The Bronson Caves are located in Los Angeles' Griffith Park and are famous as a filming location to countless motion pictures and television shows. The caves were actually created during the early 1900's by man and were used as outlet tunnels for a rock quarry whose material laid the streets of an expanding Los Angeles. Early after its creation movie studios began renting the site for filming, in these early silent films the excavation machinery from the quarry can be seen. The caves' cinematic history begins here and continues for almost a hundred years up to the present. Over the course of this history, the caves are documented through a variety of film stocks as an unchanging landscape amidst a chaotic specter of fictional realities. Cinema has imaged events from explosions and gunfights to the creation of cave paintings and alien abductions at the Bronson Caves. With each different event the landscape's existence morphs and adapts to new realities, an asteroid colony one event, a vampire lair the next, this elasticity gives the Bronson Caves the distinction of an anyplace. The site is a truly unique and relatively unknown American landscape.
The Bronson Caves are located in Los Angeles' Griffith Park and are famous as a stage set to countless moition pictures and television shows. The caves are actually man made and were originally a rock quarry during the early 1900s used to lay streets for an expanding Los Angeles. A hundred years of filmmaking has occurred at the caves imaging events from explosions and gun fights to the discovery of cave paintings. Reflecting on this history, the caves are documented on various formats and film stocks over time as an unchanging landscape amidst a chaotic specter of fictional realities.
I performed actions for the camera with massive sheets of colored paper. Since a long-exposure photograph was produced rather than a motion picture, the papers were recorded as voluminous, glowing colors. The materiality of the rainbowed forms are based solely in the photographic process, and can only be experienced when viewing the final photographic prints. If a visitor to the caves were to accidently stumble upon my performance they would only see a mass of crumbled colored paper draped awkwardly over a man moving/dancing to a camera positioned on a tripod. The goal of these performances was to create sculptural, photographic objects that interacted with the history and architecture of the caves.
Brice Bischoff is a Los Angeles based artist, born in New Orleans, LA. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. His work has appeared in exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, San Francisco, Washington D.C., St. Louis, Tokyo, and Warsaw. In 2007, he was a member of the art collective, Self Made, who ventured on a 22-city art tour across the United States and Canada. In 2010, he was a participating artist in New Orleans' Prospect 1.5 Biennial curated by Dan Cameron. His work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Modern Art. Brice recently had a solo show in Los Angeles at Kopeikin Gallery.
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