Excerpt from Hollis Frampton’s Critical Mass, 1971

Excerpt from Hollis Frampton’s Critical Mass (1971).

“As a work of art I think Critical Mass is quite universal and deals with all quarrels (those between men and women, or men and men, or women and women, or children, or war. It is war! . . . It is one of the most delicate and clear statements––human relationships and the difficulties of them––that I have ever seen. It is very funny, and rather obviously so. It is a magic film in that you can enjoy it, with greater appreciation, each time you look at it. Most aesthetic experiences are not enjoyable on the surface. You have to look at them a number of times before you are able to fully enjoy them, but this one stands up at once, and again and again, and is amazingly clear.” - Stan Brakhage