From: Chris Kennedy (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Mar 24 2009 - 10:55:03 PDT
Yes, and I like them a lot. I think thereıs a lot to be said about the
artist as filmmaker. Serra was very much invested in watching what was
coming out of the film scene at the time and responded in his own way.
I think a lot of current objections are related to the art star phenomenon
deciding that CINEMA is the way they can fully express their megalomania.
Like Bowie painting, one learns to be suspect... But there are so many
different types of artists making different types of films, that I donıt
think you can have a knee-jerk reaction to them all. The spectrum is rather
wide. And some are really making contributions to an understanding of the
art form (Sharon Lockhartıs probably the least controversial of these).
A legitimate frustration is that it doesnıt quite go the other way.
Contemporary art discourse rarely mentions filmmaking as part of its
purview. I understand some of that... Visionary cinema as a phenomenon kind
of clashes with conceptual art discourses.. Even more now when hip art often
stands as indexical signs to ideas and weıre still talking process, vision,
form, or even, dare we, editing!... The dialogues donıt intersect so I can
understand when people feel a little territorial when they walk into a
gallery show and see someone whose convinced their gallery to make a few
prints of a half-baked structural film parody with the appropriate amount of
Hitchcock references (watch out, though, I feel a Fassbinder wave coming
On 3/24/09 1:21 PM, "Cari Machet" <email suppressed> wrote:
> have you seen richard serra's films?
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