Friday, November 30, 2012

Natural Forces: Films of Gunvor Nelson

Gunvor Nelson In Person

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

presented in association with Pacific Film Archive
Gunvor Nelson In Person
[members: $6 / non-members: $10]

The films of Gunvor Nelson are saturated with a restless, offhand elegance. (James Irwin)

Endlessly exploratory, the films of Gunvor Nelson stand as some of the most ineffably striking visual and aural statements created in the history of the young medium. Combining a meticulous mastery of materials with a youthful sense of wonder and play, Nelson’s films are rich and sensuous experiential puzzles filled with ambiguous yet uncannily resonant imagery, always embodying an aesthetic of inquiry and of seeking. A Bay Area resident for over thirty years (and teacher at SFAI for twenty), she has been sorely missed since her return to her native Sweden in 1993. On this special visit she will present three works: Light Years (1987), an evocative collage-film journey through the Swedish landscape; Before Need Redressed, a 1994 re-edit (with Dorothy Wiley) of their 1979 film Before Need, a reflection on absurdity, retrospection and memory; and her first video work Tree—Line (Trädgräns) (1998), a complex combination of rhyme and locomotion. (Steve Polta)

NOTE: Gunvor Nelson will appear at Pacific Film Archive on Wednesday, November 28 for a completely different screening of her works. Click here for more details.