The Magus

[MATURE CONTENT / NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN / NOT SAFE FOR WORK]

A documentation of visual artist C. Graham Asmundson’s body of work over a rigorous six-month period. Filmmaker Jaimz Asmundson, Graham’s son, uses cinematography and editing as magical weapons to ritualistically birth, destroy and resurrect his father’s work.

Creative team

Director/producer: Jaimz Asmundson

Filmmaker’s statement

Painting, especially my father’s, is not a quick process. Every night he toils away at it working first with chaotic scribbles, which continue to develop based on the images that emerge. This process can go on for months; the paintings, in a state of continual transformation, always seem to be incomplete in his mind.

A few times this has frustrated him to the point of destroying his work.

He once, while in art school, made a massive sculpture out of the torn canvases of several large paintings; another time he spent over 100 hours on a small, three-foot by three-foot painting only to pull all of the yarn off it and recycle the wax-covered board for another piece.

He also has a habit of over-painting a work until five or six layers of painting exist below the surface—the resulting topography suggests constantly evolving worlds. 

My goal with The Magus was to frame my father’s work and activity within a narrative structure that would complement his aesthetic, based in relentless alchemical creation and destruction, as well as provide a metaphor for the artistic process itself.

Since I was a child, my father has described this process as a conduit for an unseen magical force, a linking of his mind to a collective unconscious that allows certain worlds and characters to spill onto the canvas, through the divide.

I did not want to recreate this world, but instead to capture his descent into trance-state during this artistic process by confining it within a mise-en-scène rich in occult symbolism; thereby fashioning an elaborate, cinematic ceremony that would distill the occult symbols and archetypes of our culture that have influenced his work, and unleash a concentrated vibration of energy upon the viewer.

About Jaimz Asmundson

Jaimz Asmundson

Jaimz Asmundson is a Winnipeg-based media artist, working primarily in film, video, music and most recently in expanded cinema performance.

His award-winning work has travelled to film festivals worldwide including a retrospective and residency in Cologne.

Jaimz is a curating member of the WNDX Festival of Moving Image, a past programmer of the Gimli Film Festival and has also contributed to many award-winning shorts, features, documentaries and TV productions as a picture editor, assistant editor and graphic designer.

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