From: Thomas Beard (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jun 09 2008 - 17:55:09 PDT
No Idle Hands
Curated by Sabrina Gschwandtner
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 8pm
55 33rd Street, 3rd Floor
Handcraft--absorbing, obsessive, mysterious, political, communal and
mythical--is the subject of these documentaries, which range from
exhaustively researched to casually recorded and even imagined.
Kusamašs Self-Obliteration, Yayoi Kusama/Jud Yalkut, 16mm, 1964, 24 mins
The film was conceived as a portrait of the Yayoi Kusama and her work of two
decades, and a progressively involving and engrossing experience that could
possibly project the viewer into the screen.
When This You See..., Elaine Reichek, video, 1998, 17 mins
Nine appropriated film clips from sources such as Heavenly Creatures (1994)
and Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) show women stitching. Each segment reveals
a dramatic moment in the movie's story, and then ends with a freeze-frame
over which the artist superimposes a single word, cataloging the act
("betrayal," "revolution," ŗrevenge,˛ etc) each womanšs handcraft
Odd Fellows, Alee Peoples, Super-8 to video, 2006, 5 mins
A short documentary on the Odd Fellows, a fraternal order begun in England
as an offshoot of the Masons.
Paracas, Cecilia Vicuņa, 16mm to video, 1993, 18 mins
Conceived as a visual and sound poem in seven scenes, this animation of a
2,000 year-old textile now in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum invites
entrance into a different visual and sonic space. The textile, interpreted
here as a celebration of the Thread of Life, was constructed in a
sculptural, three-dimensional looping technique developed by the ancient
artists of the Paracas/Nazca region of Peru.
Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design, Faythe Levine,
video, 20 mins
(excerpt from the feature film to be released 2009)
A documentary exploring the rise of DIY art, craft, and design in the United
States. The heart of this new wave of creativity is the community, which is
equally influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics,
feminism and art.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Faythe Levine, Elaine
Reichek and Cecilia Vicuņa.
Curated by Sabrina Gschwandtner, visual artist, author of ŗKnitKnit:
Profiles and Projects from Knittingšs New Wave˛ (New York: Abrams, 2007),
and contributor to the Journal of Modern Craft, Cabinet, and Selvedge, among
many other publications. http://www.knitknit.net/sabrina
Edibles will be available from Sweet Tooth of the Tiger, a renegade bakery
project that explores a nostalgia for the bake sale through the performance
of social engagement over sugary confections.
Tickets - $6, available at door.
About Light Industry
Light Industry is a new venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New
York. Developed and overseen by Thomas Beard and Ed Halter, the project has
begun as a series of weekly events at Industry City in Sunset Park,
each organized by a different artist, critic, or curator. Conceptually,
Light Industry draws equal inspiration from the long history of alternative
art spaces in New York as well its storied tradition of cinematheques and
other intrepid film exhibitors. Through a regular program of screenings,
performances, and lectures, its goal is to explore new models for the
presentation of time-based media and foster a complex dialogue amongst a
wide range of artists and audiences within the city.
For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.