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THE FUN HAS JUST BEGUN! AN INTERVIEW WITH LARRY WESSEL BY MATT DUKES JORDAN & JASON MICHEL

“THE FUN HAS JUST BEGUN!” – AN INTERVIEW WITH LARRY WESSEL BY MATT DUKES JORDAN*

*with daft input from The Dictator*

Ladies & Germs!

If’n you loves strange and unusual cinema, do we have a treat for you.

What do bullfights, legendary cartoonist and painter -Robert Williams, Noise artist – Boyd Rice, and a mask clad amputee video star have in common?

Well, my feathered friends, the answer is THIS MAN :

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Larry Wessel is not a man to shy away from controversy, the weird, or the taboo. A member of the UNPOP art movement, whose collages have appeared in both Hustler and  Answer Me!, his documentaries can shock as they beguile.

Larry was kind enough to chat to us about cinema and his latest project - Eric & Shaye.

ENJOY!

PMM: Larry, what is your first memory of sitting in a cinema?

LW: 53 years ago at the age of four I remember sitting in a dark theater with my parents and experiencing Walt Disney’s Fantasia. The Night on Bald Mountain sequence really gave me a thrill. Many years later I would encounter the same Disney devil in a mural painted by Anton LaVey on one of the kitchen walls in his black Victorian house in San Francisco, the notorious Church of Satan!

PMM: Is there much use of your studies in college or contacts made there in your work?

LW: None whatsoever. I felt there was a conspiracy to destroy my creative spirit at the university I attended. I dropped out after 2 years and never looked back.

PMM: You were an early user of the video camera-analog, yes?

LW: Yes. I started shooting video around 1986. Prior to that I shot all of my films using Super 8mm and 16mm cameras.

PMM: And later digital too?

LW: Yes. I shot my first digital video in 2000. It was called “Lip-stick Liz” and was based on a poem by Robert Service.

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PMM: What advantages did the early video equipment have and what were the hassles?

LW: The advantages for me were economical. Shooting video was a hell of a lot cheaper than shooting film. Also with the built in microphone I didn’t have to record the audio separately. The hassles with analog video occurred during the editing process. The Sony editing console I used was a bit of a challenge because it wasn’t frame accurate and oftentimes I would have to keep re-cutting a sequence to get it right. After I switched to shooting digital video and starting editing with Final Cut Pro my work became infinitely easier!

PMM: What draws you to the projects you choose? Esp. given that often they are extreme/ fringe/ transgressive?

LW: In Tijuana, a man prays to The Virgin of Guadalupe, steps into the bullring and immediately gets gored in the chest by a beast that has been genetically engineered to kill human beings. (Taurobolium)
In San Francisco, a macho Gulf War fighter pilot transforms himself into a woman with a penile-inversion genital conversion. (Sugar and Spice)
In Albuquerque, a teenage Robert Williams stands in line to get a blow job from a carnival fat lady. (Carny Talk)
At The California Medical Facility in Vacaville, a psychiatric inmate douses Charles Manson with a cup of paint thinner, lights a match and turns Charlie into a human torch. (Ultramegalopolis)
In a dockside parlor in San Pedro, beautiful girls squirm as tattoo needles penetrate their willing young flesh. (Tattoo Deluxe)
In Horrorwood, Karloffornia, Forrest J Ackerman, editor of the original “Famous Monsters of Filmland” magazine gives a tour of his “Ackermansion” where the props of hundreds of science fiction and horror films are displayed. (Sex, Death and The Hollywood Mystique)
In San Diego, teenage Boyd Rice presents First Lady Betty Ford with a severed sheep’s head. (Iconoclast)
In Berlin, a young artist is creating a highly detailed painting of a woman slitting her own throat after setting her house and dog on fire, cutting the head off of a chicken and stabbing her infant daughter to death. (Love)
Meanwhile, in a quiet suburb of Los Angeles an insane quadruple amputee wearing a plastic “wig mask” stars in short films created by master filmmaker Eric Fournier. (Eric and Shaye)

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Extreme? Fringe? Transgressive? Perhaps. Fascinating? Absolutely!

 I don’t think I can generalize about what motivates me to do the films I do. It’s situational. The way I see it is that each film of mine is completely different. They are like snowflakes.

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PMM: Tell me, what kind of documentaries do you hate?

LW: I try to steer clear of documentaries made by filmmakers with an axe to grind. Michael Moore is a good case in point. I don’t regard what he does as documentary. I see what he does as more of a form of propaganda. I don’t appreciate seeing propaganda being misrepresented as documentary. There is far too much propaganda today masquerading as documentary.

PMM: Any one art movement that has had impact on your life?

LW: I don’t really have a favorite art movement. I have always admired artists throughout history who have resisted being included in movements. Artists who stand alone. Two of my favorite artists Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali were both embraced and then rejected by the surrealist movement. So I find this whole concern with taxonomy in art in conflict with the very creativity and freedom  that are central to the core of what art is really all about.

PMM: Having done Taurobolium, do you have any desire to see a bullfight now?

LW: Yes I do. La Fiesta Brava is a passion of mine that I don’t think I will ever lose. It’s very sad to me that the old downtown bullring in Tijuana that I spent 1991 through 1993 shooting my bullfight documentary – Taurobolium- was torn down in 2007.

PMM: Was Robert Williams living in North Hollywood in a small tract home when you interviewed him and what was the process like?

LW: I met Robert Williams at a Rat Fink Reunion that Big Daddy Roth invited me to in 1984. Robert invited me to join The Art Boys, his “art gang“. In 1986, my drawing of Peter Lorre was included in The Art Boys’ “Day of Infamy” group exhibition at EZTV in Los Angeles. In 1987 I screened my film “Lust 4 Knife” at The Art Boys’ “Marinated Heart” show at Plamates of Hollywood. Also in 1987 I asked Robert if he would like to be in a six hour long documentary I was doing called “Yucky Secrets” which consisted entirely of people telling stories. “Sure Wessel, I can give you an hour’s worth of amusing anecdotes“, he said. So I went to visit him at the house he shared with his wife Suzanne in North Hollywood. When I started to shoot he was concerned that I wasn’t using a tripod and insisted that I use his. So I mounted the little compact VHS camcorder that I had borrowed from a neighbor of mine on Robert’s rusty old tripod. I locked it down and started shooting when he began his first tale, I had the camera zoomed in for a tight close up of his face and he immediately tilted his head to the side out of camera range! I had to quickly loosen the panning head on the tripod and move the camera over to where his face was … the camera lurched over to the left to follow his sudden movement. Later on I decided to just go ahead and leave it in because the story he was telling was just so darn good! This six hour opus was screened only once at the opening of a solo art exhibition of mine called “Yucky Secrets” at Jabberjaw in 1990. Five years later I decided that the best stories in “Yucky Secrets” were told by Robert Williams so I gathered all of his stories and my friend John Shourt composed and performed musical introductions to each of the  stories and the end result was “CARNY TALK” released in 1995.

PMM: Didn’t know that you were in “Art Boys” – Could you talk about that?

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LW: In 1985 there was the first  Art Boys’ exhibition, the “Ugly Madonna Art Sweetsteaks“. It was a contest held to determine who could create “The Ugliest Madonna in History”. My friend, David Arshawsky won First Place for his cake with an airbrushed image of an obese Madonna in bondage, a dead baby under her arm and jumper cables attached to her nipples! The next year I was asked to join this notorious  group of artists that included Robert Williams, Big Daddy Roth, S. Clay Wilson, Mark Mothersbaugh, Gary Panter, Georgeanne Deen, Pizz and many others. The two group exhibitions that I was included in were the last Art Boys shows ever.

PMM: Larry, you might be known for the amazing doc you made about Boyd Rice, author, musician, activist, etc. How did all that go and how long did it take to make?

LW: ICONOCLAST was a lot of fun to make. It took approximately 7 years to complete, having it’s world premiere in Los Angeles at Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema in 2010. Mute Records has plans to re-release ICONOCLAST hopefully soon.

PMM: Any outtakes from the original that you could release someday?

LW: There are many cool things that didn’t make the final cut and my Director’s Cut of Iconoclast runs close to four hours! I haven’t given any thought to releasing any of those outtakes though but who knows, maybe some day.

PMM: What has been your relationship to mainstream Hollywood film making?

LW: My films have always existed outside of mainstream Hollywood even though I do have an IMDb profile!

PMM: Have you wanted to make a feature Hollywood film or been approached to do one.

LW: I would certainly love to. And no, I have not been approached to do one.

PMM: Which dead personality would you have liked to have interviewed/documented if you had a time machine?

LW: The great filmmaker Eric Fournier. He unfortunately passed away in 2010. I am currently making a documentary about him, his films and the star of his films Shaye Saint John. My documentary is called “Eric and Shaye“. I would have loved to have known him personally. Fortunately I have been able to keep his memory alive with the participation of those who did know him. He was a man possessed by genius. Through his works he has been able to achieve what few ever do, immortality.

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PMM: How did you first come across the individual known as Shaye Saint John and were you immediately captivated by her?

LW: In 2002 on of my trips to the C.!.A. club in North Hollywood I was sitting at the bar and these videos called “Triggers” were being presented on this tiny t.v. screen perched above. I was mesmerized. This was 100% Pure Cinema and I was absolutely spellbound. I then became aware of Shaye’s website and it too was a Mind Blower! There is a never-ending labyrinth of adventures to be found on shayesaintjohn.net This website is like a virtual Disneyland for Shaye Saint John fans. A few years later, a compilation of these videos was released on DVD and I immediately ordered a copy and discovered that Eric Fournier was the name of the filmmaker who created these beautiful videos. Shaye Saint John can be found on Live Journal, Myspace, Facebook and she has her own YouTube channel called Elastic Spastic Plastic Fantastic. She has an international audience and her fans are constantly writting blogs about her and posting their own tribute videos to Youtube. Sadly in 2010 the world had lost a Genius. Eric Fournier had passed away. He was only 42 years old when he died. I was devasted when I found out this very sad news. I asked Eric’s friend Carl Crew to tell me the story of Eric Fournier and Shaye Saint John and I created a short film called “Trigger Happy” which I posted to YouTube in 2012. After the release of my LOVE documentary on Valentine’s Day in 2014, I began shooting “Eric and Shaye“, my upcoming feature length documentary about Eric Fournier and Shaye Saint John.

PMM: When do you expect “Eric and Shaye” will be completed?

LW: ”Eric and Shaye” is very much a work in progress. As of now, there is no deadline. I am still gathering information from all those who were close to Eric Fournier and Shaye Saint John and from other Shaye Saint John enthusiasts like myself. I encourage anyone who would like to contribute their stories or amusing anecdotes regarding Eric Fournier and/or Shaye Saint John to contact me at wesselworld@hotmail.com The more the merrier! The FUN has Just Begun.

PMM: Have you ever been fascinated by a subject that you thought, “Ooooo …that’s too strange to go near, even for me“?

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A: Nothing is too strange for me. Welcome to the world of WesselMania! In my life as well as in my films I celebrate and embrace the outsider and find beauty in the astonishing, bizarre, fantastic, offbeat, outlandish, peculiar, unusual, weird, abnormal, eccentric, far-out, idiosyncratic, mystifying, oddball, and uncanny.

PMM: And finally, which films make your top 20?

LW:

1. Titticut Follies (1967) Frederick Wiseman.

2. F for Fake (1973) Orson Welles

3. Night and Fog (1955) Alain Resnais

4. Henry Miller Asleep and Awake (1975) Tom Schiller

5. Taurobolium (1994) Larry Wessel

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick

7. The Loved One (1965) Tony Richardson

8. Freaks (1932) Tod Browning

9. The Devils (1971) Ken Russell

10. The Tenant (1976) Roman Polanski

11. 8 1/2 (1963) Federico Fellini

12. Blow Up (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni

13. The Wild Bunch (1969) Sam Peckinpah

14. Art Pepper: Notes From a Jazz Survivor (1982) Don McGlynn

15. The Birds (1963) Alfred Hitchcock

16. If… (1968) Lindsay Anderson

17. Burn! (1969) Gillo Pontecorvo

18. Santa Sangre (1989) Alejandro Jodorowsky

19. The Good, the Bad and The Ugly (1966) Sergio Leone

20. The Charles Bukowski Tapes (1987) Barbet Schroeder

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Larry Wessel is a Producer, Director, Cameraman, Editor, known for Iconoclast (2010), Love (2014) andUltramegalopolis (1995).

Official YouTube page for Larry Wessel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/2Lions
Official website for LOVE: 
Official website for ERIC AND SHAYE: 
Official Facebook Fan Page for ERIC AND SHAYE: 

Filmography:

Eric and Shaye (Documentary) A work in progress.

Love (Documentary) 2014

Daughter of The Gods (Animated short) 2013

The Mysterious Beauty of Margaret Thatcher (Animated short) 2013

Summer (Narrative short) 2013

The Sugar Weasel Story (Animated short) 2013

Thoughts on Brubeck (Animated short) 2012

Boy Scout (Animated short) 2012

Chaotic Hipsterism (Animated short) 2012

Blues (Animated short) 2012

Grooved (Animated short) 2012

The Hipster (Animated short) 2012

Trigger Happy (Animated short) 2012

Veruschka the Classical Cat (Animated short) 2012

Santeria! (Animated short) 2012

OIL! (Animated short) 2012

9/11 Is a Lie! (Documentary short) 2012

Let’s Talk About Chemtrails (Animated short) 2012

Have a Nice Day (Animated short) 2012

Whac A Mole (Animated short) 2012

Fly (Animated short) 2012

Giddlechrist (Animated short) 2011

Kraken (Animated short) 2011

Beast (Animated short) 2011

Giddle (Animated short) 2011

Midnight Cafe (Animated short) 2011

Punch (Animated short) 2011

Fur Balls (Animated short) 2011

Hallways of The Always (Animated short) 2011

Nightide (Animated short) 2011

You Axed For it (Animated short) 2011

Iconoclast  (Documentary) 2010

Lip-stick Liz (Narrative short) 2000

Sex, Death & The Hollywood Mystique (Documentary) 1999

Song Demo for a Helen Keller World (Documentary) 1999

Carny Talk (Documentary) 1995

Tattoo Deluxe (Documentary) 1995

Sugar & Spice (Documentary) 1995

Ultramegalopolis (Documentary) 1995

Taurobolium (Documentary) 1994

Lust For Knife (Narrative short) 1981

The House on The Strand (Narrative short) 1980

The Pike in October (Documentary short) 1979

Watts Towers (Documentary short) 1979

The Bogey Man (Narrative short) 1979

A Perfect Day For Bananafish (Narrative short) 1974

The Vulture Eye (Narrative short) 1972

The Devil Inc. (Documentary) 1970

The Black Glove (Narrative short) 1968

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Give the gift of LOVE this Valentine’s Day! Order a LOVE DVD Today!!

Give the gift of LOVE this Valentine’s Day!
Order a LOVE DVD Today!!
http://www.lovethemovie.org/dvd/

Beth Moore-Love could just perhaps the greatest living artist working in America today! Her works can be found in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She is a national treasure and yet, she is virtually unknown. Filmmaker Larry Wessel is determined to change that with his nine year labor of love…his feature-length documentary called LOVE.

THE ART OF BETH MOORE-LOVE
“My ‘artwork’ has always been very cynical and ANGRY. I read a quote once, I don’t remember who said it, something about the purpose of art being to soothe the spirit after a hard day of ‘reality’. What does that mean? I once saw a two-page advertisement for some stupid car, on one side of the fold-out was a photo of Monument Valley, morphing into the skyline of Manhattan. On the other page, over Monument Valley was written, ‘The Dream’, over Manhattan was written, “The Reality”. And I saw right away that this was completely backwards. So my purpose as an artist is to soothe these people who turn our world upside-down for profit? These people who feel spiritually bereft after a hard day of raping and pillaging? F*ck that. I will NOT. I’m going to sneak it on the wall, and slap the sh*t out of them with the truth of it. Is there ugliness and horror in my work? Absolutely. Do you think that my work is distasteful? You are correct!”
- Beth Moore-Love

“Provides a fascinating insight into what makes Moore-Love tick, throwing up explanations as to why she paints such shocking subjects. It’s rare to see such a personal examination of an artist and their creative process. and to feel as though you’ve been allowed access to their most private thoughts and inspirations; and while the pace is slow and the structure is stark, this perfectly reflects the meticulous nature of Moore-Love’s intricate outpourings.”
- Billy Chainsaw, Bizarre Magazine

“A unique perspective on the artist’s personal history…comprehensive in it’s dissection of Beth Moore-Love’s artwork…this is the place for the straight skinny on all of it…it’s fascinating.” – Mark Bell, Film Threat

“This documentary may not be for the squeamish, but it’s well worth watching for an in- depth portrait of a significant American artist who has been addressing big issues in her complex, amazing paintings for decades.”
- Matt Dukes Jordan, Fleshapoidfilms

“This is a masterpiece that everyone with a taste for the beautiful, the gruesome, the thought provoking and the wickedly funny should see. Highly recommended! Larry Wessel’s LOVE is amazing.”
- Visa Disablot, Mesikämmen

“In his typical exuberant style Wessel goes in search of the soul of the artist Beth Moore-Love. Her grotesque, colorful paintings show a dysfunctional universe of joyful cruelty and perverse little girls. As always, humor and transgression in Wessel’s eccentric films go hand in hand.” – Sofie Verdoodt, OFFoff art cinema

“This movie needs to be seen in art classes all over the world!”
- Tanner Toobach, Unboxed Watched and Reviewed

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A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM LOVE STAR BETH MOORE-LOVE!

“Tonight is the closing night of my documentary showing at The Guild Cinema!! It has been a pleasure to share my life and work with you all and just to show you how grateful I am for your support ~ Tonight I will be giving out a FREE poster for every two print sales. Buy two of any size, get a large print of my first painting at no additional cost.”
- Beth Moore-Love
Doors 8:15, movie starts at 8:30 PM

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5 LOVE Guild Marquee at night by Van Pittsenbargar

TONIGHT @ The Guild Cinema SEE Larry Wessel’s Documentary LOVE, MEET the artist and TAKE HOME an original work of art or signed print by Beth Moore-Love!

TONIGHT @ The Guild Cinema
SEE Larry Wessel’s Documentary LOVE, MEET the artist and TAKE HOME an original work of art or signed print by Beth Moore-Love!
Doors at 8:15, movie starts at 8:30 PM and Beth Moore-Love will be there with plenty of prints and originals to sell.
Love: A documentary about painter Beth Moore-Love
Dec 1 to Dec 4 Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY
Dir. Larry Wessel – 2014 – 111m – U.S. PREMIERE!!
Artist Beth Moore-Love will be there in person for all of the screenings!

LOVE Calendar

6 LOVE BML selling prints at LOVE Premiere at The Guild

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Beth Moore-Love could just perhaps the greatest living artist working in America today! Her works can be found in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She is a national treasure and yet, she is virtually unknown. Filmmaker Larry Wessel is determined to change that with his nine year labor of love…his feature-length documentary called LOVE.

THE ART OF BETH MOORE-LOVE
“My ‘artwork’ has always been very cynical and ANGRY. I read a quote once, I don’t remember who said it, something about the purpose of art being to soothe the spirit after a hard day of ‘reality’. What does that mean? I once saw a two-page advertisement for some stupid car, on one side of the fold-out was a photo of Monument Valley, morphing into the skyline of Manhattan. On the other page, over Monument Valley was written, ‘The Dream’, over Manhattan was written, “The Reality”. And I saw right away that this was completely backwards. So my purpose as an artist is to soothe these people who turn our world upside-down for profit? These people who feel spiritually bereft after a hard day of raping and pillaging? F*ck that. I will NOT. I’m going to sneak it on the wall, and slap the sh*t out of them with the truth of it. Is there ugliness and horror in my work? Absolutely. Do you think that my work is distasteful? You are correct!”
- Beth Moore-Love

“Provides a fascinating insight into what makes Moore-Love tick, throwing up explanations as to why she paints such shocking subjects. It’s rare to see such a personal examination of an artist and their creative process. and to feel as though you’ve been allowed access to their most private thoughts and inspirations; and while the pace is slow and the structure is stark, this perfectly reflects the meticulous nature of Moore-Love’s intricate outpourings.”
- Billy Chainsaw, Bizarre Magazine

“A unique perspective on the artist’s personal history…comprehensive in it’s dissection of Beth Moore-Love’s artwork…this is the place for the straight skinny on all of it…it’s fascinating.” – Mark Bell, Film Threat

“This documentary may not be for the squeamish, but it’s well worth watching for an in- depth portrait of a significant American artist who has been addressing big issues in her complex, amazing paintings for decades.”
- Matt Dukes Jordan, Fleshapoidfilms

“This is a masterpiece that everyone with a taste for the beautiful, the gruesome, the thought provoking and the wickedly funny should see. Highly recommended! Larry Wessel’s LOVE is amazing.” – Visa Disablot, Mesikämmen

“In his typical exuberant style Wessel goes in search of the soul of the artist Beth Moore-Love. Her grotesque, colorful paintings show a dysfunctional universe of joyful cruelty and perverse little girls. As always, humor and transgression in Wessel’s eccentric films go hand in hand.” – Sofie Verdoodt, OFFoff art cinema

“This movie needs to be seen in art classes all over the world!” – Tanner Toobach, Unboxed Watched and Reviewed

 

5 LOVE Guild Marquee at night by Van Pittsenbargar

TONIGHT @ The Guild Cinema SEE Larry Wessel’s Documentary LOVE, MEET the artist and TAKE HOME an original work of art or signed print by Beth Moore-Love!

TONIGHT @ The Guild Cinema
SEE Larry Wessel’s Documentary LOVE, MEET the artist and TAKE HOME an original work of art or signed print by Beth Moore-Love!
Doors at 8:15, movie starts at 8:30 PM and Beth Moore-Love will be there with plenty of prints and originals to sell.
Love: A documentary about painter Beth Moore-Love
Dec 1 to Dec 4 Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY
Dir. Larry Wessel – 2014 – 111m – U.S. PREMIERE!!
Artist Beth Moore-Love will be there in person for all of the screenings!

LOVE Calendar

6 LOVE BML selling prints at LOVE Premiere at The Guild

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Beth Moore-Love could just perhaps the greatest living artist working in America today! Her works can be found in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She is a national treasure and yet, she is virtually unknown. Filmmaker Larry Wessel is determined to change that with his nine year labor of love…his feature-length documentary called LOVE.

THE ART OF BETH MOORE-LOVE
“My ‘artwork’ has always been very cynical and ANGRY. I read a quote once, I don’t remember who said it, something about the purpose of art being to soothe the spirit after a hard day of ‘reality’. What does that mean? I once saw a two-page advertisement for some stupid car, on one side of the fold-out was a photo of Monument Valley, morphing into the skyline of Manhattan. On the other page, over Monument Valley was written, ‘The Dream’, over Manhattan was written, “The Reality”. And I saw right away that this was completely backwards. So my purpose as an artist is to soothe these people who turn our world upside-down for profit? These people who feel spiritually bereft after a hard day of raping and pillaging? F*ck that. I will NOT. I’m going to sneak it on the wall, and slap the sh*t out of them with the truth of it. Is there ugliness and horror in my work? Absolutely. Do you think that my work is distasteful? You are correct!”
- Beth Moore-Love

“Provides a fascinating insight into what makes Moore-Love tick, throwing up explanations as to why she paints such shocking subjects. It’s rare to see such a personal examination of an artist and their creative process. and to feel as though you’ve been allowed access to their most private thoughts and inspirations; and while the pace is slow and the structure is stark, this perfectly reflects the meticulous nature of Moore-Love’s intricate outpourings.”
- Billy Chainsaw, Bizarre Magazine

“A unique perspective on the artist’s personal history…comprehensive in it’s dissection of Beth Moore-Love’s artwork…this is the place for the straight skinny on all of it…it’s fascinating.” – Mark Bell, Film Threat

“This documentary may not be for the squeamish, but it’s well worth watching for an in- depth portrait of a significant American artist who has been addressing big issues in her complex, amazing paintings for decades.”
- Matt Dukes Jordan, Fleshapoidfilms

“This is a masterpiece that everyone with a taste for the beautiful, the gruesome, the thought provoking and the wickedly funny should see. Highly recommended! Larry Wessel’s LOVE is amazing.” – Visa Disablot, Mesikämmen

“In his typical exuberant style Wessel goes in search of the soul of the artist Beth Moore-Love. Her grotesque, colorful paintings show a dysfunctional universe of joyful cruelty and perverse little girls. As always, humor and transgression in Wessel’s eccentric films go hand in hand.” – Sofie Verdoodt, OFFoff art cinema

“This movie needs to be seen in art classes all over the world!” – Tanner Toobach, Unboxed Watched and Reviewed

 

LOVE Calendar

TONIGHT is The U.S. Premiere of LOVE! Dec 1 – Dec 4 @ The Guild Cinema Albuquerque New Mexico!

TONIGHT is The U.S. Premiere of LOVE! TELL A FRIEND!!
Love: A documentary about painter Beth Moore-Love
Dec 1 to Dec 4 Monday to Thursday 8:30pm ONLY
Dir. Larry Wessel – 2014 – 111m – U.S. PREMIERE!!
Artist Beth Moore-Love will be in person for all of the screenings!

LOVE Calendar

Beth Moore-Love could just perhaps the greatest living artist working in America today! Her works can be found in private collections throughout the United States and Europe. She is a national treasure and yet, she is virtually unknown. Filmmaker Larry Wessel is determined to change that with his nine year labor of love…his feature-length documentary called LOVE.

THE ART OF BETH MOORE-LOVE
“My ‘artwork’ has always been very cynical and ANGRY. I read a quote once, I don’t remember who said it, something about the purpose of art being to soothe the spirit after a hard day of ‘reality’. What does that mean? I once saw a two-page advertisement for some stupid car, on one side of the fold-out was a photo of Monument Valley, morphing into the skyline of Manhattan. On the other page, over Monument Valley was written, ‘The Dream’, over Manhattan was written, “The Reality”. And I saw right away that this was completely backwards. So my purpose as an artist is to soothe these people who turn our world upside-down for profit? These people who feel spiritually bereft after a hard day of raping and pillaging? F*ck that. I will NOT. I’m going to sneak it on the wall, and slap the sh*t out of them with the truth of it. Is there ugliness and horror in my work? Absolutely. Do you think that my work is distasteful? You are correct!”
- Beth Moore-Love

“Provides a fascinating insight into what makes Moore-Love tick, throwing up explanations as to why she paints such shocking subjects. It’s rare to see such a personal examination of an artist and their creative process. and to feel as though you’ve been allowed access to their most private thoughts and inspirations; and while the pace is slow and the structure is stark, this perfectly reflects the meticulous nature of Moore-Love’s intricate outpourings.”
- Billy Chainsaw, Bizarre Magazine

“A unique perspective on the artist’s personal history…comprehensive in it’s dissection of Beth Moore-Love’s artwork…this is the place for the straight skinny on all of it…it’s fascinating.”
- Mark Bell, Film Threat

“This documentary may not be for the squeamish, but it’s well worth watching for an in- depth portrait of a significant American artist who has been addressing big issues in her complex, amazing paintings for decades.”
- Matt Dukes Jordan, Fleshapoidfilms

“This is a masterpiece that everyone with a taste for the beautiful, the gruesome, the thought provoking and the wickedly funny should see. Highly recommended! Larry Wessel’s LOVE is amazing.”
- Visa Disablot, Mesikämmen

“In his typical exuberant style Wessel goes in search of the soul of the artist Beth Moore-Love. Her grotesque, colorful paintings show a dysfunctional universe of joyful cruelty and perverse little girls. As always, humor and transgression in Wessel’s eccentric films go hand in hand.”
- Sofie Verdoodt, OFFoff art cinema

“This movie needs to be seen in art classes all over the world!”
- Tanner Toobach, Unboxed Watched and Reviewed

http://www.lovethemovie.org/

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Camping with Beth Moore-Love by Josh Stuyvesant

Camping with Beth Moore-Love

Posted on November 26 2014
by Josh Stuyvesant, Writer, filmmaker, artist

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Once, when she was in high school, Beth Moore-Love walked into her counselor’s office. “What do you want to do when you grow up?” asked her counselor.

Beth Moore-Love replied, “I want to go camping.”

“Oh, Beth, be realistic.”

I’ve always found it immensely important to visit other artists’ studios. It’s osmosis or something. I’ve always learned more from being in another artist’s space than I ever learned in a workshop, lecture, or on the all-knowing internet.

"Cloacina Russula" by Beth Moore-Love - Pyragraph

“Cloacina Russula.”

So when I came to visit Beth Moore-Love, I was enchanted to discover her studio was a yurt. That is, her studio is a portable, bent dwelling structure traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. She built it during a time when she wasn’t making much art. She had been taking care of her father, who suffered from severe dementia. Since her father died, Beth has been using the yurt as her studio, where she makes chillingly beautiful, detail-laden paintings.

Beth’s free spirit and thumb-to-nose style dictate her art and the place she works. “Everything hangs from the walls and weights it. That way, you don’t have to tie it down,” Beth said. Her yurt is only as permanent as the things it holds. She’s freewheeling. She can move on any time she likes. She’s camping.

Beth Moore-Love yurt - Pyragraph

Every piece of the wall lattice and the roof poles were hand-cut by Beth with a Japanese handsaw. The crown was made with the help of a woodworking friend.

We talked all about her caring for her father and how she’s trying to get back to where she was before his dementia. We talked about the muse. We talked about her yurt. We talked a little about the movie, which just so happens to be called LOVE, but I’ll spare you those details since you can hear all about it on the podcast we recorded last week, Self-Employed Happy Hour.

Austin Madrid, who took all these photos, remarked to Beth that she was hugely photogenic. I felt the same way about the way she talked. There’s something in her speech. A slow, funky, direct delivery of quiet profundity that you just have to capture.

In keeping with the spirit of visiting one’s studio, I’ll go now and leave you to the images and words of Beth Moore-Love.

"Beauty is a Curse" by Beth Moore-Love - Pyragraph

“Beauty is a Curse.”

“I was hanging out with my friend Diego last night—probably longer than I should have— in his studio where he makes music. Oh, he’s great. He takes these cumbia, merengue, reggaeton beats and layers noise over the top and does this amazing stuff. God, I had to get up in the morning, though. I offered him a ride home, and he said ‘I can’t stop. I’m all hopped on this.’ And it reminded me of when I used to stay up all night painting. I want to get back to that place again.”

Beth Moore-Love - Pyragraph

“If I’m really slamming on it, I’ll finish a painting in about a month. The paintings are intensive. I don’t rush them. I read in one of those marketable artist books that an artist should crank out five paintings a month. Fuck that.”

Beth Moore-Love yurt - Pyragraph

“I miss being on a roll. I gotta get back in the routine of doing, moving. I would write down my hours of painting in a calendar. There are so many distractions—friends, especially. Friends who just don’t get it. Sometimes I have to put my foot down, and then people really respect it. And I have to get that back. Make sure everyone understands that this is my job. This is what I do.”

Beth Moore-Love yurt - Pyragraph

“Every good life must have a little shit fall on it. When I had to give it all up for my father, I said, ‘Now it’s our turn.’ And I felt okay at that point. That was acceptance.”

"If My Hand Should Offend Thee" by Beth Moore-Love -Pyragraph

“If My Hand Should Offend Thee.”

“I have a vision of what I want it to be, but by the end it turns into what it’s supposed to be. It’s like something else coming through you to create the vision.”

Beth Moore-Love - Pyragraph

LOVE will be screening at The Guild Cinema Monday, December 1 through Thursday December 4 at 8:30pm. Beth Moore-Love will be there in person for several of the screenings.

Beth Moore-Love - Pyragraph

Photos by Austin Madrid of JAK Media.

Beth Love speaks

Beth Moore-Love Speaks about LOVE!

Self-Employed Happy Hour: Beth Moore-Love, Painter and Documentary SubjectWe talk with Beth and Keif Henley of The Guild on Beth’s art and the film made about her

Beth Moore-Love - Pyragraph

Subscribe to the Self-Employed Happy Hour podcast at iTunes.

Beth Moore-Love paints amazing, disturbing, reality-shattering artworks. Documentary filmmaker Larry Wessel made a film about her, LOVE: The Art of Beth Moore-Love, which is currently touring across the US. Beth joins us at the Pyragraph studio to talk about her work, her evolution as an artist, working and showing internationally, and what it was like to be the subject of a documentary.

Keif Henley, owner of The Guild Cinema, also joins us to talk about the upcoming film, and about Beth’s amazing work.

Host Peri Pakroo is joined by Pyragraph Contributing Editors Josh Stuyvesant and Jeremy Kinter.

LOVE: The Art of Beth Moore-Love is screening in Albuquerque at The Guild Cinema Dec. 1 to 4, and we can’t wait! Beth will speak on Dec. 1. Prints of Beth’s work will be available at some screenings!

A Film by Larry Wessel