Backseat/1-90 (2011)

Backseat/1-90 is part of a series of collaborations between poet and musician James Nugent and visual artist Angel O'Leary. Angel and James are cousins and the combination of shared genetics and environment may be the explanation for their mutual appreciation of the melancholic aspects of the Western States. Angel is a Master of Fine Art; James is a Master of Poetry. Prior to Backseat/I-90 they have worked together on The Correspondence Project, an exchange between Angel and 14 writers. They are current working together on a new video project about Seattle's Industrial District.

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Backseat/I-90 explores the idea of a place that is sort of not a place. How the highway is not a place you go to, but is instead is a place that carries you through other places. Angel O’Leary and James Nugent have each driven I-90 across this stretch of Eastern Washington so many times that it has become burned into their memories. Backseat/I-90 is the visual record of a drive from Seattle to Missoula which Angel took to attend James’ brother Mike’s wedding. Angel spent the entire time sitting in the backseat of her parent’s car taking pictures out the window. Later, Angel invited James to collaborate with her by making music that sounded like the drive felt. He did, she was super-happy and used the music as the structure upon which to build the video.

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  • Year Created: 2011
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Saturday May 7th, 2011
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  • Work Credits:
    • Angel OLeary, Photographer, video editor
    • James Nugent, composer
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