FIRE LIGHT

Works for the Screen by
Graduating UIC MFAs

David Bodhi Boylan, Light Eyes, 2013, wood and candles
 

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 8 pm, $5-10

The warmth of your love
is like the warmth of the sun
and this will be our year
took a long time to come

Following five wonderful exhibitions at Gallery 400, a series of works for the screen by graduating Masters of Fine Arts candidates from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Featuring works by: Alejandro T. Acierto, Erik Allen, Colleen Keihm, Chris Little, Jesse Malmed, Melissa Myser, Hanna M. Owens (with Kelly Thomas), Courtney Prokopas, Jonathan Loïc Rogers, Matt Shaw, Jenyu Wang.

(Image: David Bodhi Boylan, Light Eyes, 2013, wood and candles.)

More information at Gallery 400′s website.

 



Filed under: artist in attendance, documentary, experimental, film, video

LET GO AND GO ON AND ON

A Re-Interpretation for the Screen of
Tim Kinsella’s New Book
Presented by Curbside Splendor

LET GO And

Friday, April 25th at 8:00 pm, Free

Tim Kinsella’s latest novel is a collage of 4 movies; Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter, Annie Hall and Bad Timing. For the book release, Kinsella recuts moments from each of those films together to make a weird different story.
There will also be readings by
Brittany LaFlamme
Heather Gabel
Naomi Huffman
Melina Ausikaitis
Joe Proulx

 

About the Book:
In Let Go and Go On and On the story of obscure actress Laurie Bird is told in a second-person narrative, blurring what little is known of her actual biography with her roles as a drifter in Two Lane Blacktop, a champion’s wife in Cockfighter, and an aging rock star’s Hollywood girlfriend in Annie Hall. Laurie Bird’s story unravels in a bathtub where she commits suicide at the age of 26, and Let Go and Go On and On draws on this very American story to explore our endless fascination with the Hollywood machine and the weirdness that is celebrity culture.
-Curbside Splendor

 

 Tim Kinsella is the author of two novels, The Karaoke Singer’s Guide to Self-Defense (2011) and Let Go and Go On and On (2014) the maker of much genre-troubling music with his bands Joan of Arc and Owls.

 



Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, found footage, performance, video

SYMMETRIES & ABSTRACTIONS

FILMS AND VIDEOS BY SCOTT STARK
Scott Stark in person!
Presented by White Light Cinema &
The Nightingale

Wednesday, April 30th at 7:00pm, $7-10

White Light Cinema is excited to welcome Scott Stark, who will present a small sampling of his film and video work. Stark has selected four new and recent works—BLOOM (2012), SPEECHLESS (2008), the double 16mm film NOCTURNAL SYMMETRIES (2014), and his amazing digital video THE REALIST (2013)—along with an early film, HOTEL CARTOGRAPH (1983).

Together, these five works are a mapping of many diverse aspects of Stark’s artistic practice. From his formal investigations into symmetry, patterning, abstraction, and mirroring that can be found in many of his works to inquiries into the perceptual and phenomenological nature of the media (film, video, digital) to the act of seeing, and questions of representation. They are also visually rich works, concerned as much about color and texture as they are with structure. They are about rhythm and movement, either on screen or in the editing. Sometimes they are humorous. Sometimes they are political (in the broadest sense). Sometimes they are provocative/provoking. Always they are stimulating—visually and intellectually.

Over the last 34 years Stark has created an uncompromised body of work that is remarkable in its complexity and simplicity, its rigor and playfulness, and its focus and openness.

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Filed under: artist in attendance, experimental, film, performance, video

City of Tricks

A video screening and live reading
by Michael Paul Lopez

city of tricks still

Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 8 pm, $7-10

The video program will be accompanied by a LIVE READING of a collection of short fiction by the author himself!

Michael Paul Lopez is a Chicago-based video artist, illustrator, performer, and fiction writer. In 2013 he starred in the feature-length independent black comedy Crimes Against Humanity that has screened at festivals nationwide. His recent videos have screened at the University of Chicago Film Studies Center, the MCA, and the Chicago Underground Film Festival. 1950s horror comics, true crime, and blockbuster movies inspire Lopez’s self-published collections of short illustrated stories. He writes with a rawness, humor, weirdness and singular voice of a simple outsider retelling the creepy lore of dark and twisted characters.

The Twin (2013) 10 mins

The Twin is an animated short of subtitled stills, inspired by 1950s horror comics, that depicts the origin and supernatural demise of a disabled police officer living in an aggressively cruel and mysterious world. The simple presentation of the dense narrative in a disjointed manner, coupled with the loose soundtrack, create a chilling tale that includes executions, transformations and betrayal.

The Cons’ Competition (2013) 13 mins

The Cons’ Competition depicts two caper stories progressing in unison through hand-drawn illustrations, titles, and sound. Dense illustrations portray a female grifter apprehended and roughed up by vengeful gangsters on a steamboat, while the titles tell of a scarred con artist searching for the rumored Cons’ Competition in a South American jungle. Presented in a simple, yet vividly colored and rhythmic manner, the two entwined narratives produce a tense, abstruse soundtrack, at times appropriate and anarchic in relation to the two plots.

Some Southern Country (2014) 30 mins

A 13-chapter video comic book, wherein a teenage boy experiences sexual adventures and overcomes obstacles of the heart atop a generic, racially ambiguous, American 80s world determined to perpetuate tribal war in a southern jungle. Green people blackmail, torture, spy, cry and trash their bedrooms in a private high school while a concurrent narrative in text details the sexploits of a privileged middleclass jerk overcoming his fear of love. These conflicting narratives are rendered together with gradual color changes, sound effects, synth and faux orchestral arrangements.



Filed under: animation, artist in attendance, experimental, performance, video

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