Thursday, November 21, 1996

50 Feet of String and others by Leighton Pierce

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

The daily rhythms of domestic life offer Iowa-based Leighton Pierce a field of enchanting sounds and images which have formed the basis of his films and videos since 1980. Trained originally as a musician and sculptor, Leighton’s films have been shown all over the world, and his recent 50 Feet of String (1995) has won numerous festival awards, including Ann Arbor. “The ‘action,’ small events like the mail arriving, a storm coming, the grass getting cut, are secondary to the way of perceiving those events. The pace is slow with the intention of inviting viewers (those willing to go) into a more visceral and less verbally analytical state of mind.”(LP) Also: The Crossing (Deer Isle #5), Blue Hat and others.