Sandra Gibson + Luis Recoder have worked as a duo since 2000 and have exhibited their works of gallery- and theater-based performance cinema extensively, including major presentations of work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, REDCAT, TATE Modern, Viennale, Sundance Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. They are included in America is Hard to See (May 1–Sept. 27, 2015), the inaugural exhibit at the newly relocated Whitney Museum of American Art. They are Fall 2015 Artists-In-Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts.
In their collaborative film performances, Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder employ simple mechanical means to hypnotically elaborate ends. 16mm loops, spray bottles, colored gels, unfocused lenses and hand-shadows combine, through rehearsed recipes, into slowly mutating light-sculptures: morphing color-fields, angel-white auras, fusing penumbrae, pulsing vertical lines. Built upon occulted rhythms of film projection, their work retains a personal, human scale, even as the viewer succumbs to its transportive powers.
—Light Industry/Performa 09
Sandra Gibson and Luis Recoder stage the scene of film as orphaned object through the temporal labor of moving image installation.
—Elena Gorfinkel: “At the End of Cinema, This Thing Called Film”
Carving into the light, Gibson + Recoder’s expanded cinema performances continue traditions of film history’s greatest ephemeralists—among them Frampton, Sharits and McCall—in their exploration of the raw mechanics of cinema and their transmutation from these base materials to paradoxically evanescent, even transcendent experience, solid forms of cinema melting into air. Eschewing the image altogether, tonight’s screening features three dual-projector works that disclose the art of masking: Backlight, Override, and Alignments—profound works of filmic minimal maximalism—each presented live. (Steve Polta)