The idea of doing a video project spotlighting Denver’s art scene and showcasing the work of talented local artists, musicians and other creative people with unique vision has been floating around in my head for a while. I finally took a first step in that direction with this video, which will, hopefully, be the first in a series.
I met Greth Ligon last fall at the Sizzle and Bang Gallery showing during First Friday Art Walk. Looking at his artwork, I could tell right away that there was something special about it, even though much of it was quite dark and even disturbing. But, it kept drawing me in.
Greth and I started talking and I learned that he is also a big film buff and a music composer. We shared a common appreciation of old-school horror movies, film scores and the work of brilliant filmmakers like David Lynch, Alfred Hitchcock and Roman Polanski. After looking through Greth’s website, I was blown away – especially, by his music. Inspired by such legends as Danny Elfman, Ennio Morricone and Bernard Herrmann, yet possessing its own, distinct and unique style, it provided a perfect accompaniment for his dark and imaginative visuals. This is when I came up with the idea of shooting a short documentary about Greth and his influences.
Much of Greth’s work is very diverse, which is also what makes it interesting. There are certainly elements of urban exploration and dark beauty of decay in his visual art, but many of his paintings and photo collages also invoke a sense of nightmarish dreamscapes and, at times – even some subtle social commentary. Abandoned buildings, strange faces, monsters, weird creatures and dark landscapes that seem to rise from the depths of the subconscious – all these elements make Greth’s art stand out, in my opinion.
To see more of Greth’s work, visit grethligon.com. If you like what you see, be sure to support him by purchasing his books and his artwork!
Technical details: the video was shot on a Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 17-55mm F2.8 lens, all in natural light. In fact, not counting some home videos and test footage, this was the first complete video project I have shot with that camera, and I’m very pleased with the results.
If you would like to watch the video below in HD, check it out on Vimeo. Feel free to comment and share your thoughts and opinions below!