MASTERPIECES ON THE SUBJECT OF PAINTING
Sunday, July 27, 2008
[Special Field Trip Screening to Cinema Borealis because of flooding]
In his time, Jack Chambers was considered among the greatest of Canadian painters. His brilliant films (Hart Of London, for example) have recently received their belated reputation as some of the greatest film work of the 20th century. Guy Fihman is a filmmaker of great acclaim in France, who co-founded the filmmaking group Melba and its self-named journal.
R-34 (1967, 26 min, 16mm) by Jack Chambers, is a two-fold work – on the one hand, it is a document of the Canadian artist Greg Curnoe at work; on the other, it is an appropriation of the images of Curnoe’s paintings and collages and the action of the artist in motion by Chambers to make a wholly separate work of film art. Filmmaking legend Stan Brakhage says, “R-34 is the greatest film on the creative process I’ve yet seen.”
Ultrarouge-Infraviolet (1974, 31 min, 16mm) by Guy Fihman is a film that reworks the colors of Pissarro’s Les toits rouges. Working from a photo reproduction of the painting, Fihman animates over 20,000 variations of the colors using Xerox pigment. The film uses the materiality of the Impressionist’s pigments to explore the immateriality of film’s light. It’s a classic of French experimental work and of “Structural Film.”
Very Special Thanks to James Bond for hosting the screening.
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