Giles Round and Eva Stenram in collaboration with Studio Voltaire: an evening of live music, art and dressing up celebrating the genius of Edward D. Wood Junior.
Sophie von Hellerman
Edward D. Wood Junior (b. 1924 – d. 1978), known as Ed Wood, was an American filmmaker, actor, and writer.
In the 1950s, Wood made a number of low-budget films in the science fiction, comedy, and horror genres. In the 1960s and 1970s, he made sexploitation movies and wrote over 80 pulp crime, horror and sex novels. In 1980, he was posthumously awarded a Golden Turkey Award as Worst Director of All Time, renewing public interest in his work. Wood’s camp approach has earned him and his films a cult following.
Following the publication of Rudolph Grey’s 1992 oral biography Nightmare of Ecstasy: The Life and Art of Edward D. Wood, Jr., Wood’s life and work have undergone a public rehabilitation of sorts. This lead to director Tim Burton’s biopic of Wood’s life, Ed Wood (1994), a critically acclaimed film starring Johnny Depp that won two Academy Awards.
Giles Round (b. 1976) creates sculptures and assemblages of made and ready made objects, positioned systematically. Without personal belongings, or the suggestion of an individual they are mundane, melancholic scenes, bereft of drama and suspense. He has recently exhibited at S1 Artspace, Sheffield, Serpentine Gallery’s Pavilion and the ICA, London.
Eva Stenram (b. Stockholm, Sweden) completed her BFA at Slade School of Fine Art in 1999, and her MFA in Photography at Royal College of Art in 2003. She views herself as a kind of photographic archeologist, sifting through past and present artifacts, interacting with and re-interpreting the imagery she encounters. Her work is ultimately about being a viewer, a consumer of images.
Look Back in Angora: An Evening with Edward D. Wood Junior, 2005. Courtesy of the artists, participants and Studio Voltaire, London.