The idea of Art as Life Saving Instrument is one of the reasons I love looking at Art beyond the Academy. When a friend brings an idea to every artist he can find to create a massive-scale art project around John Riegert, brilliant documentarian Julie Sokolow (Aspie Seeks Love) is there to capture the magic!
The key here is the combination of the subject, as John is am amazingly charismatic human being, and the technique of the appreciation. You can make a doc about the life of a great person, but this isn't that; that merely comes through because of what we're given of the event. The show, 250 artists giving us their intrepretation of John, is so smart, and I wish I could have been in Pittsburgh for it. The art created is marvelous, and the pieces that we experience are photogenic, but moreso, they're raw. It's as if they are created from the stuff we're experiencing on-screen. That alone makes The John Show worth watching, but it also drags us deeper and deeper into the event, and when we finally experience it with the actual attendees, it's a powerful moment, and it makes the entire process into a feel-good experinece, which ultimately is what that show, and the entire project, was meant to be!
The John Show is a part of Shorts Program 3 - The Truth in Art showing at Century 20 Redwood City Thu, Mar 2 3:30 PM, Sat, Mar 4 10:30 AM Mon, Mar 6 9:30 PM and at the Hammer Theatre in Downtown San Jose Fri, Mar 10 1:45 PM
Christopher J Garcia - Curator, Fan Writer, Podcaster, and a guy who just loves art.