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....
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Gregory Siff paints live with his heart at URBAN OUTFITTERS SPACE 15 TWENTY for PAPER GARDEN RECORDS
“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
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