Entries Tagged as '2005 Mountainside'

Working with Plastic

January 4th, 2007 · No Comments · 2005 Mountainside


Pretty much all day tomorrow we’re gonna be shaping plastic in Laredo. Here’s an image of us shaping the background of our Mountainside video.

Intersections Interview

October 24th, 2006 · No Comments · 2005 Mountainside, Writing

Mountainside, digital photograph, 2005

In preparation for Intersections, opening in Austin on Nov 4, we were interviewed by an art historian who is writing an essay for the exhibition. The show features two alumni from the MFA program at The University of Texas and their faculty mentors, and looks at how their work both intersects and diverges. The questions were particularly thought-provoking.

Q: Where does your interest in myth and archetype come from? Why are you using them in your work?

A: Myths and archetypes are truths stripped of the details. They encapsulate common human experiences and distill them into stories that can change with the times and circumstances. Myths are plot; archetypes, character. It’s a flexible system that can bend into any permutation: a concept that lends itself very well to the kind of video art we are interested in making.

Mountainside, video still, 2005

Mountainside Final Installation

August 30th, 2005 · 4 Comments · 2005 Mountainside





Yesterday’s opening was so much fun. It was meaningful for Megan and I to meet those of you that have been following this project over the last couple months, thanks.

We’ll place more installation images as well as the two videos on our professional site, meganandmurraymcmillan.com, shortly.

Building the Mountain – Phase 6

August 29th, 2005 · No Comments · 2005 Mountainside


Mountainside opens tonight at Purdue University’s Stewart Gallery. Murray and I are also part of a Q&A panel discussion tonight at 6:30 on the current state of installation art, moderated by art historian Elizabeth Mix (in the Stewart Center, 206). The opening reception will immediately follow the discussion.

Building the Mountain – Phase 5

August 27th, 2005 · 2 Comments · 2005 Mountainside


Down to the wire: we just finished installing the lights. Next up, a massive clean-up (goodbye sawdust) of the gallery so we can start working on the hyper-static clingy plastic.

Today will probably be the third straight 15 plus hour workday.

Building the Mountain – Phase 4

August 27th, 2005 · No Comments · 2005 Mountainside


The big screen for video 1 is framed and ready to be wrapped tomorrow. We’re testing the screen on the only DVD we’ve got handy. Don’t ask.

Building the Mountain – Phase 3

August 26th, 2005 · No Comments · 2005 Mountainside


I found the world’s coolest television at the Seeds of Hope Thrift Store in Indianapolis. It will be under the mountain with the second video playing on it. We have to use two converters to get a signal from the DVD player.


The framed mountain, which has to be moved in order to start the skinning process. In fact, we’re enlisting volunteers to come to the Stewart Center Gallery at 10 am tomorrow morning (Saturday) for a communal mountain-moving party.

Building the Mountain – Phase 2

August 26th, 2005 · 5 Comments · 2005 Mountainside


Framing the mountain.

Building the Mountain – Phase 1

August 25th, 2005 · 3 Comments · 2005 Mountainside


We’re at Purdue University, installing Mountainside. Doors open on Monday at 10 am. More details later. In the meantime, the track and trolley are finished. Today, we frame the mountain.

[Update: here’s the announcement (pdf file).

Mountainside: Video 2 Still

August 23rd, 2005 · No Comments · 2005 Mountainside


Here is an image from Mountainside video 2, filmed Saturday.