In an afternoon of short films laced together as “experimental” on topics of love, memory, and change—in an age ripe with digital overload via the endless storage of images and information—it was “Boyland” that seemed to most resonate with the audience.
There are a couple more days left of the Brooklyn Film Festival. A review has been dispatched to us by Main Tim who attended the screening of “Eadweard,” a film portraying the complex life of Edward Muybridge who is best known for his pioneering work in photographic motion. The film was screened at The Wythe Hotel. (“Eadweard” is based on a recent stage play of the same name. Canadian director Kyle Rideout’s “Eadweard” faithfully follows the biographic template of Muybridge as covered previously by Phillip Glass’s opera “The Photographer.”)
The theme of the hand and its uniqueness to humans is archetypical and offers endless distinctive interpretations. Talk to the Hand at Lynch Tham Gallery (through Feb. 15) handily moves the viewer emotionally and imaginatively. The hand does indeed talk. (Image: Richard Serra’s “Hand Catching Lead,” 1968, video, black and white, silent.)
In this group installation artists will make and display the evolution of the headshop classics: comics, black light posters, tapestries, t-shirts, incense, candles, “pipes,” tarot cards, vinyl, macrame, etc, as well as new things that have become a integral part of modern underground psychedelic culture.
“What they’ve done to the Rose City is despicable.” Exasperated, a character in Penny Allen’s Property laments the encroaching gentrification of the region and adds, sighing, “Portland isn’t the same as it used to be.” Though the lines were spoken nearly 40 years ago, the sentiment feels grimly reminiscent of a contemporary situation.