Tuesday, September 28, 2010
“the mistakes look better than what you want.”
“play with everything.”
“use a lot of color and feel hard.”
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Monday, August 16, 2010
MUSEYON GUIDES: painT
Paper Magazine writer Peter Davis recently noticed on his “street art safaris” around New York and L.A., a new artist had entered the scene with simple, beautiful, three color, drip paintings on walls and newspaper boxes. After some digging, Davis discovered these abstract works to be by actor, painter and filmmaker Greg Siff. Siff is creating the works to create viral buzz for his new film entitled painT, which is currently is currently in pre-production.
painT will be a contemporary retelling of the life of Vincent van Gogh with the main character of ‘Vinny’ played by Siff himself. Siff explains the film as:
“what if Vincent van Gogh was born today? painT tells the story of Vinny, a struggling artist and quintessential “art underdog” who sees the world as a living, breathing painting. Set against the backdrop of the New York & L.A. art scene, painT is an American update on the tragic life of van Gogh, seen through the eyes of his modern day counterpart and spiritual heir, examining the fine line between love, madness, and paint.”
According to a new survey in this week’s Herald Scotland, more than a quarter of children under the age of 11 do not know who Vincent van Gogh is while 10% believe is a ‘footballer.’ Perhaps van Gogh is in need of an updating in order to distinguish him from David Beckham.
I feel good.
Sunday, August 15, 2010
"OH MY GOD!!! HE PUT A PIECE UP ON THE ROOF WALL IN THE SPOT WHERE BANKSY HAD STUFF IN THE PAST. AWESOME!" -LOUIS xxx, photography by LOUIS XXX
Vinny's heart beats on Melrose.
check out my friend LOUIS XXX
Vinny's heart beats on Melrose.
check out my friend LOUIS XXX
PAPERMAG has eyes for painT.
DOPE FEATURE from THE DOPEST MAGAZINE.
Gregory Siff's Cinematic Street Art
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Gregory Siff paints live with his heart at URBAN OUTFITTERS SPACE 15 TWENTY for PAPER GARDEN RECORDS
On Sunday July 11th I painted for 3 hours straight live on stage while three bands from PAPER GARDEN RECORDS played their songs into the air. MONSTER, PEASANT, and MIGHTY TIGER brought their words and sounds to me and I painted this piece which Zack Kelly from Mighty Tiger entitled, SHEKHINAH. I was surrounded by love, friends, magic, sun and life. Today is a different day as I am alone on a couch in a house so quiet you can hear the electricity tap, so down that everything seems impossible, but when i look at the vibrancy in the photo taken by Jim Budman, hand over heart, and by Robert T. Williams, I know that everything is going to be alright. painT is no longer a seed by now in roots begin to grow. More updates shortly....
“I believe that it may happen that one will succeed, and one must not begin to despair, even though defeated here and there; and even though one sometimes feels a kind of decay, though things go differently from the expected, it is necessary to take heart again and new courage. For the great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together. And great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed. What is drawing? How does one learn it? It is working through an invisible iron wall that seems to stand between what one feels and what one can do.” - Vincent van Gogh
watch Gregory paint live to MONSTER
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Sequential PAINT officially selected to open NewFilmmakers Series at the New York Anthology Film Archives
if i've learned anything in this beat of life yet, it is patience.
4 years ago I took my video camera and shot myself
painting two intense installations for The Standard, Hollywood.
hours of footage which consisted of me romping around
the City of Angels, painting till sunrise and eating cupcakes were
mailed to my buddy from NYU, director/writer/photographer, Stephen Dackson.
Steve, a filmmaker at his core, had started his own production company,
FILM CONTRA MUNDUM,
and went to work on the tapes detailing my creative process.
like Vincent van Gogh mailing letters to his brother Theo,
the tapes became my letters to him on how life was going in Hollywood.
Looking for work as an actor, heartbreak in love and in career,
became the fire and voice which erupted on canvas and now film.
The result is a 7 minute documentary chronicling what happens when artistic life meets apocalyptic love.
I am pleased to inform all my friends that Sequential PAINT
has officially been selected to open the NewFilmmakers Series at the New York Anthology Film Archives on Wednesday evening June 30th, 6PM
if you find yourself available that night, I will be in attendance and
my ART, SHIRTS, & THINGS will be available for purchase.
Tickets are just 6 bucks. Included are two other Documentaries
Mezzanotte Obscura, by Lori Prechers, and Scribble 08 by Mark Murphy.
it would be great to see you all.
with a handshake and a smile,
NewFilmmakers Goes Over The Line
FILM CONTRA MUNDUM presents the
"A short film about love and loss, the suffering of creation, and an art machine with animal structure named Gregory Siff."
Wednesday June 30th, 2010
Anthology Film Archives
32 Second Avenue (at 2nd Street)
NY, NY 10003
Edited, Written and Directed by Stephen Dackson
Painted and Photographed by Gregory Siff
Monday, June 7, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
painT at The Standard, Hollywood
the works of Gregory Siff and photography by Ingrid Mellor, March 30th, 2010
THE EXAMINER called me "GREG STIFF",
a name that will live on in infamy.
While promoting the show I was issued a citation for trespassing and soliciting when handing out art flyers at the W Hollywood Hotel after attending their bar for drinks!
THANK YOU Jenni Boelkens, the ART DIRECTOR of The Standard, for being by my side, giving me free creative range, and an expert eye. The show displayed in the lobby looked like a mini MOCA exhibit, complete with the live model in the box installation. Three paintings were purchased, the proceeds being donated to
There are still some paintings available for purchase, drop me an email, email@example.com, for availability and I will send you a price and works list. The turnout of friends and support was incredible. After the show I walked home with a full fist of jasmine and a stomach full of love that night. I thought about Vincent on my walk back home up the hill, how he had only one friend his brother Theo, how he never had an art show that he could be at and have peopleFEEL his work I thank God for bringing this night to life, the alternate universe in his mind now actually exists and took place. My friends, THANK YOUWITH ALL MY HEARTFOR BEING THERE. The next step, another script revision. Then we walk the walk. with a handshake and a smile, Greg
Friday, March 26, 2010
so there are true believers and on the evening of Vincent's birthday, March 30th, 2o1o we will celebrate and remember. what it is to be in the struggle, what it means to create beauty out of a suffering and what it means to beat. the Standard, Hollywood will be the spot to see new artworks and photos inspired by the film. YOU ARE ALL INVITED.
on the evening of the birthday of artist Vincent van Gogh, Tuesday, 30th of March, 2010
Gregory Siff invites you to take revenge on hollywood.
The Standard, Hollywood presents
a celebration of the life of an artist.
introducing new artworks never seen before
inspired by the upcoming feature film painT
by Gregory Siff
WHEN & WHERE:
The Standard, Hollywood
8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069
all proceeds will be donated to J.U.I.C.E. Justice by Uniting In Creative Energry
"La tristesse durera toujours."
revenge on hollywood, i will have my starry night, 2010, 54" x 122", acrylic, oil crayon, spray-paint, cardboard, on canvas, Gregory Siff
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
ingrid is a mystery. her photos are dreamlike shafts of light, crunching leaves, pure dark, and lush rich beauty. her models and locations are just attractive to the eye and i am lucky to say that she said yes to shooting me and helping bringing some of the dreams i have written down on paper in the screenplay, painT, to life. She shot over 9 setups over the course of a 12 hour day and night in Bushwick, Brooklyn before i came out to LA. the rest is history as she has painted the story's fine moments with her camera, the night ending in a full-on photo realistic version of the famous painting by Vincent van Gogh, skull with burning cigarette. here is a link to her work, some of the painT series, that will premiere at the Standard, Hollywood at 8300 Sunset Blvd. for the painT exhibition. check out some of the behind the scenes polaroids as well. she is on point, and i can live in my dreams longer because of her. thank you alana for styling a modern day vinny, thank you ingrid for magic.
stylist: Alana Hudkins