The Real Brian Wilson is a community based project created to explore the idea of individuality as it relates to one’s name. It began in late 2015 with the launch of a website for the Brian Wilsons of the world to interact with and share their own personal story. Through a six month long social media campaign I solicited participation from strangers that had nothing in common other than all sharing the same name. The project will be realized as a multi channel video installation.
You Can Not Be Replaced is a two channel video installation featuring images of all 82 current and former members of the Dallas choral symphonic rock band, The Polyphonic Spree. The video is accompanied by an audio track that combines ambient cosmic recordings, spoken word and partial renditions of the Polyphonic Spree song It’s the Sun performed by former band members Andrew Tinker and Corn Mo.
The photographic series “Fantom” uses an old British spelling of the word Phantom to bring the word "fan" into the project. Reviving the word "Fan" as it related to the previous series "Fans". Fantom turns way from the actual fans to these background objects that live in the world of TV and film.
A multi media installation including a video project, audio loop, photographs and text. A conceptual project that explores experiencing a concert for another.
"The Accident” is a media installation comprised of photographic images and an audio loop. The series explores the frankness of children with how they express their thoughts and emotions through words on get well cards intended for the victim of “the accident”. The images are accompanied by a meandering verbal account of the victim's recollection of events, turning a seemingly tragic moment into a humorous observation.
"Prospecting’" examines a cross section of tournament poker players in Los Angeles, coupling them with their Day 2 poker chip bags. The chip bags represent each player’s hopes and dreams of hitting it big much like the idea of finding gold in the 1800’s. The series highlights the subculture of poker, exploring the stereotypical players with sunglasses and sweatshirts, creating baseball card like portraits of a sport that anyone can play.
"Hello Earthlings" is a 16mm feature length film about a man who searches to reunite with his wife, whom he is convinced has been abducted by aliens.
16mm short film about a millennium cosmic cult leader Chester Goldsome, who was a fan of Steven Woodland, in Fans Part 4 (The Cosmic Egg). Chester leads his followers to their death, believing that a comet is cloaking a space ship that will deliver them to their destiny.
Fans Part IV
(The Cosmic Egg)
16mm short film about Steven Woodland, a fan of the fictitious talk show host Lee Olds. Steven tapes headshots of Lee Olds under his shirt to gain confidence as a public speaker. During Steven's groundbreaking talk about the expansion rate of the universe, we meet an audience member, Chester Goldsome, the cult leader who will appear in Fans Part V (The Eternal Temple).
A mixed media installation composed of photographic images, audio loop and a faux talk show set. The images depict various “fanatics” in silhouette, accompanied by separate photos showing details into their obsessions. The audio loop consists of answering machine messages of the potential guests who called in to be on the fictitious “Lee Olds Show”. The entire set for the talk show was recreated for the piece.
Fans Part II
A mixed media installation featuring an altered movie trailer for “Fight Club” in which all visual content was blacked out, except for Brad Pitt. Accompanying the trailer is an interview with the trailer’s mastermind by a fictitious talk show host named Lee Olds. A series of photos highlight the behind the scene of the talk show.
A photographic series of people listening to their favorite song. They are accompanied by a looped mix of everyone’s song layered on top of each other.
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