New Works Salon XXVIII

Sepand Shahab
Sediment (2015)
10 minutes, audio

Anna Wittenberg
KJMP Presents Der Sandmann (2015)
8.5 minutes, digital video

Anna Wittenberg
Olga Digs a Hole (2015)
4 minutes, digital video

Paul Pescador
Crushes: Section A (2015)
20 minutes, digital video

Alee Peoples
if you can’t see me, I can’t see you (in-progress)
10 minutes, 16mm on video

Charlotte Pryce
Prima Materia (2015)
3 minutes, 16mm, silent

Paul Clipson
The Liquid Casket / Wilderness of Mirrors (2014)
9.5 minutes, 16mm, music by Lawrence English

Paul Clipson
Made of Air
10 minutes, 16mm, music by Grouper

Sediment is a new composition by Sepand Shahab. Anna Wittenberg’s KJMP Presents Der Sandmann features an a cappella quartet from the Inland Empire Chorus in Riverside California performing The Chordettes’ 1954 hit Mr. Sandman 30 percent slower than originally written. This structural intervention aims to open the a cappella standard up to its mysterious allegorical roots, that of the fantastical Sandman, the bringer of sleep. Her work Olga Digs a Hole features a woman digging a hole in a nondescript outdoor setting, alongside imagery from the inside of a windsock and various landscape shots. Using Olga, the only player, as a point of entry, the work attempts to map sexuality onto the landscape and engage with ideas surrounding theatrical modes of looking. Section A is the first part of Paul Pescador’s third feature film titled Crushes. Through the use of stop animation, dance and narrative, Section A combines short vignettes and performative actions with humor and pathos to explore artifice, personal narrative and self-constructed intimacy. In Alee Peoples’s if you can’t see me, I can’t see you, flattened images are dictated by actions happening outside of the frame. Choreography of bouncy balls and water fountains are involved. Charlotte Pryce says of Prima Materia: “Delicate threads of energy spiral and transform into mysterious microscopic cells of golden dust: these are the luminous particles of the alchemist’s dream. Prima Materia is inspired by the haunting wonderment of Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura. It is an homage to the first, tentative photographic records that revealed the extraordinary nature of phenomena lurking just beyond at the edge of human vision.” Paul Clipson’s The Liquid Casket / Wilderness of Mirrors features music by Lawrence English.

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