A Trio of Films That Examines Play
Featuring the work of Stacey Steers, Charlotte Pryce, and Gina Kamestky
Guest Curator: Laura Heit
A trio of films that carefully examines play; by reconfiguring, and relocating once discarded images, building layers, and creating new meaning. A hockey game is replayed using erasure and a lyrical hand painted line to examine the beauty and rhythm in this bloody sport. Another buries generations’ past evening entertainment in the garden and unearths new complex stories for bedtime. Colors unlike anything we relate to dirt, sublime in their secret history. The last creates infinite intricate collages from photocopied engravings, sending silent era film heroines into thickets and swarms to discover hidden corporeal messengers.
On view 24 hours a day. Now until October 4 th, 2017
- Night Hunter by Stacey Steers
Night Hunter by Stacey Steers showcases two one-minute clips from her handmade film composed of more than 4000 collages. The actress Lillian Gish is seamlessly appropriated from silent-era cinema and plunged into a new and haunting role. Night Hunter evokes a disquieting dreamscape, drawn from allegory, myth and archetype. Music and sound (on originally full-length film) by Larry Polansky.
Stacey Steers is known for her process-driven, labor-intensive films composed of thousands of handmade works on paper. Her recent work employs images appropriated from early cinematic sources, from which she constructs original, lyrical narratives. Steers’ animated short films have screened at Sundance Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, New Directors New Films (New York), IFFR Rotterdam, Locarno IFF, MoMA and the National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.).Stacey Steers is a recipient of major grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Creative Capital and the American Film Institute. She lives and works in Boulder, CO
- Spank Shot by Gina Kamentsky
“While waiting for a spanking, I watched hockey.”
Gina Kamentsky creates kinetic sculptures which exist in the somewhat chaotic and messy real world and animated films for the screen where gravity is a bit less of a concern. Her current artistic concern involves invoking the sweet spot where representation and surface push and pull each other like a two-headed lama. She is pursuing this by drawing and painting images directly on film stock, a technique, known as Direct Animation.
- Phosphene Phantasmagoria by Charlotte Pryce
The storybook is closed, the lamp extinguished, the images of the day recede, yet before sleep takes hold bright lights dance and flicker behind the eyelid, as if projected onto a miniature screen. If you look closely interwoven in the small explosions of color are the fragmentary remains of nursery rhymes. Menacing, absurd, surreal. It is time for the phantoms… a moment when images stored in the unconscious return in bursts of biophotonic light to construct their own stories: playful yet disturbing revenants.
This work has been created from old lantern slides made for children that were photographed onto 16mm which was subsequently buried, exhumed and reanimated.
Charlotte Pryce has been making experimental films, photographs and optical objects since 1986. Born in London, Charlotte Pryce graduated with a BFA from the Slade School of Art, University College London and completed an MFA in Fine Art/ Film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her films have screened in numerous festivals including Rotterdam, Oberhausen, Toronto, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Ann Arbor and London. In 2013 the Los Angeles Film Critics Association honored her with the Douglas Edwards Award for Best Experimental Cinema Achievement, and in 2014 she was the recipient of Film at Wits End Award from the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Laura Heit is a multidisciplinary artist who has lived in Portland, Oregon, since 2011. Her films and installations have been seen at; Adams and Ollman, Portland, The Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, Boise Art Museum, She Works Flexible, Houston, REDCAT Los Angeles, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MOMA NYC, Millennium Film NYC, Pompidou Paris, TBA Festival Portland, and the Guggenheim Museum. She was a 2016 Oregon Arts Council Individual Artist Fellow and has received grants and awards including; Artist Project Grant Regional Arts & Culture Council including the 2014 Innovation Award, Henson Foundation (2009, 2014), ARC California, Illinois Arts Council, Puppeteers of America, Thames and Hudson, The British Council, and the Mac Dowell Colony. She was the co-director of the Experimental Animation Program at Cal Arts, and currently teaches at Pacific Northwest College of Art.