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

    “Drawing on Film”

    The Drawing Center
    35 Wooster Street
    July 25 - July 24

    Rose Art Museum
    415 South Street, MS 069 Brandeis University
    September 24 - December 16

    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.