As a boy, I danced to the Partridge Family, hoping that Keith and Shirley would discover me. I’m grown up now; sporting platform shoes and tight pants. I’ve reconnected with that unadulterated teen. My films express my unihibited optimism. ACT ONE: the performance - deliberate exhibitionism (metamorphosis). I BELIEVE that I am generating the music - a self-empowering orchestration. The process is intuitive: a pocket HD camera and a collapsable tripod - no gimmicks, no costumes (‘down and dirty’). The set is framed methodically; music is drawn from adolescent memories. ACT TWO: the studio. Calculated, played out in monastic solitude. Diligently weaving the fantasy into a seamless, ‘plastic’ film. The commercial video vernacular allows for this wrapper to credibly exist. These DIRTY MOVIES constitute a PEEP SHOW. A man, with fantasies of recapturing the vitality of youth. I AM THE STAR.
HARLEY SWEDLER works in New York and Paris. He is an artist, architect, designer, filmmaker, photographer, and chef. Upon completing his studies in Canada and Italy, he worked at the offices of Richard Meier and Partners Architects. Swedler opened his own design atelier in Tribeca, creating functional art objects. His artwork has appeared in The New York Times, lʼArca Edizioni and many international design magazines. His pieces have been acquired by The Jewish Museum New York. His line of housewares have been sold at the Guggenheim Museum, Fred Segal (LA), Pottery Barn, and Nordstroms. Harley’s New York studio and home is the glass and steel JAM House (published in Interior Design and Martha Stewart Living). In Paris, he is an honorary resident at Mama Shelter. His artwork spans a variety of media, including drawing, collage, sculpture, and video. www.harleyswedler.com