FILM: Dec. 20th, Canyon Candy
The Clocktower Gallery (108 Leonard St., 13th Fl., Manhattan) Canyon Candy exhibition features the debut screening of a 16-minute film by Mike Anderson, the result of a year-long collaboration between the artist and the band Javelin. Spaghetti westerns, cowboy fashion, and the sights and sounds of the Wild West inspired the band to create a themed song suite released on 7-inch vinyl. Anderson’s installation at the Clocktower transports the viewer into the set of the film through a sprawling installation in the Main Gallery. Beginning with an entrance through a wind-washed cabin, followed by a winding walk in the canyon’s termite hills and cactus fields, visitors will encounter coyotes, campsites, big sky, and vignette sequences from the film. All paths lead to a saloon-style theater space featuring the full Canyon Candy film – the ideal cowboy den after a long walk through the canyon, complete with strawbale seating, gingham tablecloths, and sasparilla. For the exhibition, Javelin has created a multi-channel surround-sound environment embedded in Anderson’s set, both recreating the film’s ambience and animating the canyon’s vistas through sound effects including crickets, howling winds, and yodeling.