AT WAR WITH ART is the home of multi-disciplinary artist Lon Parker.
My most recent multi-media project was based on the life of fictional artist Alexander Graf, incorporating the experimental short film TRENCH(screened at the EMMEDIA Particle and Wave Festival in 2012. https://vimeo.com/53232604), the short story TRENCH-Diary of a German Soldier(previously serialized in this blog) and a gallery exhibition of several paintings by Mr. Parker under the pseudonym of Alexander Graf.
On April 16th of 2016 I presented live at the EMMEDIA screening room Galerie Graf:DADA an absurdist, Dada inspired multi-media statement of H. Graf’s life, as it meandered through the historical reality of Zurich and Dada, post WWI Europe, Abstract Expressionism, the artistic world of New York City 1920-1951 and the subtle nuances of the famous and infamous artists Graf associated with during the development of two of the 20th centuries most important artistic genres.
The SRO live performance, with accompanying videos and a simultaneous poetry reading, was exceedingly well received. Six of the eight paintings in the gallery exhibition were sold through silent auction. The publication TRENCH-Diary of a German Soldier was included with the price of a full admission ticket and was also similarly lauded. TRENCH also represent the first publication for Man With Spear Publications. A documentary of the entire Surrounded By Lions project with excerpts from the live performance is currently in production.
Following up on the success of the Surrounded By Lions project I am presently working on for the Fall of 2019 a similar styled multi-media project tentatively titled “Hugo Ball’s Last Dance”.
Working with themes of remembrance, hope and regret, superstition and the supernatural, this project will again be expressed through paintings, media art and a publication from Man With Spear. ATWARWITHART will present regular updates concerning the progress of the as yet unnamed project.Lon Parker.