Flash Gordon


This Wednesday, January 29th at 6pm, artist Daniel Gordon will discuss his work in the exhibition Shadows and Pears at The Horticultural Society of New York. Art21 will be screening the film Daniel Gordon Gets Physical, followed by a conversation with the exhibition’s curator, Chris Murtha, and writer Claire Barliant. We hope to see you there!

We’re also happy to announce that the film Daniel Gordon Gets Physical has been selected by the 32nd International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), to be held in Montreal, March 20-30, 2014. The film will be screened as part of the Horizons program featuring “the latest films on art from around the world, which take a penetrating look at art in all its forms.”

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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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