This video was part of Mercedes Helnwein’s 2009 exhibition “EAST OF EDEN” at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Los Angeles. Music for the video composed by Ali Helnwein.
The characters of East of Eden are a mixture of perpetrators, instigators and casualties, trapped in cinematic dilemmas, meticulously styled, beautifully staged and probably up to no good.
Its hard to trace them back to a home-town, a favorite hang-out, or even a time period. They seem to be part Southern Gothic, part cubicle workers from the 1960s.
The video picks up where the drawings leave off and gives the audience a backdoor to the goings-on in the pencil work.