DANIUS KESMINAS ARTISTS STATEMENT

DANIUS KESMINAS
Drip It, 2003-4
Single channel
4:3 video 
stereo sound
04:03 minutes
Footage: Hans Namuth and Paul Falkenberg,
Pollock Painting, 1951
Judy Rymer, Poles Apart: The Blue Poles Controversy, 2001
BBC, Love and Death on Long Island, 1999
Lyrics: Danius Kesminas, 2003
Music: Devo (Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerry Casale), 1980
Performed by The Histrionics, 2003
Drip It is a homage to Jackson Pollock set to Devo’s  1980 pop classic Whip It. It was recorded and released in 2003 as a CD single and DVD on the occasion of  The Histrionics exhibition Never Mind the Pollocks at Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the purchase of Pollock’s painting Blue Poles by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra in 1973.
The video addresses the idea of creative genius by incorporating seminal footage of Pollock performing his signature style filmed by Hans Namuth and Paul Falkenberg in 1951. Also included are footage and interviews with Clement Greenberg from the BBC documentary Love and Death on Long Island, 1999 and Harry M. Miller in the film Poles Apart: The Blue Poles Controversy directed by Judy Rymer in 2001.
The central premise of The Histrionics’ project is the synthesis of the attributes of rock music culture with the concerns of visual art discourse. Rock/pop classics are re-interpreted by means of novel lyrics that re-contextualise each song within the history, discourse, theory and controversy surrounding the visual art-world. 

© All images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery Sydney

 

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