~KYLE WILLIAMS & NICHOLAS STEINDORF, ‘YES’ . . MICROSCOPE
‘YES’ . . . !!
NEW VIDEO by KYLE WILLIAMS & NICHOLAS STEINDORF, SUN FEB 19, 2017
at MICROSCOPE, in Brooklyn.
see more: background / ‘YES’ – KYLE WILLIAMS & NICHOLAS STEINDORF
YES . . . !!
MICROSCOPE . . did exactly that.
it took the usually / confined to web viewing, i.e. postage stamp sized . . innovative, and tech-centric videos of KYLE WILLIAMS and NICHOLAS STEINDORF, and blew them up, BIG.
and I mean . . really really big, on a 12 ft. screen, and to make matters even more intense and STUNNING – the huge screen was positioned right up-front & center / as in, zero degree / bulls eye close-up to the viewers.
and yes !!
both artists’ works greatly benefited, both from the large scale, and the intense, intimate venue.
put it this way: the audience got to go on an amazing, & dynamic . . video bender.
it was like sitting – in the first car of a super-charged roller coaster, but skewed to the eye of thinking man, of course.
no doubt about it.
SCREENGRAB: KYLE WILLIAMS – VIDEO
unlike the 2, really 3 previous video/film screenings I saw,
(1) MICHAEL FLEMING’S Instagram ‘micro’ screening / an installation ‘documentary’ of the . . .
(2) MICHI MEKO – vintage quilt / SAIGE ROWE – projection at DAY & NIGHT PROJECTS, in Atlanta Georgia – which was. quickly put: a ‘micro’ Mother Earth ‘narrative’ of a plant growing and being uprooted from rich dark soil, and
(3) TOMMY MALEKOFF’S ‘micro’ in running time, big punch . . landscape documentary on Kudzu the great green destroyer . .
KYLE, and NICHOLAS’ work . . was very different.
not at all rooted in documentary (kudzu), or even staged/edited (the quilt projection) – these guys live in the realm of FICTION, PERCEPTION, ABSTRACTION, MOTION, CURIOSITY, PAST, FUTURE, CONCEPT, TECHNICAL EFFECTS & . . PURE POETRY.
although, there was also this gorgeous conceptual split, even there:
because while Kyle creates his magic with real photo-based objects, Nicholas uses futuristic / totally imagined CGI animation.
While KYLE uses real life objects, they spin in a universe of their very own making – it’s a tale of physics, fiction and in a strange way: fusion.
fusion of the abstract . . to the real.
while NICHOLAS . . is just totally off the reality grid, altogether.
SCREENGRAB: KYLE WILLIAMS
while I can send you to Kyle’s website, to view his work, there is no way to share – just how profoundly gorgeous, these things were, projected onto that huge Microscope screen, upfront & very personal.
very intimate. very headspinning, very shape shifting.
see: KYLE WILLIAMS STUDIO – PORTFOLIO WEBSITE
SCREENGRAB: KYLE WILLIAMS
the room went round & round.
KYLE . . also posts remarkable and very poetic / photographic video snippets on his Instagram feed / @kylewyllyams
KYLE’S works screened first, and then came . . NICHOLAS.
that very first image of a huge huge ‘ZACH’, his iconic imaginary science boy / nerd of the future, looming up in-you-face, on that huge Microscope screen is seared into my brain, forever.
what a . . pop.
NICHOLAS STEINDORF, ‘SEIZE’, 2015. 6:11. seamless loop, with VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER preview.
see more ZACH: NICHOLAS STEINDORF, zachzachzach – on his portfolio website
LOL . . . x 1,000
when you are on Nicholas’ website, scroll to:
‘I ran out of Ketchup’, 2015. two-channel video, 9:45 with VIRTUAL DREAM CENTER preview.
this sequence is CGI on . . . ME !!!!!
did I crack up – or, what !!!!!!
that was so fun – doing that.
Henry currently has a show of paintings up at KATE WERBLE GALLERY – HENRY CHAPMAN.
JAMES MILLER – recently had a show of his paintings at SARAH MEYOHAS.
definite, check out: JAMES MILLER – MEYOHAS
Chris has a show coming up in March – at Gallery Twenty-Two in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He is also currently an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Councils Workspace program.
and I just did a studio visit with him, hope to post the pix – soon.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH, unless otherwise noted.