Documentary film on fine arts painter Hubert Schmalix's inner turmoil after re-locating from Austria to Los Angeles. Schmalix completes one giant canvas tableau and larger than life sculptures for a Mojave Desert location during the course of the film.
52 minutes, 16 mm, color. Denver International Film Festival. Paris Art Film Festival.
Hubert Schmalix (b. in Graz, Austria; lives and works in Vienna and Los Angeles) studied under Max Melcher at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. He rose to prominence in the late 1970s as a key figure within painting in the Junge Wilde style. In 1980, he participated in the Venice Biennale and, in 1987, he moved to Los Angeles where he taught at UCLA.
His solo exhibitions include Dunkles Licht, helles Licht at Smolka Contemporary, Vienna, AT; Eine Wanderung at Galerie Trapp, Salzburg, AT; Casa Tesoro at 1355 MABINI Gallery, Manila, PH; Winter Journey, Reinisch Contemporary, Graz, AT.
From 1998 – 2008, he co-ran (with Roger Herman) Black Dragon Society, a now legendary LA area gallery in Chinatown that launched the careers of many young artists.
A sequel to Glenalbyn Drive -- an intimate portrait of Schmalix 30 years after part 1 -- is in the works and currently in production in Europe and the US.