Jennifer Levonian, Second Prize, Portrait Competition 2013

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Jennifer Levonian, Second Prize, Portrait Competition 2013
Interview with Jennifer Levonian, winner of second prize at the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013 for her work "Buffalo Milk Yogurt." A clip of this video portrait can be viewed here: Jennifer Levonian writes, " 'Buffalo Milk Yogurt' (2010) is a cutout animation portrait of Corey Fogel, an artist and musician from Los Angeles. Corey and I met in 2008 when we were residents at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida. During a conversation at the residency, Corey suggested that he "star" in one of my animations." "All of my animations depict people's longing for something beyond their everyday lives. In this work, Corey suffers a nervous breakdown in a gourmet supermarket while a nude woman practices yoga in a display of fall pumpkins. The narrative is loosely inspired by Corey's experiences and features his original music." The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition is a juried exhibition of portraits at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition includes 48 works created from both traditional media like oil paintings, drawings and photographs as well as more surprising materials such as rice, glitter, thread and video. The museum received over 3,000 entries in a variety of visual arts media. The competition and exhibition are made possible by the vision and generosity of Virginia Outwin Boochever. Jennifer Levonian was interviewed on March 22. 2013 at NPG. -- "Buffalo Milk Yogurt" by Jennifer Levonian / Digital video/animation (6:46 minutes), 2010 / Collection of the artist Music: "Budding" by Broke for Free: Used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (aka Music Sharing) License.
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