With animator Stacey Steers
CINEMA 16 | FRI NOV 9 | 3:00 PM | Q&A
Stacey Steers will present a program of her animated films and will guide viewers on a tour of her new installation piece, Night Hunter House, built to accompany the artist’s animated film Night Hunter, which is on view in the “Cinema on the Verge” gallery at 4411 Montrose. Night Hunter (2011, 16 min.) comprises cut-up and reassembled 18th- and 19th-century engraved book illustrations depicting dense forests and brooding interiors, and resurrects silent film star Lillian Gish, who sews and cooks but also contends with giant worms, swarming moths, and a menacing snake. The film took Steers four years to make and has been screened at the Sundance, Telluride and AFI film festivals. Steers will also present her earlier collage films Phantom Canyon (2006, 10 min.). Additionally, she will present on 16mm her film Totem (1999, 11 min.) which, unfolding like a dream, explores our evolving relationship to the animal world. Narrated by Stan Brakhage, Watunna (1990, 24 min.) takes off from the creation myths of the Yekuana Indians of Venezuela and provides a transparent look at the poetic process by which human beings construct meaning from their experience.
Stacey Steers’ films are created from thousands of handmade works on paper, whether collages or individually painted drawings. Her process is both labor intensive and intuitive. She spends several years creating artwork for each film, typically eight distinct, unique images for every second of animation. After earning her advanced animation certificate from the Zagreb Film Studio in Croatia, Stacey Steers acquired her BFA degree in fine arts and film from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her animations have screened at numerous film festivals and art venues, including New Directors New Films in New York City and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Steers is also a recipient of a 2012 Creative Capital grant.