Collaborative work by local artists accepted into prestigious Art Festival in Venice, Italy


A collaborative video-art work entitled Mary, produced by Paul Lorenz (musical score) and Glenn Hall (video director), has been accepted into the festival SELF in Venice, Italy at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi and Venice Art House. The festival SELF runs May 9 through November 22, 2015, and features a rich program of different events. The May 9 opening coincides with the opening of the legendary Venice Art Biennale, the oldest and most prestigious art exhibition in the world.

Paul Lorenz, of STUDIOmars in Paducah’s LowerTown Arts District, is a professional artist who uses the visual to explore sound and music composition. Lorenz has carved an intriguing niche in the international art world-bridging the principals and immediacy of painting and drawing with the logic and detail of architecture. Glenn Hall, based in the Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky area, has more than thirty years’ experience as a professional photographer/filmmaker. Hall works with a diverse client base, from commercial advertising to editorial portraiture.

The birth of this collaborative narrative art video began when Lorenz composed and engineered a strong, hauntingly minor musical score while working on art in Mérida, the capital city of Yucatán, Mexico. After seeing his photographer friend Glenn Hall’s film in Paducah’s 48 Hour Film Festival, Lorenz knew he had found the perfect videographer to create the visual content for this score. “This is what is sounds like,” he told Hall. “What does it look like?”


Hall listened to the score for 6 months before creating the short film. Hall knew Lorenz, an abstract painter, would be hesitant about using reality as the visual content; however, his storytelling talent took hold when he met Mary Remy, a professional dancer who recently became a Paducah resident. “It was just a matter of location…and being in the right place at the right time,” recalls Hall. Filmed in Kentucky in a vacant home by the river, the collective end result is a provocative and simple 3:21 minutes video about a woman in crisis.

“The SELF festival extends all summer and autumn, but the segment our video is being shown in is called WHY SELF-Adventures of Social Identities, which runs May 9th through 30th,” notes Lorenz. “This will be the world premiere of Mary, which explores the struggles of solitude and change, the known and the unknown, the human relationship to place and the challenge of expectation and need.”

For more information or interviews with the artists, contact Paul Lorenz at 270.442.1087 or email

About SELF – It’s LIQUID International Art Show
The festival SELF is organized and curated by Luca Curci (director of It’s LIQUID and International ArtExpo) and Andrea Chinellato (director of Ca’ Zanardi and Venice Art House), and runs through November 2015 with a strong program of video art screenings and premiers and 11 events of photography, painting, video art, installation/sculpture and performance art. Artists, photographers, video makers and performers, will have the amazing opportunity to show their works to a huge audience, during one of the most important periods for the whole art world. For the first time in Venice, the festival will give audiences the opportunity to have private meetings with artists, to meet them personally and share their art and experience.

About It’s LIQUID
It’s LIQUID is a communication platform for contemporary art, architecture and design that deals with the development of international exhibitions, solo and collective shows, art residencies and international contests. Its objective is to use new technologies to globalize the language of art to connect artists working in every part of the world.

Submitted by: Rosemarie Steele, Arts Promoter/Paducah Arts Alliance

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