Laleh Khorramian’s Midnight Moment


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!


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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Welcoming Marela Zacarías. And RAVA Films.


Folks, a slightly belated announcement that the second of our debut films featuring the newest round of New York Close Up project artists (check our last blog post if that doesn’t quite make sense) is alive and kicking.  Check it here – Marela Zacarías’s Work Finds A Good Home.  Making this one really was as fun the above production still/party pic suggests.  Mainly because we got to hang out with the irrepressible Marela Zacarías in April & May as she de-installed her gorgeous show at the Brooklyn Museum; rented a U-haul and corralled a few friends to help her move the work to self storage and her friend Ben Pomeroy’s Williamsburg loft; and threw a the party at Ben’s to celebrate it all.

Equally important to announce is RAVA Films.  RAVA is Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland.  A very dynamic, multi-skilled production team who only the most ardent of New York Close Up fan boys will recognize as having shot for the project since its inception.  But now RAVA Films, working closely with project creators Wesley Miller and myself, is doing it all – producing, shooting, audio recording, and editing.  Marela’s film is the first of many RAVA-centric New York Close Up episodes to come.

CAPTION: Artist Marela Zacarías & friends in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (05.08.13.) Production still from the series “New York Close Up” © Art21, Inc. 2013. Cinematography by Rafael Moreno Salazar.

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We Are Family: Seven New Artists Join New York Close Up

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It’s that time of year again at Art21. We’re very happy to announce the inclusion of six new artists to the New York Close Up extended family—Debo Eilers, Daniel Gordon, Laleh Khorramian, Mary MattinglyJacolby Satterwhite, and Marela Zacarias. I feel like I just got a new set of much cooler than me siblings. This latest batch of animators, photographers, sculptors, painters, performance artists, and deep thinkers brings the total project roster to twenty-four. That’s a lot of brothers and sisters I know.

You can expect premiere films on each of these new artists thru the Summer, starting today with Laleh Khorramian. Peep it here: Laleh Khorramian’s Epic Animations.

And because we love everyone equally at Art21, after this round of debut films, we’ll of course continue to release films on all the other project artists. As Caroline Manzo sort of said: “Let me tell you something about my family, we’re always going to make short form art documentaries about each other and we will protect each other until the end.”

For more informative details (and serious tone), check out our press release.

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