Artist Jeneleen Floyd Unveils Sensual New Work Inspired by Hollywood Noir
Anatomical drawings come to life and vintage pinups frolick with butterflies in today’s short LA Nocturne, created from the signature collages of Jeneleen Floyd. The animation is set to the backdrop of photographer Max Yavno and Lee Shippey’s 1950s tome The Los Angeles Book, found in a thrift store in Floyd's SoCal neighborhood of Echo Park. “I hadn't intended on using it for collages,” explains the artist, whose creations were recently displayed at the 2012 Santorini Biennale of Arts in Greece and feature in this month's “Kiss Me Deadly: Contemporary Neo-Noir from Los Angeles” at London's Paradise Row gallery. “When I started working on the concept for the show I instantly went and grabbed it from my shelf. I decided to use the book as the character itself.” The exhibition, curated by Texas-born art consultant Price Latimer Agah, examines representations of Tinseltown and its history through works from artists such as Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe, Francesca Gabbiani, Mark Hagen and Glenn Kaino. “It has all the elements of a great neo-noir,” says Agah of today's video. “Symbolic allusions, a stark palette, foreboding music, femmes fatales, jarring editing and a dark mood of hopelessness and romanticism.” We quizzed Floyd on the lighter side of life in California and the Hollywood of her fantasies.
What classic L.A. film do you never tire of watching?
Jeneleen Floyd: Sunset Boulevard.
What femme fatale do you most admire?
JF: Jean Harlow—she was insanely confident on screen and a Kansas City native as well.
What era of Los Angeles would you most liked to have lived in?
JF: I would have loved to be here through the 20s and 40s, to see the city when the film industry first began.
What car do you dream of driving around the city?
JF: Flying through the hills in an Aston Martin would be suitable.
Which person dead or alive most embodies the L.A. spirit?
JF: Marilyn Monroe. She embodies all the glamour and tragedy that is Los Angeles. She completely reinvented herself from meager beginnings into one of the greatest legends. It’s a dangerous transformation that seems to only happen in Hollywood.
"Kiss Me Deadly: A Group Show of Contemporary Neo-Noir from Los Angeles" runs from January 24 to March 9 2013, at Paradise Row in London.
The Actress Strikes Fashion Gold in Todd Cole’s The Curve of Forgotten Things
Hollywood’s latest darling, Elle Fanning, goes digging for buried treasure in Todd Cole's new collaboration with Rodarte, The Curve of Forgotten Things, premiering exclusively on NOWNESS today. The film highlights design duo Kate and Laura Mulleavy's spring 2011 collection, which drew inspiration from 1970s northern California, referencing Redwood forests, the gold rush and Asian influences. The Somewhere star pirouettes through the empty rooms of the historic Baldwin House (which sits on an oil field in LA's Baldwin Hills), her outfits magically changing from one room to the next. Shot on a RED camera using Cooke lenses from the 70s, the short's dusty focus references seminal movies of that era, such as Terrence Malick’s Badlands, while Georgia-based indie rockers Deerhunter provide the dreamy soundtrack. As for the title, Cole explains: “It's the title of a Richard Brautigan poem. The poem and the film are about forgotten things—circles and the curve of time.” The film follows on from last spring's intergalactic project that Cole shot with Rodarte and comes at an extraordinary moment for the designers, whose dazzling costume contributions to Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan will form part of their upcoming solo exhibit at MoCA. To find out which Rodarte look Fanning ear-marked for a special occasion, click here.
Director Jamie Caliri Conjures Up an Animation for the Indie Rockers
Three sinister gentlemen, a magician and an enormous rabbit populate the fantastical landscape of Emmy-winning director Jamie Caliri’s video for “The Rifle’s Spiral,” a new track by Portland-based indie rock heavyweights The Shins. Sketching the short’s narrative from any lyrics that grabbed his attention, Caliri had free rein to let his imagination run wild, resulting in a surreal stop-motion animation. “I have always loved Edward Gorey’s illustration work and his influence is apparent throughout the video,” says Caliri. “Also, seeing Martin Scorsese’s Hugo three times subconsciously veered my thoughts onto the magic theme.” Founded in 1996 by singer-songwriter James Mercer, The Shins played Coachella Festival last weekend as part of a US tour in support of their grandiose fourth album, Port of Morrow. Featuring guest appearances from Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer and Wild Flag’s Janet Weiss, Port of Morrow took five years in the making after Mercer put the group on hiatus to become a father. Enthusing about the current renaissance in music videos after also making a 3D version of the film exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, Caliri observes: “It's now more like the years before MTV, when music videos did not have a formula. You can be expressive and idiosyncratic.”