"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
From the series, "Exclusive"
Interviewed in his Los Angeles studio, Paul McCarthy discusses the genesis of his "Black and White Tapes" (1970–75), a suite of 13 videos begun while he was a student at the University of Southern California (USC). Also featuring excerpts from the video "Ma Bell" (1971) and works in the exhibition "Central Symmetrical Rotation Movement—Three Installations, Two Films" (2008) at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Susan Sollins. Camera: Bob Elfstrom & Richard Numeroff. Sound: Doug Dunderdale & Merce Williams. Editor: Lizzie Donahue & Joaquin Perez. Artwork Courtesy: Paul McCarthy. Special Thanks: Whitney Museum of American Art.