The Face of America

The Face of America Award-Winning Interview Series created by Artist and Filmmaker Pierre Gervois. Recipient of the 2020 George Stoney Social Impact Award. Broadcasted on Brooklyn Free Speech TV.

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Simon Tam is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance ro...
06/14/2021
Musician Simon Tam interviewed by Pierre Gervois

Simon Tam is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. His work has been highlighted in thousands of media features across 150 countries including the New York Times, Washington Post, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, NPR, BBC, CBS, and Rolling Stone. He has appeared on the TEDx stage over a dozen times.

He helped expand freedom of speech through winning a unanimous victory at the Supreme Court of the United States for a landmark case, Matal v. Tam. He is the recipient of the Hugh M Hefner First Amendment Award and The Mark T. Banner award from the American Bar Association.

In 2018, he founded The Slants Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships and mentorship to artists combining activism and community engagement into their work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InJxms_ICs0&list=PL9StOlnp9upy-2LbfiL1wTtKGfve4OsUX&index=15

Simon Tam is best known as the founder and bassist of The Slants, the world’s first and only all-Asian American dance rock band. His work has been highlighte...

Christian Viveros-Fauné is a New York-based writer, art critic and curator, ex-art dealer and ex-art fair director (art ...
06/14/2021
Art Critic Christian Viveros-Faune interviewed by Pierre Gervois

Christian Viveros-Fauné is a New York-based writer, art critic and curator, ex-art dealer and ex-art fair director (art fairs VOLTA and NEXT). As a writer, he has published in, among other venues, Art in America, Art in Australia, artnet, Artnews, ArtNexus, Art Papers, Art Review, The Baffler, Departures Magazine, El Mercurio (Chile), Frieze, Lapiz (Spain), La Tercera (Chile), Life & Style (Mexico), Quien (Mexico), The New Yorker, The Paris Review Daily and The New York Press (for which he was the weekly art critic between 1998-2003).

Between 2001-2018 he has curated the exhibitions Miki Kratsman: People I Met / Gente que conocí (MAC Quinta Normal, Santiago, Chile); Camino de Servidumbre II (MAC Quinta Normal, Santiago, Chile); Superflex: The Corrupt Show and the Speculative Machine (MAC Quinta Normal, Santiago, Chile); Pintura Ascendente / Painting From the Bottom Up and Richard Mosse: The Devil You Know (CAAM Atlantic Modern Art Center, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain); Ricos y Famosos: Young Chilean Art in a New Millenium (Museo de la Solidaridad, Santiago, Chile); Armando Morales (Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico); Jusidman: Paintworks (Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City and Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico), Plain Air: Extraordinary Landscapes (2nd Canary Island Biennial, Tenerife, Spain); Silencio para 5 + En la pampa (Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile), as well as hundreds of gallery exhibitions in the U.S. Viveros-Fauné curated (together with Jota Castro) Dublin Contemporary 2011, the inaugural Irish biennial of contemporary art (dublincontemporary.com), which took place across multiple venues in Dublin including The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, The Royal Hibernian Academy, and The Douglas Hyde Gallery.

Viveros-Fauné was awarded the 2010 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, named inaugural Critic-in-Residence at the Bronx Museum for 2010/2011 and served on the 2012 committee to select Chile’s representative to the 55th Venice Biennale. He has been a Lecturer at Yale University and Pratt University, as well as a Visiting Critic at the Rhode Island School of Design and Holland’s Rietveld Academie.

In Social Forms: A Short History of Political Art (Published by David Zwirner Books in 2018), Christian Viveros-Fauné has picked fifty representative artworks—from Francisco de Goya's The Disasters of War (1810–20) to David Hammons' In the Hood (1993)—that give voice to some of modern art's strongest calls to political action. In accessible and witty entries on each piece, Viveros-Fauné paints a picture of the context in which each work was created, the artist's background and the historical impact of each contribution. Sometimes artists create projects that subvert existing power structures; sometimes they make artwork so powerful it challenges the very fabric of society. Whether it is Picasso's Guernica and its place at the 1937 World's Fair or Jenny Holzer's Truisms (1977–79), which still stop us in our tracks, this book tells the story behind some of the most important and unexpected encounters between artworks and the real worlds they engage with. Never professing to be a definitive history of political art, Social Forms delivers a unique and compelling portrait of how artists during the last 150 years have dealt with changing political systems, the violence of modern warfare, the rise of consumer culture worldwide, the prevalence of inequality and racism, and the challenges of technology.

The Face of America is an Award-winning interview series created and hosted by New York City artist Pierre Gervois. The Face of America has been awarded the prestigious 2020 George Stoney Social Impact Award by Brooklyn Free Speech TV. Named after legendary American documentary filmmaker George Stoney, this award honors programs that had a direct, identifiable positive effect on a segment of the population.

The Face of America is focused on exploring current political and social issues in the United States, based on interviews of philanthropists, social justice activists, elected officials and artists.

Pierre Gervois is a painter who started painting in 1988 and incorporated elements of language in his work in 2000. Since 2019, his work is the witness of American society’s anxieties, without judgment, emotion, or stated point of view. His works include the series “Social Status, Moral Order and Public Hygiene” (2019), “City Life” (2020) and more recently “The Appearance of Respectability” (2020). Pierre Gervois is Adjunct Professor at New York University where he teaches Advertising and Public Relations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_Fndt3LUzE&list=PL9StOlnp9upy-2LbfiL1wTtKGfve4OsUX&index=10

Christian Viveros-Fauné is a New York-based writer, art critic and curator, ex-art dealer and ex-art fair director (art fairs VOLTA and NEXT). As a writer, h...

Robert Barry (born March 9, 1936 in the Bronx, New York) is an American artist. Since 1967, Barry has produced non-mater...
06/14/2021
Conceptual Artist Robert Barry interviewed by Pierre Gervois

Robert Barry (born March 9, 1936 in the Bronx, New York) is an American artist. Since 1967, Barry has produced non-material works of art, installations, and performance art using a variety of otherwise invisible media.

Barry's work focuses on escaping the previously known physical limits of the art object in order to express the unknown or unperceived. Consequently, Barry has explored a number of different avenues toward defining the usually unseen space around objects, rather than producing the objects themselves.

Major nonvisible works from his early period include Carrier Wave, in which Barry used the carrier waves of a radio station for a prescribed length of time "not as a means of transmitting information, but rather as an object."

Radiation Piece, and Inert Gas Piece, in which Barry opened various containers of inert gases in different settings before groups of spectators, such as a canister of helium released in a desert.

When asked about his piece for the exhibition "Prospect '69," his response was "The piece consists of the ideas that people will have from reading this interview... The piece in its entirety is unknowable because it exists in the mind of so many people. Each person can really know that part which is in his own mind."

The Face of America is an Award-winning interview series created and hosted by New York City artist Pierre Gervois. The Face of America has been awarded the prestigious 2020 George Stoney Social Impact Award by Brooklyn Free Speech TV. Named after legendary American documentary filmmaker George Stoney, this award honors programs that had a direct, identifiable positive effect on a segment of the population.

The Face of America is focused on exploring current political and social issues in the United States, based on interviews of philanthropists, social justice activists, elected officials and artists.

Pierre Gervois is a painter who started painting in 1988 and incorporated elements of language in his work in 2000. Since 2019, his work is the witness of American society’s anxieties, without judgment, emotion, or stated point of view. His works include the series “Social Status, Moral Order and Public Hygiene” (2019), “City Life” (2020) and more recently “The Appearance of Respectability” (2020). Pierre Gervois is Adjunct Professor at New York University where he teaches Advertising and Public Relations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zXuBDDVhSg&list=PL9StOlnp9upy-2LbfiL1wTtKGfve4OsUX&index=2

Robert Barry (born March 9, 1936 in the Bronx, New York) is an American artist. Since 1967, Barry has produced non-material works of art, installations, and ...

Living by the echo of her father’s profound words “Can we all get along?”, Lora King is on a mission to repair the world...
05/17/2021
Philanthropist Lora King, daughter of Rodney King, is keeping alive her father's legacy

Living by the echo of her father’s profound words “Can we all get along?”, Lora King is on a mission to repair the world. Her priority for the Rodney King Foundation is to promote and enhance community self-esteem, health, social services, and social justice locally and worldwide. #loraking #philanthropy #policebrutality #rodneyking
https://youtu.be/VDvTWwoTEJY

Lora King is the Founder and CEO of the Rodney King Foundation.Living by the echo of her father’s profound words “Can we all get along?”, Lora is on a missio...

04/02/2021

Sixty Seconds is a short film produced and directed by artist Pierre Gervois in New York City (March 2021). Sixty Seconds refers to the voice of the NASA controller talking to Buzz Aldrin during the last moments of the Apollo XI descent on the Moon, describing when the engine will run out of fuel. The disconnection between the inaudible words of the film's subject, the visual distortion of the image, the sound of Yuri Gagarine's voice followed by Buzz Aldrin's voice, and the captions describing a question and answer, create a structural instability and invite the film's spectator to make a choice on which element to focus his attention.

The new docuseries "The Story of Art in America" will be filmed on location in May/June 2021 in ten American cities, dir...
03/30/2021

The new docuseries "The Story of Art in America" will be filmed on location in May/June 2021 in ten American cities, directed by EFDLTstudio and produced by Pierre Gervois

The new docuseries "The Story of Art in America" will be filmed on location in May/June 2021 in ten American cities, directed by EFDLTstudio and produced by Pierre Gervois

The new docuseries "The Story of Art in America", created and developed by Pierre Gervois based on an original idea by E...
03/23/2021
Artist Lisa Myers Bulmash chosen to represent Seattle in a docuseries on art in America

The new docuseries "The Story of Art in America", created and developed by Pierre Gervois based on an original idea by EFDLTstudio will feature ten American destinations, including Seattle. Thank you to The Seattle Times for this great article.

https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/visual-arts/this-artist-chosen-as-the-dna-and-soul-of-black-art-in-seattle-will-be-in-an-amazon-prime-video-series/

After a monthlong social media contest run by the Northwest African American Museum to select a local Black artist to represent Seattle in an upcoming docuseries, the museum announced the winner: Seattle-based visual artist Lisa Myers Bulmash.

12/23/2020
The Making of Amy's Hearings (2020), a Pierre Gervois painting

"On Oct 12, 13, and 14, 2020, I watched 15 hours of the Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on C-SPAN and observed the power relations between the Senators, the Judge, the Senator's staff, and the photojournalists unceremoniously laying on the floor. Then I selected screenshots of some moments, put them on my atelier's wall, and started to work on the painting, under the gaze of the Senators."
-Pierre Gervois

Produced in New York City by Legit Productions in association with Politix Artz.

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Pierre Gervois
EFDLT Studio
C-SPAN

Music composed by Stanniboi

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The Face of America Magazine
12/18/2020

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Artist Pierre Gervois with a The Liberty Cigar Company cigar in his atelier, working on "Amy's Hearings", a painting representing the Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett in Oct. 2020.
Photography: EFDLTstudio

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The Face of America Magazine
10/26/2020

The Face of America Magazine

Legit Productions is proud to introduce a new docuseries: The Story of Art. This series will be produced by Award-winning Executive Producer Pierre Gervois and directed by EFDLTstudio, the Director of the critically acclaimed documentary film Americart2019, in official competition in four film festivals, available on Amazon Prime Video.

The Story of Art will explore America’s heartland arts and culture scene, and show the extraordinary vitality and diversity of the arts in small and medium-size cities, in all artistic fields. From painting to music, from sculpture to murals, from poetry to dance, from pottery to storytelling, The Story of Art will explore how art is -and has always been- an essential part of American society’s social fabric, and also encourage everyone to travel and (re)discover the featured cities.

The Story of Art, Season 1, will feature ten 22 minutes episodes, each one focused on a particular city or county in the United States. It will be released on selected VOD and streaming platforms in Q3 2021.

Co-produced in partnership with cities and counties’ Convention and Visitors Bureaus and cultural organizations, The Story of Art is currently in the development phase and will enter pre-production in early December 2020, for filming on location in March and April 2021.

#TheStoryOfArt

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