Expanding upon notions of anti-animation set forth by experimental practitioners like Paul Sharits and Robert Breer, the studies in this program apply formal principles of abstract cinema while pursuing an interest in found materials, evolving modes of production, and forms of labor. Questioning the role of decoration in daily life, the films extend the temporal concerns of the structural film while calling for a critical formalism. These films refute abstraction by reflexively activating the referential properties of objects, foregrounding questions of Romanticism surrounding metaphor and exchanging lyrical and mythopoeic modes for those of economic observation. In Persian Pickles, a swimming study of paisley patterns traces this motif from its origins in Persian weavings to appearances in Irish quilting and American counterculture. The ongoing Blanket Statement series uses quilts to evoke issues of domestic security, citing appearances of quilts in the fine arts from Michelangelo Pistoletto to Beryl Korot. Point de Gaze and Razzle Dazzle feature handmade and machine-produced laces, tattings, and intricate weavings to meditate upon the industry of desire and the phenomenology of cinema.
Using domestic and recycled materials, the program illuminates formal and cursory elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design. Questioning the role of decoration in daily life, these works unleash the kinetic energy of overlooked and wasted objects. – Jodie Mack
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Posthaste Perennial Pattern
US 2010, 16mm, color, 3.5 min
Rapid-fire florals and morning birdsongs bridge interior and exterior, design and nature.
Point de Gaze
US 2012, 16mm, color, 4.5 min
Named after a type of Belgian lace, this spectral study investigates intricate illusion and optical arrest.
US 2012, 16mm, color, 3 min
Fractile phonics accompany a delicate study of paisley patterns.
Blanket Statement #1: Home is Where the Heart is
US 2012, 16mm, color, 3 min
Discordant dysfunction down to the nitty griddy.
Blanket Statement #2: It’s All or Nothing
US 2013, 16mm, color, 5 min
A quilted call and response, a battle of extreme extremes.
US 2014, 16mm, color, silent, 5 min
Tacky threads luminesce at a firefly’s pace, twinkling through remnants of chintzy opulence and gaudy glamour «prestissimo brilliante.»
The Florestine Collection
Directed by Helen Hill and Paul Gailiunas
US 2011, 16mm, 31 min
Upon discovering more than 100 handmade dresses in a trash pile one Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans, Hill set out to make a film about the dressmaker, an elderly seamstress who had recently passed away. This project was completed by Helen's husband, Paul Gailiunas, after she passed away.
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