With Thomas Comerford in person!
Presented by ROOTS and CULTURE GALLERY
Friday, September 12, 2008
Chicago’s own Thomas Comerford will present a retrospective of his work since 1997. Largely an exploration of landscape, Comerford’s early work pares down the technology of filmmaking to examine media’s role in the construction of place and history. By using a pinhole camera and home made noise machines, in his CINEMA OBSCURA series, Comerford creates otherworldly landscapes out of ordinary locations. His more recent work leaves behind the len-less camera in favor of the standard 16 mm lens, turned toward some of Chicago’s pre-urban stories in order to “explore the evidence, revision and erasure of histories in the landscape.”
Sisyphus’s Cinema (1997), 16mm sound, b&w, 4 min
ILLA CAMERA OBSCVRA (2001), 16mm sound, b&w, 12 min
Depart (2000), 16mm sound, color, 6 min
Figures in the Landscape (2002), 16mm sound, color, 12 min
Land Marked/Marquette (2005), 16mm sound, b&w/color, 23 min
Chicago-Detroit Split (2005), unsplit 8mm, silent, 10 mins (w/Bill Brown)
Very Special Thanks to programmer Alexander Stewart.
And Thanks to printmaker Colin Palombi for creating posters.
Filed under: 16mm, artist in attendance, experimental, film