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Experiments in Form: Cameraless, Hand-Painted and Abstract Films

Experiments in Form: Cameraless, Hand-Painted and Abstract Films
7 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Fri April 6, 2018
7 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


This screening will showcase cameraless, abstract and handpainted films that resonate formally with the works on view in the Block Museum’s current exhibition, Experiments in Form: Sam Gilliam, Alan Shields, Frank Stella.

Friday, April 6, 2018 7:00 PM FREE

This program, presented in conjunction with the Experiments in Form: Sam Gilliam, Alan Shields, Frank Stella exhibition (currently on view at the Block Museum), showcases a 60-year range of films and videos that explore handmade and cameraless approaches to abstraction. Like the artists in the exhibition, these filmmakers use a variety of means to create their visually rich and dynamic abstract imagery. Influential New Zealand abstract filmmaker Len Lye uses a rayograph technique with textured cloth and stencils in Color Cry. José Antonio Sistiaga handpaints directly on the film strip for Impressions En Haute Atmosphère, and Bärbel Neubauer uses a number of direct animation techniques for Firehouse. Josh Lewis treats the film with chemicals to degrade and alter it in Doubt #2. Barbara Lattanzi's Music for Voices is also chemically treated, and then digitized thirty years later. For Landfill 16, Jennifer Reeves buried outtakes from a previous project and then handpainted the partially decomposed footage. In Sunset Strip, Kayla Parker uses magnolia petals, net stocking, lacquer, and ink to push her time-lapse footage of 365 sunsets past the natural to a more artificial aesthetic. In As Water Is in Water, a collaborative work with musician Tashi Wada, Madison Brookshire (appearing in person) digitizes and loops strips of film that had been soaked in paint. Collectively, these works offer a tantalizing glimpse at the expressive possibilities of the moving image.

Color Cry (Len Lye, 1952, USA, 16mm, 3 min.)
Impressions En Haute Atmosphère  (José Antonio Sistiaga, 1989, Spain, 35mm, 7 min.)
Doubt #2 (Josh Lewis, 2013, USA, 16mm, 5 min.)
Landfill 16 (Jennifer Reeves, 2010-2011, USA, 16mm, 9 min.)
Sunset Strip (Kayla Parker, 1996, UK, 35mm, 3 min.)
Music For Voices (Barbara Lattanzi, 1979/2009, USA, digital, 7 min.)
Firehouse (Bärbel Neubauer, 1998, Germany, 16mm, 5 min.)
As Water Is in Water (Madison Brookshire and Tashi Wada, 2017, USA, digital, 31 min.)

In Person: Madison Brookshire

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at block-museum@northwestern.edu