Lucid Dreaming: Mark Ehling, Marcia LaCerte & Jes Reyes
Sense: Viewed (read) / Perspective: Like Eating Your First Meal at a Really Great Restaurant
River Dead of Minneapolis Scavenged by Teenagers by Mark Ehling
Connections: Mark is friends with and has collaborated with Will, my husband, and read more below.
If more artists were total jerks and fartfaces who you’d never want to associate with, I bet they’d get more people writing about them. My meagre journalism training has me feeling guilty about writing about a friend, but Mark’s a really great guy and a really great artist, the kind who thinks so differently you want to dig in your heels and make your own thing. River Dead, which manages to simultaneously read as desperately pop and effortlessly avant garde, is the kind of thing that would make me think, This must be made by a super fucked up guy who is mean to everyone! Except I know Mark and he’s really nice.
This week I thought a lot about hubris because of that Amazon article and subsequent responses (reinventing the world blah blah), and I’m still thinking about it because then the New York Times published this thing about how census data says artists are making more than ever probably because of things like Amazon, and it turns me into the Hillary Clinton shruggie gif.
It’s hardly humble to take print ephemera involving clowns, write and cobble snippets of conversation, and put your own spin on it — remember what you thought when you heard Shia LaBoeuf was a plagiarist — but Mark’s stories are the most compassionate and unusual treatment of found materials. It is easy to make fun of the strange things people say, but it’s much harder to paste them into something cohesive, a full work where one story is as odd and riveting as the next. Also, Mark’s not a fartface! How do you be good at art without being a fartface? It’s like how my great aunt and uncle made me believe in the existence of love; Mark makes me believe that artists don’t have to be dicks, but I can still be in awe of his work.
Sense: Viewed/Heard / Perspective: Haute Future
“Dissociate (clip)” by Marcia LaCerte
Do college students still watch Waking Life? When I saw Waking Life during my first year of college, I tried to lucid dream and write something as philosophically profound, but wound up failing miserably because I was just learning how to write. Then I totally disregarded it as silly garbage my second year, because what I wrote was silly garbage. I think Waking Life might have been pretty good, or at least a ballsy experiment that I still think about.
So I appreciate ballsy MCAD student Marcia LaCerte who may or may not have seen Waking Life. This minute-long animation has more style in its little finger than Taylor Swift on her entire 1989 tour. The palette will be the foundation for my fall wardrobe, and I anxiously await the upload of the full version. I selfishly hope LaCerte doesn’t skip town after she graduates, although Minneapolis is hardly a place where artistically inclined animators thrive. I want to see more views of street corners that make my town look like Sesame Street, like 26th and Nicollet does here.
Sense: Viewed/Heard / Perspective: Take Me Away
“Never Alone” by Jes Reyes
Good art makes you see life-changing stuff in mundane subject matter. The above video is the I’m gonna make it through this year / if it kills me of Vimeo shorts.
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August 20, 2015 / Deborah Carver