Zefrey Throwell Studio Visit
Zefrey Throwell is a NYC based artist who uses the mediums of film, performance, photography and painting to orchestrate his inquisitive perspective. Growing up in Juneau, Alaska with a background in philosophy and fine arts, his pieces question the status quo and pick at the underpinnings of our modern era. Throwell’s paintings are the culmination of his crosspollinating practice and incorporate silkscreened images from his films and performances on bold fabrics that he hand sews. Throwell’s method is one of persistent investigation; it often starts with a short film or a performance piece, which probes a tangible social issue such as economic disparity, drug abuse, reclamation of public space, etc. Often the performances involve massive groups of people, such as the largest and loudest symphony in history the 1,000 car horn orchestration entitled ‘E ntropy Symphony III’ with LAND in Los Angeles and a weeklong strip poker critique of modern economics called ‘I’ll Raise You One...’ for P e r f o r m a 1 1 a t A r t i n G e n e r a l . N i n e o f T h r o w e l l ’ s f i l m s , i n c l u d i n g ‘ O c u l a r p a t i o n : W a l l Street’, have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art for a special night honoring Throwell’s work curated by Rajendra Roy, chief curator of film at MoMA. Throwell's first major museum presentation at the Leopold Hoesch Museum in Dueren, Germany 2012 included the film ‘Time Stau’ which later premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is now being turned into a full length feature film. Throwell’s projects have been featured in The New York Times, CNN, NPR, NBC, Artforum, Art in America Artinfo and Modern Painters. Throwell has work in The Museum of Modern Art, NY collection and other major collections around the world. He is currently directing three feature films and organizing the longest choir in history a 7,000 opera singer project that stretches over the alps from Italy to Germany, as well as a 10 cruise ship symphony surrounding Miami Beach.