This was a productive week for Miami videography with arresting vids premiering here, there, and everywhere. First we have Miami artist Jen Stark’s “Believer”, a stop-motion journey through a paper kaleidoscope that is definitely not for the easily dizzied. Featuring music by Dan Deacon, co-mastermind of unsurpassable internet vid “Drinking Out Of Cups”, and clocking in at more than five minutes, “Believer” is Stark’s most ambitious “papermation” work to date. She made it for an exhibition called “Double Rainbow Rainbow”, which opened at Toronto’s Show & Tell Gallery on Thursday and also features work by painter Maya Hayuk. Check out Stark’s Vimeo channel for similar but shorter clips dating as far back as 2005.
Next up: Allegedly Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Rachel Goodrich (who pops up in her hometown of Miami seemingly every other weekend) sticks with the Halloween theme with her “MonstA Mash” followup, “Wereman”. The video may contain one too many hipsterisms — cutesy eye darting, retro toy cameo, home-video-circa-Wonder-Years aesthetic — but, as with much of Goodrich’s music, the song is catchy and getting her publicity. According to Teen Vogue, “Wereman” will appear on Goodrich’s next album, due out in late 2011/early 2012.
Finally, we have my favorite video released this week, “Color Blast!”, a collaboration between New York photographer Alexandra Roxo and local musician/filmmaker Jorge Rubiera. Now this is essentially a commercial for Vintage Mavens, Rubiera’s wife’s online clothing store. But God damn me if it isn’t a rad commercial. A sensual supernova of color and music, “Color Blast!” achieves what few advertisements do: It captivates without activating one’s contempt for commercialism. Hell, this commercial — described, in a stretch, as a “short” — is actually rewatchable. As you will now see. (FYI: The model in “Color Blast!” is Shareen Sarwar, Ruberia’s missus.)