Thursday, April 24, 2003

Skinside Out

New and Old Work by Bill Brand

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

For his first personal appearance in a decade, New York-based filmmaker/optical printer wizard/film preservationist Bill Brand presents a series of films and videos that explore the body and landscape as sites both of beauty and abjection. Chuck’s Will’s Widow is a film eulogy to his parents as well as a magnificent visual exploration of landscape. Brand’s recent digital video works-My Father’s Leg, Double Nephrectomy and Moxibustion– deal with the implications of being the only sibling of five not to have inherited Polycystic Kidney Disease, an incurable disorder. Both Gazelle, a portrait of Brand’s wife (the artist Katy Martin), and their new collaborative film Skinside Out feature Martin’s signature paint on skin, carried out in an expressionist mode on the couple’s bodies. Brand also will show some of his rarely seen films from the ’70s and ’80s. (Scott Stark)