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1550 Blue Jay Way

single-channel video, color, sound

20:10 minutes

2021

written, directed, shot, animations and editing by Maura Brewer

music and sound design by

Michael Webster

thanks to Benjamin Farnsworth,

Paul Pescador, Aliza Shvarts and Adam Tate

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Interview with Maura Brewer, C.O.L.A. 2021 Visual Art Fellow

 

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The work of Maura Brewer critiques the image magic of mass media, its rhetoric of empowerment and domination, and how it is employed in real world politics and economics. Reflecting on the privilege and power associated with Hollywood films, the individuals who make them and the entities that fund them, Brewer discusses her process and shift in exploring economic structures evident in her latest essay film. 

 

In 1550 Blue Jay Way, Brewer returns to a familiar subject: Jess Bond (formerly known as Jessica Manafort), a filmmaker whose works and familial ties provides a framework for the parallel story told in the essay film. In reading the film—both Manafort’s pseudo feminist, neo-noir Rosy and Brewer’s investigative critique on its related aesthetics of money laundering and real estate fraud—the artist presents a portrait of Los Angeles and how money “has hollowed out cities like Los Angeles”. 

 

Maura Brewer’s (b. 1984, Los  Angeles, California, she/her) work in video, performance and experimental fashion design investigates the construction of female subjects in mass culture. Brewer was a Whitney Independent Study Program fellow from 2014-2015, and received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2011. Her projects, videos and performances have been shown at MoMA, New York, MCA, Chicago, MUMOK, Vienna, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, among others. Her video work is included in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Brewer is a professor at Roski School of Art and Design at USC.