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.
$6 students (tickets required)
Support for the 2003-04 film/video season provided by the Rohauer Collection Foundation and the Corporate Annual Fund of the Wexner Center Foundation.
Contemporary films, international films, and visiting filmmakers presented with support from the Ohio Arts Council.