Viejas del Mercado

I really like this video. It may be a two year old promo video for Retna and the mac gallery, but I think what really interested me is the simplicity of the production and more than anything the soundtrack. Actually come to think of it, it may be mostly the soundtrack that really draws me to this video. Its only a small snippet of Gloria Ann Taylor’s Love is a Hurting Thing, so if you like it as much as I do then listen to the rest here. Unfortunately this is such a rare track that its hard to find a good quality version online. If anyone comes across a clearer version make sure to post a link to it in the comments.

retna and the mac gallery promo from viejas del mercado on Vimeo.

Make sure to check out the rest of Viejas del Mercado’s videos on their Vimeo page. Their latest video provides a sneak peak of a project/exhibition slated to open this summer. Here is the description provided on that video page:

Beginning with a series executed by some of today’s most prominent graffiti artists, drawing on a medium that gained notoriety as a pictorial elaboration and adornment of subways and trains, with plans to include a broad variety of artists from different fields of practice, The Boneyard Project will seek to re-envision our evolving relationship with flying through populist and fine art perspectives, allowing prominent figures from the fine art world, installation and conceptual art disciplines as well as revered figures of youth culture, to each remind us of that unique romance we have had with planes in our lifetimes. With rising fears, prohibitive costs, and more hassles than seem even slightly reasonable, the great joy of getting on a plane to arrive someplace entirely new and exotic has lost much of its appeal in recent years. Yet to this day this amazing possibility is what flying still represents for us. It is a history and a future we should trust great artists to explore for us. And in our own culture where obsolescence is part of the plan and disposability is a bad habit of commerce we are having a very hard time shaking, the very idea that in the desert there is this wonderful graveyard of disused planes waiting for some new breath of life begs that we ask a generation of creators and thinkers to recycle and re-imagine these former marvels of engineering to take us some place we have indeed never dreamed of before.

THE BONEYARD PROJECT from viejas del mercado on Vimeo.

Hopefully they’ll post another video once the project is done.


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