This is a short film about Illustration, which is based on a poem that I wrote in my last year of art school, needless to say; studying illustration. It concerns a fictitious congratulatory letter written by a proud tutor to a recent graduate.
So in summation, a letter of commendation from the head of Illustration (a man of considerable reputation).
Soo Sunny Park’s installation Unwoven Light animates Rice Gallery’s expansive space, transforming it into a shimmering world of light, shadow, and brilliant color. Suspended from the walls and ceiling, thirty-seven individually sculpted units are arranged as a graceful, twisting flow of abstract form. On view April 11 - August 30, 2013. Original score by Mark Walley. Visit RiceGallery.org. Learn more about the artist at SooSunnyPark.com. Learn more about the filmmakers at WalleyFilms.com.
Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting on a tiny platform a hundred feet up in the tree canopy. Already three years into the tree-sit when filming begins, AMONG GIANTS blends vérité cinematography with intimate personal reflection to create a vivid picture of life in the trees and the unwavering dedication of the activists.
This film was shot and edited in 2011, and a year later, the tree-sit ended as a victory for the tree-sitters (indybay.org/newsitems/2012/06/26/18716373.php) As of 2013, negotiations are still underway for the sale of the land, and the exact acreage is still being determined.
Huge thanks to "Farmer," "Bingmouse," "Amanita," and the rest of the tree-sitters for allowing us to live with them and film their story. Learn more about their work, donate, and see what they're up to now: efhumboldt.org
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Everything we experience and come into contact with becomes part of the force which forms our perceptions of people, places – everything. The Rorschach test is used by psychologists to determine the personality of people; they ask their subjects, “What do you see in this?” I used my own versions of these inkblots as a symbol of the interaction with the world around us which shapes and builds up our perspectives.
We never stop observing and being influenced by what we see and experience. The eyes in the video are symbolic of this constant awareness of our surroundings and the constant formulation of our own perceptions based on what we know and experience.
After watching the short video I asked viewers to go and look carefully at each inkblot and write on the space provided what they saw in that particular inkblot or what emotions it made them feel. This will be a depiction of a lifetime of their thoughts and perspectives being moulded and shaped by the surrounding world and their past experiences.