Orchard – Jennifer Reeves

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Date/Time: 21/09/2007 12:00 am

Jennifer Reeves
Friday, Sept. 21, 7 pm,
Jennifer Reeves will be operating the projectors and sound and will be discussing the works afterwards. 
“Light Work Mood Disorder, ” 2007, double 16 mm film, dual ipod
“He Walked Away,” double 16 mm film, dual ipod
Approximate duration: 55 minutes
No admission charge.  
47 Orchard St.
NYC, NY 10002
(212) 219-1061
Orchard is located between Hester and Grand St.  
F train to East Broadway or B, D to Grand
Gallery Hours: Thurs-Sun 1 to 6 pm
LIGHT WORK MOOD DISORDER mixes and subverts symbols of science, industry, medicine and illness, as it meditates on the deteriorating celluloid and physicality of the pre-digital age. Two screens and pulsating, layered music immerse the audience in colorful rhythmic molecular forms, morphing frequencies and visual textures. Reeves sewed together 20th century educational films and affixed dissolved pharmaceuticals directly to the film. The projector acts as a microscope enlarging thread, crystallized antibiotics, heart, and mood medications, forming a concentrated fusion with Burr’s composition of sine-waves, organ and multi-tonal bass clarinet. The animated abstractions rupture and echo the images of brain dendrites, synapses, human x-rays, scientific experiments and factory machine. The rhythmic and visceral imagery is reflected in the movement of Burr’s 
austere and hypnotic soundtrack as it envelops the audience.
This double-projection film is based on the live film and music performance of the same name that Reeves and Burr have performed live at venues such as Dundee Contemporary Arts Festival: Kill Your Timid Notion, Tonic: New York, NY, Rooftop films, and Rotterdam International Film Festival 2007. Reeves received grant support from the Wexner Center for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony to complete this film. 
HE WALKED AWAY reframes and superimposes shots and outtakes from Reeves’ earlier films on landscape, portraiture and abstraction (Configuration 20, Fear of Blushing, The Time We Killed). “Much in the way musicians will mine their previous compositions to create newly evolved works, He Walked Away is a distinct yet nostalgic film. It distills what my eyes and camera have witnessed, captured, and lost in 15 years of artistic growth. These are my discoveries, obsessions, vanishings and growing pains.”  -Jennifer Reeves 
“Reeves’s interest in metaphors, lyricism and the subtle, often playful incongruities between superimposed images comes to the fore in He Walked Away. Her use of two 16mm projectors accentuates the layered quality of the images and further enhances the performative nature of the piece. It underscores the difference between representational and abstract forms, between silent, visual rhythms and live musical accompaniment.”   -Susan Oxtoby, Toronto International Film Festival 2003

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