November 13, 2018
. . . San Francisco Cinematheque Screening: Language and Abstraction
Drawing inspiration from Léonie Guyer: form in the realm of, this program presents film and video works which explore personal symbologies, the nature of mark-making, the limits of verbal enunciation, and assertive and non-assertive abstractions at the thresholds of the visible. Cryptic questions—verbal, post-verbal or visual—are presented; the answers provided are not as expected.

Screening includes: ascensions (2017) by arc, a 16mm “window onto eternity” composed of conflicting images and afterimages, both abstract and concrete; A Minimal Difference (2012), Jean-Paul Kelly’s fusion of modernist abstraction with contemporary news images suggesting disaster; Victoria Fu’s Bubble Over Green 1 (2015), a dense layering of art-making gestures; and two works by Sara MagenheimerNothing Comes from Talking (But Sound) (2012) and Seven Signs that Mean Silence (2013), which celebrate the grace and absurdity of western linguistic symbolism while “meditating on the in-between places and negative space where meaning hides out.”

The screening is bookended by two more 16mm works—Hollis Frampton’s Palindrome (1969), a compendium of organic abstractions “metamorphosed from the chemically mutilated flesh of color film itself” and Chinese Series (2013), Stan Brakhage’s final film, literally scratched onto “spit-softened emulsion with bare fingernails” several months before the filmmaker’s death.

Language and Abstraction
curated by San Francisco Cinematheque

6:30 pm

Image: Victoria Fu, Bubble Over Green 1 (2015)

This program is presented with the support of Untitled Art, San Francisco, and is the third screening in the Fall 2018 edition of Untitled, Cinema.