Sunday, December 1, 2002

Jon Jost's Six Easy Pieces

San Francisco Art Institute

For over thirty years Jon Jost has produced a large and varied body of film work. From early pioneering essay films, such as Speaking Directly, to later masterful independently-produced features, such as The Bed You Sleep In, Jost’s films have always linked formal innovation with radical content and firmly dramatized the conflation of the personal and the political. In recent years, Jost, in self-imposed exile in Europe, has focused intensely on the possibilities of digital video, becoming a controversial advocate for the electronic medium while producing a unique body video essays and formal experiments. Shot in Italy and Portugal, Six Easy Pieces is a visual investigation of DV aesthetics, specifically in relation to painting and still photography. This program will include another recent piece by Jost, title TBA. (Steve Polta)