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Brent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then

Posted by | Jessica Bardsley | Posted on | March 19, 2012

March 29, 6:00 p.m. & March 31, 12:30 p.m. | Brent Green in person!

Brent Green, Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then (2010). Courtesy the artist.

Brent Green’s folk-punk films interweave drawing, puppets, hand-built sets, and stop-motion animation to spin tales of transformation and loss. For two appearances Green presents his acclaimed animated feature Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then (2010). Based on the true story of a Kentucky hardware clerk who attempted to transform his house into an eccentric healing machine to save his dying wife from cancer, the film was shot in a full-scale model of the house Green built in his rural outdoor studio in Pennsylvania. Mirroring the architecture of the house itself, Gravity is a crazy-quilt of fantastic imagery, fabulist narration, and themes of love, obsession, and spirituality. 2010, USA, Blu-Ray, 75 minutes + discussion.

Tickets for the Thursday, March 29 screening are limited so be sure to get them early.  Visit the Gene Siskel Film Center’s website for box office and ticket information.

Presented in collaboration with SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program, which features a FREE  lecture with live musical accompaniment by Brent Green on March 28, 6:00 p.m., The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr. In addition to screening his feature, Green will also discuss his practice in a FREE hybrid lecture-performance Wednesday, March 28. For more information, visit SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program website.

BRENT GREEN (b. 1978, Baltimore) is a visual artist, filmmaker, and storyteller. Green’s films have screened at MoMA, The Getty, Walker Art Center, Rotterdam Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival. His sculptures and film sets have appeared in solo exhibitions at the ASU Art Museum, Site Santa Fe, and the Berkeley Art Museum, among others. His latest EMPAC commissioned work, Too Many Men Strange Fates Are Given, a multimedia sculpture featuring a new hand-drawn animation, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.


Brent Green’s website