During the seven years chronicled in this documentary film, artist and musician Llyn Foulkes creates, destroys, and recreates a pair of large-scale, three-dimensional paintings, one that costs him his marriage, while trying to keep afloat in the fickle art market. With interviews from veterans of the 1960s Los Angeles art scene such as Dennis Hopper and George Herms, the film reconstructs Foulkes's uncompromising, up-and-down career as he was kicked out of the legendary Ferus Gallery and walked away from a successful career as an L.A. pop artist. Structured like one of Foulkes's constantly reworked paintings, the film tracks his artistic struggles, ending as he is at last rediscovered by the international art world at age 77. With music written and performed by Foulkes on a massive, fanciful, self-invented musical instrument he calls "The Machine," LLYN FOULKES ONE MAN BAND is an intimate portrait of an artist battling his own demons as well as the perceived demons of the art world.
Screening to be followed by a special Skype Q&A with Llyn Foulkes himself, led by the Farnsworth's Diretor of Education, Roger Dell.
Directed and produced by Chris Qulity and Tamar Halpern
Provocative and wildly entertaining. The engaging doc 'Llyn Foulkes One Man Band' profiles the fascinating life and work of a true rebel of the art world. - MSN.com
A queasy thriller... undeniably fascinating to watch - Variety
Shines a light on the method and madness of one of the best living American artists today.- Ali Subotnick, Hammer Museum Curator
Entertainingly introspective... An engaging tribute to an artist who has stayed true to himself... Foulkes is a joy to watch.- The Hollywood Reporter