Microscope is very pleased to present a screening night of Super 8mm and 16mm films by Rachael Guma and Grace Sloan as part of our emerging artists series YES, including several premieres, works in progress, and fresh-from-the-lab film prints by the two New York-based artists.
A champion of small gauge film and sound experimentation, Rachael Guma makes works including stop motion animations, diaristic and personal observations, experimental narratives, and film performances where the visuals and sound are expanded through the use of mirrors, filters, and other objects and hybrid tools/instruments she has devised. Themes of the works in the program — which features three never-before-seen works “Walosi (The Frog)”, a shadow animation, and the Super 8mm films “Whiplash” and “Hidden Planet” — include the poetry of William Blake, ritual and dance, and celestial bodies and occurrences.
Grace Sloan comments on popular culture through the use of a variety of found films, ranging from holiday children’s programs to adult films, to create compositions that sabotage the original purpose or meaning. Sloan heightens the sense of transience of the film medium by often choosing as her subjects people and places that no longer exist. The title of her first film “Tease” — a hand-processed found footage film treated with bleach, dye, and nail polish to obscure the underlying imagery — may describe by extension all of her works to date in that they create a tension between showing and not showing, whether through stuttering of the frame, painting and scratching on film, or other manipulations. The program marks the debut of her 2018 Super 8mm film “Carol Wright Catalog”, a hand processed and animated/flicker film of the pages of the direct mail marketing catalog “Carol Wright”. Q&A with the artists follows.
General admission $8
Members or students w/ ID $6
Full program & artist bios at www.microscopegallery.com. Please note our new temporary entrance, which is the first door before the construction if approaching from Wyckoff.