live-action and animated narratives and multiple-screen video and sound installations. A long-time member of the vital Pacific Northwest film community, Blashfield's work has been broadcast internationally and screened at numerous festivals throughout the world. He has presented shows of his work at the Chicago Art Institute, Ottawa Animation Festival, Walker Art Center, Art Futura in Barcelona, and elsewhere.
In the mid-1980s, with the completion of his comic surrealist animated film SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES, Jim's work caught the attention of some of the era's most adventurous artists working in popular music. During this time the studio created high profile music videos for Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Tears for Fears and others-- expanding awareness of Blashfield's work internationally. A previous recipient of national and regional filmmaking grants , Blashfield's work was recognized during this period with a Grammy, a Cannes Golden Lion, and several MTV awards and nominations.
More recent projects include a variety of short films and video installations, including SUCTIONMASTER, THE LONE RANGER , THE RESURRECTORY (with the Liminal Performance Group), as well as the the stop-motion film BUNNYHEADS, the recently completed VANITY, the live action film BADGER 5, currently in production, the permanent installations CONVEYOR and CIRCULATOR, and the compilation film MARGARINE OF AIR, a film about mistakes.
Most recently Blashfield has embarked on a new public art project "Flooded Data Machine Replica".

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