PUBLIC FIXTURE is best described as an everyman's poetic journey to the city, and how we each become another public fixture in the artifice of the city.
Here is a stark exploration of a young artist emerging from the Wilderness to discover the City, except this emerald fortress is a Public Fixture, filled with mannequins and is without spirit.
The film took several months to shoot in 1985 as I explored my subject in more and more detail. I even enlisted the support of one of Colorado's notable experimental filmmakers at the time, Stan Brakhage. I felt compelled to articulate this experience into film, and through the good graces of several people in the production community of Colorado Springs, and a grant from the Colorado College, I was able to make my first 16mm film entitled PUBLIC FIXTURE.
Brakhage's influence wasn't limited to the experimental, but more to giving me permission as an artist, to tell my own story in my own way.
I shot this film in and around Denver, Colorado. It is 16mm film that was completed in 1986 as part of my senior thesis for The Colorado College. Many of places not longer exist and the skyline has changed much over the last thirty years.
This a not the ideal transfer of the film as I filmed it projected on a screen in 1996, but I plan to do a proper telecine to capture the true nature of the 16mm film with all its scratches and imperfections. I still have the reel to reel audio of the sound track that is probably even better than the magnetic film track.
While I have lost track of most of the students at the time that participated on this project, Steve Bissinger has clearly continued to create a career for himself in the music and recording industry with numerous awards, including Emmys. Check out his profile.
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