Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by James Luchessi.
Michael McCall, a mid-career artist working for over 30 years in Los Angeles, works in a number of mediums. Although schooled as a painter, his work extends beyond painterly boundaries into areas of sculpture, photography, performance, and conceptual art.
A trend throughout four decades of his art-making centers around an acute interest in what he calls “the development of communication from gesture to icon”. McCall’s blend of primal forces and concepts, archetypal symbols, and mysticism appear at times very painterly, and at other times cool and minimal, creating a smorgasbord of Heaven and Earthly delights.
This film, shot in McCall’s studio in Los Angeles, by Eric Minh Swenson, focuses on his new painting, “COMEQUAT ONE”. The painting is on four roadsigns and from a series McCall refers to as his ‘Roadsign Mandalas’. Swenson depicts the process of how it was made, interviews the artist on his thoughts and ideas behind it, and even touches on his thoughts concerning the various ways of lighting the work.
For more info on Eric Minh Swenson visit his website at thuvanarts.com. His art films can be seen at thuvanarts.com/take1