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Lives of the Artists (2009) - A short review

Dir. Ross Cairns

In ‘Lives of the Artists’, Ross Cairns takes three different, but in his view, related 'artists’. These are not painters or sculptors, but a British and Irish trio of surfers (Tom Lowe, Fergal Smith and Mickey Smith), a French  free-riding snowboarder (Xavier De La Rue) and a hardcore band from Watford (Gallows).

Cairns’ belief is that these disparate creative practitioners, through their commitment, dedication and the passioned execution of their various disciplines are true artists. They are able to communicate in a powerful yet abstract way. This thesis, here beautifully illustrated in high-definition and often in slow-motion, is often found in more cerebral soul sports publications, and when accompanied by such stunning cinematography is persuasive. However, Cairns’ exposition is undermined by his subjects.

To be an artist is to communicate, and all three subjects are communicative, both in their chosen fields and in individual pieces to camera. But to be an artist, as opposed to an aspiring artist, there must be something to communicate, a life lived. Unfortunately, as so often in soul sports and contemporary music, the candidates offered here know too little of life to be genuine artists.

That’s not say that the talents of those on show are not exemplary, and in time they may go on to excel and transcend their individual disciplines, but only Xavier De La Rue is able to suggest something other than committed obsession. In one chilling sequence De La Rue talks of his renewed resolve and love of the mountains after a near fatal avalanche. It’s a moving moment, especially when accompanied by footage of the 'chute’.

Ultimately the film fails to prove the theory. It is a beautifully illustrated and argued point, but perhaps due to budget or sponsors involvement the triptych is uneven. This is unfortunate as Cairns is able to move effortlessly between the disciplines and carefully constructs his narrative. A flawed, but engaging film.

#sport #film #review #boarding #soul #surfing #music

2010-02-07 23:28:39 GMT permalink

Pictures from Day 4 and Day 5 online. All the picures from the trip are on flickr.

#boarding #photo #norway

2009-02-11 13:40:00 GMT permalink

Gourmet lunch, Norway style. More day 3 pictures online.

#photo #boarding #norway

2009-02-07 16:43:00 GMT permalink

Day 2 pics from Norway 09 boarding trip. Chilled out day, with a home spun kicker session, which we hit during the day - and then took a lamp and hit in the dark.

#photo #boarding #norway

2009-02-06 19:17:00 GMT permalink

Norway 09 boarding trip. Day 1 Pictures on flickr

#photo #boarding #norway

2009-02-05 19:34:00 GMT permalink

From the archive: Boarding in Morzine 2009

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01/01/2009 permalink

From the archive: Boarding in Les Arcs, France 2008

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#snow #france #boarding #lesarcs

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From the archive: Boarding in Morzine 2007

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From the archive: Boarding in Norway 2006

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