Media Arts Program

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

$5 General / FREE for Burchfield Penney members

Burchfield Penney Art Center & Hallwalls present

Paul Sharits

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Auditorium - Burchfield Penney Art Center

A Film by François Miron (2015, 85 min.)

Long after his premature death, the impact of Paul Sharits lingers on. The prominent iconoclast and innovator provoked with fast-flickering, pulsating, colorful mosaics. The many interviews and testimonies are also a portrait of a generation of leading voices in experimental filmmaking.

In the mid-1960s Paul Sharits (1943-1993) started to explore the potential of the flicker. In the decades that followed, Sharits was strikingly persistent in pursuing the total deconstruction of the parameters of 16mm film into such novel forms as multiple projection installations, frozen film frames caught in-between plexiglass sheets, and ink colored partitions for abstract films. The ultimate impact of the work was not theoretical, but on the contrary very physical, even visceral.

Francois Miron's documentary not only offers a great recapitulation one of the most idiosyncratic and pertinent oeuvres within avant-garde film history, it also sketches the portrait of a tormented, deeply romantic artist, always courting disaster, but also cursed by an inherited mental condition. The reconstruction of a tragic career is animated with ample illustrations combined with home movies and other rarely seen archive materials.

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