One year and two days ago, hundreds of people attended “The House Party,” an exhibition opening-cum-college kegger thrown to activate Andrew Ohanesian’s functioning replica of a suburban home inside Pierogi Gallery’s Boiler annex. Documentary filmmaker Ben Cannon was on hand to shoot the raucous happening — and the frantic construction process leading up to it — and now he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the completion of the resulting feature-length documentary, “Big Bad Art.”
The film follows Ohanesian and his crew planning and building the house and intends to portray the exhibition as a career-making project — or, in moments of high stress and hot tempers, a potential career-killer. “To pull it off, Andrew has to rely on a ragtag crew of artists and builders led by a moody and sarcastic foreman called Bumfight,” the project description explains in an appropriately reality TV-like synopsis (Cannon has worked extensively in reality television). “It’s a battle against the clock and occasionally themselves, as tempers flare, major screw ups occur, and plans rattle apart in the tumultuous countdown to opening night.”
In addition to behind-the-scenes action, the film features commentary from “Jon Kessler and an appearance by the FDNY that’s so unbelievable, even Spielberg would’ve included it in “Lincoln” if it would have been an option.” As of this writing the Kickstarter has another 11 days to go and has already raised more than $8,000 toward its goal of $15,000.
Watch the trailer for “Big Bad Art”:
— Benjamin Sutton
(Photo by the author.)