Behind the Reduction: The Camera Crew / by David Bernabo

So, The Reduction is scored for four dancers, three camerapersons, and one musician. Our three camerapersons are Heather Mull, Mario Ashkar, and Stephanie Tsong

If we take it back to 2007, that's when I met Heather Mull. Heather photographed me jumping from a wicker chair in the Woolslayer Way alley/street outside of my previous dwelling. The photo was for the 2007 City Paper City Guide. Heather has worked for City Paper for a while also freelancing for Table Magazine, Pittsburgh Magazine, Keystone Edge, CMU, Quantum Theater, and a bunch of others. Heather has a great eye for composition and color - there are a number of wonderful photographs from her invovlement in the Kliptown Photography Project. Heather was gracious enough to perform in MODULES 10, which was performed at Wood Street Galleries as a MODULES dance for solo dancer and three camerapersons. I'm very excited to see what develops (pun somewhat intended, but also not quite accurate) at Thursday's performance. Here are a few photos from Heather:

Outdoor Barber, photograph by Heather Mull.   Purchase info

Outdoor Barber, photograph by Heather Mull.  
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Photographer Duane Michals, photograph by Heather Mull 

Photographer Duane Michals, photograph by Heather Mull 

Choreographer Kyle Abraham, photograph by Heather Mull 

Choreographer Kyle Abraham, photograph by Heather Mull 

Mario Ashkar is one of the more active people I know. Video work, photography, event promotion. I met Mario at the first Lightlab event that choreographer/dancer/musician Taylor Knight and I created. Was that 2013? Mario presented a video called DESIGNING WOMEN-A PHOTO LECTURE, which was part video screening and performance/lecture. Mario has created a lot of work with the moon baby and slowdanger and a number of music videos and films. Here are a few recent pieces from Mario.

The third installment in a series with Pittsburgh art gallery and residency BUNKER Projects that both documents the installation work of artists and allows for new narratives to form from the works. Traffic, an installation piece from Andrew Hieronymi, is reimagined in this short and brought to life through movement by Grace Byrne and music from Slowdanger available at https://slowdanger.bandcamp.com/.

A bit of NSFW in this next one:

 

And now, the very near past. Designer/illustrator/photograher Stephanie Tsong and I met at this year's MakerDate fundraiser for Assemble Gallery. I believe we talked a lot about film at the event and had a follow-up conversation about tools for editing video. Stephanie has a large body of work that spans etchings, silkscreen, lithograph, sketchbook, and photography (you know, with film). Here are a few great pieces:

Waiting for a Paycheck, Pt. 1 etching, graphite, and aluminum foil. 10″x14″.

Waiting for a Paycheck, Pt. 1
etching, graphite, and aluminum foil. 10″x14″.

Waiting for a Paycheck, Pt. 2 etching, graphite, paper collage. 10″x14″.

Waiting for a Paycheck, Pt. 2
etching, graphite, paper collage. 10″x14″.

photograph, 125i Silk in SF

photograph, 125i Silk in SF

Eclipse Series handmade scroll. approx. 10 inches by 5 feet. wood, rives bfk, zinc plate etching. Specs: 10 inches tall by 5 feet long (unrolled). Each plate is 6 by 6 inches, 5 plates total. two color etching & aquatint.

Eclipse Series
handmade scroll. approx. 10 inches by 5 feet. wood, rives bfk, zinc plate etching.
Specs: 10 inches tall by 5 feet long (unrolled). Each plate is 6 by 6 inches, 5 plates total. two color etching & aquatint.

 

One of the great things about creating work is collaboration, and Pittsburgh is a very welcoming place for collaboration. I've worked on a number of projects where I meet a person and start up a collaboration and then a month later there is another collaboration and a tree of work forms. So, thank you to the three people above for lending their talents and interest to this project!