Modern Ruin: Black Hole / 3:10 minutes
Artist name: Jeff Frost

An extended preview of a film constructed from 150,000 photographs that combines time lapse footage of riots, optical illusion paintings and stars. Modern Ruin is a contemplation of the idea that creation and destruction is the same thing. In the same way that you, life itself and even the laws of the universe are deeply paradoxical, so too are the realities pieced together to form this non-reality.
Every event depicted in Modern Ruin happened in naked reality, from the riots, to the optical-illusion paintings.
All of my films are accompanied by still portfolios and outtakes culled from thousands of photographs shot for the film. They are designed not just to reflect the artwork in the film, but to add another dimension to it. They can be found on my website:
Riots – I would like to be clear that the riots in this film, which began right outside my front door, were set in motion when the Anaheim police department shot and killed an unarmed man last summer. When the residents of my neighborhood began protesting they showed up and shot into the crowd with rubber bullets, threw tear gas and released a K9 unit, which mauled one man’s arm. They would later say that releasing the dog was accidental. There’s quite a bit more to the story obviously, but I want to make sure that it’s well understood that the footage in this film is not meant to be consumed as a factual news item. It’s definitely taken out of the context of reality and used in another. It’s making art out of news.

People should know this about me: When you get right down to it I didn’t really choose art, art chose me, and it’s a rocky relationship at best. I make large scale paintings, often optical illusions, on the insides of abandoned buildings. I create the soundtracks to my videos, including all sound design. I make noise music that loosely qualifies as electronic, but probably doesn’t qualify as actual music. I am trying to find my place in a society that looks at me as if I’m a crazy person. I look right back at society as if it is crazy, because it is.

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