Sunday, March 28, 2010

Magic Eye: The Films of Phil Solomon

I don't know if any of you have been to or heard of the Magic Eye series but it is a really great event that happens every so often, I think usually once a month. They used to screen in the Lof/t but now that it doesn't exist any longer they have had them at the Charles theater. The series is curated, usually with a theme, of films and video by avant-garde and experimental filmmakers. Some local, some national/international. The upcoming event is a screening + conversation with the experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon. I highly recommend this series! I know we have class on this particular night but keep Magic Eye in mind and definitely try and make one of them in the future.

"Magic Eye and Johns Hopkins University are pleased to host an evening of film and conversation with acclaimed experimental filmmaker Phil Solomon.

'Although part of a long avant-garde tradition, Mr. Solomon makes films that look like no others I've seen. The conceit of the filmmaker as auteur has rarely been more appropriate or defensible — The liberating effect of Mr. Solomon's work suggests a rather different realm: Film Meets Vision, Rejoice!' – Manolha Dargis, New York Times

The screening will include excerpts from his installation at the Corcoran Gallery of Art “American Falls” and a selection of his films and videos, including “Remains To Be Seen” which Stan Brakhage named as one of his Top Ten Films of All Time for Sight and Sound magazine.

Solomon’s film work employs an array of chemical and optical treatments to explore the natural state of decay of 16mm film. The results produce a molten emulsion unique to his cinema, a visually mesmerizing struggle between a captured image and the materiality of the medium.

His recent video series called “In Memoriam, Mark Lapore” operates in the genre of machinima. Appropriating scenes from the lawless world of Grand Theft Auto, Solomon quells the crime wave and creates a trance-like wandering through a desolate urban landscape. The trilogy, named as one of the Top Experimental Films of 2007 by the Village Voice, will close the evening’s program.

Phil Solomon teaches at University of Colorado – Boulder. He has participated in two Whitney Biennials and has had three Cineprobes (one-man shows) at the Museum of Modern Art. He has won a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (1993) and The Thatcher Hoffman Smith Award (2007), as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Capital Foundation."

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