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Singularities: Exploitation Cinema
Written by Caitlin Denny   
Thursday, 17 July 2008 06:29
Singularities is a new blog by Caitlin Denny hoping to start a new trend in discussing film with enthusiasm. She'll be doing interviews with filmmakers, reviews of screenings and films, listing upcoming events film related, and letting you know about some interesting findings of hers.
It's really hard to find any interesting on-line writing about cinema. Practically every other art form has a plethora of wonderfully obsessive and insightful blogs and web zines (with a few exceptions which I'll list at the bottom of this entry). Singularities hopes to start a new trend in discussing film with enthusiasm. I will be doing interviews with filmmakers, reviews of screenings and films, listing upcoming events film related, and letting you know about some interesting findings of mine.

This week's theme is: Exploitation Cinema

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Anger's gay biker in Scorpio Rising

Usually seen as a low-quality degredation of art, exploitation cinema is probably the best thing to happen to film. Exploitation allows "offensive" humor and ideas to be expressed in the midst of repression (then and now). In Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising we find gay culture being represented through occultism and bikers, a dramatized metaphor for homosexuals' place in society at the time. But was Anger exploiting the gay population - why is it called exploitation? Simply because the films represent archetypes of our world - who in turn don't believe they are archetypes and would rather not be depicted in this way- being exploited.

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Muybridge's Woman Walking Down Stairs

Artists like Eadweard Muybridge (he made "photographs in motion" or sequential photographs of nude people doing various activities) were able to work in this field of exploitation until it stalled from 1930-1968 because of the Production Code that was put into effect to wipe any sign of public indecency from cinema. The 1970's saw a huge resurgence of the genre, and this when some of the best classic exploitation films were made. It is famous for having sub-genres such as blaxsploitation, sexploitation, teensploitation, biker flicks, zombie films and spaghetti westerns. Your favorite filmmaker is probably an exploitation filmmaker of some kind or another. Obvious members of the genre include John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble) and Ed Wood (Plan 9 from Outer Space, Glen or Glenda?), but also includes Larry Clark (KIDS, Wassup Rockers) and Todd Solondz (Happiness, Welcome To The Dollhouse).

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left: Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse right: Clark's KIDS

Exploitation cinema allowed uncensored critiques of society come to fruition, inspiring artists of all mediums. It gave rise to lowbrow art in all it's glory. Dawn and her family in Welcome to the Dollhouse are exaggerations of the suburban family; the subtle approach to cliché through class and youth sexuality mark the current take on exploitation - a cinema for for those with euphoric attachments to surfaces and cynics of cultural organization. The archetypal teenagers in Larry Clark's KIDS are just being themselves, or rather acting like versions of themselves, therefore parodying what it is to be a teenager living in the Bronx in the mid 90's. Exploitation is all around us, you smell it in your morning coffee and see it ievery time you look in the mirror; use it as inspiration to change something or not change something.

Interview: Julian Vargas

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Local Bay Area filmmaker Julian Vargas makes films about love. However, his roots as a Catholic schoolboy in Bogota, Columbia have definitely given him a bizarre outlook on the subject. It's no wonder he began making films about repressed sexuality and cultural abnormalties- those nuns are harsh! Vargas makes new classic exploitation films, meaning, he borrows aspects from the older films such as love in turmoil matched with nudity, and brings his own version of pop songs and family drama to play. See how floating crystals, happy endings and Nancy Sinatra fit into this unique artist's vision.

Caitlin Denny: Filmmaking, as most people know, takes quite a long time even with the help of others - what is your process of working?

Julian Vargas: I usually start with a feeling or a narrative that comes from whatever is going on in my personal life and whatever is surrounding me and influencing me at the moment, it has to begin with the need of expressing something. The goal is always to find the correct amount of abstraction without losing the initial emotion. After this creative process, the production process is pure organization and focus. I tend to make my films [through] the priority of my life, if other things are distracting me I always feel that there is something wrong with me. It can be challenging when your personal life is so attached to your creative work but I don't see [any] other way to do it.

CD: Can you talk about the titles of your pieces and the origins of those titles?

JV: I come up with them as if I was going to title a song. I like to think of my movies as pop songs. I intend to make something that is delicious from start to finish and keep you wanting for more. Great pop songs are catchy, unique and somewhat strange and they always make you feel something inside.

CD: Why use cinema to translate your thoughts? What has cinema got to offer that, say, sculpture can't offer? Would you be interested in working in another medium?

JV: Cinema is the most open and accessible art , it's the only one that allows you to integrate as many other art forms as you please.

I grew up with TV and film, and this influenced me from an early age. In my adolescence I had to fight this influence, especially when [I] started caring about finding love, it was really painful to realize that life doesn't work like the movies, you have to learn that life can be a real shit and that what ends in a happy ending after 2 hours of torture can take forever in real life and the happy ending might never come. This kind of conversation with cinema, really made me realize the impact it can have in our lives, and how comforting or damaging it can be. Cinema is the art form that I feel more passionate and obsessed about. I tried photography for a little bit, but I was too impatient, I wanted moving images. I believe I found what I love and I'm still not sick of it to drop it.

CD: Some people are shocked, and sometimes offended by your films. How do you respond to this?

JV: I think it's a good thing. I've never been fond of playing it safe, I don't like things to be static, I get bored easily, I think that things need to change and nothing will change if everyone is being tame. I believe on putting yourself out there and humiliating yourself a little or a lot if you have to, and don't see a lot of people doing that, and it frustrates me, I don't mind taking on the “dirty” work, somebody has to do it- plus, it's really the [most] fun job. Most of the work that I admire is not easily digestible. Causing someone a massive diarrhea can be something to be proud of. I think that art should challenge, provoke and produce some kind of change.

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CD: Your work could be categorized in many different genres, experimental, drama, comedy, exploitation, gay; how do you describe your work?

JV: At the moment my work is going through an experimental stage within narrative. Currently I'm interested in the appropriation of film genres for the purposes of personal expression. A lot of the work has a tendency for sexual deviance, more than promoting a particular sexual orientation, I intend to create a space of freedom where anyone is welcome.

CD: Your work illuminates the human drama of living, what are your thoughts on your work as a philosophical mode of representation?

JV: I'm don't know if it works as a philosophical mode of representation, in fact I'm not even sure what that means. If anything it is an abstraction of human drama and fantasy.

CD: Who and what are the biggest influences on you and your work and why?

JV: I feel like every piece has a different set of influences, and some influences tend to come more often than others. I tend to be influenced by artists who manage to capture a balance between self-expression, humor and artistry, filmmakers like Kenneth Anger and George Kuchar come to mind. Recently I had the chance to see the work of Gilbert & George , another example of expert provocateurs who work in a similar vein. I'm also very influenced by the work of Ingmar Bergman, especially in films like "The Silence" and "Persona", he is a master on communicating sexual tension, his cinematography is always impeccable. Well-crafted pop songs are of great inspiration for creating narratives, the works of Nancy Sinatra come to mind.

CD: How would you like you and your work to be remembered in 100 years?

JV: I don't really care. That's a long time.

CD: What's the last film you saw?

JV: I saw "Showgirls". You know they were planning to make a sequel. I think I would like to make it. Nomi Malone needs a comeback.

Review: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Dir. Russ Meyer
(20th Century Fox , 1970; released 2006)
109 minutes

genre: hippie sexploitation blood bath
you might like: Multiple Maniacs, Showgirls, Sleep Away Camp
fact: Groovy 60's band, The Strawberry Alarm Clock wanted their scene removed from this film.

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Nothing's like screwing in a Bentley- except for watching BtVotD! I felt like two leprechaun hookers were making love to me as I watched the teen? rock band The Kelly Affair move to Hollywood, become sluts, alcoholics and paraplegics and get shot in the face all within the span of one week. However, the best word to describe this film is "cute". Everything is bright and fluffy, even the decapitation scene! One of the most exciting things about this film, besides the abundance of titties, is the Roger Ebert commentary available on the newly remastered DVD. YES I SAID ROGER EBERT! Ebert co-wrote the script of this outrageous film with director Russ Meyer. In the commentary you will hear Ebert note more than once on his influential and legendary writing spawning infamous sayings such as "This is my happening and it freaks me out! ", and "You will drink the black sperm of my vengence!" Within the scope of exploitation films BtVotD is one of the tamest, but also one of the most enjoyable for it's quality, a hit or miss trait in the genre.

Filmmaker of the Week: Doris Wishman

As one of the only, and certainly the most popular, female exploitation filmmaker, Doris Wishman is my filmmaker of the week. She began making nudist films in the 1960's and continued making films in other exploitation genres until her death in 2002, aged 90. Her cult following is for good reason, as Wishman's films are seen as proto-feminist for their strong female leads using tits and ass to their advantage. The Queen of Sexploitation, The Female Ed Wood, Wishman is a controversial film icon you should know about.

News of the Week:

John Waters lectures at the European Graduate School. He mentions a bad Elizabeth Taylor film titled "Boom!" as an inspiration. Watch his lecture, then watch part of "Boom!" below.

Film Moment of the Week:

Samuel Fuller's "Shock Corridor". A scene depicting an attack by insane asylum nymphos.

Upcoming Shows/Screenings:

"FREAKY FANTASY FILMS... FROM THE 80S" / Films: Return to Oz, Beetlejuice, Meet The Feebles ALL THREE FILMS for only $10.00!
August 8th
Castro Theatre

Jawbreaker
August 9th 12am
Landmark's Bridge Theatre
3010 Geary Blvd

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
August 16th 12am
Landmark's Bridge Theatre
3010 Geary Blvd

Links:

Expanded Cinema
Invisible Cinema
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Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

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NYCHOS @Fifty24SF

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John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

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FRENCH in Melbourne

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Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

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Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

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Sun Milk in Vienna

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"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

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Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

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The Albatross and the Shipping Container

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Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details

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The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
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When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing. Which—unless, like me, you think we need a vessel for our inner life—is nothing much to mourn.

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Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? --continue reading

 

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Work by Meryl Pataky

 

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Ron-Turner

Ron Turner of Last Gasp

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Solidarity
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charlie

 

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tiburonbridge

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NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
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The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.

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Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Headlands Center for the Arts is preparing for their largest fundraiser of the year set to go down on June 4th at SOMArts here in the city. Art auction, food, drinks, live music, etc and all for helping to support a great institution up in the Marin Headlands. ~details

ABOUT HEADLANDS
Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.

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Congrats, Dudes(ette)
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Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

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Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...


Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.


Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

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NYCHOS @Fifty24SF

Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.


Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?


Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net


ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


BANDES DE PUB / STRIP BOX

In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.


AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.


Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


GOLD BLOOD, MAGIC WEIRDOS

Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.


Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.


John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.


FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners


Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.


Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.


Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.


NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.


Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding


"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle


Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.


Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.


Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.


The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.


The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.


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