This Halloween weekend Art of Bleeding will be returning to The Steve Allen Theater to present an enlarged (“inflamed”? “engorged”?) version of our 2006 Halloween car crash show. This excerpted video, shot by Chuck Cirino of Weird TV, should give you a taste of what lies in store for guests of our 2011 extravaganza. The man with the mic is one of our returning perfomers Danny Shorago of The Fuxedos, America’s favorite apocalyptic comedy art-rock band. Music is “Gambled and Lost” from The Art of Bleeding’s Music from the Magic Ambulance.
This Halloween weekend as part of our event at The Steve Allen Theater, we’ve invited some of your favorite comedians, artists, and underground personalities to share macabre stories of their own grisly medical incidents. This is actually a continuation The Gory Details Project, our attempt to create an audio archive of true first-person stories of medical emergencies.We began collecting these stories in 2006 using a dedicated phone line and also occasionally parking our ambulance on public streets and using costumed nurses to corral passersby into our mobile recording studio. More recently, some of those stories became the basis for a series of videos. (More on that later.)
The 100+ recordings can be streamed here. If you don’t like clicking on streaming links every 2 minutes, a selection of some of our favorites can be downloaded from iTunes.
The shirt mentioned in our previous post is now available from our friends at Y-Que. The image is from our 2006 Halloween Highway show at The Steve Allen Theater. This Halloween weekend, we’ll present Halloween Highway 2 on October 28, 29, and 30th. They’ll be available at the show, and are currently available at Y-Que’s store in Los Angeles or online shop as long as supplies last.
Our friend Bill from Y-Que Trading Post, purveyor of LA’s finest satirical and pleasingly moronic T-shirts (including ART OF BLEEDING T-SHIRTS) just dug up this picture he shot at our 2006 “Halloween Highway” show. He’s talking about putting on a T-shirt and making it available at our upcoming 2011 Halloween Highway 2 show. Just the gift for mom and dad this Christmas!
Holman’s early work took the form of experimental films that he screened at bars and nightclubs. However, the ongoing battle to engage a rowdy club crowd’s attention caused these screenings to quickly expand in scope and complexity to include live performance as well as film. Pushing this concept further, Holman formed his first performance art ensemble, TORTURE CHORUS in 1986, and began staging live shows in seminal NYC venues such as 8BC, The Kitchen, Danceteria and Franklin Furnace.
In 1987 Holman moved to Los Angeles where he co-founded THEATRE CARNIVALE, a neo-vaudevillian performance troupe/venue whose mandate was to showcase cutting-edge cabaret/club-based performance artists including Johanna Went, John Fleck and the Kipper Kids alongside exotic entertainment such as sword-swallowing strippers, professional magicians et al. Holman and Theatre Carnivale garnered rave press reviews (“LA’s Artaud”- Paper Magazine), ruffled the feathers of the cultural elite (“Avant Garbage reeking with cheap jokes, sex and violence!”- LA Reader) and succeeded in defining a new genre of nineties west coast performance art.
By the early 1990s Theatre Carnivale had evolved into a vehicle for Holman’s own work: a wild blend of comedy and eco-science involving ensemble casts, live musicians and surreal costumes and props. Throughout the 90s he received grants and staged productions in major venues across America, England and Japan (including NYC’s Kitchen, England’s Channel 4 TV and Tokyo’s International Theater Festival), also collaborating extensively with artists Johanna Went, Clam Lynch, Brian Routh and Tom Murrin in a side project entitled Bigg Mess.
It was at this point that Holman started making PAINTINGS after each performance, feeling that graphic images of the ideas, costumes and characters in the shows in many ways represented a more satisfying documentation method than relying exclusively on video footage. Solo exhibitions of these paintings took place at Bobo Gallery and Morphos Gallery in San Francisco, and the Onyx Gallery and EZTV Gallery in LA.
Also around this time, Holman was hired as an artist on CBS children’s TV series PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE and continued success in this field led to him forming, with his wife, artist Josephine Huang in 1993, his own independent animation company (W)HOLESOME PRODUCTS. This partnership went on to create and direct several innovative stop-motion animation and mixed media TV series including LIFE WITH LOOPY (Nickelodeon), WE ARE THE SHRIMPSKINS! (Nickelodeon), PHANTOM INVESTIGATORS (Sony/Warner Bros) and DUDLEY AND NESTOR DO NOTHING (Disney).
In recent years Holman has focused his artistic energies primarily on his painting work. Since 2006 he has had four solo exhibitions in Southern California (including a career retrospective at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica). His favorite themes of eco-science and man’s relationship with nature have been expanded in his latest works to include alchemical imagery and other vaguely mystical influences yet still retain his trademark twists of surreal humor. He has recently embarked on a series of ten portraits on canvas entitled “Feral Children”.
I love pre-modern art. It is an endless source of inspiration for me, a true bottomless well of ideas. Looking at some picture throughout the years, I can continue to find new elements in it, discover new qualities that I didn’t notice before. My real favourites would be Hans Memling, Enguerrand Quarton and Nicolas Poussin. I have definitely less interest for modern art.
More of her work can be found on her Flickr pages.
It’s been going on for over 100 posts now, and amid all the curious paramedical lore and imagery presented, I’m realizing that a fairly small percentage of these have actually touched up The Art of Bleeding itself, your friendly hosts and the medically themed performance group this blog was originally intended to promote. So here, in a grand total of 28 seconds, I offer a brief description — inadequate perhaps, but at least visually stimulating. Of course you can also read about us in the “About” section of this site.