suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
chris ANTHONY: a metaphor for a sinking city…there are two venices in the world: one is the floating city in italy, the other is the palm tree-lined california beach. venice is a series of photographs documenting a post-global warming world. it could either be a sunken venice (italy) or a washed-away venice (california); in either case, its survivors are struggling to make it.
an extraordinary world in flux where the moody tides of fact and fiction converge. as global warming causes ocean levels to rise and the melting of antarctic ice sheets, a mysterious sinking civilization is unveiled, entitled “venice”. inhabited by aquatic survivors and enchanting lost souls, it is a world without end. the sea extends and meets the sky in distance. beneath the grey blue of the polar region, a powerful force is surging. we human beings are just a punctuation mark of this long epic — tiny, but still a symbol of emotion. a living depiction of global warming, with melting icebergs and a city being submerged into the ocean, exaggerating the smallness and insignificance of human beings in the face of an unforgiving nature. in addition, theatrics push compassion and romanticism to the extreme: the carnival mask is a nod to venice, the costumes and props are a reinterpretation of modern human roles and an unsustainable living status. the expressions on the figures are silent, yet convey unspoken emotions carried inside. the activities, quotidian. the soundless restlessness before the rain is sealed in these simple images.
shot on location at nearby venice beach, the numerous works are striking in part because of the stark contrast between the immense gray, wintery ocean surrounding comparatively tiny colorful subjects. the chosen composition emphasizes the role of nature gone awry and its effects on venice’s inhabitants. it also encourages and almost forces viewers to approach the work at a close distance in order to view the minute survivors who range from the ordinary to the strangely surreal.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
cA: reading pg wodehouse’s jeeves & wooster books. listening to debussy’s la mer and st. vincent. watching 24 on tv, every film by john huston, billy wilder & william friedkin.
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
art: jason shawn alexander, matthias edwall
music: st. vincent
film: roy andersson
books: donna tarrt