SHORT: Josiah McElheny: Making a Projection Painting

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February 12, 2016


Josiah McElheny explores the relationship between abstraction and the body as he makes Projection Painting 1 (2015). "We're projecting lost footage or abandoned footage by the great filmmaker Maya Deren," says McElheny, who further abstracts Deren's images by filming the footage "from the worst seats." McElheny's distorted footage is then projected once more onto a framed fractured landscape in another round of abstraction to create the final painting. Working with cinematographer Martina Radwan at a photography studio in Manhattan, McElheny found that utilizing unedited footage "felt more malleable" than when he attempted to work with completed narrative films. The finished "Projection Painting" was shown in a continuous loop during McElheny's Fall 2015 solo show at Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York City.

CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Jarred Alterman & Ian Forster. Editor: Jarred Alterman. Camera: Jarred Alterman. Sound: Ian Forster. Music: Pinch Music. Artwork Courtesy: Josiah McElheny & Andrea Rosen Gallery. Special Thanks: Picture Ray Studio, Martina Radwan & Mark Shortliffe.

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