Article by SB contributor and globe-trotting friend Clément Delépine
From The Box gallery in Los Angeles to the Whitney Museum in New York, which both hosted exhibitions related to the work of filmmaker Stan Vanderbeek (1927-1984), it seems that the Spring 2009 aspired to question the birth of experimental video.
Made up with series of drawings and collages, Vanderbeek’s films took him into a much-heralded new creative dimension, and legitimately became a source of inspiration for directors like Terry Gilliam. Practically entirely handmade (which is fairly impressive for those who like me are the clumsiness incarnate) truly mesmerizing and a bit melancolic, Vanderbeek’s visionary works challenged the very idea of filmmaking and production. His countless collaborations (notably with the artist Claes Oldenburg or the choreographer Merce Cunningham) command respect. Touched by grace, he initiated a turning point in the history of visual arts as he was also among the firsts to team up with engineers in order to produce computer-generated images.
As an artist, Vanderbeek was persuaded that his function was to invent a universal language as “It is imperative that we quickly find some way for the entire level of world human understanding to rise to a new human scale. The scale is the world”.
By Rene La Chatte. Another photograph featured in next Wednesday’s show
Rene was born in Heidleberg in 1984 and describes Fatty as ‘a true gentleman, who has worked as a roadie for decades for some of the most successful artists in the world. A gentle caring debauched beast whose life is coloured with tales that excite, amaze, scare and surprise’. Fatty’s tattoo was started by someone and finished by someone else. When I know who, I’ll tell
Despite the demeanor of a drummer with 8 hours off in a liberal foreign town, Jan Schjetne is one industrious dude. Co-founder of Phiary, Porn&Beauty blogger, & committed lover are just a few of the roles that keep this man out of more trouble than he already inherits.
‘I’m not afraid to admit that the base for this tattoo is quite influenced by a tattoo design I saw in a book about Russian prison tattoos. A bit of a risky admission, as my tattoo artist friend made sure to inform me that undeserved Russian prison tattoos can result in a death sentence in certain environments. But I changed it around and made it my own. The “Death Boogie” is a philosophy I’ve lived by for years. Without getting too much into it I’ll say that it reminds me that life is fragile and I should make the best of it while I can’.
Tattoo artist: Bjørn Egil Ragnarsen, Lillehammer, Norway
The colossal print below featuring 100s of images from his online diary is part of the Are You The One That I’ve Been Waiting For? show next week.
His friend Danielle will be back here by herself very soon..