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TIMELAPSE | AURORA ROBSON: THE TIDE IS HIGH

TIMELAPSE | AURORA ROBSON: THE TIDE IS HIGH [+]

Check out our timelapse video of the installation of Aurora Robson: The Tide is High.

ENCOUNTERING THE ALBATROSS: AN EVENING WITH CHRIS JORDAN

ENCOUNTERING THE ALBATROSS: AN EVENING WITH CHRIS JORDAN [+]

On October 24, 2017, Chris Jordan gave a lecture titled “Encountering the Albatross,” where he spoke about his creative practice and his voyages to the Midway Atoll. During these trips, he witnessed young albatross chicks dying due to ingested plastic from the North Pacific Gyre. He decided to create a feature-length film, called ALBATROSS, to document this phenomenon.

For more information, visit halsey.cofc.edu/main-exhibitions/midway/

This lecture was presented as part of SEA CHANGE, on view October 20 – December 9, 2017 at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC. The lecture took place at the Sottile Theatre at the College of Charleston on October 24, 2017.

What Happened to the American Scene? Realism Since 1980. A lecture by Robert Storr.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE AMERICAN SCENE? REALISM SINCE 1980. A LECTURE BY ROBERT STORR [+]

Recording of a talk by Robert Storr titled “What Happened to the American Scene? Realism since 1980” presented by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in conjunction with the exhibition Marc Trujillo: American Purgatory. Support provided by the Quattlebaum Artist-in-Residence Program at the College of Charleston School of the Arts.

For more information and to view the slides used in the lecture, visit the event page at: http://halsey.cofc.edu/main-events/what-happened-to-the-american-scene-realism-since-1980-a-lecture-by-robert-storr-quattlebaum-artist-in-residence/

MARC TRUJILLO IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT STORR

MARC TRUJILLO IN CONVERSATION WITH ROBERT STORR [+]

On September 16, 2017, Robert Storr spoke with Marc Trujillo about the exhibition Marc Trujillo: American Purgatory at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston, SC.

RICCARDA DE ECCHER: MONTAGNA

RICCARDA DE ECCHER: MONTAGNA [+]

This film was produced in conjunction with the exhibition Riccarda de Eccher: Montagna at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, August 25 – October 7, 2017.

Executive Producer: Mark Sloan
Director and Editor: Dave Stewart Brown
Producer: Tim McManus
Director of Photography: Cory Fallows
Original Score: Nick Goldston
Assistant Editor: R. Winkeller
Associate Producer: Brittni Bennett

THAT’S SHOW BIZ! [+]

That’s Show Biz! from Halsey Institute on Vimeo.

Newly commissioned by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, That’s Show Biz! is a short film based on a diary kept by Betty Huber. Depicting her life in show business as a circus performer, the diary recounts Betty’s fascinating life through charming, detailed illustrations, rather than words.

Betty’s daughter Fritzi Huber showed Halsey Institute Director Mark Sloan the diary, knowing his longstanding interest in the circus (he authored the book Wild, Weird, and Wonderful: The American Circus 1901-1927, as Seen by Photographer F. W. Glasier). Desiring to help the already captivating drawings come to life, Sloan worked with longtime collaborators Dave Stewart Brown and Nathan Koci to produce a video fly-through of the diary. In this video, Betty Huber cartwheels, swings on the trapeze, and soars through the air once more.

“In 1989 my mother was diagnosed with cancer. By 1990 she was given three months to live, but she stayed with us for another seventeen years, cancer free. However, this diagnosis set her to the task of telling her story, the story of Betty Huber, aka Betty Patrick, Parroff, Scheutz, Betty of the Sensational Kays, all in the pages of a tattered diary.”

-Fritzi Huber
This video was commissioned by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in South Carolina. The images from Betty Huber’s diary That’s Show Biz! were supplemented by photographs from the Huber family album with images of Betty Huber and others in her orbit.

Executive Producer: Mark Sloan

Director and Producer: Dave Stewart Brown

Animator: Andrew Campbell

Digital capture: Rick Rhodes

Original soundtrack: “Prospect Waltz”

Composed and performed by Nathan Koci

ABOUT THE HALSEY INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART [+]

About the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art from Halsey Institute on Vimeo.

Learn more about the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

Video created by Lunch + Recess, Charleston.

Featuring:

Shepard Fairey, former Halsey Institute exhibiting artist

Renee Stout, former Halsey Institute exhibiting artist

Kate Nevin, former Halsey Insitute Advisory Board Member

AHEAD OF THE WRECKING BALL: A FILM ON RONALD RAMSEY [+]

Ahead of the Wrecking Ball: A film on Ronald Ramsey by David Boatwright from Halsey Institute on Vimeo.

Commissioned for the exhibition “Ahead of the Wrecking Ball: Ronald Ramsey and the Preservation of Charleston,” this film gives viewers an inside perspective on Ramsey and his quest for preservation.

Directed and produced by David Boatwright
Executive producer: Mark Sloan
Original score composed and performed by Bill Carson
Additional video: Justin Nathanson
Editing consultant: Gavin Shelton

Find out more about Ramsey and the exhibition Ahead of the Wrecking Ball: Ronald Ramsey and the Preservation of Charleston.

DIARY OF DUST: A FILM ON THE WORK OF JUMAADI [+]

Animated, Produced, and Directed by: Dave Brown

The Halsey Institute commissioned San Francisco-based filmmaker Dave Brown to create a video animation of the 23 foot drawing by Indonesian artist Jumaadi. Titled Diary of Dust, this animation give new life to this two dimensional drawing, with original gamelan music composed and performed by Nathan Koci. Jumaadi, part of our international artist-in-residence program, was featured at the Halsey Institute in Fall 2014 in the solo exhibition forgive me not to miss you not.

Diary of Dust is on view in the Video Cave at the Halsey Institute from October 21 – December 10, 2016.

For more information on Jumaadi, visit the web page for his Fall 2014 solo exhibition Forgive Me Not To Miss You Not at the Halsey.

 

EMMETT STILL: A SHORT FILM BY FAHAMU PECOU [+]

Emmett Still
2016
A Short Film by Fahamu Pecou
Runtime: 14.45 minutes

With original soundtrack featuring: Fahamu Pecou, Killer Mike, DFocis, Ekundayo, AlletheHuman

This soundtrack is dedicated to the many men, women and families whose lives are forever impacted by the violent disruption of systemic racism, prejudice and extra-legal police activity. #BlackLivesMatter

All songs recorded, mixed and mastered by Amond Jackson at Salem Psalms, Atlanta GA
Executive Producers: Karen Marie Mason & Fahamu Pecou

PLEASE BE AWARE: This film contains strong language that may not be suitable for all.

ERWIN REDL: CUBES (3×16) [+]

Video by Erwin Redl on his installation Cubes (3×16) as part of his exhibition Erwin Redl: Rational Exuberance at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, May 2016.

Light Installation with 3 x 16 Aluminum Cubes With Programmed White LEDs and Fiber-optic Cables

Cubes Arranged on Floor in Three Groups:
Circle of 16 Cubes
4×4 Square Grif of 16 Cubes
Straight Line of 16 Cubes
6 x 6 x 6 in / 15 x 15 x 15 cm each cube (length x width x height)
35 x 19 ft / 10.7 x 5.8 m total (length x width)
(overall dimensions and configuration variable)

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Charleston, South Carolina, USA

ERWIN REDL ART AS SYSTEM [+]

Erwin Redl’s ART AS SYSTEM lecture, May 2016

ERWIN REDL: RATIONAL EXUBERANCE [+]

Director: John Reynolds
Music: Bill Carson
Runtime: 7 minutes

The Halsey Institute commissioned acclaimed videographer John David Reynolds to create a mini-documentary about Erwin Redl for the exhibition Erwin Redl: Rational Exuberance. The video shows examples of additional projects by the Redl as he discusses his process, approach, and the philosophy behind his work. His works combine light and movement over time to produce a unique multi-sensory viewer experience.

The title of this exhibition is a play on the famous phrase “irrational exuberance” used by former Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan, in a speech to the American Enterprise Institute during the Dot-com bubble of the 1990s. In this case the title is the program. It refers to the artist’s strict methodologies which employ binary logic as well as tropes of minimalism to exuberant extremes. As demonstrated in his light installations and most recent kinetic works, a very restrained vocabulary due to the scale, repetition, and variations leads to a sense of deep corporeality. The meaning oscillates between the purely abstract and profound sensuality.

JIHA MOON: DOUBLE WELCOME, MOST EVERYONE’S MAD HERE [+]

Produced and Directed by John Reynolds
Executive Producer: Mark Sloan

The Halsey Institute commissioned acclaimed videographer John David Reynolds to create a mini- documentary about Jiha Moon for the exhibition Jiha Moon: Double Welcome, Most Everyone’s Mad Here. In the video, the artist talks about her creative process and inspirations.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Moon harvests cultural elements native to Korea, Japan, and China and then unites them with Western elements to investigate the multi-faceted nature of our current global identity as influenced by popular culture, technology, racial perceptions, and folklore. Featuring over fifty works, Moon blurs the lines between Western and Eastern identified iconography such as the characters from the online game Angry Birds© and smart phone Emojis which float alongside Asian tigers and Indian gods, in compositions that appear both familiar and foreign simultaneously.

Moon’s witty and ironic work explores how Westerners perceive other cultures and how perceived foreigners see the West. Korean born, now living in the United States, Moon asks the pertinent question, “Why do people love foreign stuff so much? When we travel to other countries, explore different cultures, and meet with new people, we tend to fall in love with things that are not our own. People have a soft spot for foreign things. The world is so interconnected nowadays, how can you even tell where someone or something ‘comes from’ anymore?” In her work, Moon acts in the role of a traveler, and explores the notion that identity is not beholden to geographic location.

Honoring traditional Asian arts through her use of Hanji paper, Korean silk, and calligraphic brushstrokes, throughout the exhibition she plays with iconography and symbols that have been classified as “foreign” such as blue willow china patterns, fortune cookies (which originated in California but are identified as Chinese), Korean fans, and floating dragons and intermingles them with references to Pop and southern folk art. Her use of the peach identified in Chinese mythology as a symbol of immortality is also a nod to her home state of Georgia’s mascot, the “Georgia Peach.” Moon transforms a traditional Korean fashion accessory called “Norigae” into endearing quirky manifestations of various personalities, with such names as Gloria and Rachel whose hair is interwoven with eclectic items such as children’s plastic barrettes or Native American beaded dolls. Her misshapen and whimsical ceramics reference southern folk art face jugs yet are painted in traditional Asian ceramic glazes and motifs. At the heart of the exhibition, Moon presents an installation featuring perceived kitschy elements of Asian home décor: low wooden tables and silk embroidered pillows placed on Japanese tatami mats. Displayed on the various surfaces are her unconventional ceramic works reflecting her interest in the “beautiful awkward” in which she makes reference to a tourist’s desire to collect foreign and exotic elements to beautify their houses back home.

At first glance, Jiha Moon’s work appears as a mash-up of high-and-low brow cultural references. Upon further inspection, slyly ironic and humorous references emerge that are satirically filtered by the artist, who reminds us that our preconceived notion of “others” is not a true manifestation of actual identity.

LONNIE HOLLEY AT EDDIE’S ATTIC [+]

Artist and Musician Lonnie Holley performs at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA on March 20, 2015.

SOMETHING TO TAKE MY PLACE: THE ART OF LONNIE HOLLEY [+]

This video accompanies the exhibition Something to Take My Place: The Art of Lonnie Holley. The Halsey Institute commissioned acclaimed videographer John David Reynolds to create a mini- documentary about Lonnie Holley. In the video, the artist talks about his creative process, his artistic inspirations, and his hopes for the future.

Produced and Directed by John Reynolds
Executive Producer: Mark Sloan

The Halsey Institute has organized a multi-faceted showcase of American artist and musician Lonnie Holley. This comprehensive project features a exhibition, video, live concert, and monographic catalogue. This is Holley’s first solo museum show since 1994 and will feature a selection of his assemblage works since the early 1990s, with an emphasis on recent work. Holley incorporates natural and man-made objects imbued with cultural and artistic associations into narrative sculptures commemorating places, people, and events.

He creates spontaneous and improvisational work by editing and repurposing materials and objects. He presents concepts poetically by utilizing memory and storytelling to catalyze thought. The power of Holley’s work derives from the multiple associations brought forth by new juxtapositions and innovative combinations of familiar objects. These collisions excite the faculties of memory and meaning in the viewer, as his works trace the artist’s raw and honest attempt to turn a thought into a thing.

MR. BONETANGLES PERFORMS AT THE GROUNDHOG DAY BENEFIT CONCERT [+]

Footage courtesy of Jenny Kleiman
This is footage that was filmed by Jenny Kleiman and projected live while the puppeteer, Will Schutze performed the opening act on stage at the Groundhog Day Concert presented by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC at the Charleston Music Hall. 

PATRICIA BOINEST POTTER: PATTERNS OF PLACE [+]

This video accompanies the exhibition Patricia Boinest Potter: Patterns of Place.

Produced and Directed by John Reynolds
Executive Producer: Mark Sloan

Patricia Boinest Potter creates enigmatic artworks in the form of three-dimensional maps that she refers to as Isomorphic Map Tables and 1:1 Map Insets. Ostensibly representing a one-hundred-mile stretch of northern Alabama, these works also expand outward to the cosmos, then inward again into the dark energy of particle physics. The exhibition will include a series of six Map Tables and one hundred 1:1 Map Insets. The show offers a tantalizing mix of technical experimentation, metaphoric expansiveness, and curiosity in every square inch. Curated by Mark Sloan, director and chief curator of the Halsey Institute, the exhibition also features a 120-page color catalogue. The exhibition will travel for several years throughout the United States after it debuts in Charleston.

BLOODLINE [+]

This video was created in the Halsey Institute galleries during Jumaadi’s two month residency.  Local musician Livy Conner performs her original song, Bloodline, from her album Mind of Your Own, with shadow puppets by Jumaadi, performed by Riki Matsuda and Jumaadi.  The video was shot and edited by Justin Nathanson of The Cut Company.

SHADOW PUPPET PERFORMANCE [+]

2014 International Artist in Residence Jumaadi worked with locally-based artists and musicians to write, create, compose, and preform a new shadow puppet performance.

Performance written by Jumaadi
Puppets performed by Arlene Felipe and Jumaadi

Geoffrey Cormier: Composition, percussion, voice, gamelan
James Carrier: Recorder, gemshorn, percussion, voice
Hazel Kethcum: Vocals

Jumaadi’s exhibition and residency is supported in part by the Quattlebaum Artist in Residence Endowment and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.
 
Special thanks to Walter Crocker and Bette Mueller-Romer and Riki Matsuda.

Camera: Brooks Quinn, Knox Smith, Tim Fennell, JJ Corbett
Produced by Brooks Quinn

PAPER PLANE PEOPLE SHADOW TROUPE [+]

This is a December 2014 performance of “Paper Plane People” by the Academic Magnet High School’s Paper Plane People Shadow Puppet Troupe. This shadow puppet performance was inspired by the puppet masters Jumaadi and Geoffrey Cormier, who assisted the students throughout the time they spent creating the show. The students in creative writing and visual art spent time with the artists and learned about their creative processes, and also took a field trip to see Jumaadi’s work at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Every story, puppet, and sound was created by the students.

JUMAADI: FORGIVE ME NOT TO MISS YOU NOT [+]

This video accompanies the exhibition Jumaadi: forgive me not to miss you not.

Produced and Directed by John Reynolds
Original Score: Christopher Cerrone
Performed by: Ian David Rosenbaum
Executive Producer: Mark Sloan

Jumaadi is an Indonesian artist, currently dividing his time between Australia and the Netherlands. He works in multiple media with equal fluency – painting, drawing, sculpture, installations, and shadow puppets. He will also be working on a special project with the students of the Academic Magnet High School here in Charleston to create an evening of shadow- puppet theater to be presented at their school. His residency and exhibition are supported in part by the Quattlebaum Endowement and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

ART, LIFE & POLITICS: SHEPARD FAIREY IN CONVERSATION WITH MARK SLOAN [+]

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Charleston Music Hall

This lecture was organized in conjunction with the exhibition, The Insistent Image: Recurrent Motifs in the Art of Shepard Fairey and Jasper Johns, on view May 22 – July 12, 2014. Along with exhibiting his works within the Halsey Institute galleries, Shepard Fairey also created a series of large-scale public murals in locations throughout downtown Charleston, visually and thematically related to the show. Fairey took a break from painting to sit down with Halsey Institute director and chief curator Mark Sloan to discuss his first major exhibition in his hometown, the creation of an entire new body of work collectively entitled “Power & Glory”, and the events that led up to this moment.

SHEPARD FAIREY BY BRETT NOVAK [+]

Directed, Filmed and Edited by Brett Novak
Interview Camera B: Max Flick
Executive Producer: Mark Sloan
Music By: Fields of Ohio, C. Scott, Jahzzar, and Chris Zabriskie

This video was produced to accompany the exhibition
THE INSISTENT IMAGE: RECURRENT MOTIFS IN THE ART OF SHEPARD FAIREY AND JASPER JOHNS
MAY 22 – JULY 12, 2014

Organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts

The exhibition and video have been made possible by generous support from:
Hennessy, Obey, Sapporo, Francis Marion Hotel, Garden & Gun, Charleston Magazine, Charleston City Paper, City of Charleston, College of Charleston, School of the Arts.

Baker and Cortney Bishop, Garey and Diane DeAngelis, Edith Howle and Rick Throckmorton, Janyce McMenamin, Kate and Lindsay Nevin, Michael and Lisa Roy, Sandi Turner and Chris Wyrick, John and Karen Vournakis

Special Thanks to
Shepard Fairey, Dan Flores, Amanda Fairey, Nicholas Bowers, Zarathustra James, Rob Zagula, Jon Furlong, Angela Chvarak, Lorrie Boula, Victoria Yarnish, Kathryn Zenowitz, Scott Watson, Tim Keane, Steven Dopp, Scott Blackwell, Ann Marshall, Frank Haygood, Michael Shemtov, Michael Miller, Brett Novak, John Cordray, Kathryn Norton, Dean Valerie Morris, Andrew Steever, Jordan Fowler, Tatjana Beylotte, Karen Ann Myers, Lizz Biswell, Maggie David, Emily Rigsby, Colin Johnson, Nicole Hamblet, Katie Nocella, Caitlin Murphy, Heather Thornton, Haley Pierce, Tomoko Watarikawa, Paige Kline, Kevin Koozer, Jonathan Stout, Nic Roberts, Chad Reynolds.

AWAKEN THE WALL – SHEPARD FAIREY PAINTS MURALS IN CHARLESTON [+]

Director & Editor: Dave Stewart Brown
Original Score: Andrew Walker
Executive Producer: Mark Sloan
Cinematography:  Dave Stewart Brown & Tim McManus
Aerial: Stu & Drew Productions

This video was produced to accompany the exhibition
THE INSISTENT IMAGE: RECURRENT MOTIFS IN THE ART OF SHEPARD FAIREY AND JASPER JOHNS
MAY 22 – JULY 12, 2014

Organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts

The exhibition and video have been made possible by generous support from:
Hennessy, Obey, Sapporo, Francis Marion Hotel, Garden & Gun, Charleston Magazine, Charleston City Paper, City of Charleston, College of Charleston, School of the Arts.

Baker and Cortney Bishop, Garey and Diane DeAngelis, Edith Howle and Rick Throckmorton, Janyce McMenamin, Kate and Lindsay Nevin, Michael and Lisa Roy, Sandi Turner and Chris Wyrick, John and Karen Vournakis

Special Thanks to
Shepard Fairey, Dan Flores, Amanda Fairey, Nicholas Bowers, Zarathustra James, Rob Zagula, Jon Furlong, Angela Chvarak, Lorrie Boula, Victoria Yarnish, Kathryn Zenowitz, Scott Watson, Tim Keane, Steven Dopp, Scott Blackwell, Ann Marshall, Frank Haygood, Michael Shemtov, Michael Miller, Brett Novak, John Cordray, Kathryn Norton, Dean Valerie Morris, Andrew Steever, Jordan Fowler, Tatjana Beylotte, Karen Ann Myers, Lizz Biswell, Maggie David, Emily Rigsby, Colin Johnson, Nicole Hamblet, Katie Nocella, Caitlin Murphy, Heather Thornton, Haley Pierce, Tomoko Watarikawa, Paige Kline, Kevin Koozer, Jonathan Stout, Nic Roberts, Chad Reynolds.

2014 GROUNDHOG DAY BENEFIT CONCERT [+]

In collaboration with the Charleston Music Hall, the Halsey Institute presented an intimate evening of music featuring Charleston’s finest locally and nationally recognized musical acts on Groundhog Day.

The Groundhog Day Concert featured music by The Opposite of a Train (Bill Carson, Nathan Koci, and Ron Wiltrout) with special guests Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, Wilton Elder, Clint Fore and John Cobb. This “house band” provided accompaniment to the evening’s invited guest artists including award-winning duo Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, Lindsay Holler, Stephanie Underhill, Joel Hamilton, Rachel Kate, and Michael Flynn.

The evening’s musical director Bill Carson says, “This concert is a way for the local music community to show its support for the fantastic contemporary arts programming that the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art provides year-round, and year after year. The Halsey often collaborates with musicians, actors, filmmakers, architects, designers, and others to create its unique multi-disciplinary offerings. The participating musicians all want to shine the spotlight on the Halsey Institute in gratitude for their dynamic and inspirational role in this community.”

30TH ANNIVERSARY [+]

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art celebrates their 30th Anniversary!

BOB TROTMAN: BUSINESS AS USUAL [+]

Producer and Director: Justin Nathanson
Executive Producers: Mark Sloan and Karen Ann Myers

This video was produced to accompany the exhibition
Bob Trotman: Business As Usual
On view January 31 – March 8, 2014
Organized by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts

Special thanks to Jane Trotman, David Caldwell, Bart Trotman, Colin J. Johnson, Elizabeth Willingham, Paige Kline, Katie Nocella, Jordan Fowler, Tommy Fox, Caitlin Murphy, Lizz Biswell, Andrew Steever, Emily Rigsby, Tatjana Beylotte, and Maggie David.

I CAN HEAL [+]

I Can Heal, 2013

6 minutes

Commissioned for the exhibition Renée Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman

Executive Producer: Mark Sloan
Producer: Brady Welch
Directed by: Colin Sonner & Brady Welch
Cinematography by: Colin Sonner
Edited by: Meghan Sims
Original Score by: Bill Carson
Color Correction by: Evan Kultangwatana
Sound Design by: Roger Middenway
Special thanks to Jim Ross of the Washington Canoe Club & The Hill Family of Cabin Creek Heritage Farm.

The film I Can Heal explores the world of Renée Stout by way of Fatima Mayfield, an urban conjure woman created by the artist as an alter-ego and vector. Whether as equal opposites or as corresponding echoes, the relationship between the two is porous and shifting. A number of motifs throughout the film speak to this, most notably the narration, which is conceived as an audio palimpsest of two voices merging and diverging, recalling each other, and “sliding” over the course of a number of incantations, chants, and parables. The passages themselves are taken from the exhibition’s accompanying glossary of conjure terminology, the Bible’s Parable of the Sower, and a lover’s recipe recounted by Zora Neale Hurston in her book Mules and Men. 

Funding for this project has been generously provided by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Additional support was provided by Accola Griefen Gallery in New York City, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, D.C., and Zanatta Contemporary Art / Zanatta Editions in Shawnee, Kansas.

JOSEPH BURWELL AND HERB PARKER [+]

This video accompanies the exhibition Herb Parker: Studio Practice and Joseph Burwell: School of the Viking Spaniard Re-visited

Produced and Directed by Dave Stewart Brown
Original Score: Bill Carson
Executive Producers: Mark Sloan and Karen Ann Myers

Special thanks to Leilani DeMuth, Celia Gibson and Michael Moran, Jennifer Henriques Phillips, Donald Sparks and Katherine Saenger.

DOUG BEUBE: RE-BREAKING THE CODEX [+]

Directed by: Brian Damage
Original Soundtrack: Nathan Koci
Producer: Karen Ann Myers

Re-Breaking the Codex, 2012
altered book, box, collage, wooden stand
12 x 12 x 3 inches

This video was created to accompany the exhibition Rebound: Dissections and Excavation in Book Art. The video provides viewers with a look inside the publication Doug Beube: Rebreaking the Codex.

The publication of a recent monograph about Doug Beube’s thirty-year practice of bookwork, collage and mixed media is irreverently altered by cutting, gouging and collaging the original book. The aggressive modification of Beube’s own publication is ironically contemptuous. By surgically cutting into both the front and backside of Doug Beube: Breaking the Codex, as if it’s an archeological dig or medical dissection, reveals the different layers of his artwork. Like the red indices of a dictionary, for example, that organizes the letters of the alphabet, the thinly sliced pages of Beube’s bookwork reveals a summary of various colorful chapters and illegible texts.

Not until viewers turn the pages of the book do they see the interventions between the reproductions, written text, cut and gouged out pages that disrupts an unhindered read. The reader is constantly reminded that the surface of each page is expandable (and expendable) or references another; it’s not solid, it’s a fluid space. As metaphor, each oblong cut becomes a ‘hyper-link,’ a subtext to previous and forthcoming pages.

SET IN STONE: ZEN GARDEN INSTALLATION BY LONG-BIN CHEN [+]

Set in Stone:
Zen Garden Installation by Long-Bin Chen

Directed by Dave Brown
Original Soundtrack: Nathan Koci
Producer: Karen Ann Myers

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art commissioned Rebound artist, Long-Bin Chen, to create a site-specific sculptural work concurrent with the exhibition Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art. Chen created the work during a residency (May 1 – 23, 2013), using books from the Charleston community. College of Charleston students Tommy Fox and Jordan Fowler, and sculpture studio technician Michael Morrison were Chen’s studio assistants during the residency.

Long-Bin Chen explores different cultural meanings, and seeks to combine ideas and concepts from the East with those of the West. He works with local printed material from the communities in which he is an artist-in-residence, including telephone books, magazines, and other cultural remnants of our information society. At first glance, the sculptures appear to be stonework, and most viewers are surprised to learn that Chen’s sculptures are soft and made from paper.

LONG-BIN CHEN
Born: Taipei, Taiwan. Lives/works: Bronx, New York

Long-Bin Chen received a MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, and a BFA from Tung-Hai University, Taiwan. He was the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in 1996, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in both 1997 and 1998. He has exhibited widely in the United States, Germany, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. Recent solo exhibitions include Continental Express, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York; Burning Book, 798 Gallery, Beijing, China; icon & idea, Plum Blossom Gallery, Hong Kong; and Long-Bin Chen Book Art, Nou Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan. His most recent group exhibitions include Buddha Spur, Bochum Museum, Germany, and Do A Book, at White Space, Beijing. He is represented by Now Contemporary Art Gallery, Miami, and the Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York.

This video accompanies the exhibition entitled, Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art.

PULSE DOME PROJECT SLIDE MONTAGE [+]

Slide montage by: Brian Damage

This video is to accompany the exhibition Pulse Dome Project: Art & Design by Don ZanFagna. It presents paintings, drawings, sketchbooks, and a 3-D model by Don ZanFagna that explicate the futuristic and metaphoric concept of “growing” your own house. Conceived in the 1970s, he imagined a home created, constructed, and maintained by all-organic processes and in perfect harmony with nature. ZanFagna is an artist, architect, and designer whose lifework not only defies established categories, but challenges rote notions of the role of the artist in society. The advent of this exhibition has uncovered a vast trove of related writings, drawings, photographs, artworks, collages, models, and ephemera that the artist created over his long work life.

ZanFagna traveled the world researching standing stones, Mayan ziggurats, and various ecological systems, always in pursuit of underlying intrinsic structural concepts that might be adapted by humans to create habitats informed by these “invisible” or unknown processes. He pored over books, manuscripts, proceedings of conferences, and investigations detailed by Nature, NASA, and the popular press as he sought to uncover anything that might illuminate some aspect of his quarry on the art-human-ecology-technology continuum.

ZanFagna proved to be a restless innovator and inventor. His notebooks, journals, and early works overflow with remarkably prescient descriptions of such things as the development of the personal computer and the Kindle—“all the world’s books in the palm of your hand”—in an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in 1971. He also anticipated large-scale use of solar panel technologies and the use of biological processes, algae and ethanol, to generate energy.

DON ZANFAGNA: INFRA/ULTRA [+]

Don ZanFagna:
INFRA/ULTRA

Directed by Christopher Hanson and Aaron Neu
Original Soundtrack: Bill Carson
Executive Producer: Mark Sloan

Don ZanFagna’s notebooks provide an intimate look into the artist’s mind. Because the notebooks are somewhat fragile, they could not be handled by the general public. Instead, we commissioned videographers Christopher Hanson and Aaron Neu to provide a “fly-through” of ZanFagna’s notebooks in the form of a video. An original musical score by Bill Carson accompanies the visuals.

Following ZanFagna’s lead, Bill Carson did research into the Mesoamerican (Mayan) calendar system. He based his musical compositions on the overlapping cycles contained within this calendric system (embedding a 20 note melody over a 13 beat bass line, for example). The result is, predictably, hypnotic.

This video accompanies the exhibition entitled, The Pulse Dome Project: Art & Design by Don ZanFagna.

THE PATERNAL SUIT: HEIRLOOMS FROM THE F. SCOTT HESS FAMILY FOUNDATION [+]

PATERNAL SUIT from Shirin Bazleh on Vimeo.

This film, by Susan Carney and Shirin Bazleh, accompanies the exhibition The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms from the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation. The film includes interviews with F. Scott Hess at his home in Los Angeles, California, insight into his creative process, still images of works in the exhibition, and an overview of the fascinating history of his paternal side.

RETURN TO THE SEA: SALTWORKS BY MOTOI YAMAMOTO (DISMANTLING CEREMONY) [+]

Director & Producer: Dave Brown

This video documents the dismantling of Motoi Yamamoto’s salt installation at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the ceremonious return to the sea. The Halsey Institute organized a major traveling exhibition of new work by contemporary Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto. The exhibition premiered in Charleston May 24-July 7, 2012, as a featured presentation of the Spoleto Festival USA. The centerpiece of the exhibition was a site-specific installation created entirely out of salt by the artist during his10-day residency at the Halsey Institute.

An important aspect of the installation is the dismantling of Motoi’s work at the end of the show and delivering the salt back to water in collaboration with the public, hence, the title Return to the Sea. At 4:00pm on Saturday, July 7, the end of gallery hours and the official end of the exhibition, the public wass invited to gather a small amount of the salt. Then, as a group the Halsey staff and the community returned the salt to the sea at the Aquarium Wharf on Concord Street.

RETURN TO THE SEA: SALTWORKS BY MOTOI YAMAMOTO (MAKING OF) [+]

Director & Producer: Dave Brown
Original Score: Bill Carson

This video documents Yamamoto’s salt installation at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art for Spoleto Festival USA 2012 and the construction of a viewing platform designed and built by students in Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston. It also includes an interview with the artist.

RETURN TO THE SEA: SALTWORKS BY MOTOI YAMAMOTO [+]

This video accompanies the exhibition Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto.

Director & Producer: John Reynolds
Executive Producer: Mark Sloan
Original Score: Bill Carson

AGGIE ZED: KEEPER’S KEEP [+]

This video accompanies the exhibition Aggie Zed: Keeper’s Keep.

Director and Producer: John David Reynolds
Executive Producer: Mark Sloan
Original Score: Bill Carson

MOON V 11-11-11 [+]

Moon v 11-11-11

John Reynolds & Lee Donaldson

LESLIE WAYNE: RECENT WORK [+]

Leslie Wayne: Recent Work

Produced and Directed by –  John Reynolds
NYC Producer – Monica Brady
Executive Producer – Mark Sloan
Timelapse – Leslie Wayne and Don Porcaro

Funding provided by grants from:
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation

WHITE DAYS UNSWALLOWED – BOB RAY [+]

White Days Unswallowed – Bob Ray

Directed by – Justin Nathanson 

Performed at the opening reception of Bob Ray – White Days Unswallowed & Steve Johnson – From the Ground Up on August 28, 2011.

WORK V. WORK N. – ALDWYTH [+]

Work V. Work N. – Aldwyth – Fall 2009

Director & Senior Curator – Mark Sloan
Music – Bil Carson
Hand Models – Aldwyth, Rebecca Silberman, & Roberta Sokolitz
Video – John David Reynolds 

MINIMUSUEM – RICHARD MCMAHAN [+]

MiniMusuem – Richard McMahan – Spring 2008

View the Exhibition page for Richard McMahan’s MiniMuseum.

Executive Producer – Mark Sloan
Produced, Shot, and Edited by – Kendall Messick & Lida Burris Gibson
Special Assistance From – Susan Pearlstine, Leilani De Muth, Brian Rutenberg, Ray and Leah Greenberg, LeGrand and Allison Elebash, Robben Richards, Alisa Whit, Lynn Letson, and Diane Straney 

Richard McMahan’s minimusuem is co-sponsored by The Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston, The Friends of Addlestone Library, City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, and The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston.

PENTAGRAM OF LOSS – PINKY/MM BASS & RENEE’ CHEVEALLIER [+]

Pentagram of Loss – Pinky/MM Bass & Renee’ Cheveallier – 2008

Performers – Pinky/MM Bass, Barry Butler, Renee’ Cheveallier, Cara Derrick, Schuyler Halsey, Rachel Wright
Cellist – Wade Davis
Filmed and Edited by – Jesse Berger
Sponsored in part by – Leilani DeMuth 

Performed during the opening reception of MEND: love, life, & loss. Curated by Mark Sloan, October 24, 2008.

LABYRINTH – MOTOI YAMAMOTO (#1) [+]

Labyrinth – Motoi Yamamoto – 2006

Photography by – John Reynolds

LABYRINTH – MOTOI YAMAMOTO (#2) [+]

Labyrinth – Motoi Yamamoto – 2006

Photography by – John Reynolds

STATE OF THE ARTS [+]

State of the Arts – 2004 – in conjunction with SCETV

Produced by – Mark Sloan & Virginia Tormey Friedman
Directed by – Tim Fennell
Set Design – Buff Ross
Set Furniture – David Puls
Graphic Design – Michael Heagerty
Live Performance Music – Quentin Baxter & Marc Regnier
Set Lighting Design – Russ Schaaf & Trident Technical College
Engineer-In-Charge – Joel J. Corbett
Audio – Bruce Roberts
Stage Manager – F. Scott Fitzgerald
Camera Operators – Todd Shaffer, Chris Simmons, & Steve Wakeham
Camera Dolly – John D. Reynolds
Production Assistants – Geoff Miller, Chris Dooghe, Brian Higdon, & Loren Bridges
Special Thanks – Lee Higdon, Nikki G. Setzler, Marty Bluford, Catherine Christman, Charleston City Gallery, Vidonne Colston, Tom Fowler, Joan Mack, Meredith English, Sarvin Ghaemian, Mike Robertson, J. Standfield Gray, Roy Snipe, Amy Parker

IF WISHES WERE RIVERS – JEROME MEADOWS [+]

Jerome Meadows- If Wishes Were Rivers – Fall 2001

Executive Producer – Mark Sloan
Produced by – John Reynolds
Interview – Jonathan Gaynor
Imagery Consultant – Buff Ross
Thumb Guitar – Jerome Meadows

Funding for this project has been provided by The Halsey Exhibitions Endowment, College of Charleston, The Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Charleston, The Halsey/McCallum Fountation, Pearlstine Family Fund, The Stine Family Fund, and the friends of the Gallery. 

PAPER, WOOD, ROPE ETC. – E.H. SORRELLS-ADEWALE [+]

Paper, Wood, Rope etc. – E.H. Sorrells-Adewale – Fall 2001

Executive Producer – Mark Sloan
Produced By – John Reynolds
Interview – Jonathan Gaynor
Imagery Consultant – Buff Ross

CREATURE COMFORTS – VOLKER SEDING [+]

Creature Comforts – Volker Seding – Spring 1999

Curator – Mark Sloan
Video By – John Reynolds
Produced by – The Office of Media & Technology

HUNTER’S PARADISE FOUND – KEVIN KELLY [+]

Hunter’s Paradise Found – Kevin Kelly – Spring 1999

Curator – Mark Sloan
Music by – C. McAlister & Geoffrey Oryema
Video Produced by – John Reynolds 

Funding provided by Canada Council & The Halsey Gallery Exhibits Endowment

BLACK BOILED COFFEE & THE CACOPHONY OF FROGS – EVON STREETMAN [+]

Black Boiled Coffee & the Cacophony of Frogs – Evon Streetman – 1998

Director/Producer – John Reynolds
Executive Producer – Mark Sloan
Videographer/Editor – John Reynolds
Music – Gamble Rodgers
Additional Music – Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Edith Piaf, Woody Guthrie
Image Consultant – Janie Liberatos
Special Thanks – Martha Strawn, Jay Phyfer, Isabelle Blakey, Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, Penland School, Robin Dreyer, Michelle Van Parys, Valerie Morris, Eric Shanks, Mara Sloan, Virginia Friedman, Tim Fennell, Judge Alex Sanders, Osprey Productions 

MEMORY SPEAKS – TIEBENA DAGNOGO [+]

Memory Speaks – Tiebena Dagnogo –  Fall 1998

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