March Artists (John C. Kelley, McLean Fahnestock, Russell Sheaffer )


On Surgery– Russell Sheaffer (San Diego, California)

ON SURGERY is an attempt to replicate the physical process of bone surgery on the body of 16mm film stock. By wetting raw, unprocessed 16mm color negative film and then separating out the photosensitive emulsion from the base of the film using a medical scalpel and then reapplying the layers, the only images visible are representative of the scars left on the film. The music for ON SURGERY is taken entirely from the sound of the projection of the 16mm film and from a reading of one of Sheaffer’s post-surgical diary entries. ON SURGERY is a part of a series of collaborative works that explore the intersections of trauma, memory, and abstraction.

Russell Sheaffer is an experimental and documentary media maker and educator who received a Master’s Degree from NYU’s Department of Cinema Studies and is currently working on his Ph.D. in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University.  Most recently, his 60-screen, site-specific work “it’s so easy (the mechanism of power)” ran the length of the Atlanta Film Festival, blending moving image media, interactive technology, and live performance.  In 2014, his short experimental documentary “Acetate Diary” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was named one of the “12 best shorts” of Tribeca by Film School Rejects.  In addition to his own experimental work, he produces documentary, fiction, and experimental works, including Josephine Decker’s “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely,” which premiered in Forum at Berlinale in 2014, and Daniel Laab’s forthcoming “Jules of Light and Dark.” He is one of the founders of The Magnifying Glass, a granting partnership between six film festivals and institutions that provides micro-grants to short works investigating social injustice.

In the Duplex Across the Street– John C. Kelley (Knoxville, Tennessee)

JOHN C KELLEY is a media artist and musician living in Knoxville, TN. His video work has screened internationally at institutions and festivals including AntiMatter [Media Art] (Victoria, BC, Canada), the Tasmanian International Video Art Festival (Launceton, Australia), the Concordia (Enschede, Netherlands), Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland), the SIMULTAN Festival (Timisoara, Romania), The Mid-America Arts Alliance (Kansas City, MO), The Arizona International Film Festival (Tucson, AZ), The Front (New Orleans, LA) and many others. Kelley has written original music for award-winning feature-length narrative and documentary films through Gray Picture in St. Louis, MO, released music as a solo artist through King Electric Records in Austin, TX, and has appeared on more than 25 recordings and albums. He is an Assistant Professor of 4D and Time-Based Art in the School of Art at the University of Tennessee.

Stratagem 7– McLean Fahnestock (Sango, Tennessee)

In this video the sky and the sea mirror, shift, and merge. It is this way with all of the works in the Stratagem series. They examine dual natures, the polarity that exists in us and exists in the world. A stratagem is also a fiction — a carefully crafted lie, a strategically disorienting deception. In the series this manifests in the mirroring of the ocean at the horizon. We can accept the placement as sky but know the truth is not that simple.

McLean Fahnestock is a media artist who works in video, sound, sculpture, and digital collage. McLean reclaims material from institutions, seeking out footage, images, and items that intimate place and carry the trappings of exploration. McLean received a BFA from Middle Tennessee State University and MFA from California State University Long Beach. Her work has been exhibited and screened across the United States and Internationally at institutions such as the Black Mountain College Re{Happening}, North Carolina, Technisches Museum Wien, Vienna, Austria, The California Science Museum, Los Angeles, The British Library, London, and MOCA Hiroshima, Japan. Her work was included in a DVD compilation of short videos by the LA Film Forum. She was a finalist for a 2012 Vimeo Video Award and was named “Most Promising New Artist” at MADATAC 5, in Madrid, Spain. McLean is an Assistant Professor of Art at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. She keeps a studio in Old Hickory, TN.