New York

Norman McLaren, Blinkity Blank, 1952, still from a color film in 16 mm, 5 minutes 15 seconds.

Norman McLaren, Blinkity Blank, 1952, still from a color film in 16 mm, 5 minutes 15 seconds.

New York

“Drawing on Film”

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
July 25, 2013–July 24, 2008

Rose Art Museum
415 South Street Brandeis University
September 24–December 16, 2008

Curated by João Ribas

“Direct” filmmaking, in which the filmmaker, instead of using a camera, draws, paints, scratches, or in some other way directly manipulates the film stock to create an image, is a small but significant tradition in experimental filmmaking. Although a number of direct films are well known (Len Lye's seminal Colour Box [1935], for example), the corpus is rarely surveyed as a whole, which this exhibition usefully aims to do. Some twenty works made since 1935 by about a dozen artists, ranging from acknowledged masters of the form such as Lye and Norman McLaren to more recent practitioners Richard Reeves and Jenny Perlin, will be screened on a loop six times each day. Two film installations (by Jennifer Reeves and Jennifer West) will be installed for one week each. Travels to the Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA Sept. 24–Dec. 16.