International Flavor Friday

Some beautiful collages are coming from out yonder – Melbourne, Australia. Lillian O’Neil is the artist behind various large transfixing collages that have a reoccurring theme of LOVE.

Moon Lovers, 2013 (104.2 x 389.1cm)

Bullseye, 2014

Love Bomb
Love Bomb, 2011

Lil is all about true love and passion, the notion of heartbreak and relationships, spilling these into an assemblage of impressionable collages. The collages all consistently have a space feel (stars and the moon kind of space) that aid in evoking the outer world dreaminess and heightened emotional condition one exists in when in the love zone. Sourcing images from old catalogues, photography books, film stills and from other archival materials, Lil draws on her interest of how images massed together, compress time and history.

I recently caught up with Lil while she was in New York and we had a good chat about illogical international romances, sweets (donuts) and the importance of having an evacuation plan on days when the full moon looms above. She boldly rode a bike through Times Square and said she felt “real fear.”

Billy Name: The Silver Age




Currently exhibiting at Milk Gallery is Billy Name – The Silver Age.

As resident photographer of the Warhol Factory, his images are a time capsule/legacy of Factory life and people in all its commotion and haze. We have all seen many of his iconic Factory shots, particularly of Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Nico at some point. I’m drawn to this exhibit because it rekindles nostalgia for my teen years when I went through my Warhol Superstar obsession. I ordered any book about Edie Sedgwick, watched Ciao Manhattan far too many times and listened to The Velvet Underground religiously.

Billy Name was attached to the Warhol Factory from 1964 – 1970. In that time he had a short romance with Andy Warhol, helping him set up the Factory and adorning it in silver. Clad only with a camera manual, self-taught Billy Name was able to finesse his skills in the Factory, shooting the superstars while experimenting with composition and lighting. Name lived in the Factory and his darkroom existed in one of the Factory bathrooms. The set up allowed him to catch every essence of Factory life.

Check it out at Milk Gallery until December 7th!

Zabriskie Point’s exploding final scene

I watched Michelangelo Antonioni’s “Zabriskie Point” again the other day and remembered how tops the final scene was. The film was made in 1970. Clearly!… It has psychedelic aspects and addresses some elements thematic of the era such as social oppression/change, freedom, heavenly 70′s haircuts and attire.  As I mentioned, the final scene gets me every time and receives double love for the Pink Floyd music accompanying it. For me, films that evoke more emotion are winners and this final scene takes you through the brain wave of emotion. In the space of 5 minutes, there’s calm, mystery, eye bulging, stress, passion, dreaminess, bliss and so much more.

Golden Wolf’s trailer for the Vandroid graphic novel!

Vandroid – Graphic novel trailer from Golden Wolf on Vimeo.

“..beaches, babes and bullets” ooh yeah sound alright, awesome actually! This is the new trailer by Golden Wolf for a graphic novel called VANDROID which will be released at the end of November.

Before The Wave

BEFORE THE WAVE from Molly Willows on Vimeo.

Molly Willows from Blacklist Director Tendril is making an awesome short doc that is set to film in January. The film features a community of stateless sea nomads who have lived on the ocean off Burma and Thailand for thousands of years. They predicted the Tsunami in 2004, fully survived, and the focus of the film is exploring their underwater existence and how it’s changed since that fateful Event.

Molly is doing an Indiegogo campaign at the moment to raise money for the film.  Looking forward to seeing this film when it’s finished!