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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New York Close Up Takes Manhattan This Weekend


If you’re out and about at the art fairs in Manhattan this weekend, and still haven’t had the New York Close Up marathon viewing experience yet, then you’re in luck.  The (almost) entire series is going to be shown multiple times at NADA New York & Cutlog.

The good folks at NADA New York – now at Pier 36, between the Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges along the East River –  will be screening project films throughout the public run of the fair, from 10AM Friday May 10 to 5PM Sunday May 12.  Check out the monitors in the upper mezzanine level for the infinite loop.  Admission is free.  And while you’re there, you can also see the work of New York Close Up artist David Brooks; he’s suspended sections of his monumental “Desert Rooftops” public artwork (featured in the episode David Brooks Tears the Roof Off.)

And at New York-debuting art fair Cutlog, at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center in the Lower East Side, there’s two big viewing opportunities.  On Saturday, an indoor marathon screening from 10:30-2:30PM in the Little Theater.  And better yet (but weather pending of course) on Sunday night, an outdoor night screening in the back parking lot from 8PM to Midnight.  And better, better yet, my producing partner Wesley Miller and myself will be giving a talk before the Sunday night screening, at 7PM.

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NYCU Goes Big This Saturday

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Hey, intrepid New York City art fair-goers:  if you’re taking a break from the Armory Show or are hanging around Chelsea for SCOPE, and have the completely understandable desire to watch every New York Close Up film to date (including trailers!), then drop by the Big Screen Plaza at 30th Street and 6th Avenue.  It’s between 1 and 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 9.  Hang out in the courtyard (actually looks like the weather may not be too bad) or better yet in the Eventi Hotel’s second floor bar/restaurant Humphrey Lounge (it overlooks the plaza.)  Rest your legs, grab a bite to eat, and watch all your favorite New York artists on the big, beautiful outdoor screen.  Or maybe just a couple of them.  We won’t say anything.

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Tommy Hartung is our GoPro Hero

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New York Close Up just made good on one New Years resolution:  see how we’re getting in better shape by checking out Tommy Hartung’s latest film, Tommy Hartung is Off and Running.

And I’m only partially joking.  While Tommy jogged, yours truly shot all of the interview from my bike – one hand on the handlebars and the other cradling a GoPro Hero brand camera.  It’s that little box Tommy is wearing on his head in the above pic.  Super compact and HD-capable, it’s become the go-to camera for any reality show car interior shooting (and the various real housewives are incessantly in their cars.)  It’s also become a standard part of the New York Close Up production tool kit.  Shooting POV in tight spaces?  Check.  See the spray painting shots in Keltie Ferris Spray Paints in Solitude.  Time lapse?  Check.  Watch Eddie Martinez’s antic moments in the Year Two Trailer.

And for don’t-try-this-at-home-I-am-a-professional mobile interviews we’ve got this latest episode.  The trickiest part wasn’t keeping Tommy in frame but not totally wiping out over the insidiously varied Queens terrain Tommy ran us thru.  From Ridge potato chip-like residential streets in Ridgewood to the uphill/downhill/dirt/sand/gravel/manure combination paths of Forest Park.  Fortunately no one was seriously injured in the production of this film.  But it was damn close.

CAPTION:  Artist Tommy Hartung in Forest Park (Queens, 09.11.12.)  Production still from the series “New York Close Up” © Art21, Inc. 2013.  Cinematography by Ian Forster.

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