Excerpts from The Everglades Pilot by Simon Foxall 1 published on 2013/07/27 08:54:27 +0000 A piece of musical fan fiction, Excerpts from The Everglades Pilot is a radio screenplay developed for LEGION TV in London and in conjunction with Foxall’s first solo show at Simon Oldfield Gallery. Excerpts from The Everglades Pilot explores the dynamic poses of Elvira Hancock, a character played by Michelle Pfeiffer in the 1983 movie Scarface. In many ways Elvira is far from a traditional cinematic heroine. She does little more than look perfect, engage in a little sassy dialogue and be passed between mob bosses; Elvira is on the arm of whoever is on top. Excerpts from The Everglades Pilot seeks to explore her potency as a posture, picking up her story where Scarface ends, to begin to lend a new narrative to her elegant emptiness and to empower it. The piece follows the opening of Everglades Pilot Showroom at Simon Oldfield Gallery. This installation of paintings and a wallpaper piece draws on elements of swagger portraiture, romantic kitsch, camp, abstraction and the implied narrative present in a film still, the paintings attempt to subvert both Elvira’s passivity as a heroine as well as the role of the sitter in portraiture. In addition to Foxall’s online project, LEGION TV will host The Everglades Pilot After Party, a Tropical Scarface-Glam Disco. The event will function both as a private view and an event within an installation, the aftermath of which will remain, blurring the lines between art and entertainment space.