VISIONS OF MARY FRANK with JG
DIRECTED BY JOHN COHEN
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A special presentation, made possible by generous support from
the Ostrovsky Family Fund in Memory of George Ostrovsky
A program of films by and about two important contemporary artists: Mary Frank and Tacita Dean. John Cohen – filmmaker, photographer, musician, ethnographer – visits with his friend Mary Frank in her Chelsea studio, talking about her life and art. Married young (originally to Robert Frank and, since 1997, to musicologist Leo Treitler), and pregnant at 17, she’s brutally honest about often having put her art before all else, about the early influence of dance upon her brushstrokes, and about being (in Cohen’s words) “hot in a cool world.” Her paintings, her political activism, and her past (the film includes wonderful footage of her with Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac) tell the story of a deeply-felt, well-lived life. British artist Tacita Dean’s JG, like much of Mary Frank’s work, has a profound relationship with the natural world. But she is the “cool” to Mary’s “hot.” Her 35mm anamorphic film sometimes divides the screen into three parts, using a fixed camera and masking to create stunning, surreal juxtapositions of earth, salt, clay, mountains, an armadillo awakening, and much else that surprises and delights. JG is an homage to both the writings of J.G. Ballard and the Spiral Jetty earthwork of sculptor Robert Smithson.
USA • 2013 • 55 MINS.
DIRECTED BY TACITA DEAN
Spoken text in JG is taken from J.G. Ballard’s The Voices of Time (1960), Prisoner of the Coral Deep (1964), Robert Smithson as Cargo Cultist (2000) and his correspondence with Dean, courtesy of the J.G. Ballard Estate, and from Robert Smithson’s The Spiral Jetty (1972) © Estate of Robert Smithson/Vaga, NY. Used by permission.
USA / UK / GERMANY • 2013 • 26 MINS. • MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY, NEW YORK / PARIS
Made possible by generous support from the OSTROVSKY FAMILY FUND