Nikolai Seroff [Armin Mueller-Stahl] and Johnny [Trevor Morgan] in Local Color
A new movie, Local Color, by artist and director George Gallo will be hitting theaters nationwide on November 7th. Modeled on real events in the director’s life as he struggled to learn to paint, it follows an 18-year old in the 1970’s who desperately wants to learn representational painting, albeit during a period when an unsympathetic art world considered it passé. After learning that an old Russian artist lives locally, he eventually convinces the old man to mentor him, and the younger artist sets forth to tackle the trials of outdoor painting. The humor, frustration and pursuit of passion put this film on a level of humanity that anyone can relate to. Click on the image above to go to the official site of Local Color to watch trailers, read reviews and more.
The California Art Club will be hosting special previews of the movie on October 12th at the Rialto Theater in South Pasadena, as well as on October 26th at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena. Visit their website for more information. Director George Gallo is an Out-of-State Artist Member of the California Art Club.
This is a great time in which we are living – there are many art forms which are embraced, and which inform each other – and there is relatively little struggle between the forms for superiority, as was the case in the past. The elusive criteria sought by the viewer to understand and judge a piece for themselves, though – this should be the level of an artist’s integrity, or lack of, visible in every artwork if looked for in the right place.
This movie can be viewed in many different lights – but is also important historically. It documents a time not too long ago when representational painting literally fought to stay alive by the efforts of a small handful of artists, represented by Nikolai Seroff. I don’t believe the movie is saying “We need to reinstate the status quo of representational painting as it was before,” but rather “This is our history, we still have a seat at the table, and representational painting still has much more to say.”