🍀🍀🍀 In this episode Elliott Earls describes the design, prototyping and fabrication of two robotic, pneumatic drum kits. The kits were hung off the stage at Music Hall Detroit during Elliott Earls Bull and Wounded Horse Show. The drum kits were synchronized to live drummer Michael Paradise. Benjamin Teague on Mandolin and Dave Staub on […]
Performance has been a cornerstone of Elliott Earls work. In 1991 when Elliott was in graduate school, he began experimenting with early forms of “new media.” These experiments gained momentum in the mid 1990’s after he was fired from the Art Department at Elektra Records. With “nothing to lose, and almost no prospects for a successful career.” Elliott proposed a recurring performance series to Kristen Marting, Director of HERE. HERE The Indepent Art Center is an important performance space in Soho, NYC. Elliott went on to perform once a month for six months at HERE. This was the beginning of a series of performances in locations from Berlin to Maine. These early experiments with performance became an important component of Elliott’s work.
This page is a (non-comprehensive) nearly random selection of performance work of Elliott Earls.
Is there a necessary correlation between “sweat equity” (labor) and the way a work of art/design is perceived? What’s the relationship between time and the quality of a work? In what ways are direct forms of visual art and design problematic? Must work show evidence of “difficulty” of manufacture in its’ final form? In this episode […]
In this episode Elliott Earls looks to the historical models articulated by Chaim Potok and James Joyce to gain insight into culture making in 2016. Books referenced in this Episode: “My Name Is Asher Lev” by Chaim Potok and “Portrait of The Artist As Young Man” by James Joyce.
Elliott Earls live at University of Georgia with Benjamin Teague on Mandolin and Jordan Dalton on Bass. The embedded video clip is from Elliott’s arrangement of Cluck Old Hen.
In 1999 I was awarded an Emerging Artist grant by the Wooster Group in Manhattan. I spent a week working with director Richard Kimmel and the Wooster Group’s production team before a weekend of shows. The video posted here is a super short time-lapse I recently found on an old hard drive of mine.
This video depicts the first version of a pneumatic drum kit that I designed and fabricated for use within my “Bull and Wounded Horse” performance piece. As with most of my work, I also see these drums as sculptural objects. So while the drums find a use on stage, they are also intended to create music […]
“Catfish” a film by Elliott Earls. Was released on DVD by Emigre inc. in 2001. This film is equal parts B- Movie and performance documentary. The piece chronicles the performance work of Elliott Earls as it moves from the lab to the stage.
Experimental, Interactive Work by Elliott Earls, Music, New Media, Performance, Type Design, Video HERE the Independent Art Center, Lo fi, Multi-media, Programming, Spoken Word Poetry, Throwing Apples at the Sun
In early 1994, with a sense of desperation and after being fired from the art department at Elektra Records at 75 Rockefeller Plaza, I decided to pursue my work in a more direct way. The first step in this process was to strike out on my own economically. I formed the Apollo Program Studio. This […]
In 2001 Emigre released Catfish a film by Elliott Earls. Catfish is a 55 minute film on DVD that documents Elliott Earls performance work. Over the course of the next fifteen days, one song from the Catfish soundtrack will be posted each day. For a limited time, the songs will be available for free download. The songs are […]
Cranbrook Designer-in-Residence Elliott Earls discusses some of his more high profile failures in his 2014 Artist-in-Residence Lecture. Entitled Good Luck, Bad Luck, Chance and Failure Earls attempts to reconcile the role “failure” has played in his development. Earls discusses being hired and subsequently fired by Rudolf de Harak at the age of twenty-three, the perils of being […]
The Saranay Motel Excerpt from Elliott Earls on Vimeo. The Saranay Motel is a feature length film by Elliott Earls Detroit, America’s greatest crumbling city has always given us muscle and music. It’s a hardscrabble town fueled by big dreams and big money. On these streets and in the shadow of the American dream we […]