Mcelnea took his videos off of his website, a loss to us all.Is it because he is an APT artist now?
I was able to see his work a few times, in video courses and in his thesis show. People were blown away by his ambition. It was full and well paced, but not crazy aggressive like Trecartin’s work. Mcelnea seems to be first and foremost a painter, and his videos deal with painterly concerns. He really cares about making, in expansive ways, that perhaps led to him making videos.
One thing I wonder about in relation to make work, is making things count. I wonder what drive his decisions, besides intuition. I felt like he could have made any kind of painted space that was about painting, and played any similar pop song and it would have worked. It also seemed pretty insular, in a suffocating way… perhaps this was what he was getting at in this video, Living Room ?