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September 23, 2014

Join me for an Art Talk tomorrow (Wednesday) at  7:00 PM at the Abbozzo Gallery in Toronto.

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Never has the intersection of art and film been as pronounced as today. Join Station Gallery Curator, Olexander Wlasenko, in an exploration of visual art and cinema. Wlasenko addresses the influence of moving images on still imagery and vice versa…

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I’m very excited to share some recent findings in movies…

Wednesday, September 24 @ 7pm

FREE

Abbozzo Gallery

401 Richmond Street West, Suite 128

Toronto, ON    416-260-2220

Louvre

January 14, 2014

Since I’ve started presenting lectures on art and cinema, I view movies in a different way.

Yesterday I watched David Cronenberg’s 1983 thriller The Dead Zone, starring Christopher Walken.

Walken’s character possesses the psychic ability of second sight. He’s hired to tutor a wealthy man’s son and has a vision that the boy will fall through the frozen pond ice during a hockey game. Prior to the tragedy there’s a very subtle hint alluding to the boy submerged underwater. The clue: a poster in the boy’s room.

A prophetic poster

A prophetic poster in “The Dead Zone”

In the top right of the movie still you’ll notice a poster. It’s a widely recognized image by an American photographer, Sandy Skoglund. In 1981, she created a surreal sub-aquatic tableau of a boy immersed in a environment surrounded by fish. How cool is that? Cronenberg empowers his viewers with second sight — that’s what I call foreshadowing!

Revenge of the Goldfish, 1981 photograph by Sandy Skoglund

Revenge of the Goldfish, 1981 photograph by Sandy Skoglund

January 24, 2013

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of presenting an illustrated talk on art and cinema called Synchronicities at the Art Gallery of Peterborough. It was really fun–thanks to everyone who came out. If you missed it–no worries–I’ll present Synchronicities Part II in Whitby on the third Thursday of March.

Since Saturday afternoon’s presentation I continue to find fascinating and relevant material that I could have included. I’d like to share my latest find that uses film as an inspiration. It’s a short film collage by the Dutch artist, Matthijs Vlot. He painstakingly sourced and pieced together various cinema snippets to recreate Lionel Ritchie’s ballad Hello 

It’s a clever project with the charm of a sentimental ransome note.

Click on the image below to play Vlot’s video. See how many of the 42 film sources you recognize. I’ve added film titles second time ’round…

Will I include this video in my next art & cinema presentation at Station Gallery on Thursday, March 21st at 7 PM? You bet!