Alison O’Daniel 
The Tuba Thieves: The Sea, The Stars, A Landscape, 2018, HD Video, color and sound. 18min

The Tuba Thieves: The Sea, The Stars, A Landscape. In 1983, Andrei Tarkovsky received a letter from a physicist trying to explain his interpretation of Tarkovsky’s film The Mirror. In the letter, he says, “You have to watch this film simply…; watch it as one watches the stars, or the sea, as one admires a landscape.” O’Daniel filmed Nyke (the film’s main character), Deaf friends and lovers, and a group of hearing marching band students in various landscapes/soundscapes around Los Angeles looking, watching, and seeing the stars, the sea and the land. Produced by Rachel Nederveld, starring Nyke Prince, and cinematography by Judy Phu.

This project was produced by Los Angeles Nomadic Division.

Alison O’Daniel has presented solo exhibitions at Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; Art In General, New York; Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles; Centre d’Art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France. She was included in Made in LA 2018 at the Hammer Museum, and group exhibitions, performances and screenings at The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; The Drawing Center, New York; Anthology Film Archives, New York, and Art Los Angeles Contemporary. She attended residencies at the Wexner Center Film/Video Studio Program, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. O’Daniel is a recent recipient of an award from Creative Capital, and has also received grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation; Center for Cultural Innovation; Art Matters; Franklin Furnace Fund; and California Community Foundation. She is currently preparing for a solo exhibition at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, a Studio 13-16 project at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and a performance commissioned by JOAN with support from the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.