The trailer for “Young Turks” is online. Enjoy! Music is by The Party Boys, who will be included in the documentary along with performance artist Richard Newton.
In addition to himself, the following artists are featured in performance artist Stephen Seemayer’s 1981 documentary film “Young Turks”:
Bob & Bob, a performance art duo whose observations on American culture were laced with humor and irony
Linda Burnham, a poet and publisher of High Performance magazine
James Croak, a large-scale sculptor who lived in a fire station in the heart of Skid Row
Woods Davy, whose precarious yet elegant sculptures mixed manmade and natural elements
Eric “Randy” Johnsen, the “Action Critic,” who never met a painting he didn’t want to destroy
Marc Kreisel, a mixed-media conceptual artist and owner of the legendary punk-rock dive Al’s Bar
Jon Peterson, who placed his sculptural “bum shelters” around the alleys and vacant lots of Skid Row
Monique Safford, a conceptual artist and photographer who incorporated the literary with the visual
John Schroeder, who combined fossils and other remnants of life in moving, poetic assemblages
Coleen Sterritt, whose sculptures’ decorative, colorful surfaces belie their menacing structure
Andy Wilf, an expressionist painter whose personal demons infused every canvas
These were not the only artists living downtown in the 1970s and ’80s, they were just some of the artists Seemayer knew best.