“The Self Practice” is a short documentary, looking at the process behind Jen Mann’s artworks; colorful and vibrant oil paintings which delve into the deep questions of life as she explores the idea of self and identity. Watch Mann’s process, and hear her thoughts, as she prepares for, and completes her series “Q&A”, a solo show at Toronto’s Neubacher Shor Contemporary.
“the artist is always asking for someone to love them…they are saying, look at my work and you will know me, like… the true me.”- Mann
You can find out more about Mann here: JenMann.com Director/ Cinematographer Cameron Bryson : cameronbryson.com Music courtesy of Joanne Pollock (joannepollock.bandcamp.com)
Video: Sol LeWitt, a new documentary film by Chris Teerink, produced by Icarus Films, addresses the rich philosophy behind the artist’s work. To see times and locations for Sol LeWitt screenings, click here.
“New Beyonce video used hella clips from the doc I produced and directed by @Abteen …but why?!?!” filmmaker Chris Black wrote on Saturday. “I guess it’s flattering that people fuck with the things you’ve created but also frustrating when they wanna use it like it’s theirs.” "Formation" music video director Melina Matsoukas then credited the directors of the documentary for the footage, but it seems Beyoncé’s people have gotten the last word.
“Led by the creative vision of Tristan Eaton, PAINTED OCEANS is a feature documentary film that will follow seven of the world’s most renowned street artists as they set out to make history by painting murals this summer on the infamous Red Sands Sea Forts. Located off the East Coast of England, the structures are known for the critical role they played in the crusade against German forces in World War II, as well as fighting censorship in the pirate radio movement of the 1970s. Bringing together the likes of Shepard Fairey, How & Nosm,Futura 2000, The London Police and Tristan Eaton, each artist will be assigned a tower to render their respective murals. Set in a remarkably turbulent environment of extreme tides, decaying metal and unpredictable weather conditions, a “village at sea” will be constructed in the middle of the ocean in order to house the artists.”
“I’m interested in going back to these themes of the war on terror. What does it mean? How can we understand it on more human terms?” —Laura Poitras talks to Vogue about her first solo museum exhibition, opening at the Whitney next week.
Pride is a photographic exploration of the phenomenon of male hair barbing within West African cities.
I once met a barber in Lagos who recounted the ways in which his profession, despite being perceived as a common and unimportant, enabled him to interact with important people; he even counted an ex-President among his clientele. This, he explained, brought him a great sense of pride. It is this sense of pride and the various ways it is achieved that informs the basis of this project.
The project investigates the relationship between hairstyles and individual and collective identities, highlighting the social impact of hair in the African society. The pictures document variety of hair styles and capture in detail the spaces in which hair barbers operate throughout major Western African cities. The project looks at the material and aesthetics worlds of barber saloons/shops, the iconographies and symbols that create an intimate-public convergence of people from all walks of life. (artist statement)
American filmmaker Kim A. Snyder directed and produced Newtown, which is a documentary that explores the tragedy of Sandy Hook. In Snyder’s documentary, viewers are given a window into the community most affected by the Sandy Hook shooting. Similarly, Under the Gun, another documentary to be showcased at Sundance this year, takes a bold look at gun violence in the United States.
Filmed in late 2012, Maya Lin discusses her marble sculpture series, “Disappearing Bodies of Water,” at her Manhattan studio with Art21. As a young woman growing up in Athens, Ohio, Lin staged protests against environmental crimes and cruelties. She continues to be an activist today, using her art to encourage closer examination of the natural world.
The Red Sands Sea Forts, eight miles off the coast of England, were built during World War II to aid in the nation’s resistance against the Nazis. They were subsequently used to broadcast pirate radio stations in the 1960s, then abandoned to a state of semi-decay. Now, artist Tristan Eaton has assembled some of the world’s most famous street artists — Shepard Fairey, Futura 2000, How & Nosm, and The London Police — to give the forts new life as canvases for bold murals. A documentary film will chronicle the entire ambitious undertaking.
“These forts are a timeless symbol of resistance,” Eaton says. “This makes them a perfect icon for the spirit of the street art and graffiti movement, and I think it’s important to share their story with a new generation.”
The Painted Oceans project seeks “to shed light on these beautiful structures to keep them alive for another generation to enjoy,” Eaton says. The murals are part of a broader project to eventually turn some of the forts into a heritage museum. “At the end of the day, our murals are nothing but a coat of paint, but the grand sum of our efforts and our love and dedication will hopefully affect the Red Sands Sea Forts forever.”