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canada goose coats “The story begins in the mid sixties,” he writes, “when I screened a double bill of Kenneth Anger’s and Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures at the School of Architecture where I was studying. Both films had been banned, and that was reason enough for me to present them, in a long evening that eventually became rather rowdy, ending in some sort of happening, with wet noodles and nudity. I include Anger’s Eaux d’Artifice for equally personal reasons: in 1970 a friend who was working at a film distribution house stole a copy of this soulful work, so moved was she by its beauty. We played it again and again in our rather cold and barren General Idea loft, stunned into (stoned) silence by its cold blue luminosity.” canada goose coats
Canada Goose online The Warhol film Bronson selects is, made in 1964. “In 1966 I attended the Trips Festival in Vancouver, a psychedelic extravaganza of several days that included, most memorably for me, a reading by poet Michael McClure broadcast over a grid of some 40 overhead speakers, orchestrated so that his animal noises seemed to move in waves around the space, and a “retrospective” of films by Andy Warhol, all projected simultaneously around the outer walls of the Pacific National Exhibition Garden Auditorium, of which only had a sound track.” So goes the biography that dictates the artists represented. Canada Goose online
canada goose In choosing from the second wave of the queer underground a generation that grew up in the 1980s and 1990s to supplant outrageous spectacle with the ironic and politicized outrage of a plague ridden generation Bronson neglects Todd Haynes, Tom Kalin, and David Wojnarowic, while including only Derek Jarman and General Idea. Jarman at first seems to be included only because Bronson met the filmmaker at the premiere of Jarman’s film Jubilee. But rather than screen Jubilee as would be canada goose outlet online reviews expected, the film Bronson has selected is Jarman’s last, the exceedingly personal yet minimalist Blue, which is comprised of a single shot of a blue field representing the canada goose outlet last of Jarman’s vision as he goes blind from AIDS and has only his hearing our soundtrack left to tell him and us what transpires in the world around him. canada goose
Even without the reference to the filmmaker’s death by AIDS tying Jarman to General Idea, the selection of Blue makes sense after watching General Idea’s 1984 film XXX Blue (see photo), the third part of Shut the Fuck Up. In watching the 1961 Yves Kline painting film segment included in XXX Blue, along with Kenneth Anger’s Eaux d’Artifice and Derek Jarman’s Blue, we understand that in Bronson’s selections, he’s not only riffing off the same shade of blue that Klein made his signature and which colors Anger’s Eaux d’Artifice, he’s also tying in Jarman’s most personal and last cinematic statement to the necklace of films he regards to be central to the queervolution of underground cinema. (And need I point out the obvious pun off blue movies being made?)
Similarly, in Warhol’s, we see one of the many prototypes for The 1971 Miss General Idea Pageant, a performance held at The Art Gallery of Ontario on October 1, 1971. It’s a performance that has since been immortalized by publications around the world that reproduce the photo of Miss General Idea originally printed in a programme handed out to the audience. For just as much of General Idea’s practice bore weighty relationships to prior art, the selection of recent films screened at MoMA has cleverly been selected to echo General Idea’s oeuvre, as well as Bronson’s solo work produced since 2000. Mimicry, echoing, riffing, appropriation, irony: all are the general idea behind not just General Idea, but of art in general. It’s the thread running through the most knowing art canada goose outlet england that makes it appear immortal. or at least ubiquitously connected and relevant.
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Since the selection of the films is so clearly personal to Bronson in the profoundest sense of relating to his life, faith and art, from hereon it’s he and the artists themselves who should speak for the films. Theater 2, T2
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