From the unimaginable risk of wrongly installing a large minimalist artwork, to the narcissism of the gallery owner and vernissage guests using the reflective surface of a sign to check themselves out, Crush riffs on stereotypes within the art world. Set in lower Manhattan, the film is stylistically beautiful, shot by cinematographer Carrie Cheek. The short's costuming work features pieces by Dazed 100 star Eckhaus Latta and the film's soundtrack comes from The Range's new album, Potential.
Co-written by Bernard and Corrigan, Crush's gallery goer extras are Dazed natives like Jenny Zhang, Amy Rose Spiegel and Sarah Nicole Prickett. Bernard describes the almost all-female crew (everything from the DP to the colour corrector) as an “overwhelming source of pride” as together they present a fresh take on dynamics often based in pretense.