Thursday, March 31, 1994

Elusive Moments

Film & Video by Vincent Grenier

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

“Vincent Grenier is one of the most rigorous filmmakers of the experimental cinema and one of the most ingenious…Since his very first films, Grenier has focused his interest on the simple gestures of the everyday [in order to] draw one’s attention to the minute details which, when filmed, become very poetic and reveal the individual behind the mechanical and the routine…” (Nicole Gingras) A Québecois, Grenier received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, and was programmer at the Cinematheque for a year in the mid-’70s before moving to New York City where he continues to make beautifully subtle and elusive films. In recent years Grenier has wedded his passion for the beauty of cinematic forms with a fascination for narrative issues and character portrayals. This evening Grenier will show Mend (1979); You (1990); the award-winning Out in the Garden (1991), an impressionistic portrait of a man battling AIDS; Hand Pressed (1993, video); and an excerpt from Property Values, an in-progress work. Co-sponsored by the Canadian Consulate General.