History, Memory, Texture Artists’ Films on 16mm
This four-night screening series showcases a number of artists who work primarily on 16mm. These meticulously constructed 16mm films reflect on the density of time and history as they fade into abstract, sometimes difficult to recover memories.
Reflecting what Jeffrey Skoller has called the postmodern avant-garde’s tendency toward evocation rather than representation, these films and these artists reflect on worlds that are ephemerally slipping beneath our grasp.
All films will be screened on 16mm
• A Luther Price Battle Royale Eulogy
This evening offers a rare opportunity to witness six handmade 16mm films by artist Luther Price. For the last several decades, Price has been making original 16mm prints, meaning that he works directly on the film stock, prints no negatives, and lets the ephemeral nature of the film take its course.
Each film print is a one-of-a-kind, unique object in and of itself. Pushed to the brink of collapse by burying films in his garden (in the Garden Films) or smothering their found footage in stunning layers of paint (in his Inkblots), Price’s films levitate between projected film and material object.
This screening will feature a world-premiere double-projection of Burgen and Tonic, his quasi-remake of Who’s Afraid of Virigina Woolf, as well as examples of his Garden Films and Inkblots. Many prints have not been screened since Price showed at the 2012 Whitney Biennial, and he has indicated the prints need to go into retirement after this screening. Come say hello and goodbye.
Daniel Eisenberg prints provided by Oberlin art library; all other prints provided by Canyon Cinema
This event is presented with support by the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art.