After long hours in the edit suite here at Merchants of Reality, “Blaze” is complete! Check it out online. You may recognize the effect footage from “Evolving Paint” and a timelapse I did with Matt Kassouf.
Part 2 of the three part Fishtank Visual films for Organic Electrics
This video was made possible by our collectives great resources in painting, sculpture, music, large gallery, film tools, and fantastic artists.
John Espey has produced several videos through Merchants of Reality and explored e-waste sculpture, electronics, aquaponics, and painting. He works freelance on video and film projects around the Bay and brings his education in Biology to his work.
Come check out this special show at Merchants of Reality.
This video “Muni Transfer”, is made by Mike Torchia and John Espey and was premiered at Mike Torchia’s “The Past Year” show here at Merchants of Reality that ran through August. It was extremely fun to make and got a very positive response, especially from the bus drivers! I had always had the dream of having a really giant transfer, and knew that once I created them, I needed go get on some buses! The video was filmed entirely on the date of the pass July 30, 2012. Muni Transfers are unique tickets with social connotation attached to them, remaining a hotly debated topic, and are quintessential San Francisco items, representing the mass transit system.
One of the prints will be featured in The Coalition on Homelessness Art Auction this Thursday. Please come out and support, the event is September 13th at the SoMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannon Street. Joshua King will also have a print avaliable in the Auction, we’d love to see you there!
Brought to you by Merchants of Reality, “poprocks” is a short film featuring the hilarious Chris Love, the sincere Karla Mi Lugo, the dashing Joshua King, and the mind bending Baraka Noel.
The film was directed by John Espey, Emelia Loomis, and Baraka Noel. It is the first dialogue driven short film produced through Merchants of Reality. The team also included cameras from JD Basquiat, Meredith Connor, Bisi Obateru, and Kym Wells.
Special thanks in the credits go to Jack Morris for the use of his audio equipment, making for a much more exploratory and rewarding editing experience.
Featurette of the miniature landscape constructed and on display at Merchants of Reality.
May 8th at 8pm is our Small Things Show! This video shows the construction of Shane, Larissa, and John’s miniature landscape. The landscape is the second they have made together, the first being for the Death Medicine Band music video. This design features a running river, and suspension mount from the wall.
the Bureau of Oddities, Wonders & Phenomena will be showcased at Merchants of Reality on May 8th, 8pm as part of the “Small Things” art exhibition.