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Fiercely Freestyle: Ari Marcopoulos

November 11, 2009 - November 18, 2009

Claremont, November 18

With camera in hand, Ari Marcopoulos walks among the denizens of what you might call the subcultural sublime—delirious hotdoggers, rapturous artists, bruised boarders, avant rockers, and the many nomads of adrenal bliss. Marcopoulos doesn’t document the inhabitants of the ecstatic outlands so much as he infiltrates the energy enveloping them, snowboarders on maniacal drops, artists in the whirl of creation, musicians communing with the visceral hum. As a consequence, there’s a celebrity factor to many of Marcopolous’s works. Who else to pursue but those who excel to the extreme: rad riders like Craig Kelly and Terje Håkonsen, or that great prevaricator Jeff Koons; high-velocity skaters like Noah Sakamoto and Patrick Rizzo, or noise noodlers Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon. Marcopoulos has the markings of a musician himself—he’s got a keen ear for the quiet between the notes. Tracking prodigious snowboarders in Transitions and Exits and Where the Wind Blows, the mood oscillates between the elation of rising powder and the down of waiting for weather. In Larry White, a street drummer pounds paint cans in search of the miraculous roll, knowing the solo must always recede into silence. In conjunction with a retrospective of the artist’s photographs in the BAM galleries, we offer two evenings of films by Ari Marcopoulos, all stillness and passion, presented in a fiercely free style.

Steve Seid
Video Curator

Wednesday, November 11, 2009
7:30 p.m. Black Eyes and Blue Skies
Ari Marcopoulos (U.S., 1990–2009). Ari Marcopoulos in person. Marcopoulos captures rapturous and radical characters including artists Jeff Koons and Dave Muller, snowboarder Craig Kelly, and frequent collaborators the Beastie Boys. (95 mins)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
7:30 p.m. Loud and Clear
Ari Marcopoulos (U.S., 1991–2009). Ari Marcopoulos in person. Sonic Youth, the Beastie Boys, snowboarder Craig Kelly, skaters, and others figure in six exhilarating works. (96 mins)