'Liar Liar (Pants On Fire)' is a series that can resonate differently with each viewer. For the artist, this series focuses on time and the ephemeral nature of all things. As video is a time-based medium, these singular moments are able to exist forever in the present as the fire moves forward and back. As so poignantly described with 'Made In Yugoslavia' - "everything repeats - reverts - nothing truly changes."
Creative Director & Cinematographer: Geena Matuson
Fire Spinner: Jeremy Day
Post-Production: Geena Matuson
Shows & Awards
2013 | TransFIREmation Gallery Show & Installation, MassArt Student Life Gallery, Boston MA, US
Curtains On Fire
This series of six, 24x36" panels display the progressive transformation of curtains ravaged - or rebuilt - by fire. Displayed in a gallery setting, this allows the viewer to choose in which way the curtains burn.
Originally created for self-produced gallery show 'TransFIREmation' held at Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
Liar Liar, Pants On Fire
This piece shows the progressive burning - and reformation - of red jeans. The transformation of the pants due to fire, and the transformation of fire as it ravages the pants, shows the ephemeral nature of all things; no pair of pants will ever burn the exact same way. However, as video is a time-based medium, this single moment is able to exist forever in the present.
Explosions In The Sky song 'Yasmin The Light' remixed and timed to the visuals for this non-looping version.
A Study In Blue Jeans
This piece involves a pair of jeans burning on a clothesline. The transformation of pants due to the fire, and transformation of fire as it destroys the pants, shows the ephemeral nature of things; no pair of pants will ever burn the same way.
Múm song 'Scratched Bicycle/Smell Memory' from album 'The Peel Session' was reversed to accompany this non-looping version.
Made In Yugoslavia
This short shows plastic flowers burning, the plastic melting off the wax stems - all atop a broken chair made in Yugoslavia. The fire appears to burn in reverse, expressing the idea that everything repeats, reverts - nothing truly changes.
The music for this non-looping version of 'Made In Yugoslavia' is a remix of Bach's Air on G-String, a violin solo.