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Material Incidents: The Cinema of Vincent Grenier

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Cornell Cinema is honored to host internationally acclaimed local experimental filmmaker Vincent Grenier for a career-overview screening of his poetic film and video work. He will be the recipient of the 2019 Stan Brakhage Vision Award at the Denver Film Festival, an honor held by such masters of the avant-garde as Barbara Hammer, Carolee Scheemann, P. Adams Sitney, and George Kuchar.

In a 2014 article in ARTFORUM about Grenier's work, Tony Pipolo wrote "I was struck by [the works'] modesty and simplicity, virtues that make it easy to overlook their concomitant beauty and observational acuity...It's clear that Grenier is as interested in what is unseen or barely seen as he is about what is directly before us.... [His] frequent tendency to frame ambiguously, or deflect the material basis or the genesis of a work, is not just an optical game he plays with the viewer—although, surely, he must draw great pleasure from this prospect. The strategy to incite discovery seems ingrained in his character, a natural proclivity to reproduce or literally reenact his way of looking at the world—as if to entice its response."*

Grenier will present a selection of work made between 1978 and 2018. Descriptions can be found on his website (vincentgrenier.com)

Programme:

  • Interieur Interiors (16mm orig) 15 min. 1978
  • Watercolor 12:30 min. 2013
  • You (16mm orig) 12 min. 1990
  • Intersection 7 min. 2015
  • Commute 6:10 min. 2018
  • Back View 17 min. 2011

The event is cosponsored with the Cornell Council for the Arts & the Dept of Art.

* Read the ARTFORUM article here:
https://www.artforum.com/film/tony-pipolo-on-cinemas-as-found-object-films-and-videos-by-vincent-grenier-48902

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