4 March 2014 //
As part of The Shape of a Pocket: Anne Colvin and Margaret Tait exhibition currently on at Mills College Art Museum, myself, visiting film historian Sarah Neely and Stephanie Hanor the director of MCAM were invited to talk about the show at Poetic Research Bureau in Los Angeles.
Sarah showed some of Tait’s films, Stephanie talked through the show with installation views and a video and I recited some of Tait’s poems. It was a fantastic evening and the lively audience seemed very engaged with the works.
That’s me clutching Sarah’s book on Tait’s poetry and writings!
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21 January 2014 //
Jan 22 – March 16, 2014
Mills College Art Museum
The Shape of a Pocket: Anne Colvin and Margaret Tait offers a rare West Coast opportunity to see the works of Anne Colvin and Margaret Tait within a unique and intimate environment.
The works of Scottish, San Francisco-based, moving image artist Anne Colvin and mid-twentieth century Scottish filmmaker and poet, Margaret Tait unfold through gallery installations, film screenings and readings. Colvin’s non-linear interruptions complement Tait’s ‘film poems’ to create an experience of found and readymade ‘imperfections’. The relationship between these two women—as painterly, poetic and experimental artists—comes to light in a chorus of image and sound.
With screens set amongst paper rock sculptures, Colvin’s newly commissioned three-channel video installation A Granite Note creates a haunting call and response refrain using abstracted visual and sonic fragments of boats, flowers and pipers that extend and shrink the chasm between time and image.
A separate screening room features two of Tait’s films, Portrait of Ga, a delicate and nuanced portrait of Tait’s own mother is evoked through glimpses and personal histories. Colour Poems is a series of lyrical short pieces where spoken word, image, memory and observation serve as existential markers.
To frame the collection of Margaret Tait’s idiosyncratic poems and short stories, Colvin has created a reading room installation complete with books, ephemera, images, stools recreated from Tait’s 1960s reading at the Richard Demarco Gallery in Edinburgh, the U.S. premiere of a new Margaret Tait documentary produced by The Glasgow Women’s Library, as well as her own botanical, collaged cut-outs.
The Shape of a Pocket: Anne Colvin and Margaret Tait is supported by the Agnes Cowles Bourne Fund for Special Exhibitions. Margaret Tait’s films are courtesy of the artist and LUX, London.
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26 November 2013 //
Three Pieces in the Shape of…2013
My recent residency at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow led me to create a site-specific installation which spilled out from the studio to the original entrance stairwell (currently used as a fire escape).
With a back-projected video looking out from a window and paper works hidden behind a screen, the work became both public and private. The sculptural quality of the stairwell installation–as noted by Modern Edinburgh Film School curator Alex Hetherington–was echoed in the studio installation. Film academic and writer Sarah Neely described the sound as “cinematic” which resonated in all of the spaces.
Activating the stairwell felt like an interesting conversation with the ghosts of the past which included the CCA’s predecessor The Third Eye Centre, founded in 1972 and described by the UK Guardian as “a shrine to the avant garde.”
I loved my time there which allowed me a rare opportunity to explore my multi-channel ambitions. An article for international moving image journal, MIRAJ–which will also include my upcoming show at Mills College Art Museum–is forthcoming.
Here is a link to an installation clip and the videos
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17 September 2013 //