Live Art & Film
Alice Channer, Cigarette Pants (red) and Cigarette Pants (cream) Cast and powder coated aluminium, o
Alice Channer, Cigarette Pants (red) and Cigarette Pants (cream) Cast and powder coated aluminium, oak dowels, 2011, image courtesy the artist and The Approach
When Sculptures Walk
Wed 21 Mar 2012, 7pm, £5/£3 conc
A selection of films chosen and introduced by Alice Channer.
Helena Wlodarczyk, Slad (Trace), 1976, 35mm transferred on DVD, 13 min
This film about the acclaimed Polish sculptor Alina Szapocznikow (1926-73) was made by Wlodarczyk, one of Szapocznikow's own students. Amongst other works, it presents Le Voyage (The Journey), one of the artists' figurative sculptures, moving seemingly of its own accord through the streets of Lodz, Poland.
Ken Russell, Pop Goes The Easel, 1962, 44 min
This film was made for the eponymous BBC Monitor series and, at the time, it was considered a cutting edge depiction of London's Pop Art scene. Presenting successive portraits of artists Peter Blake, Peter Phillips, Derek Boshier and Pauline Boty, it is mostly shot in the artists' flats and studios. Rather than working in an interview format, the film brings an often surreal, richly textured visual and musical insight in the work and lives of the artists.
Geoffrey Haydon, Ed Ruscha, 1980, 28 min
This documentary about American painter Ed Ruscha was produced for the BBC Seven Artists Series. It follows the artist travelling around Los Angeles as he constructs an imitation boulder and takes it out of the city to place it in the desert. As the film progresses, elements of the Los Angeles landscape, both visual and aural, become interchangeable with frames of his drawings and paintings. The film itself becomes a landscape of Ruscha's practice.