Kahlil Joseph has created a new film/installation as part of a new exhibition of artist Henry Taylor’s work.
The film Wizard of the Upper Amazon loosely recreates a real-life encounter that Taylor had with Bob Marley in 1979, projecting back-and-white footage on the walls of the room it was shot in. The room itself also contains chairs and artifacts that invite the viewer to partake in the encounter.
“Joseph’s recreation of this moment, however referential to the particular details of Taylor’s memory, deftly interweaves film, performance, sound and installation into a surreal experience that penetrates the ethereal nature of memory itself,” writes ArtSlant’s Julie Weitz. “Of the manifold thoughts and feelings conjured by the artwork, its transformative effect, so rare in the sterile environment of the art gallery, gave me access to a space where I had never been before: backstage with a group of Rastafarians inside a film set presented as an art installation situated in a high-end gallery. WOTUA, as I experienced it, is a meditation on memory and the psychic influence of others; it is also a sly consideration of the relationship between insider and outsider, spectator and performer, self and Other.”
Read the full story here. Wizard of the Upper Amazon is on display in Los Angeles’s Blum & Poe through November 5th.