Category: Art

HERE’S A CHARACTER FOR YOU

Eugene Kotlyarenko has a radical sense of the funny and an encyclopedic knowledge of film that serves him well as the writer and director of MOCA tv’s  first original web series, Feast of Burden. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, raised in NYC, this 26-year-old filmmaker is as endearingly absurd as his FOB personae, Jimmy Yukon.  Like his character Kotlyarenko loves Asian women and struggles with his plight of mid-20’s hair loss, though he seems less self-aware than Yukon and shows no trace of social anxiety.

I Don’t Know What My Life To Do With

Couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Steven Charles, breathtaking painter and “Artist In Residence” at Corra Films—-no literally, he lived in our closet for six weeks—has been showing his work (“I Don’t Know What My Life To Do With”) at the Stux Gallery in ‘Piping Down the Valleys Wild.‘ Steven is awesome, bottom line. As Art in America Magazine says, “it’s as if for Charles the act of painting is more like breathing.” A long time friend of Corra Films, he speaks with us often about his philosophies on life and on art, as he does in this interview with Elle. Charles has clung to a life minimal in expenses and frivolousness in order to make as much room for painting as possible. “I’m not married, I don’t have kids, and I never will. I just want to paint!” says Charles. Go check out his work at the Stux before the show closes on August 3rd. And to Steven, our closet door will alway be open to you.

Cindy’s in the Centerfold

Recently at the MoMA’s Cindy Sherman show, the ‘Untitled Film Stills’ room was impassable (Cindy Sherman has groupies? Apparently.) So I was happy to spend some time with her later, lesser-known works – particularly her Centerfolds series. Commissioned by Artforum but never featured, they’re a re-interpretation of the kinds of images seen in other magazines – but awkward, embarassing, hinting at the kinds of scenes you would get from real women in a centerfold situation. Uncomfortable, but fascinating. Not going to make it to MoMA by June 11th? There’s a book, too.

Self-perception in gallery form

Carsten Höller’s work is first and foremost concerned with altering our basic assumptions about what we see, feel, and understand about ourselves.

Just got a chance to check out Holler’s survey exhibition at the New Museum.  His carefully controlled participatory experiences are at once playful, thrilling and disorientating, and leave you with important questions about subject/audience, expectation and perception.  Highly recommended.  Also enjoying the teaser videos that m ss ng pieces put together of the installation process.

Gardens of Earthy Delight

A modern alchemist falls prey to a magic darker than his own. The Antichrist’s mother goes on the run in Spain. In his garage a physicist builds a tribute to his beloved.

Currently reading: this exciting new set of short stories by George Williams, a longtime friend and inspiration to us here at Corra.  A whirlwind of a read & thrilling to discover “At The Chamkar Café,” a story inspired by our doc, The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan. Read the review by Pop Matters & order via Amazon here.