EARLY MONTHLY SEGMENTS #64 ROBERT BEAVERS "From the Notebook of..."
This June, Early Monthly Segments returns to the work of Robert Beavers, from whose film we took our name. Originally completed in 1971 and re-edited along with the rest of his oeuvre in the 1990s, From the Notebook of is a remarkably elegant document of the process of Beavers filmmaking, a work that turns inward to reveal its own structure at the same time as it reflects on the practice of making art in general. Inspired by Paul Valerys essay on the working methods of Leonardo Da Vinci, From the Notebook of consists of shots of Beavers own notes, instructions and tools, along with locations in Florence that are depicted in Da Vincis notebooks. Throughout the film we read Beavers instructions to himself and then see them enacted, providing us with a unique self-portrait of the artist at work in the space he inhabits. We are always conscious of the presence of the camera, the lens, and the frame through which we see the artists surroundings as they are continually mediated by a system of mattes and coloured filters reframing and tinting the images. The rooms that Beavers films also become metaphorical cameras, the windows lenses and the shutters shutters. In the program notes for a retrospective of his films at the Tate Modern, Beavers remarks that he thinks of filmmaking as architecture. The relationships between form and construction, space and structure are notable here as we see thought become film in a city as famous for invention as it is for beauty.
From the Notebook of, Robert Beavers, 1971/1998, USA/Italy, 16mm, 48 min.
@ Gladstone Hotel, Ballroom
1214 Queen Street West
Monday June 23, 2014
8 pm screening
$5-10 suggested donation