Willem Dafoe, left, stars in Loris GrÃ©aud\’s newest film Sculpt (2016). Â©LORIS GRÃAUD, GRÃAUDSTUDIO âWe will try to talk about everything but the film,â
Willem Dafoe, left, stars in Loris GrÃ©aud’s newest film Sculpt (2016).
âWe will try to talk about everything but the film,â French artist Loris GrÃ©aud told me Monday afternoon, the day before his talk at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with Homer Flynn, who is officially the âspokesmanâ for the mysterious and anonymous collective The Residents. The talk couldnât happen at LACMA’s large Bing Theater because, since Tuesday, the Bing has been screening GrÃ©aud’sÂ 45-minute filmÂ Sculpt.Â A number of the 600 seats have been removed to leave an isolated chair in the middle of the theater, and just one person at a time can watchÂ Sculpt, a red-tinted exploration of ritual, self-obsession and legacy-building. This means four people can see it on weekdays, six on weekends. And GrÃ©aud, who traffics in vagueness, has not set a specific end date for the project.
The Residents, who have toured as a rock band since the 1970s, always masked, scored the film, something the group agreed to do after arriving masked to GrÃ©aud’sÂ Paris studio and hearing him out as he laid out his vision. Flynnâwho, despite co-founding The Residents’Â management company, The Cryptic Corporation, has long denied being lead singerâtraveled to L.A. for Tuesday nightâs talk. Despite GrÃ©aud’sÂ previous plan to talk about everything but the film, thatâs exactly what was discussed. He showed the audience an on-set video produced byÂ PurpleÂ magazine, in which Willem Dafoe, the filmâs star, says âMobius Stripâ again and again and we see, just briefly, the clown in the devil mask who will perform the Residents classic, âRabbit Habit.â