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MISDIRECTIONS (2022)

What begins as a biography of the magician, Werner "Dorny" Dornfield, broadens into a mosaic of many riddles and revelations that resonate across the contexts of art, magic, and everyday life.  Misdirections is a 68 page chapbook, printed with embedded clues that correspond with an affiliated web-based audiovisual trove. Following clues from the book, attentive readers can unlock further anecdotes, images, and vignettes, including original animations by Portland illustrator, Bill Boyer

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MISDIRECTIONS! A SERIO-COMIC CATALOGUE (2022 -

Drawing together archival images, original animations, video vignettes, interviews, and live narration adapted from the book, Misdirections is also a live cinema presentation! Paired with a variety program of cine-magical feats, recent showcases have included videos, films, and performances by: Bill Boyer, Stephanie Hough, Andrew Kim, Kerry Laitala, Aaron O'Neal, Kathleen Quillian, Jeremy Rourke,  Cindy Webster, Weird Faction, and others

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EXHIBITION RECORD

FALL 2022: Other Cinema, San Francisco, CA

MAY 2022: Shapeshifters Cinema, Oakland, CA

MAY 2022: Turn! Turn! Turn!, Portland, OR

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MORNINGS OF THE MAGICIAN (2017) 
A companion piece to Misdirections: Unlike other magicians in the family, my father was a private magician, the pancake was his philosopher’s stone. Idiosyncratic culinary rituals are explored through family history and a metaphorical framework of alchemy.  

EXHIBITION RECORD

2017 Electronic Elsewhere: Video by Carl Diehl, NW Tracking, Whitsell Auditorium, Portland, OR 

Mornings of the Magician (detail from video), 2017