The FLAG Art Foundation Presents New Exhibitions: ‘Josephine Meckseper’ and ‘Gerhard Richter, Sinbad’
The FLAG Art Foundation is pleased to present two new exhibitions: an exhibition of new works by Josephine Meckseper on FLAG’s 9th floor space, and Sinbad, an exhibition of 98 paintings by Gerhard Richter, on the 10th floor. The exhibitions will run from February 23, 2011 through May 26, 2011.
Josephine Meckseper employs window displays, vitrines, installations, photographs, films and magazines to draw a direct correlation to the way consumer culture defines subjectivity and sublimates the key instruments of individual political agency.
Meckseper presents new works focusing on retail environments and modernist concepts. Industrial reflective slatwalls, a staple of bargain store design, mirror the car dealerships of 11th Avenue. Chromed wheels, car headlights and logos flash across the videos, sculptures and cellophane-wrapped paintings, like detritus after a crash. The traditional allure of the automobile is undercut with its demise, giving the entire exhibition a destabilizing undercurrent of fear. Meckseper utilizes the staples of American Gothic (fluorescents, broken mirrors, black birds) accompanied by the incessant booming of the acid-house soundtracks of her films to further the feeling of imminent danger that penetrates the space.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with contributions by John Cassidy, James Frey, Stephen Roach and an interview with Francesco Bonami.
Getting air onscreen: Duncansville man does stunts for “I Am Number Four”
February 19, 2011 – By Cory Dobrowolsky
Eric Malone has reached the pinnacle of the Jet Ski world, having won eight world championships.
Now he’s going Hollywood.
Malone, a Duncansville native, performed personal watercraft stunts for the new movie “I Am Number Four”.
Malone has competed professionally for 15 years and has now started Eric Malone Enterprises, which manufactures personal watercraft. In addition to performing the stunts, Malone’s company built the watercraft used in the film.
“I was able to provide the entire package, talent and the Jet Skis,” he said. “It made it simpler for them.”
The stunts in “I Am Number Four” were not Malone’s first venture into the movie industry. He also did the personal watercraft stunts for “Into the Blue” a 2005 film starring Paul Walker and Jessica Alba.
For the new movie, Malone and the other stunt riders filmed for two weeks last July on Islamorada in the Florida Keys.
“We were in paradise for two weeks, getting paid to ride Jet Skis in 80-degree water,” said Mark Gomez, another of the stunt riders for the film. “It was a dream come true.”
iPads Helped Direct I Am Number Four
From the sounds of director DJ Caruso’s remarks on the iPad, the tablet did everything on the set of upcoming sci-fi flick I Am Number Four but order coffee and belittle the extras.
“Well I think people who are making movies now, I can’t imagine they’re not doing it [using the iPad] because, I’ve got to tell you, I’ve got every previz thing on there, I have every storyboard on there, I have every script and every script note,” he said. “I make my shot list on there and from that shot list I just send it… it’s become an amazing tool and I never would have thought it would have kicked in that fast. In fact, I talked to Steven, because I was sending him something from my iPad and he sent something back from his iPad and I thought, ‘Oh you got one!’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah.’ and I told him all these things I was using and he was like, ‘Which apps do you have?’ so here you are sending back which apps you have to Steven Spielberg. everyone’s starting to use it because it really is an amazing tool.”
Bears’ Duerson shot himself; brain to be studied
His death has been ruled a suicide, but the Miami-Dade police department has yet to make the information public.
“He had informed (his family) at some point that he wanted his brain to be studied so people could learn more about the effect of brain trauma and so kids could play the game more safely in the future,” Chris Nowinski said.
The Bears selected Duerson out of Notre Dame in the third round of the 1983 draft. He became a starter in 1985 and played in the first of four consecutive Pro Bowls that season. In 1987, he was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. He also was one of the Bears’ NFLPA representatives and was a leader through the 1987 strike.
DIVE Produces 105 for I Am Number Four
February 19, 2011 | Levent OZLER
DIVE produced 105 visual effects shots in the highly anticipated DreamWorks release “I Am Number Four.” DIVE worked with Visual Effects Supervisor Greg McMurray to enhance the main character’s otherworldly powers showcased in the film. One of DIVE’s challenges was in creating a technique to demonstrate the power of “Lumen” and how it transfers to the tools the main character touches.
DIVE established Lumen’s blue glow by combining an enhanced and lengthened motion blur with the original gleam from an LED crystal embedded in a sword. The team then manually tracked both the tip and bottom of this crystal in each shot due to the speed of the blades and the lighting in the shots.
“We created a tool to give us the streaks and enhanced motion blur coming off of the crystal during the fast fighting,” said DIVE Sequence Lead Jeremy Fernsler. “We then controlled the length and fade of the streak. This tool also made it easier to tweak the motion curve from the track and allowed us to make the streaks follow the flow of the sword strikes during the battle. A final color correct and glow pass tied the enhancements together.”
“I Am Number Four” also highlights DIVE’s work in Paint. While camera projections were used to aid the larger plate restoration areas, some trickier techniques were employed when Number Four dives from a cliff over a waterfall. In this scene, the actor’s wires were both behind thin strands of hair and in front of a pool of rippling water making for a tricky paint fix.
Artful Commentary, Oozing From the Walls
Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times
The New Museum has become a busy place this year, and it is not yet even March. In January it opened a popular tribute to the market-hardy paintings of George Condo. Now it is offering a startlingly excellent resurrection of the prescient Post-Minimalist renegade Lynda Benglis and her gaudy, multidexterous and often gender-bending segues among Process, Performance and Body Art.
Ms. Benglis is something of a mythic character, as many female artists of the 1960s and early ’70s are by now. Working in pigmented latex, beeswax or polyurethane foam and even glitter, she made daring, often ephemeral or fragile works that have plenty of historical weight but little market presence.
Permanence seems to have been the last thing on her mind, at least in the early years. Many pieces were temporary installations that did not survive; others had the kind of willful fragility that makes collectors nervous. One of her most famous works is nothing but a brilliantly orchestrated magazine ad: a performance-slash-photograph that ran in the November 1974 issue of Artforum for which she posed, taut and well-oiled, wearing only a pair of rhinestone-studded cat-eye sunglasses and wielding a dildo.
The Secret Weapon of ‘I Am Number Four’
By Michelle Kung
Alex Pettyfer and Diana Agron may ostensibly be the leads of “I Am Number Four,” but it’s Aussie actress Teresa Palmer that has early viewers buzzing with her small, but critical role as a fearless, Ducati-riding alien known as Number Six.
Based on the YA novel by Pittacus Lore — better known as the pseudonym of authors James Frey and Jobie Hughes — “Number Four” is the first film project from Frey’s Full Fathom Five venture and centers about the adventures of Number Four (Pettyfer), one of nine aliens — with latent superpowers, naturally — sent to earth to escape the wrath of the evil Mogadorian race.
Even though the film features two female characters, Palmer says she was attracted to Number Six because she was “dark and edgy and mysterious, and she’s as intimidating as she is mysterious.” Palmer, who currently lives in LA but frequently returns home to her native Adelaide, Australia, was less enamored of her strict training schedule for the film.
Sunday, February 13, 2011, by Fawnia Soo Hoo
In between planning art collaborations, making Band-Aids and Pampers fun and launching a line of bridesmaid dresses, we wonder how Cynthia Rowley finds the time to work on her own signature collections, but she pulls it off every single time. Especially on Friday when she showed her Fall 2011 collection in the Fashion Week tents.
The eclectic mix of bold names in the audience was definitely representative of Cynthia Rowley’s many pursuits. We spotted steadfast supporter and The Good Wifestar Alan Cumming, a dishy Nigel Barker, actress Julia Stiles, newly-engagedLauren Bush and James Frey (yes, that James Frey).
The Business Behind Young Adult Novels
Many of us were SHOCKED this week to learn that Vampire Diaries author L. J. Smith has been fired from writing forthcoming books in her popular series. How can an author possibly be fired from writing her own books? Well, it turns out that Alloy Entertainment, a book packager, actually owns the rights to the Vampire Diaries as well as a few other of the hottest franchises in Young Adult literature like Gossip Girl, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and Pretty Little Liars.
So what do Alloy and other book packagers do? In a nutshell: they develop ideas, hire writers, and sell the finished products to publishers. A 2009 article in The New Yorker, “The Gossip Mill,” outlined the process at Alloy, whose target audience is young women and girls. They have weekly meetings where ideas are pitched, often reworking successful adult stories for younger audiences (examples cited in the article: a reverse of the movie Taken where a teenage girl has to rescue her kidnapped parents and a suggestion for “Shaun of the Dead for tweens.”). If they decide to go forward with a pitch, an editor will flesh out the idea before asking a writer to create a sample chapter. If they like the writer’s work, s/he will be put on contract to write the first act of the book, although plotting is a collaboration between the writer and editors at Alloy. The first act and a mockup of a potential book cover are then pitched to publishers. The process is described as being similar to the way a TV show is developed and written.
It’s not a new practice; packaging books for teens goes back to the days of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and even those 80s staples, the Sweet Valley High books (fun fact: Gossip Girl author Cecily von Ziegesar wrote some of the SVH books). More recently, James Frey and his so-called “fiction factory,” Full Fathom Five, have made headlines as the creators of the YA book I Am Number Four. The movie based on the book was produced by Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay, and will be in theaters next week.
Mary Goodfader moved her bookstore to the Venice Boardwalk in 1976 after seven years in Marina del Rey. When she and her husband Robert found the space that now holds Small World Books and the Sidewalk Cafe, the building was empty, she says, covered with graffiti like “stop bombing in Cambodia.” They bought the building and divided responsibilities: She ran the bookstore and Robert ran the cafe along the boardwalk, which faces the sea. The restaurant is “pretty much the reason the bookstore can exist,” Goodfader says. “As long as people want to buy hamburgers, I’ll keep it going.”
Venice Beach is home to some famous characters, apart from those available on the postcards for sale. Those who’ve stopped in at the store include actors John Cleese and Paul Giamatti, filmmaker Tony Bill, musician Andy Summers and artists Ed Ruscha and Robert Graham. Writer James Frey was “a great friend of the store,” says Mary Goodfader. “We liked him a lot.” He did two signings there; these days, the store rarely hosts book signings.
Aliens landed in L.A. last night. But don’t worry—they were the peace-loving kind. The stars of “I Am Number Four,” including Alex Pettyfer, Dianna Agron and Teresa Palmer, walked the red carpet at the Westwood Village Theater for the premiere of their extra-terrestrial thriller. The stars’ fashions were undeniably out of this world—most in a good way, but some…not so much.
Here’s more from the official site: “I am Pittacus Lore. I am from the Planet Lorien, three hundred million miles away. I am one of ten Elders who lived on our planet. I am ten thousand years old.
As of this summer, Los Angeles will become the leading destination for anyone interested in artist Robert Mapplethorpe, thanks to a joint acquisition just finalized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Trust.
The acquisition includes more than 2,000 works by the artist, “including a print of virtually every photograph he editioned in silver gelatin,” according to the museums. Silver gelatin is the process by which he made his most widely known work, black and white photographs.
It also includes the Mapplethorpe archive, featuring one-of-a-kind silver gelatin prints, thousands of Polaroid studies for his work, personal correspondence to intimates such as Patti Smith, and documentation of the 1990 obscenity trial in Cincinnati that made Mapplethorpe a central figure in that decade’s culture wars.
Richland School Board to hear appeal on book
BY JACQUES VON LUNEN, HERALD STAFF WRITER Published: 02/02/11
RICHLAND — A good novel can teach a lot about life. But how much profanity or other objectionable content should be in novels used in school?
That’s the question the Richland School Board will be asked to consider tonight when a West Richland parent asks to have Snow Falling on Cedars by Washington writer David Guterson removed from the list of books that could be used in an Advanced Placement English language and composition class at Hanford High School.
The committee seemed to be in agreement on its first book from the long list Tuesday. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey got little support from those who seemed to be the least willing to ban a book from school.
Ariz. man accused of putting porn in TV broadcast
TUCSON, Ariz. — An Arizona man has been arrested on charges that he used a computer to interrupt a local telecast of the 2009 Super Bowl with a 37-second pornography clip.
The FBI and Marana police took Frank Tanori Gonzalez into custody Friday on suspicion of fraud and computer tampering.
Authorities say someone cut into the Comcast cable broadcast of the game between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers that went to viewers in the Tucson area.