In the mid-1980s,
with the completion of
his comic surrealist animated film SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES, Jim's work caught the attention of some of the era's most adventurous artists working in popular music.
FILMMAKER / MEDIA ARTIST
J I M B L A S H F I E L D
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member of the vital Pacific Northwest film community, Blashfield's work has been broadcast internationally and screened at numerous festivals throughout the world. He has presented shows of his work at the Chicago Art Institute, Ottawa Animation Festival, Walker Art Center, Art Futura in Barcelona, and elsewhere.
Jim Blashfield's work covers a wide range--
from genre challenging experimental films and videos, through live-action and animated narratives and multiple-screen video and sound installations.
A previous recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Oregon Arts Commission, Blashfield's work was recognized during this period with a Grammy, a Cannes Golden Lion, and several MTV awards and nominations. Blashfield was the recipient of the first RACC Media Arts Fellowship.
More recent projects include a variety of short films and video installations, including SUCTIONMASTER, THE LONE RANGER , THE RESURRECTORY (with the Liminal Performance Group), as well as the the stop-motion film BUNNYHEADS, the recently completed VANITY, the live action film BADGER 5, currently in production, the permanent installations CONVEYOR and CIRCULATOR, and the compilation film MARGARINE OF AIR, a film about mistakes.
Currently, Blashfield and crew are in the image production and pre-fabrication phase of FLOODED DATA MACHINE, a new publc art project commissioned by TriMet for Portland's light rail, bike and pedestrian bridge across the Willamette River.
CIRCULATOR, Blashfield Studio's permanent public
art installation north of Seattle suggests a damp, playful and ever metamorphosing dream that places participants at the center of a metaphorical and associative evocation of the watery world that encloses and flows through us. Comprised of 7 interrelated "portals" (one of which is
DESCRIBED as "an aquarium of ideas" and a"garden of natural forces", the Blashfield Studio's 5 screen moving image installation, CONVEYOR explores the concept of "conveyance." The twenty-day-long metaphorical investigation roams far and wide-- from images of ships on vast seas, to mysterious systems of reciprocating energies and Sisyphean dog toys on endless journeys. More installation info-- LENORE AND HER TWIN SISTER LENORE, who are very close, contemplate something odd and most assuredly symmetrical in a scene from Jim Blashfield's film, VANITY created with footage from the Prelinger Archives.
From the film MARGARINE OF AIR
LENORE! LENORE! DON'T DO IT! DON'T DO IT!
SUNDAY, and with the pups expected soon, Carl Bollinger (Cleveland Lutz) assembles the glutenloaf kabobs in this scene from Jim Blashfield's BADGER 5, currently in production. Associate Producer is Leland Levrolet.
From the installation CONVEYOR
imbedded in the floor), Circulator greets visitors to the Brightwater Environmental Center
near Woodinville, Washington. Collaborator and compositing artist was
Zak Margolis. Programming by META/DMA. Metal fabrication by Ferrousity. Commissioned by 4Culture, King County, Washington. More about CIRCULATOR and other installations HERE...
During this time the studio created high profile music videos for Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel, Michael Jackson, Tears for Fears and others-- expanding awareness of Blashfield's work internationally.