John Torreano: Art World Wizard

1986, 4:14 min, b&w and color, sound

In John Torreano: Art World Wizard, Carole Ann Klonarides and Michael Owen employ the television format of a children's "how-to" program to contextualize artist John Torreano's work — fake jewel-studded canvases and diamond-shaped sculptures. Torreano, as an avuncular "Mr. Wizard" character, teaches a young assistant how to make one of his artwork "gems" step-by-step. The stylized black-and-white look of a 1950s TV program is suddenly transformed into an imaginary, high-tech galaxy of space-age jewels, which Torreano created on the Harry Paintbox system.

Producers: Carole Ann Klonarides, Michael Owen. Music: A. Leroy with Bill Obrecht.