“The Paper Fish” exhibit opens this Friday, March 25 at the Metro Gallery. The show is comprised of shadow puppets and paper cuts, which were part of Wye Oak’s new music video for their song “Fish.” The opening event is from 7 p.m to 10 p.m. Guests will have the chance to make their own shadow puppets. The show will run till April 30.
According to visual artist Katherine Fahey, who made the shadow puppets, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack of Wye Oak commissioned a group of artists to create the visual identity for the song “Fish” off their newly released CD, Civilian. They asked photographer Michael Patrick O’Leary, film editor Owen Lang, Fahey to create a shadow puppet music video.
How did you become involved with the project?
Andy asked me. We’ve been friends for years. I’ve organized spontaneous shadow puppets at birthday parties and usually Jenn and Andy have been there and participated.
What was it like working with the other artists?
It was great! We were all so excited about the project. I had a bunch of friends helping me cut puppets so thy would be ready in time for the shoot. I’ve known Mike (the director of photography) for years as well, but we’d never worked together. He’d come by once a week, I’d show him what I’d done, and we’dbrainstorm about the project. I love Wye Oak’s music. This song (Fish) has such a beautiful feeling to it. I listened to it over and over. It was fascinating to see the editing process too. Owen would send us drafts and we’d all make comments. Then he’d come up with new ideas. Each person really poured themselves into this project with the same dedication.
Where was the video shot?
Serious grip an electric (Andy’s parent’s shop/warehouse) and my living room.
What challenges did you face?
Making sure we had all the elements for the story line Andy and Jenn came up with and understanding how film works.. editing and movie magic. I’d never worked with film before. I would ask Mike lots of questions like, so how do we create the passage of time in this sequence, and he’d explain to me how they could do it with lighting and the editing process.
Why do you think people should check out “The Paper Fish” exhibit?
It’s pretty exciting to see a collaboration of local artists from different fields. It’s especially interesting to be able to see the parts of a film and be able to really understand what the stages of the process were. It’s like back when they made movies like Star Wars where everything was hand made.
What type of audience do you think this event appeals to?
People who are interested in film, music and art; as well as people with kids seem really interested.