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Usama Alshaibi: Art Kills

By Mike Everleth ⋅ April 26, 2009

Here’s the literal definition of “art cinema”: Usama Alshaibi‘s short piece My Third Painting, which plays like a cross between Jackson Pollock, traditional glass plane animation, and a phone call from your drug dealer. You know, part horror movie, part abstract expressionism.

A young Usama Alshaibi

Actually, I remember watching a short documentary years ago on Jackson Pollock that placed a camera under a plane of glass he dripped and drabbed his paint onto to show off his technique. Although, I would assume with Alshaibi’s piece above that he’s using some sort of video green-screening effect to approximate the same thing here. Plus, what Alshaibi can do with the green-screening that the Pollock documentary couldn’t is place the painting on several different “levels” instead of just one. It’s an interesting effect.

In other Usama Alshaibi news, he has a new DVD compilation of his short film work called Solar Anus, which you can buy from Amazon. The DVD includes 10 short films: Traumata, Organ Molly, Self-Contained, Slaughtered Pigtails, Convulsion Expulsion, Runaway, Gash, Patient, Spoiled and The Amateurs.

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