Artist: Kalup Linzy

Video Title: (Introducing Kaye) Romantic Loner (2013) {Feature Film} / 73 min

Introduction by the artist:

Some of us dream in color. I dream in personaes. There have been times when I’ve dreamt of being the next Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, or John Singleton. Then there was those times I went through straining my voice to be the next Luther Vandross, Brian McKnight, also trying to emulate Whitney Houston. Then the brief period when I decided being a thespian was probably my true calling. I was cast in a few productions, continued to audition, and considered, imagined what the path of an actor would be. Yet I was never completely satisfied and to this day I still enter creative spaces where I don’t feel completely settled.

As fate would have it, I evolved into a video and performance artist, I continue to evolve artistically. I could stop, settle into one thing, give it up, when I don’t hit the mark or meet others expectations… the problem with that is becoming restless and wrestling with a dream that hasn’t died. The truth is there is peace in performance. Joy (adrenal rush) in editing video. Love in the experience of art. Much needed therapy in crafting a song. Yes, anxiety when its time to present the work to your audience, but when you connect with those with like minds, hearts, you are reminded of your purpose.

The same as museums, art galleries, TV, theatre, radio, concert halls, and other spaces on the internet. is a place where not only the conversation, but the experience of art continues.


Synopsis: Kaye, a forlorn video artist and singer, soul searches attempting to come to terms with a series of failed relationships during an art residency.

Bio: Kalup Linzy is a video and performance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Born in Stuckey, Florida. Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Linzy has been the recipient of numerous awards including a grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, Creative Capital Foundation grant, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, an Art Matters Grant, and The Headlands Center for the Arts Alumni Awards Residency.
Linzy’s best-known work is a series of politically charged videos that satirize the conventions of the television soap opera. His work has been included in exhibitions Frequency at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, MoMA PS1 Greater New York, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College. His work is in the public collections at The Studio Museum in Harlem, Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. In summer 2010, Linzy appeared on the long running ABC soap opera General Hospital alongside James Franco in a storyline that incorporated performance art. In 2011, he was featured in the production Four Saints in Three Acts: An Opera Installation presented by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Yerba Buena Center.


Additional work:

Video Title: Melody Set Me Free 2012 da feature edit (Season 2 and Season 3)

Video Title: Ride To Da Club (2002)


The team visit artist and filmmaker Kalup Linzy in his Crown Heights studio
Interview by Katya Yakubov & Julian Chams


The team visit award-winning performance artist and filmmaker Kalup Linzy in his Crown Heights studio, getting an inside scoop on his new work, which is premiering at the 2013 Video Art and Experimental Film Festival. In his film Introducing Kaye: Romantic Loner (The Short), Linzy extends the large cast of characters found in his early video works with a brand new persona, “Kaye,” an artist and ‘romantic loner’ himself. With excerpts from his film, this interview piece shows Linzy expounding on his new work and his thoughts on the 2013 VAEFF where it’s premiering.

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