Thursday, February 7, 2008

Peter Max Lawrence does de Young


KQED is hosting an abstract film about the de Young Museum.

The 9 minute film is by Peter Max Lawrence.

It has the look and feel of a Jeremy Blake piece. No dialogue, no narrative - the images are purely visual artifacts, collected and combined in a rhythmic pattern and accompanied by a single ambient piano score by David Moore. The blurry abstract passages alternate with time-lapse images of the building, the visitors, and the grounds. It could almost be considered a music video.

And speaking of film, today's the opening of the 10th San Francisco Independent Film Festival!

(top image is a still from the film)

3 comments:

namastenancy said...

Strange choice to make a film on this subject. I found it...interesting but wished they'd chosen another director or given this director a subject closer to his skill set.

roberta soltea said...

I am not able to rightly apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a comment. Is Namastenancy familiar with the work of this director -- or rather -- filmmaker? And, if so, what does she define as his 'skill set'?

PML said...

It seems that there is a misunderstanding with both the intention and delivery of this particular work. It was created while I was working as an artist in residence under Ian McDonald at the de Young and was in no way supposed to be a work documenting the space for KQED, it was simply my captured vision of that specific month whilst working within the space. If I were to make a work that was for the Museum or KQED I think it would be drastically different