Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Music by Dave Blackburn. Produced by Michael Maas.
Featuring the combined footage from various EMS films on artists Michael Maas, Alison Van Pelt, Andy Moses, Casper Brindle, Alex Couwenberg, Charles Swenson, Eric Johnson, Gary Lang, Gina Stepaniuk, Gisela Colon, Christopher Jeffries, Gronk, Justin Bower, Leigh Salgado, Marion Lane, Peter Alexander, Renee Fox and Ruth Weisberg.
Hypnotic and multi-layered, this sensory feast combines film clips from filmmaker Eric Minh Swenson's visits to the studios of some of Los Angeles' prominent visual artists, along with music from an improvised 2013 live performance by guitarist Dave Blackburn.
Visual artist Michael Maas was drawn to the distinctive camerawork and editing style he had seen in dozens of Swenson's documentary films, music videos and feature films. Knowing that the best Abstract Expressionist painters such as Pollock, Rothko, Mitchell and de Kooning all had a solid background in Representational art before leaving Realism behind, Maas encouraged Swenson to do an Abstract film leaving Narrative behind.
Likewise, Maas knew of Dave Blackburn's talents as a musician and composer / producer, and convinced him to accept a commission by a non-profit group to do a two hour free-form live musical experiment, with extraordinary results.
Swenson then integrated a segment of Blackburn's performance with his own images to complete the project.
Dave Blackburn's website is DaveBlackburn.com
For more info on Eric Minh Swenson or project inquiries visit his website : thuvanarts.com
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