Elias Romero

(1968-1972)

from Center for Visual Music advertisement for 3 Films by Elias Romero:
"Considered to be the Grandfather of the Light Show. In San Francisco in 1956 he began developing a performance medium using overhead projectors. He mixed oils and inks in dishes placed on the projectors, passing light through the translucent blend which was then projected onto a screen. He performed hundreds of shows throughout California, accompanied by musicians and performers. Many of the later psychedelic light show artists were inspired by his work.
In 1969 he met Richard Edlund (camera), and they began making films with Bill Spencer (music) and others. Stepping Stones is made up entirely of original vintage light show projections, excerpts of which were recently featured in the 2005 Visual Music exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and The Museum of Contemporary Art in LA. Za features projections onto Diane Varsi as poet and alchemist, and costumes by Cameron. Lapis Lazuli, with Bill Fortinberry and Susan Darby, shows them meeting simultaneously on different myth-planes."

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