(Untitled) 2009 USA
I had been wanting to see this for such a long time, and I am glad I finally did! Two great performances by Adam Goldberg and Marley Shelton swimming about in the world of art, trying to conquer the audience with their unique strokes.
Adrian (Goldberg) is a musician who defies tradition (like the impressionists did in painting) and wants to play, create and sell atonal music. No one wants to or knows how to listen.
Madeleine (Shelton), a sexy Chelsea gallery owner, will not showcase artists whose work is ubiquitous, undifferentiated and commercial in its intent, but she deals in it via the back door.
There is Josh (Eion Bailey), Adrian’s brother, whose bland, unoriginal art Madeleine sells (needs to sell) in order to keep her gallery afloat. He has his eyes on Madeleine; in fact, he thinks they have a thing going. Madeleine, on the other hand, is fixated on Josh, taken by his talent, and attracting his ear (with her audible clothes).
Ray Barko (Vinnie Jones), who makes pieces that include a chandelier decorated with stuffed animals, a monkey with a vacuum-cleaner tube in his mouth and a cow draped with pink and white faux pearl strands, is one who Madeleine promotes and supports.
And my favorite, Monroe (Ptolemy Slocum), the conceptual artist, who wants “my work to have the whole world in it and to mean everything to everyone. If we can have the biggest things in the world, then maybe we can have the smallest things inside of them. I want my work to have all of the lightness in it, but also keep the dark.“
art, artists, perception, markets, and relationships. Where are you in all of this?
Go see this! It’s a great indie! It will make you smile if not laugh out loud!