Chuck Johannsen started making super8 and 16mm films as a teenager inspired by the genre of experimental films. In 2007, he and his partner, Dal Lazlo, won the first prize at the Wisconsin Film Festival for “Wisconsin’s Own-Best Short Experimental Film.” The project, 2 Works, 30 Years Apart, is comprised of a short film they made in 1975 (WalkInto Hell, 16 mm B&W paired with its sequel, shot in 2005 (Purgatorio, digital, video, color). The two projects were shot thirty years to the week and ten miles apart; they featured the same two actors (twins), the same two composers providing original music, one crew member who served on both shoots, and the two co-directors.
This crew of artists goes by the name of Dada-loco Productions. They’ve been responsible for a couple dozen short art films and videos since the 1970s. Chuck Johannsen is the main instigator, producer, editor and often camera operator. Dal Lazlo, Madison-based painter and illustrator, usually shares writing and directing credits.
They are currently working ona surrealistic piece shot partly in Rockford. The finished video will feature a number of animation sequences (pen-and-ink and paint, not computer). It should be done in summer 2008. The two have done commercial work together, chiefly a series of videos for Aztek Airbrushes, a division of Rockford’s Testor Corporation.
Chuck Johannsen also has produced documentaries in the areas of art therapy and in conservation/ecology. He’s done a considerable amount of work for regional non-profits and government agencies including YMCA, Girl Scouts, Klehm Arboretum, Severson Dells, Rockford Park District, Winnebago County Forest Preserve District, Upper Rock River Ecosystem Partnership, and Four Rivers Environmental Coalition.
My work is about bold colors, textures and playfulness. Subject matter is not of much importance. I focus more on the movement of my brush strokes, vibrancy of color and adding bits of humor to my art. I let my mood and my brush strokes guide my vision, and often what starts out as a painting of one thing turns into another. What inspires me is in the randomness of that particular moment.
I use oils and acrylics, though tend to favor the heaviness and fluidity of oils. I carry this notion into my drawings as well, where I also favor oil pastels. My work comes in a variety of sizes ranging from about 2″x3″ to 4’x6′. For more information on my work or current projects please visit my website @www.megsartspot.com.