I tried as best I could to hone in on my initial reaction to the video I received. I wrote down a list of words and phrases that came to mind while I watched it. Finding a home in masculinity, secret moments, comfort, exhaustion, fluid movement, sexiness, watching the show. It was sort of a semiconscious effort to get from the phrases to the idea of making a shirt. Going back and forth between internal/external, inside/outside and trying to distill that into an object. Actually working with the paper and paint was more decision based and up front in the mind.
Eli Kleinsmith is a Philadelphia based artist who works primarily with paper and wood. Professionally he is a Production Designer and Props Person for film, tv, and commercial projects. He also makes music videos and plays the violin.