Microscope is very pleased to present a night of rare ephemeral cinema performance and films by Bradley Eros in connection with his current solo exhibition at the gallery “All that is solid melts into eros”, which is on view through April 22. The works in the program, spanning nearly two decades - from "eros.ion" (1999), a shutter-less Super8mm projection performance, to Eros' most recent and never-before-seen "Flick or Film" (2017) - revolve primarily around the artist's investigation of film as an ephemeral, physical medium and the ways of transforming it to in effect extend its life, including through collaging, spray paint, burning, burial, and various manually activated means of projection.
Among the other works in the program are Eros' new iteration of his 2002 "Aurora Borealis" a cinematic homage to Joseph Cornell and Jean Painlevé shown this time in its original 16mm format with live foley and electronics soundtrack by Rachael Guma and Gabriel Guma (aka Gestalt Tone Color); "Liquid Crystal" (2000), a film-less projection performance with light beams passing through cut crystal drinking glasses, lenses, whiskey and water; and one of Eros' best known works "burn (or, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics)", a video in which a found Super8mm filmstrip of 1970s bondage porn burns frame-by-frame as it is pulled through a damaged projector to a soundtrack from Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.
Eros will be available for Q&A following the screening and performance.
General admission $8
Members or students w/ ID $6
Bradley Eros is an artist working in myriad mediums including film & video, collage, performance, expanded cinema, and installation. Eros has been a catalyst of the New York film community since the 1980s and his works have exhibited and screened extensively in the US and abroad including at the Whitney Museum of American Art (in “Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art: 1905-2016”, “The Whitney Biennial 2004”, and “The American Century: Art & Culture 1900-2000”) as well as at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), MoMA PS1, New Museum, The Kitchen, Participant Inc., Pioneer Works, Performa09, Exit Art, Anthology Film Archives, Parrish Art Museum (Water Mill, NY), The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA), Camden Arts Center (London), Arsenal (Berlin), and The New York, London and Rotterdam Film Festivals. His work has been written about in ArtFCity, Artforum, Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, The Wall Street Journal, and the Village Voice, among many others. Collaborations include the Alchemical Theater, the band Circle X, Voom HD Lab, and the expanded cinema groups kinoSonik, Arcane Project and currently with Optipus. Grants and Awards include: Acker Award, NYFA Fellowship, Experimental Television Center (ETC), and Issue Project Room’s artist in residence, among others. His work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Eros currently lives and works in Queens, New York.
More info and full program available at www.microscopegallery.com