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Lewis Klahr


Pony Glass (1997)
Image courtesy of Lewis Klahr

Lewis Klahr

Visiting Filmmakers

Today’s most engaging and inventive directors, producers, and film professionals join us to introduce their work and answer questions after most screenings.

Sat, Mar 13, 2004 7 PM

"One of the most evocative, accessible, and culturally aware experimental filmmakers alive."--Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

American avant-garde filmmaker Lewis Klahr visits the Wexner Center to present a selection of his short films.

With an alarmingly prolific and original body of work, Lewis Klahr has firmly established himself as one of today's premiere American avant-garde filmmakers.

Most of Klahr's films are painstaking handmade collages assembled from the detritus of pop culture (comic books, postcards, glossy magazine ads, brochures, playing cards, etc.) to create an evocative dreamscape of American history since the 1940s.

Klahr comes to the Wexner Center to present a hand-picked collection of his short films from the past decade, including several world and US premieres. Highlights include Two Minutes to Zero (2004), a feature-length crime story that's condensed into one minute and uses imagery from a comic book adaptation of the TV show 77 Sunset Strip and music by Glenn Branca; the acclaimed Pony Glass (1997), which explores the secret sex life of Superman's pal Jimmy Olsen; and Daylight Moon (2002), an atmospheric reflection on childhood that is perhaps Klahr's masterwork. (Program approx. 90 mins.)

Klahr's interests and creative approach suggest intriguing parallels to those of many artists in the exhibition Splat Boom Pow! The Influence of Cartoons in Contemporary Art, on view through May 2 at the Wexner Center Galleries at The Belmont Building.

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