Screening One at Gallery SKE
EXPERIMENTA and GALLERYSKE presents an evening with avant-garde filmmakers David Gatten and Jessie Stead at 6pm on Sunday January 20th, 2008 .
Filmmaker, Henry James fan, recent Guggenheim fellow and aspiring audio book artist, David Gatten makes bookish films about letters and libraries, lovers and ghosts that are filled with words, some of which you can even read. His work has shown around the earth planet in museums, festivals, biennials, galleries, archives, access centers, elementary schools, storefronts, on sides of buildings and once on a barge that was floating down river. You can find his films in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago but he can rarely find his glasses. He lives and works by the water in Red Hook, Brooklyn and on Seabrook Island, South Carolina.
Jessie Stead was five years old in 1984. She has produced a meandering school of film/video, albums, catch phrases, installation, mail art, and other mercurial curios with pocket money since before the turn of the century. Sometimes acting alone, and sometimes with a rag-tag association of collaborators (some of whom are internet strangers, a few of whom are unwitting and famous, and one of whom is an obscure musician named John Webster Johns).
SECRET HISTORY OF THE DIVIDING LINE by David Gatten 2002 16mm B&W silent 20 mins
“As a graduate student at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996, David Gatten after having been inspired by the works of Agnes Martin, experimented with drawing lines on film, when serendipity led him to a little known volume called The Secret History Of The Line. An 18th century text written by William Byrd II a wealthy planter and government official in Virginia, this book (together with its companionThe History Of The Dividing Line) is an account of the author’s journey mapping the border between Virginia, the first English colony in North America, and the newer colony of North Carolina. Byrd’s life and writing became all the more interesting to the filmmaker as he learned that Byrd possessed one of the largest libraries in the colonies at the time, a collection of almost four thousand books. And so Gatten embarked on a cycle of nine films considering the relationships among language, image, experience and representation, this is one of the most erudite and ambitious undertakings in recent cinema.” Henriette Huldisch in Art Forum
WHAT THE WATER SAID, NOS. 4 – 6 by David Gatten 2007 16mm color sound 17 mins
HUGE FLAG by Jessie Stead 2007 digital video color sound 10 mins
TODAY! by Jessie Stead & David Gatten 2007 16mm color sound 20 mins
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