VIDEO PREMIERE: WYLIE CABLE “DOG PARK”
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Wylie Cable’s “Dog Park” was originally a why-not/just-because exercise in musical positivity, premiered here by L.A. RECORD as Cable’s contribution to making the world a better place for at a least a few moments. Next the song moved to his solo album Buried At Sea, a raw and personal examination of mortality and immortality that Cable created in part to process the passing of his father. And now “Dog Park” has found new life yet again in this masterful stop-motion video by Arizona artist Gabriella Molina, who turns chopped-up National Geographics and textbooks into a symbolically supercharged Harry Smith-style thesis on the human condition. It would have been all too easy to make some simple and cute collage of cute dogs for a song like this, but instead Molina spent untold hours on this work of art. Says Molina:
“Portraying truth, love, and compassion are always top priority in my work, as I use my art as a healing space and hopefully a fun one, too. And in this case for Wylie, we were looking at gender, the difficult parts of us all being different and also the wonderful parts where we can have the same qualities whether we identify as male or female or not.
In ‘Dog Park’ specifically, a thoughtless dog (of the system) (or a man-dog) transforms into a conscious person, meets many characters who are undefinable in terms of gender and race, and eventually comes into an awareness of the balance of feminine and masculine principles. Then, in the end, there is a swirling of the polarized sides, some sort or gender alchemy. The butterflies represent this transformation required of us to be ready for a world where people can celebrate the beauty in all parts of humanity, and use this beauty to a higher degree.”
Cable’s Buried At Sea is available from Dome of Doom, and he’ll be performing at 6 pm on Sat., Mar. 9, on dublab as well as at SXSW, and you can keep an awestruck eye on Gabriella Molina here. Complete dates for Cable below.
3/9: Dublab, Los Angeles, CA w/ Onhell, AWE & Wylie Cable
3/12: The North Door, Austin, TX w/ Daedelus, DREVM & Wylie Cable
3/13: Ethics Compound, Austin, TX w/ Holly, DREVM, Brothel & Wylie Cable