With Phil Solomon
CINEMA 16 | FRI NOV 9 | 5:00 PM | Q&A
Phil Solomon, one of the very few artists to have (visually) collaborated with legendary avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage (1933–2003), will present a very special evening of their work together, featuring Seasons …, Elementary Phrases and Concrescence. Solomon will analyze sections of Seasons … frame by frame, and show home movies — excerpts from the Brakhage Sunday salons — and offer some rare surprises in celebration of what would have been Brakhage’s 80th birthday in January of 2013.
“At some point in the future, when authoritative histories of twentieth-century art begin to be written with the wise judgment that only distance from the present time can confer, I believe that Stan Brakhage will loom not only as one of the very greatest of filmmakers but as one of the major figures in all the arts. The sheer virtuosity of his work, the sensual beauty of his films’ shapes and colors and textures, his creation of a unique and complex kind of visual music (most of his films are silent because the music comes from the screen), his appeal to the viewer as individual rather than as a member of a crowd, the ecstatic unpredictability of his spaces and rhythms, all assure the monumental importance of his close to 400 films, both individually and as a body of work,” from “Stan Brakhage: A Brief Introduction” at www.fredcamper.com.
Before or after the screening, see Solomon’s three-screen masterpiece, American Falls, downstairs in the Cinema on the Verge Gallery.