Jacolby Satterwhite Is Having A Moment

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An important announcement – New York Close Up project artist Jacolby Satterwhite is part of this year’s Whitney Biennial!  This alert’s a little late coming I know, but don’t worry, you’ve got until May 25 to check out Jacolby’s continually amazing video work. He’s showing his latest irrepressible and bewitching animation, Reifying Desire 6. So to Jacolby, congrats. And to our faithful viewers, be on the lookout for a Biennial-centric next film on Jacolby in the coming months.

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Keltie Ferris & Josephine Halvorson

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Only the most observant viewer would probably catch that the above pic is actually a print by New York Close Up artist Keltie Ferris.  It’s part of a recent set of “body prints” on exhibit thru March 30th at Chapter NY in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  And only the most conscientious New York gallery goer would know that friend and fellow project artist Josephine Halvorson wrote a really sympathetic and astute essay for the show.  So in the interest of making a little more visible the connection between two of our favorite artists – and in the critical spirit of Josephine’s most recent film, Josephine Halvorson Gets the Conversation Going – we’re happy to present the essay in full:

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Laleh Khorramian’s Midnight Moment

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If you happen to be in Times Square at 11:57PM anytime in January, please look up. Because every night in January, for three very precious minutes, Times Square Arts & the Times Square Advertising Coalition will be presenting the work of New York Close Up project artist Laleh Khorramian in the mother of all multi-channel video screenings.  They’ll be excerpting Laleh’s decidedly non-advertising animation Water Panics in the Sea (2011) on an obscene number of screens.  (That film was also featured in her first New York Close Up espisode, Laleh Khorramian’s Epic Animations.)

Laleh’s film is kicking off the 2014 season of Midnight Moment, which in the words of their website is “the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night.”  Talk about exposure . . . .

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Lights! Camera! Mika Tajima!

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A quick post to draw your attention to our most recent film – Behind The Scenes With Mika Tajima.  It’s the third film on Mika and a very intentional effort on our part to capture the ambition and diversity of her work in one story.  Scenery flats, scaffolding, silk screens, Judith Butler, noise music, amateur public speakers, dollying cameras, police cadets, and Charles Atlas are all part of Mika’s “production as performance” works.  And all part of our latest film.

CAPTION: Artist Mika Tajima in Bushwick, Brooklyn (10.26.12.) Production still from the series “New York Close Up” © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Wesley Miller.

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Alejandro Almanza Pereda Returns In . . .

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Alejandro Almanza Pereda Strikes A Balance.  Yes, that’s right, one of your favorite New York Close Up artist-heroes is back, starring in the long-awaited sequel to his breakout first film Alejandro Almanza Pereda’s Obstacle Course.  While not skimping on the action set pieces that wowed audiences in the first episode, this one explores a more contemplative, though no less badass side to Alejandro and his work.  Think of it as Empire Strikes Back to Star Wars.  And Alejandro is of course Luke.  Well, maybe more like Han Solo.  Either way, get ready for the sculpture-erecting, Bushwick to Mexico City-hopping, adrenaline rush of the season.  And just in time for the holidays.

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