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All Shook Down
Or: A Complete Undoing of All Goodwill Thus Far Accumulated by the Mini Microcinema
Curated By: Nick Pinkerton
Poster Art By: Peter Van Hyning
Installation Art By: Michael Molloy
Showing the work of: Scott Cummings, Calum Walter, T. Marie, Terence Nance, Gabriel Abrantes, Eve Heller, Benjamin Pearson
Critic Nick Pinkerton, a son of the Queen City who has been ensconsed on the eastern seaboard for most of the 21st century, returns home with a groaning bounty of cinematic morsels cherry-picked from footloose screening-room trampings. These contemporary works are united by the shudder of centrifugal energy which travels from one piece to another, recalling the certain triumph of entropy. The bill of fare travels from Rust Belt New York State in the post-apocalyptic present to India in the 16th century to abstracted vistas beyond the purview of the camera, with occasional leaps to a becalmed cosmic perspective.
Panchromes I, II, III (2014) T. Marie (Rhode Island)
A series of three of the artist’s signature transmutable pixel paintings, Impressionist whorls whose shifting colors spread across the canvas for an effect that can seem like an effulgent shimmer or an infectious rash.
Former Models (2012) Benjamin Pearson (Chicago, IL)
A cheeky video-essay on pop authenticity which explains the sci-fi narrative behind the rise and fall of Milli Vanilli’s Robert Pilatus, using footage of the group at peak fame and testimony from Auto-Tune creator Andy Hildebrand.
Crème 21 (2013) Eve Heller (Vienna, AU)
An assemblage whose pieces include a Three Stooges short and a 1970s educational film called Time: Measurement & Meaning. The didactic narration is gouged by popping sound track breaks, frayed speech sutured together to create entirely new sentences occasionally coalesce into something teasingly coherent.
Swimming in Your Skin Again (2014) Terence Nance (New York, NY)
A lush imagistic procession of mysterious images shot in and around tropical Miami, Florida which is also a gospel-tinged musical, made in collaboration with the artist’s brother, musician Norvis, Jr.
Buffalo Juggalos (2014) Scott Cummings (New York, NY)
An mesmerizing journey into the widely-mocked Juggalo subculture as it exists in one city in Rust Belt America, in which the subjects are encouraged to present themselves to the camera and viewer in a series of posed portraits which show them as they would like to be seen.
Relief (2014) Calum Walter (Chicago, IL)
Images from the scene of a car accident rendered in the streaky grey-and-white of multigenerational photocopying, their decay animated through a process which bristles with glum foreboding. Part of a series of films that explore a hybrid of digital and analog moving images.
Taprobana (2014) Gabriel Abrantes (Lisbon, Portugal)
A “biopic” which imagines the exile of the 16th century Portuguese poet Luís Vaz de Camões and his Chinese lover, Dinamene, in present-day Sri Lanka; the cooption of his work by King Filipe II of Spain; and his entry into the afterlife.
T. Marie is an artist and filmmaker, and currently teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her previous works include Slave Ship (10), Water Lilies (10) and Optra Field VII-IX (11).
Benjamin Pearson was born in Toronto in 1984, and is currently based in Chicago, where he is an instructor at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. He has recently exhibited at CPH:DOX, Gene Siskel Film Center, the Lincoln Center, and BRIC.
Eve Heller is an American filmmaker based in Vienna, Austria and Hyde Park, NY. She studied at SUNY Buffalo, New York University, Hunter College, and Bard College. She teaches workshops throughout the world on analog filmmaking and works as a German/English translator specializing in texts about cinema. Her work has been shown at such venues as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Collective for Living Cinema, the New York Film Festival, Pacific Film Archives, Cinematheque Ontario, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Louvre, the Viennale and the Austrian Filmmuseum in Vienna.
Terence Nance is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas who currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He makes films, installations, performances, and music, recording under the name Terence Etc. His first feature film, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, premiered in the New Frontier section of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and is currently available on DVD and digitally through Cinema Guild. In addition to his personal work, Terence is also an accomplished music video director having collaborated on short films and music videos with Blitz the Ambassador, Cody ChesnuTT, and Pharoahe Monch. Swimming in Your Skin Again was made in collaboration with the Miami-based multimedia collective Borscht Corp.
Scott Cumming is a Buffalo-born, New York based filmmaker. He grew up in a working class Union family in the shadow of the same factory his parents met at. He studied at SUNY Buffalo and the California Institute of the Arts, and he professionally wrote scripts for adult film giant Vivid Video, until moving to New York to work for the Criterion Collection. He currently works as a commercial editor. His work has screened at MoMA, BAMcinemaFEST, Visions du Reel, CPH:DOX, Chicago Underground Film Festival, and the Centre Georges Pompidou.
Calum Walter is a visual artist specializing in the moving image who studied at the University of Colorado and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently based in Chicago, where he is the “Filmmaker in Residence” at Northwestern University's School of Communication.
Gabriel Abrantes was born in North Carolina in 1984. He studied at the Cooper Union in New York, Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing, and L’Ecole National des Beaux Arts in Paris. He has co-directed several short films, including A History of Mutual Respect (10), Liberdade (11), and Birds (12). He is currently teaching cinema at the Haute Ecole d’Art et Design in Geneva and working on his first feature film, Tristes Monroes, a screwball comedy in post-earthquake Haiti co-directed with Daniel Schmidt.