Film Festival

3A Gallery Film Festival
June 29th to August 28th 2016
Opening reception: June 29th 6-8pm

Ericka Beckman: Tension Building
Yoji Kondo: Parasol
Tom Morrill: Justice Coin Gold
Akiko Maruyama & Philippe Roy: Koropokkuru
Rebecca Naegele: Cyclops
Trevor Shimizu: Yawn

3A Gallery Film festival: Artists and works

Ericka Beckman: Tension Building

Film Type: Stop Motion Animation
Genres: Experimental
Runtime: 8 minutes, 30 seconds
Completion Date: 2014
Country of Origin: United States
Shooting Format: 16mm to HD (Prores 1080p, 24fps)

‘Tension Building” is a composite of linked architectural spaces, some are real and some are models. I combine stop motion and live action filmmaking shot at the Harvard University Coliseum in Boston (1935) and the Municipal Stadium in Florence (1932), built in by Luigi Nervi. The motive for this film came from the question: How can I make a stadium an interactive platform for a game?

Credits:
Ericka Beckman- concept, camera, edit.
Richard Flanagan- Boston Symphony Orchestra, percussion.
Minute Man Marching Band
Funding in part by the LEF Foundation of New England 2007

Born in Hempstead, NY in 1951, Ericka Beckman is an artist and filmmaker, living and working in New York and Boston. Graduating from Cal Arts in 1976, she started to exhibit in the mid-1970s in such renowned independent spaces as The Kitchen, Artist’s Space and Franklin Furnace in New York. Since then her work has shown in museums in the U.S. and abroad: the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The MET, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington D.C.; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Tate Modern, London, UK; Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland; Le Centre de Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; The Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria; Institute of Contemporary Art, London, UK; and Le Magasin, Grenoble, France. In addition, she has been included in four Biennials at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Yoji Kondo: Parasol

Film Type: Short Movie
Genres: love story
Runtime: 16 minutes 13 seconds
Completion Date: 2014
Country of Origin: Japan
Shooting Format: DV

ヨージ・コンドーの作品はしばしば、「/(スラッシュ)」と関連付けられる(「/」は、分割や連結を示す記号である)。 彼は、ある関係を隔てたり繋げたりする媒体「/」を、通常とは異なる仕方で採用することで、かつては無関係だった2つの、新しい関係性を仄めかそうとする。今回の展覧会では、『PARASOL』という映像作品を出品する。これは、人間の感情を失ったすべての人たちへ向けたラブストーリーである。このショートムービーにおける「/」はパラソルだ。それは単なる日傘ではなく、ある男女の関係を間接的につなげるメディアとしての「/」である。彼の「/」によるその間接性は、 現代社会における私たちの不可能性と可能性を伝えてくれることだろう。
Yoji Kondo’s work is often connected with “/(slash)”; it gives a sign of division or conjunction. By adopting the media “/” that separates or connects a relationship in a different way from the ordinary use, he tries to allude a new relationship of the two unrelated ever. In this exhibition, he presents a video work titled “PARASOL”. This is a love story for all who had lost the human emotion. The “/” in this short movie is the parasol. It is not just a parasol but “/” as a media for connecting with a man and a woman indirectly. The indirectness by his “/” will convey our impossibility and possibility in contemporary society. www.yonderartsparty.com/YojiKondo.html

Tom Morrill: Justice Coin Gold

Film Type: Collage loop
Genres: Experimental
Runtime: 3minutes 55seconds
Completion Date: 2016
Country of Origin: United States
Shooting Format: HD Digital Video

Tom Morrill is an artist and composer from Florida. He lives and works in Brooklyn. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. Recent collaborations include the site-specific project No Notice, original music for The Law of Averages, a film by Lizzie Rose, and No Angle of Attack, a two-person show with Rebecca Naegele.

Akiko Maruyama & Philippe Roy: Koropokkuru

Film Type: Animation, Experimental, short
Genres: Experimental, Animation, Abstract
Runtime: 4 minutes 9 seconds
Completion Date: July 8,2015
Country of Origin: United States
Shooting Format: 16mm

A moving portrayal of an ineffable force that can be humanlike or embody itself within displayed objects. Inspired by concepts from the Koropokkuru folktale within Japanese Ainu culture, as well as The Invisible Man.

Akiko is a filmmaker and educator originally from Fukuoka, Japan. She graduated from Massachusetts College of Arts and Design with a Film/Video degree. She is currently teaching Film, Video and Animation in the NYC area.
Philippe is a digital artist and animator who studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Originally from South Florida, he now lives and works in the NYC area. Some of his digital work includes GIF art which is the source for projected imagery in this film.

Rebecca Naegele: Cyclops

Film Type: Surveillance, documentary
Genres: Experimental
Runtime: 5 minutes
Completion Date: 2015
Country of Origin: United States
Shooting Format: Digital

A remote-controlled video drone (toy helicopter) was flown within a confined area, crashing into each of the fence walls and concrete surfaces. Without an escape, the machine captures its own destruction.
Rebecca Naegele was born in 1990 in Queens, New York. She received a BFA in Sculpture from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012 and is a 2016-2017 Whitney Independent Study Program participant.

Trevor Shimizu: Yawn

Film Type: Digital Slideshow
Genres: New Age
Runtime: 1 minutes 5 seconds
Completion Date:
Country of Origin: Japan
Shooting Format: Screenshots

Trevor Shimizu was born March 30, 1978 of Japanese born Americanized parents. Like president Obama, he is from humble Hawaiian beginnings. Hawaii, a tourist destination in the mid 50’s, was popularized by the TV personality, Arthur Godfrey. Godfrey also introduced to the American public, the ukulele. American pop culture was fixated on Hawaii in the 50’s. “Hawaii became an American cliché.” Pop culture is very important to Shimizu. He is an aficionado of film and considered becoming a filmmaker or actor. Francis Ford Coppola, the Aries filmmaker had a big influence on San Francisco, where many films were made, and where Shimizu was introduced to media and performance. Here, he was introduced to the work of William Wegman, Ernie Kovaks, and Andy Kaufman.
He eventually found a very idealistic situation in New York at EAI. The great women artists, Carolee Schneemann, Shigeko Kubota, Dara Birnbaum, and Joan Jonas have been important in his development. He also worked as Dan Graham’s technician. His studio work is separate from his professional work, however.
Trevor Shimizu’s work has a conceptual, laconic humor. This element of humor is especially important in his work. Shimizu’s Japanese background informs his practice, relating to Japanese Manga and Anime. When he discovered he shared a birthday with Vincent Van Gogh and Francisco Goya, he wanted to paint. Trevor Shimizu’s goal in life is to have fun.