Sunday, March 5, 1995

Alfonso Alvarez/Thad Povey

San Francisco Art Institute

Indelible fixtures of the Bay Area film landscape, Thad Povey and Alfonso Alvarez present retrospectives of their work, including Alvarez’ La Reina and Quixote Dreams, and Povey’s I Smell The Blood of an Englishman (premiere). While Povey’s wry use of found footage creates a landscape littered with strangely familiar faces that become silent images in the mirror held up to ourselves, Alvarez’s brilliantly hued manipulation leads us back to childhood dreams. Their work alternately delves into the psyche of identity, searches for spiritual redemption in war-loving society, celebrates centennials, and discovers the Virgin Mary hidden within the optical printer.