RVA Magazine in Richmond debuted the new Shagwüf video I shot and directed. They interviewed me and Sally Rose about the Shagwüf debut album, our latest video starring Opal Lechmanski, and why demanding LGBTQ-friendly, all-inclusive shows is non-negotiable. Shagwüf will love you, baby. Shagwüf has love for all. Here is the video:
The PBS show “Hey Virginia!” did a feature on my “Moonlight Silhouettes II” exhibit with an interview and behind the scenes footage. Check it out by clicking this link to the PBS website.
“Moonlight Silhouettes II” will be on display (and for sale, hint) in the Trager Brothers Coffee 2.0 space in the Rockfish Valley Community Center in Afton, VA from November 1st through December 30th. Join us on Saturday, November 5th from 6-9pm for a magical evening at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains for music, art & spirits. Nelson County’s own Sally Rose and Sweet Pete Stallings will play acoustic sets and refreshments will be served. All of the photographs will be available for purchase and 20% of all artwork sales will benefit the non-profit community organization Friends of Nelson.
The Creating Process.com followed my “Moonlight Silhouettes II” project from construction through the first opening of the exhibit and their photos and short video can be seen here :: thecreatingprocess.com/creators/rich. Thank you to Guillermo Ubilla for the nice piece and especially cool photographs of our crew at work back in July. The exhibit will also be shown in November and December with an opening event on Saturday, November 5th. Details coming soon.
The opening of “Moonlight Silhouettes II – This Serious Moonlight” is Saturday, August 27th at the GallerIX of IX Art Park from 5-9pm. Also going on at that same time on the adjacent outdoor stage is the 2016 kickoff concert for the free WTJU / Leviit AMP Fall concert series featuring Grammy Award winning Los Texmaniacs from Austin TX. There will be plenty of beer and wine available as well as several of Charlottesville’s finest food trucks.
To recap the project for those unfamiliar: this work is created using a unique technique on a large scale and is an original collaboration with my daring aerialist friends utilizing a large constructed stage, intense lighting, complicated aerialist rigging and a massive diffusion screen that creates the silhouette effect. A preview is below.
We successfully executed the Moonlight Silhouettes II photoshoot last weekend building and testing the set on a 95+ degree Friday and doing the shoot on Sunday. A cast and crew of 12 busted their butts for this project and I was humbled by everyone’s efforts and dedication to the vision. Tonight the aerialists, Mallory & Stephanie, reviewed and edited the photos with me and I think we have ourselves an art show! The opening is Saturday, August 27th at IX Art Park. There will be bands, beer and food trucks. Mark your calendars!
In the meantime, here’s a behind the scenes peek at our set under construction:
The third installment in our “The _______ and the Sword” collaboration with the beautiful Opal Lechmanski finds her fending off a pack of wild dogs. You know what comes next. Shot in the performance space at IX Art Park with Brian Wimer.
My new Wussy video shot with Brian Wimer debuted on Friday via the A.V. Club and it was quickly picked up by Paste Magazine as well. The video was shot in December in Croaker, Virginia near Williamsburg. Smithsonian Magazine recently ran an interesting feature article on the secret location. Here is our “cast and crew” photo and the video follows below:
“Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight.”
My new Moonlight Silhouettes photo series debuts at IX Art Park with an opening on August 27, 2016. National touring rock band on the outdoor stage afterward. Stay tuned. It will be a massive night.