New Projections + Installations by the Portland Film + Video Artists Collective
Sydney and Keith Fitzgerald, Ling-Wen Tsai, Stefanie Loeb, Betsy Nelson, Peter Shellenberger, Kenneth White, and Deborah Wing-Sproul
In the Main Space
Artists include Sydney and Keith Fitzgerald, Ling-Wen Tsai, Stefanie Loeb, Betsy Nelson, Peter Shellenberger, Kenneth White, and Deborah Wing-Sproul. Their works utilize film and video in combination with painting, performance, fabric, and large-format photography, to expand our understanding of moving images.
Sydney and Keith Fitzgerald present an experimental Super 8 tour around Mackworth Island in “Yslaneyd.” Ling-Wen Tsai, in collaboration with composer Nathan Kolosko, present “Water & Wind: Water Bugs,” a new video in their on-going exploration of invisible elemental energies. Stefanie Loeb’s “Cotton and Silk” uses film and cloth garments to address the materials’ transformation over time. Using Super 8 projection, painting, and performance, Betsy Nelson addresses the currently fashionable convergence of feminism and domesticity in “Domestic Fowl: Birds Kept for their Eggs and Flesh.” The flammability of celluloid film is the focus of Peter Shellenberger’s “Fool Render Dust,” a projection of the B – Monster Movie War of the Colossal Beast, continuously looped until the film’s disintegration. “Directions of Encounter” by Kenneth White explores the pliability of time and place in quintessential Maine Coast imagery using video projection on to large-format transparent DURAclear prints from Super 8. Deborah Wing-Sproul presents her new performance-based video “Tidal Culture, Part II: Newfoundland, Latitude 49.42N / Longitude 54.45W,” the latest work in her on-going address of impermanence in environmental and cultural conditions.
The Portland Film + Video Artists Collective (PFVAC) formed in July 2006. It is committed to the advancement of film and video as personal, experimental art forms in Greater Portland. Celebration and preservation of creative freedom is paramount in all its actions. This is the Collective’s fourth event: the previous three were held at Zero Station, Portland, Maine, and included “Premiere Showcase” (October 2006), “Peter Gruner Shellenberger Retrospective” (March 2007), and the “Portland – Syracuse One Take Super 8 Event” with visiting artist Brett Kashmere (April 2007).
Images (top to bottom):
Deborah Wing-Sproul, Tidal Culture Part II: Newfoundland Latitude 49.42N / Longitude 54.45W,2007, 60 minutes, single channel HD DVD video
Ling-Wen Tsai, Water & Wind: Water Bugs, 2007, single channel video
Kenneth White, Directions of Encounter, 2007, six 36 x 49 light jet prints of Super 8 frames on DURAclear, looped video projection of Super 8