Ann Trondson: California King (2007) and Paint it Black (2013)
California King (2007) is a 16mm film recording in the backyard of a family home in Hancock Park, an affluent Los Angeles neighborhood. The camera scans the property, in a state of partial disrepair, passing by various individual activities—tennis players serving balls, a swimmer doing laps, and two California King snakes wrestling in an aquarium on the overgrown lawn. The survey of activities presents a recital of daily practice, infused with a marked California sunlight.
Paint It Black (2013) functions as portrait and performance. The camera frames a silhouetted man dancing alone in a candle-lit living room to Paint It Black by the Rolling Stones. The song has been removed, and the video is silent, with the song’s lyrics in subtitle. Recording movement, the viewer is also given a glimpse of story, sentiment and character through a doorway.
Alternating between light and dark, day and night, the pair of videos mimics the environmental nature of their stage on the Bowery.
Ann Trondson (b.1976, Murfreesboro, TN) has presented works at The Palm Springs Art Museum, MAK Center for
Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, and The Center Galleries in Detroit.
There are a lot of Physicists who say that there are infinite possible universes and maybe they are shaped like a quilt but the speed of light prevents us from seeing them in our universe and so we are left in the cold, unable to cuddle up into this multiverse quilt. For example: in one universe, there are planets with labyrinthal caves pockmarked with fancy and colorful jacuzzis. All the people that live in the caves are naked and they go from jacuzzi to jacuzzi and just hang out all day.
There is one jacuzzi that has THC in its purple water and another that is pink and has little mushrooms that float on its surface. The drugs absorb into your skin through your sweaty pours and you have vivid hallucinations of other universes where people worry about money and death and they build cities where when it snows the snow gets all muddy and gross and piles up in damp corners of dirty concrete and it gets into your shoes and makes your toes cold. They have some jacuzzis in this universe but only a few people get to chill out in them and when they do they cover parts of their bodies in synthetic polymers and there is only one drug in the water whose purpose is to sterilize the skin rather than to please it.
When you wake up you see your naked friends and the neon jacuzzis lit up in the dusky hollow space like fluorescent towers that grew in the wrong direction and you smile and get up and take a bite out of the cave wall because it is a brownie.
By Coleen Fitzgibbon and Alan W. Moore. Video, b/w, sound, 11 minutes, 1978. "X Magazine Benefit” documents the punk rock performances of DNA, James Chance and the Contortions, and Boris Policeband in NYC in the late 1970′s. Shot in black and white super 8 and edited on video the film captures the gritty look and sound of the music scene during that era. The film/video was made by Coleen Fitzgibbon and Alan Moore and finished in 2009.