Anagnorisis Fine Arts

A Bitter Message by Binnorie

Survival Research Laboratories‘s  A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief from 1988.  Directed by J. Reiss.

A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief is a dark film that follows anthropomorphized machine-beings made of metal, gears and bones through underground stone caves filled with heat and magenta.  They course slowly through dark fiery halls, interacting in morose ways, capturing and destroying lesser, more meek creatures.  To me the title of the work is over-dramatic, but the film itself has a mysterious and surreal quality to it that brings forth a grotesque beauty.  It’s depressing, yet powerful and emotional.  Should one pity these viscous creatures or hate them?

Survival Research Laboratories, founded by Mark Pauline in 1978, is more known for its live performances.  Machine-beings similar to those in the film are kinetic sculptures brought to life in thrilling displays of spitting fire, grinding motors and screeching metal all controlled by remote or driven by SRL members.  Each performance “consists of a unique set of ritualized interactions between machines, robots, and special effects devices, employed in developing themes of socio-political satire. Humans are present only as audience or operators.”  They are like crosses between MIT student robot competitions and the automobile accident reenactment scenes from Cronenberg’s movie Crash, all of them viewed in outdoor theaters by large audiences.

A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief stands apart from Pauline’s live performances.  It captures a more sullen, almost pitiful aspect of the personalities of Pauline’s metallic creatures.  While they are wild things of strength and power, they are revealed as trapped and angry, lacking compassion and care.  Regardless, the film stays true to SRL’s focus of “re-directing the techniques, tools, and tenets of industry, science, and the military away from their typical manifestations in practicality, product or warfare.”

The film was directed by J. Reiss, also known for his work on Nine Inch Nails’ Happiness in Slavery music video.  Amongst many other projects, he has also directed music videos for The Black Crowes, Danzig, Slayer and the Kottonmouth Kings.  In 2007, he released his film, ‘Bomb It’, a documentary on grafitti and the perception of public space, featuring artists including Taki 183, Shepard Fairey, Os Gemeos and Revok.

To see more, Survival Research Laboratories currently have a ton of their performances posted up on their YouTube page online.

Here Comes the Rain by Binnorie
May 21, 2011, 10:37 am
Filed under: Announcement, music, Video

Dan Ouellette‘s latest video, Here Comes the Rain, directed for JG Thirlwell of Foetus, has just been released.  It is quite apocalyptic and thus the perfect thing to view on the first day of the rapture.  Thirlwell has a great presence in this video as does his lovely kept friend.  Really, this is quite a beautiful work.

Dan is currently in post production mode with his short film Dreams from a Petrified Head.  If you missed my interview with Dan last year, check it out here.

The Classic Grotesque of Olivier de Sagazan by Binnorie
December 16, 2010, 9:52 am
Filed under: Artist Spotlight, Video

Performance artist, painter and sculptor, Olivier de Sagazan is not an artist those interested in the grotesque should miss.

Video Spotlight | Daniela Bertol by Binnorie
September 13, 2010, 7:13 am
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For ages, Anagnorisis has been hoping to become more dedicated to showing video art during its monthly opening receptions at the White Rabbit.  This coming month, during the opening for The Healing Sutras with Erin Endicott’s embroidery, we are proud to announce that the works of Daniela Bertol will be on view.  If you missed last month’s opening reception, then you also missed seeing the alchemical stop animation by artist Andreco who I hope to post about separately in the near future.  Both artists create superb, mysterious work, both touching on the spiritual, the scientific and the sublime.

Daniela Bertol | still from Sky Spirals

Daniela Bertol | still from Sky Spirals

Daniela Bertol | still from Sky Spirals

Sky Spirals is a multimedia project on the intersections between art, astronomy and architecture.
Humans have been looking at the sky from time immemorial:  the recurrence of celestial events was recorded by signs in the landscape, from simple megaliths to elaborate monuments at architectural scale. From the early constructions at Stonehenge to contemporary land and bio-art projects, people have always expressed the desire to communicate beyond their local space by establishing built places, which reach out to the sky above. These man-made interventions on nature are can create an ecological awareness, where the observation and recording of celestial events relate to a designed landscape: the creation of a place becomes defined by the integration of local and remote space in the celebration of the sky through the land, and by reaching awareness of were we are in space and time.

Several media are used in conjunction with the art in nature interventions and built fabrications: ideation concepts are expressed in writings, diagrams, digital models and animations. Maps, satellite photographs, astronomical diagrams, charts, time lapse photographs and videos complement the perception of the artworks. The digital movie series The Sky from Earth is an integral component to the project as a clear narrative of the intent, design and process itself. At a crossover between experimental, documentary and video art, the digital movie series weaves the trans-disciplinary content in a sometimes nonlinear narrative, where astronomical concepts are linked to  architecture and art history, with the goal to take the viewer on a tour of “architecture of cosmology.”

The Sky from Earth:  Sun Farm is the first part of the series, presenting a trans-disciplinary project in the Hudson Valley.  Sun Farm is an experiential place and built vision, multidisciplinary and multimedia project encompassing several thought processes,  theories, disciplines as well as several “practices” of making. Drawing from cosmology, observational astronomy and  philosophy, Sun Farm combines excavated earthworks and large scale environments with meditative nature enclaves and other above ground constructions. The shaping of the landscape and structures is oriented to solar and celestial alignments, in a dual effort to capture the sun’s energy and to celebrate the cosmos.

Malfeasance… by Binnorie
June 23, 2010, 2:06 pm
Filed under: Announcement, Art Shows, music, Video, White Rabbit

Anag’s brand spankin’ new website was recently visited by the Malware Faery. This WordPress site is safe, but we’ve got to clean our code and convince Google to clear our name on the interwebs before we can get it going again. Sheesh.

Please be patient with us. We are dedicating more of our spiritual souls towards worshiping the techno goddess. Suggestions as to what sacrifices have worked for you in the past would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully she will forgive us our trespasses soon.

On that note, we are getting ready for a huge night of dark art with the opening of Buddy Nestor’s Angelic Possession. Opening reception only will include new video art by Josh Graham (A Storm of Light and Neurosis…plus check out his interview on Juxtapoz) and live painting with Katie Perdue, Nicole Boitos, Scott Cranmer. DJ Miz Margo will be spinning tunes.

All of these additional artists will be present on opening night only! Not to be missed!


The White Rabbit
145 East Houston, between Forsyth and Eldridge

Friday, July 2 from 7-10pm

Buddy’s work will be on view through to the end of the month.  There is a growing online gallery here.

Portrait of Danielle Ezzo by Buddy Nestor

oil painting by Katie Perdue

Until That Bright Star Fades by Josh Graham

Birds of Prey by Nicole Boitos

Scott Cranmer

Dan Hillier Does Good Music Video by Binnorie
May 28, 2010, 1:11 pm
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I first heard of Dan Hillier via Phantasmaphile – recently my lurverly friend Celine reminded me of his amazingness.  He worked on the above video with animator Tom Werber.  Music is by The Losers.

An Hour and a Day by Binnorie
September 3, 2009, 1:42 pm
Filed under: Announcement, Art Critiques, Art Shows, Video, White Rabbit

Kasia Houlihan’s video, “An Hour and a Day” is a meditation piece. Steeping in serenity, her planes will lull you.  Kasia’s work will be on view on Friday September 4th during the opening reception of Philip Hardy’s “Predictive Text” exhibit.

Kasia Houlihan
An hour and a day, 2009

The basic building block of An hour and a day is simple, mundane even: a shot of an airplane in flight, crossing from one side of the screen to the other. Some are fast. Others are slow. Some appear as small as fireflies off in the distance, while others soar just overhead. It is in the pointed arrangement of these singular clips where several complexities arise, as the shots of plane after plane making its way across the sky have been sequenced into a meticulous montage according to the exact time of day at which each was filmed.

The hour-long video spans early morning to late night hours and everything in between, as shifts in light reveal the passing of time not only over the course of a day, but also throughout the year. However, what presumes to be a straightforward dawn-to-dusk equation eventually breaks down as afternoon turns into a dark February night, which shifts into a glowing August evening and then back into darkness once again.

In much the same way that one keeps a daily journal, I continue to collect this footage, shot from my kitchen window since January 2008.