Jonathan Silver: Infidel in the Studio

Jonathan Silver: Infidel in the Studio

Coleen Fitzgibbon
Curated Programs:  Artists on Artists
Sunday May 7th, 4:10 PM  

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Jonathan Silver, Brooklyn born artist, gained recognition for his emotionally charged large hallucinogenic sculpture installations in the late ‘80’s. Silver, a Columbia University scholar under art historian Meyer Shapiro, shifted gears and began creating genre bending artworks influenced by Hellenistic thought, Rodin, Giacometti, and Freudian psychoanalysis. During Silver’s meteoric rise, his work was acquired by the Walker Art Center, the MET, the City of Baltimore/John Hopkins, and the Weatherspoon Museum, and was shown at the Queens Museum, SculptureCenter, and numerous galleries before his early death in 1992. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America and Art News, among others. In 1986 NYTimes art critic Michael Brenson wrote: “Silver’s aim is syncretic…He takes one chunk from here, another from there, and then struggles to assemble works that that can suggest both the crushing gravity of the fragmentation and the possibility of clawing and climbing towards a new whole.”

Filmmaker Coleen Fitzgibbon first filmed Jonathan Silver four months before his death, with art writer Michael Brenson, then-Director of the Weatherspoon Museum, Bert Carpenter, and sculptor Tom Otterness.

Fitzgibbon has screened her documentaries and experimental films internationally as a filmmaker and artist at the Greenpoint Film Festival, Viennale in Austria, Toronto International Film Festival, MOMA, Rotterndam IFF, Salon 94 Gallery, LA MOCA, Anthology Film Archives and others.

Co-producer Michael Grenadier has produced and edited many documentaries, including High Wide and Handsome with Loudon Wainwright III and The Ultimate Wish.

 

Gummer Moyers Swoon

Don Gummer

Curated Program:  Artists on Artists
Artist Archives documentary film project
Robert DiMaio, 25 min 46 sec
Sunday May 7th, 4:10pm

The Artist Archive was founded in 2002 when filmmaker Robert DiMaio was commissioned by the School Construction Authority to document a public art installation – a project that was funded by the Percent for Art program. Shortly after, DiMaio submitted a proposal to document, using film, all the art installed in public schools. His concept was that on the first day of every school year, students would be taken on a tour of the hallways where art was on public display. Their visit with the art would be followed by a short film about the meaning of the art and the history of the artist. Thereafter, when students would pass the art, they would be reminded of aspects of the artists lives and how creativity, imagination, and inspirations overcame challenges or led to success. TAA continues to create short films to encourage dialogue among teachers, parents/guardians, and younger people regarding the ways in which art contributes to issues of community pride, quality of life, and life-long education.

Don gummer
Robert DiMaio, 2016, 10 min 6 sec
Curated experimental Program

SUNDAY MAY 7th, 4:10PM  

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Don Gummer discusses the ability of public art to bring communities together. Inspired by his childhood fascination with urban structures, he is able to facilitate an unfiltered exchange of ideas between the many viewers that come into contact with his work around the city. This might allow a mother to better understand how her child views the world around them; get people into the habit of forming a greater tolerance to differing perspectives, and expand the mind.

 

Gummer Moyers Swoon

Moyers
Robert DiMaio, 2016, 2 min 16 sec
Curated experimental Program

SUNDAY MAY 7th, 4:10PM  

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In a visit to painter Burton Silverman’s studio, Bill Moyers discusses artists as the “carriers of the imagination”, and artwork as the vessels of otherwise inaccessible sensations and information. Moyers focuses on the impact that artwork has on the viewer’s perception and future emotional development, bringing light to the way certain works of painting, writing, etc. teach generations of people to feel empathy, learn about their histories, and to become more connected to the world around them.

 

Swoon

Swoon
Robert DiMaio, 2016, 13 min 24 sec
Curated experimental Program

SUNDAY MAY 7th, 4:10PM  

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This short film follows the work of Swoon, who gained notoriety from her street art and her unique use of materials. Highlighted here are her functional raft sculptures, which were created entirely out of salvaged materials from dumpsters and construction sites. The creations are bi-products of the community we live in, and viewers join together to watch their silhouettes on the East River, gathering in fascination and celebration.

 

Artists Short Shorts

Artist Short Shorts, 19 min 20 sec
Curated by Lili WhiteProgram notes
Sunday, May 7th, 4:10PM

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New World

New World
Judy Rifka, 1 min 22 sec

New World is a photomontage of numerous favorite clips. The showstopper, the brand intro to 1930’s Worldwide Production…Continuing the global theme with Spheres from Space Series sequences from collaborations with D. Dibble. I juxtaposed outtakes from the various sequences, by lining them up and screen shooting , superimposed onto a Photoshopped digital 3D effect image.

 

Hold

Hold
Denise Iris, 45 sec

From the MINIMENTALS project of ultra short films. Through intense observation and unexpected connections, these cinematic haikus transform ordinary moments into reveries that blur the line between inner and outer, real and imagined worlds. In the process, they invite us to rediscover a layer of experience which is often overlooked in the frantic pace of contemporary life. Ongoing project of over 60 films to date, presented as live improvised event curated in collaboration with the audience, gallery installation, and mobile app (upcoming).

 

Birds in Stuyvesant Park

Pigeons in Stuyvesant Park
Amy Hill, 1 min 18 sec

Foot traffic of birds in Stuyvesant Park.

 

Sonica Walking

Sonica Walking
Lucia Maria Minervini, 1 minute 13 sec 

Part of an ongoing project in diverse mediums, spanning 15 years, musing on and documenting my movements in place, through space and over time.

 

Rooftop Short

Rooftop Short
Evelin Stermitz, 2 min 56 sec
Sound: Elise Kermani; Special credits to Maria João Salema

A woman positions herself at a rooftop space within a ghostlike paradox situation. The open functional architecture provides a surface for experiments with a person in a usually abandoned area. As a platform, it is theatre space for uncanny moments in an urban context.

 

59 Notes

59 Notes
Irina Danilova, 1 min

59 Notes is an impromptu performance during the short visit in Kharkov, Ukraine, after Irina Danilova’s lecture at the Kharkov Karazin University, co-performed with head of department of media and communication, Lidia Starodubtseva, on her heirloom piano with a rich history. 59 Notes are part of experimental Project 59, series of artworks where random number is used as an excuse for exploration. 

 

Watercolor

Watercolor
Fred Hatt 2 min 12 sec

Shot with a smartphone, visual artist and filmmaker Fred Hatt’s Watercolor shows light and color blended through lenses of raindrops on a car’s windshield.

 

My Bath

My Bath
Lucia Maria Minervini, 50 sec

One of a series focusing on common and everyday experiences; preserved, accentuated and embellished.

 

Redshift

REDSHIFT
Lili White 1 min 47 sec

REDSHIFT is the displacement of spectral lines toward longer wavelengths (the red end of the spectrum) in radiation from distant galaxies and celestial objects. This is interpreted as a Doppler shift that is proportional to the velocity of recession and thus to distance.

 

Fireworks

Fireworks
Andrea Callard, 1 min 19 sec

Short work documenting a fireworks display, shot from the roof of a restaurant called Alma on Columbia Street in Brooklyn, an hour or so after the Belmont Stakes.

 

medidas del arte

medidas del arte (diccionario)
Rrose Present 1 min 47 sec

This video addresses the impossibility of finding some objective rules or criteria for judging works in contemporary art from Art. The postmodern era imposed a rupture of the canons of aesthetic judgment that previously have been aimed at art. With relativsm, every person with “authority” creates her/his own rules. It is the action of measuring art that creates “stars” (estrellas) or “those who crash” (estrellados).

 

Dragonfly Glasses

Dragonfly Glasses
Denise Iris, 40 sec

From the ongoing MINIMENTALS series, ultra short films for personal screens. Through intense observation and unexpected connections, these cinematic haikus transform ordinary moments into whimsical reveries that blur the line between inner and outer, real and imagined worlds. In the process, they invite us to rediscover a layer of experience which is often overlooked in the frantic pace of contemporary life.

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Harbor View

Harbor View
Andrea Callard, 9 sec

A playful experiment by Callard on her twice-daily commute.

 

Fire Ladder

FIRE LADDER
Cinzia Sarto 2 min 2 sec

Paolo Buggiani performance with his sculpture in Pantelleria.

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