Tor Archer | Solitary

Published: Jul 20, 2016
Film by Eric Minh Swenson
Running time: 6:23

Tor Archer’s solitary figures suggest objects of reverence derived from mythology and primitive icons. The artist uses primary visual elements drawn from the natural world, such as tree branches, bark, leaves, eroded rocks and even snakes. Crafted from welded industrial copper tubing with earthy patinaed surfaces, the structures emerge from rough materials to be as airy as birds’ nests. The result is witty and sophisticated, contrasting the meticulous finished forms with the mundane components used to create them.

Born in Massachusetts, Archer grew up in Santa Barbara and has lived in San Francisco for many years. He is a three-time nominee for the prestigious SECA award, and has exhibited widely on the West Coast. He received his BA degree from UC Santa Cruz and his MFA degree from Boston University.

Tim Bavington | Translating Sound To Color

Published: Apr 15, 2015
Film by Eric Minh Swenson
Running time: 3:20

Drawing inspiration from the neon mania of surrounding Las Vegas, NV, artist Tim Bavington does’t shy away from bold colors. Combining his artistic prowess with his love of music, Bavington invented a color-coded chord wheel that lets him translate songs into paintings. With each line representing a different note or chord, he brings music to life on canvas.

Chris Dorosz | Molecular

Published: Jul 15, 2016
Running time: 6:54
Film by Eric Minh Swenson

Chris Dorosz has always been interested in deconstructing visual imagery into elemental units, and reassembling them in a way that challenges our visual assumptions. He is best known for his intricate figurative sculptures made up of dot-like paint drops suspended on a clear grid of acrylic rods. The colorful clusters of paint form figures that seem to materialize, floating in space, and interact in a way that is reminiscent of actors on a stage.

Born in Canada, where he earned his master’s degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Chris Dorosz now makes his home in San Francisco. His work has been exhibited widely in Canada and in the Bay Area, including a solo exhibition at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art. He has been featured in Elle Magazine and Canadian Art Magazine, among other publications.

Chris Dorosz | SJICA Painted Room 2008

Published: Dec 14, 2008
Running time: 4:33

Painted Room, an installation by Chris Dorosz at the Institute of Contemporary Art in San Jose California, Nov 2008 – Jan 2009. A film by Anton Orlov composed of approximately 15000 still images captured with Canon 5D camera.

Peter Fox | Spill  Process 2013

Published: Feb 27, 2013
Running time: 9:56

This work began with a thought about languages as constellational systems, reflecting the shifting fields generated among any set of signs: one might play with these constellations, in the space before words. I began by working with eyedroppers – like Painting, they’re for putting things in your eyes. The paint led the conversation, with chance and physics shaping process and outcome, evolving language from accident.

Anna Halldin-Maule | Making of_Röd Blomma II

Published: January 23, 2017
Running time: 7:52


Anna Halldin-Maule | Making Of…Papillon & A Girl Can Dream (Orange)

Published: August 2, 2013
Running time: 3:01

Anna Halldin-Maule creates two new oil-paintings, Papillon & A Girl Can Dream. Watch the whole process of her working with the models, capturing the perfect pose, and the meticulous brushstroke by brushstroke process of her amazing painting technique.

Eric Zammitt | Breaking Beautiful

Published: Sep 23, 2014
Film by Eric Minh Swenson. Produced by AC Projects.
Running time: 24:41

ERIC ZAMMITT : What you’ll see in this video is the making of one of my larger scale acrylic plastic artworks. I consider the flat panels I make to be paintings, and the acrylic plastic material of which they’re made, simply paint in hardened form. My “brushes” are the bandsaw, tablesaw, glue, and a polishing machine.

Acrylic plastic, known under trade names such as Plexiglas and Lucite, is purchased in sheet form, usually 4’x8’, and I buy it in thicknesses from 1/8” up to 1/2”. It is a very challenging material to work with. Yet its luminosity, intensity, and variety of translucency are unparalleled in any other solid material.

For these reasons I find acrylic plastic very satisfying as a medium with which to explore the possibilities of color and pattern. Combined with the processes I employ, objects of deep intricacy and luminosity are possible. I also enjoy the physicality of the “paintings” as constructed objects.

Interspersed throughout the video you also will also see me working on various sculptural pieces I was making at the time. They are wall-mounted sculptures in which I was exploring the properties of thick layers of translucent milky-clear colorless acrylic in combination with thin layers of opaque colored acrylic. In these pieces, the color that you see between the thin distinctly colored layers is all reflected light only.