Forced Perspective in a charachter portrait of famed artist Derek Hess and his rise to sucess through the vehicle of his dark artwork, while illustrating a strong connection between mental illness and creativity.
As a long-time fan of Derek Hess, I weeped when I first watched this film. It's an extremely intimate and raw look into the art and dual diagnosis, while staying genuine- many films and books involving mental health often tiptoe around the taboo, maintaining the stigma and having a general artificial feeling to them. I personally feel Forced Perspective is a step toward breaking that stigma because it doesn't shy away, but it's also extremely entertaining and well done. I can't recommend it enough.
a great telling of the story of an amazing artist. Derek Hess talks openly on his darkness which has propelled his stunning art. Broughy up in the american underground and now world renowned, Hess' art is a culmination of fine art aesthetics, loneliness, and hyperbole.
I've admired Derek's art & books & clothing for years, he's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his Posters and Covers!! As well as The Louvre in Paris ! I love this film! It brings the Artgod to life! Talks about his gifts & his demons! What an Amazing Journey! One time after a long illness several years ago, I went to see his new work & said I died & came back to see you, he looked up at me, dropped everything & came around with a Hug. As I'm about to go into Hospice, this film was just want I needed, to look inward. Thanxs Derek for everything you've done, your work is so multifaceted, something about everything you've done touches someone!