Billy Zane | Rock, Parchment, Scissors
The Show, Rock, Parchment, Scissors, at the Leica gallery Los Angeles, marks the first official exhibition of my photographic work as a visual artist. Shooting for decades, using multiple mediums including film, Polaroid (on both vintage Land Cameras and SX70), Super 8, and digital, I have filed the work away, and opted for showing my paintings over the years instead. There is no particular reason for this, other than perhaps, unconsciously wanting to preserve the private feeling of discovery I feel, every time I open my flat file or dive deep into the digital archive. As the different bodies of work usually chronicle the chapters of my life, often times, being recorded simultaneously by a film crew, the context within which they exist, seems to grow in relevance, along with the movies I made, over time. Fortunately this holds true for both bad and fine cinema. As they say, “ buildings and whores get more respectable with age”. But when the lens ,( in this case a Leica 24 mmm. mounted on a then, brand new R8), is fortunate to be trained upon an epic stage and beautiful subjects, such as the massive, four part Miniseries, Cleopatra that I had the pleasure of co starring as Marc Anthony in, along with Leonor Varela and Timothy Dalton in Morocco in 1998, behind the scenes coverage can even eclipse the primary offering. Like a memory within a memory. the detail of a dream that wakes you. That’s what lingers.
That’s the power of photography to me. The ownership of the primary experience transfers, because the optics are relatable and universal. Within this agreement, you can puncture the veil and enter, and claim it as yours. Couple this phenomena with a secondary point of reference like a film you may or may not have seen, bury the material in a storage unit for 18 years, hang it on a wall for all to see and you have a time machine.
The Then And Now. Rock, Parchment, Scissors. The Irony of the Egyptian subject matter as it relates to excavated history is not lost either I assume. Again, unplanned, just achingly appropriate. Welcome Stargate crashers. Ankh if you love Egypt!
Billy Zane is best known for his achievements as an actor in over 120 films. It was his role as Caledon Hockley in the 1997
blockbuster film Titanic that brought him his highest distinction garnering him a Blockbuster movie award as best supporting actor.
Among his other credits: Memphis Belle, Dead Calm, Tombstone, Sniper, Zoolander, Orlando, The Phantom, and Twin Peaks.
Billy will be reprising his role as himself in the upcoming, Zoolander 2 released Feb 12th and is about to star in a new series for
ABC and Lionsgate called Guilt to be shot in London this Spring.
Billy is also accomplished painter who has exhibited in Miami, London, Los Angeles, and Budapest.
Rock, Parchment, Scissors. Photographing Cleopatra, at The Leica Gallery Los Angeles, Jan 23rd 2016, is his first
Dennys Ilic | Retrospective
With a background in cinematography (having lensed the international multi-award-winning “Face to Face” for director Michael Rymer), Dennys has for the past 13 years also pursued his passion as a professional photographer. Serving a staggering array of clients from major motion pictures, television, magazines and musicians, Dennys is now permanently based in Los Angeles where he has become best known for edgy and soulful images that capture the true essence of his subjects. His photography has been commissioned by a number of major film studios and musicians, including Warner Bros. Pictures, Roadshow, United Pictures International (UPI), Newline Cinema, Strange Music / Tech N9ne and Flo-Rida. His beautiful and haunting images of iconic sci-fi actresses Amanda Tapping, Tricia Helfer and Katee Sackhoff have sold for, and raised tens of thousands of dollars for charity. Dennys is also known for having photographed actor Daniel Radcliffe on many occasions from the age of 15 for the covers and editorial stories in hundreds of international publications associated with the release of the Harry Potter films.
Now based in Los Angeles Dennys continues to follow his passion for photography and his love of Leica cameras combining the two with portraiture of actors, actresses and musicians and a number of related books to be released in 2016,
For many years I found myself wrestling with the thought that i have lived intentionally disconnected from people. As I’ve grown older and delved into this sense of isolation it’s become apparent to me that all people live with some level of sadness, constantly seeking joy, validation and connection. Moments of true happiness are fleeting.
It is this desire to connect with humans on an intimate level that drives my work. I have a strong desire to tap onto the beautiful sadness that haunts each and every one of us. For this reason i have always kept my shoots as lean as possible, avoiding the noise and static that comes from an overload of equipment and assistants. When its just me, my camera and the subject i can work on drawing out the darkness and often too, the joy. This is also that reason that I opt for location shoots and the sun over the sterility of studios and flashes: These environments are more conducive to honesty, reflection, connection and inspiration.
Billy Zane & Dennys Ilic
- 23/01/2016 - 29/02/2016
- Leica Gallery Los Angeles