Richard McGuire spoke to Steven Heller about his recent appearance at the Guggenheim Museum as part of the Museum’s “24-Hour Program on the Concept of Time” event, which took place January 6 through 7, 2009. “I talked about ‘time’ in different aspects of my work,” McGuire told Heller. “I started by talking about the Liquid Liquid song ‘Cavern’ and how it’s been sampled and changed and been used over time… A clip from my film Fear(s) of the Dark, of the scene with the guy looking at the photo album, so you see the woman’s life compressed into one minute. Then some New Yorker stuff, like the ‘New Year’s Eve’ cover that rotates and reads both ways, night transforming into day.”
Heller previously interviewed McGuire specifically about the artist’s segment in the Fear(s) of the Dark animated anthology film. An excerpt from McGuire’s short can be seen along with more samples of McGuire’s work at the Prima Linea website.
McGuire is best known in comics circles for his groundbreaking short story “Here,” which was originally published in RAW vol. 2 no. 1, and was recently republished both in Ivan Brunetti’s An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons and True Stories from Yale University Press and in the eighth issue of Comic Art. That issue cover-featured McGuire and also included an interview with the artist and an appreciation by Françoise Mouly.
McGuire is also well-known as the bassist for the musical group Liquid Liquid. The band’s work has recently been re-issued on CD by Domino Records, and the group recently reunited to play several shows. Via Alvin Buenavantura comes the following video clip of the group performing their signature song “Cavern” at Santos Party House in New York, NY, on November 19, 2008.
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