We met the artist Jason Mitcham at the NYFA annual gala, he was a 2012 fellow and had a video piece on show that evening, Head Full of Doubt/ Road Full of Promise. Marlenny Paredes (Sales Manager), John Knowles (Head of Marketing) and I got such a kick out of it…and so began the conversation of how we can work with Jason and adopt this video to show in our ‘nests’.
Combining stop motion and painting, it is a masterly portrayal of the rise and fall of urban development, a reference to the ephemeral nature of our surroundings. To us this video felt particularly poignant, as the Roger Smith Hotel stands, with 80 year old roots firmly planted in the midtown soil; we are reminded of the inevitably cyclical nature of our corner here on 47th and Lex.
We are thrilled to have the video play on our house channel in all 130 rooms of the hotel through the month of June. It will be accompanied by a mini documentary about the making of the piece.
IN ROOM VIDEO INSTALLATION
Head Full of Doubt/ Road Full of Promise
Painting and video by Jason Mitcham
June 1-30, 2013
Head Full of Doubt/ Road Full of Promise explores temporality within the American landscape. The animation is created through a stop-motion process that involves documenting the development of a single painting. Slight alterations are recorded throughout the painting process, and are then shown in sequential order. Each second of video contains approximately 10 alterations within the painting. The song was written and performed by the Avett Brothers.
Born in North Carolina in 1979, Jason Mitcham received a BFA from East Carolina University (2002), and an MFA from the University of Florida (2005). Although primarily a painter, Mitcham’s work has expanded into the realm of video, creating stop-motion animations from paintings. His videos explore the development of our society’s landscapes, specifically notions of temporality, suburbia, and modern ruins. One of his recent animations was premiered on NPR’s website, and was included in the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. Mitcham’s paintings and animations have been included in solo and group exhibitions at such venues as the Queens Museum of Art, the Greenville Museum of Art in North Carolina, NurtureArt, Artspace NC, and the Wassaic Project, among others. He is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2005), has been an artist in residence at Yaddo (2012), and is a 2012 NYFA Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work.
The Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 20 years the owners and staff have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond. With a continued desire to converse and engage with guests, with New York and places further afield, The Roger Smith Hotel’s creative program seeks to create big opportunities, pleasurable experiences, inspiring happenings and intelligent dialogues. www.rogersmithlife.com/art
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