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Viggo Art Auction

Source: KRFY Radio.
Found By: Chrissie
Sådanset Exhibit Press Event - Roskilde, Denmark 10.16.08
Sådanset Exhibit Press Event - Roskilde, Denmark ....
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Thanks to Chrissie for the find.

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Date(s) - 06/05/2017 - 21/05/2017
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A KRFY fundraiser! Online auction for original artwork by actor Viggo Mortensen begins, through May 21. Return here for the link.

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Good Morning Viggodom!

Happy Easter!

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Japan Times Review - Captain Fantastic

Source: The Japan Times.
Found By: Chrissie
As Captain Fantastic finally gets a Japanese release - Chrissie brings us the review from the Japan Times.

Captain Fantastic’: Fantastic viewing for all the family

© Bleecker Street.
by Giovanni Fazio

Matt Ross is probably best known for his role in the HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," where he plays the arrogant CEO Gavin Belson of Google-like IT giant Hooli. Belson is a man wired deep into the matrix, for whom nothing matters more than massive functionality in lossless cloud-based compression, and keeping the shareholders happy.

Ross takes a 180-degree turn as the director and writer of "Captain Fantastic," a delightful, sharply written comedy about a man who has taken his family deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to live completely off the grid. The film won top prize in the Un Certain Regard category at last year's Cannes Film Festival, and its combination of quirky humor with some deeper thoughts about the nature of parenting allows viewers to enjoy this on whatever level they please.

Ben Cash (played by Viggo Mortensen) is raising six kids (George MacKay and Samantha Isler play the elders) in a cabin with no internet, telephone, television or just about any contact with society at large. In America, this sort of person is often a gun-loving survivalist type, but in Ben's case, he's Tarzan with a college degree, a back-to-the-land paleo-hippie. He teaches his kids how to be self-sufficient through bow-and-arrow hunting, scavenging, gardening and other practical skills. Entertainment is a campfire hootenanny. Plenty of books too, and his kids are all autodidacts who know the difference between a Trotskyite and a Maoist.

When Ben's hospitalized wife Leslie dies, he piles his rag-tag family into a battered old school bus to take them to the funeral, which is being organized by Leslie's terribly materialist and disapproving dad (Frank Langella); much crusty vs. yuppie misunderstanding follows.

Basically stepping from the 19th century into the 21st, the kids react with bewilderment to what surrounds them, a society smothered in brands and digital distractions. In a shopping mall food court, they panic, asking, "What's wrong with everyone?" "Are they sick?" "Everyone's so fat!" Ben reminds them, "We don't make fun of people," to which his youngest daughter adds, "except Christians."

The caricature of self-righteous leftism on display here is spot on, and "Captain Fantastic" walks a fine line between seeing the good faith in Ben's Thoreau-like beliefs and acknowledging the rather authoritarian way in which he pushes them on his kids. On one level, Ben looks like a nutter, putting his kids through cruelly Spartan training and filling their minds with leftist dogma (the family celebrates Noam Chomsky's birthday instead of Christmas). But in a time where much of civilization could be underwater by the time our children become adults, there's the creeping feeling that Ben may actually be the only realist.

Recalling my own childhood, I never saw my two best friends on weekends because their dad would take them up to backwoods Vermont, where they were forced labor on his project of building a house from scratch. Living in a comfortable suburb, he seemed like a nutter too, that is until I learned that he grew up in Germany when it was overrun by the Soviets at the end of World War II. Unlike the rest of us, he knew how bad things could get.

If you grew up in the counterculture rebelling against authority only to find yourself a decade later in the role of responsible parent — imposing rules on screen time, junk food and curfews — you will certainly dig where Ross is coming from. I saw a lot of truth in the character Ross creates here, and it didn't surprise me to learn that part of his own childhood was spent on a commune. Rare is the person who can grow up with a sense of humor about their past traumas, and "Captain Fantastic" is just that: fantastic.

© The Japan Times Ltd. Images © Bleecker Street.

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Captain Fantastic Japanese Q&A

Source: Message From Viggo Mortensen.
Found By: Eriko
Many thanks to Eriko for bringing us Viggo's Q&A from CAPTAIN FANTASTIC Japanese official site.
© Bleecker Street.
You are also a father in real life. Has your perspective as a father changed before and after playing Ben in CAPTAIN FANTASTIC?

I do not think it has changed the way I feel or behave as a father, but I believe that the experience of working in the movie "Captain Fantastic" has reminded me of the importance of being as present as possible in my relationship with my son, and especially of the value of listening to him and others. The movie, in a way, encourages us to be truly open, to engage in two-way communication, especially with people and ideas that we are unfamiliar with, or instinctively reject at first.

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC has been highly commended at various film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival. Why do you think this film is received so well throughout the world?

I think that the movie has been embraced around the world because it deals with universal concerns. I imagine that all people have found themselves in situations that challenge their pre-existing beliefs and points-of-view about other people and the world they live in, situations that have perhaps brought into question certain prejudices that they might have about different ways to communicate and coexist within families and in society at large. It is also a movie that inspires audience members to consider how they were brought up, how parents and/or other adult authority figures related to them, the types of communication and human coexistence models that they may have been exposed to as children. It is, in part, a movie story about constantly striving to find a new, and better balance as individuals and as members of society, about learning how to admit errors and improve oneself.

Was the shooting of the film tough for you? Was it easier than THE LORD OF THE RINGS?

Although the "Captain Fantastic" shoot was much shorter than the extremely long process of filming Peter Jackson's trilogy, there was a similar bonding that occurred with the cast and crew. True and lasting friendships were also formed during the process of preparing and filming Matt Ross' movie. Although the filming time was much shorter than that of "The Lord of the Rings", the "Captain Fantastic" team had to do a lot of work in the outdoors together, and efficient collaboration and trust was very important to the successful telling of our story as well. We were very fortunate to have had the opportunity to unite several cast members of both movie productions at a dinner 2 months ago in Los Angeles. It was wonderful to see parts of the two "families" together that night. All of the children from "Captain Fantastic", plus their movie "mother", Trin Miller, got to know Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, and Dominic Monaghan. We got along very well and some good stories were shared.

We think that this film is particularly meaningful with respect to the current social situation in the US. What do you think about that?

I agree. But I do not think the movie's relevance is limited to the socio-political situation in the US. We have had tremendous success and great reactions from the public in every country we have shown the movie in. In my personal interactions with audiences in different parts of Europe and Latin America, for example, I have found that people were able to connect the events and emotions depicted in "Captain Fantastic" not only to their own family situations, but to the obstacles they saw to peaceful, productive social interaction in their own countries, and to the problems arising from polarization in their political systems.
The benefits of global, high-speed mass communication that modern technology provides has not yet led to greater understanding among people of different racial, religious, philosophical, linguistic, sexual, or national backgrounds. For the moment, most people seem to use the new technology to basically add more selective, biased information to reinforce their pre-existing world views and prejudices. This causes more polarization and conflict. Hopefully this situation will change and improve with the passing of time and the increasing evidence of the benefits that come from sincere curiosity and collaboration. Our movie address the importance of making an effort to learn about a wide range of ways of co-existing with other people and with nature. This matters to all people, affects all people.

You were nominated for Best Actor for the Academy Awards with this film. How did you feel at the ceremony?

I was extremely proud to represent Matt Ross and everyone who helped him to tell his extraordinary original story, "Captain Fantastic", and it was very enjoyable to attend the Oscar ceremony with my son, Henry. We had a good time together. He also accompanied me to the award ceremonies for the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Independent Spirit Awards. I was honoured to have been nominated as an actor for all of those, as well as The BAFTA awards. It is very rare to be recognized in this way by peers and critics. It happened to me nine years ago for my work in David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises", and I did not expect it to happen again. Just being included in these awards events was a significant victory for our relatively small movie production, and our nominations have encouraged people around the world to watch "Captain Fantastic". For that I am very grateful.

Could you please give a message to the Japanese audience who are looking forward to seeing the film?

First of all, I am sorry that I cannot be in Japan to present the movie to audiences there, as I have been able to do with other movies a few times in past years. I hope that all who are able to see "Captain Fantastic" - hopefully on a big screen that will show the movie to best advantage - will enjoy the journey of the 'Cash' family as much as all of us who took part in the filming in the forests of Washington State and in the deserts of New Mexico did. "Captain Fantastic" is a movie that I'm very proud of, and that I believe will be remembered and valued for years to come. It is wonderful that it is being presented with such care in Japan.

© Captain Fantastic Productions LLC. Images © Bleecker Street.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Found By: Iolanthe
Categories: Media Quotable Viggo

After this week's Exhibition themed 'Good Day Viggodom's' I'm still in exhibition mode with a quotable based around Viggo's photography. He has described his photography as 'part of my dream, of the way I exist and act in the world'. If so it is a magical dream full at wonder at life's idiosyncrasies and attention to its smallest details. Long may he keep sharing that dream with us.

He has mounted a half-dozen solo exhibitions in Cuba, Denmark, New York, and Los Angeles. His New York dealer, Robert Mann, says he had no idea who Mortensen was when he first met him four years ago.

"The Lord of the Rings wasn't out, and I was clueless about that part of his life' Mann says. "I saw the work and responded to it on its own merit. There's a lot of volatility to it, a lot of emotion, a lot of subtext and sensitivity." Mann says that, typically, celebrity art implies an underlying dilettantism. But Mortensen "is not a dabbler. I consider him a very lucky and talented person. Most artists are lucky to express themselves in one avenue."

Robert Mann, New York Gallerist
Finding Viggo By Alex Kuczynski
Vanity Fair magazine
January 2004

Mortensen's photography is decidedly low-tech, utterly spontaneous, and free of preconception, employing no staged lighting or posing. He literally takes pictures of what is right in front of him. But there is certainly saturation to his colors and a mystique to the content which captures the sometimes obscure significance in the ordinary moments pictured. Mortensen's stills are often as much a question as they are an answer.

Things Are Weird Enough
by Shana Nys Dambrot
Juxtapoz magazine #19

'Two years ago, I spent a few days in Montana with Viggo while he was shooting Hidalgo, and I swear he was never without a camera. One moment he was slamming on the brakes to photograph a horse on a hill, and the next, he was slowing down to take a picture of a cloud. Viggo's a passionate guy…'

Senior Premier Editor Tom Roston
November 2004

I must admit that I didn't recognise him. In the middle of a not yet finished exhibition a young blond man is standing who, after shaking my hand and mumbling something as a greeting, seems relieved to have a practical task: to get me a glass of water. He brings it to me with all the hidden greatness that makes him as perfect as he is in the role of Aragorn.

…Viggo Mortensen was bare-footed, with loose dark pants and a large shirt that makes him look both small and newly awakened. His left hand is decorated with stuff to remember and phone numbers all the way up his arm and a stubborn bit of tape has attached itself to his sleeve.

Caught In His Own Picture
By Trine Ross - translated by Rebekka
28 June 2003

'I take pictures at the edges of the things happening. So many strange things happen. I know lots of artists change reality, change the motif, to make it stranger but I don't think that is needed at all. Reality is very strange in and of itself.'

Caught In His Own Picture
By Trine Ross - translated by Rebekka
28 June 2003

…there is certainly saturation to his colors and a mystique to the content which captures the sometimes obscure significance in the ordinary moments pictured. Mortensen's stills are often as much a question as they are an answer.

Things Are Weird Enough
by Shana Nys Dambrot
Juxtapoz magazine #19

Not everything's a masterpiece, of course, not by a long shot. But when Mortensen's good, when he's firing on all cylinders, he has the ability to produce some truly breathtaking images. According to Dennis Hopper, it's because Mortensen's instincts "come from the right place, from the subconscious."

Whether he's shooting around the fringes of a set or among the people who populate his personal life, Mortensen's best photographs capture the partial, the fleeting and the unnoticed with surprising ease. One critic described them as "perfectly colloquial." In other words, he makes great snapshots.

The Other Side of Viggo Mortensen
By Paul Young
Variety Life

'I decided to take photos of trees for this show because there are no trees in Iceland. I decided to bring trees to Iceland.'

Viggo Mortensen on the Skovbo Exhibition
Capable Of Many Things
By Hanna Björk Valsdóttir - translated by Ragga
30 May 2008
Source: Fréttablaðið

He got the idea for the [sadanset] exhibition while he was looking at pictures and discovered that two of them sort of continued in each other. He got interested and the next 14 days he worked his way through a pile of pictures to find photos that could continue the horizon-line and make the puzzle more complete. Also five pictures from one of Mortensen's earlier books raised his interest. The five photos are very similar, but originate from different continents. The pictures show, according to the artist, that people and landscapes are connected.

From movies to photos
Jette Hansen
19 October 2008

"Some of the pictures are good, even if they stand alone. Others are not that interesting" he judges. He continues "But it is the Whole, that is important to me."

Viggo talking about sadanset
From movies to photos
Jette Hansen
19 October 2008

Mortensen's photographs are humbling and a bar artists should hope to achieve themselves after thirty plus-years of photographing.

Jaxon House Rocks With Perceval Press Artists: Newsom, Milstein, Bryce, Mortensen
by Kriss Perras
PCH Press
18 June 2006

Viggo Mortensen's photographs can be explained as poetic; sometimes the focus is shallow, a lot of movement, light sometimes leaks into the pictures and makes weird influences.

Dreaming About Telling Stories
By Einar Fal Ingolfsson - translated by Rosen and Ragga
29 May 2008

So how good a photographer is he? I've looked at two of Mortensen's books and from that evidence I would hazard the opinion that he is very good indeed.

Mark Power
The Salt Mine
3 September 2008

'Some of the photos are bit blurry though, Viggo, so perhaps you should buy yourself a tripod...

Peter Jackson at the "For Wellington' opening, Massey University
Stars Come Out For Exhibition Launch
Massey University
1st Dec 2003

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