Conversations at the Edge

November 1- Vincent Grenier: Tabula Rasa

Posted by | Robyn Farrell | Posted on | October 29, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 6 p.m. | Vincent Grenier in person!

Image from Les Chaises (Vincent Grenier, 2008). Courtesy of the artist.

For nearly four decades, Vincent Grenier has sought to capture what he describes as “the ineffable, untranslatable, revelations of light, color, form, and composition.” The result is a sensuous, meditative, yet energized body of work across a range of approaches and formats. This program brings together films and videos from across his career, including 16mm films like While Revolved (1976), which immerses the viewer in a subtly shifting sea of color, to videos like Les Chaises (2008), a patient backyard portrait of two red chairs textured by light. From color studies to lyrical explorations of associative montage, Grenier’s work inspires the viewer to watch and wait, newly attentive to the quiet surprises of daily life.

VINCENT GRENIER (b.1948, Quebec City, Canada) has made experimental films since the early seventies when he received an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in California. Grenier’s work has been showcased at Views from the Avant Garde, the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Onion City Film Festival, Chicago, and Media City Film and Video Festival, MOMA, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archives, Whitney Museum of American Art, Collective for Living Cinema and Cinéma Parallel in Montréal. Grenier’s films and videos were the subjects of retrospectives at Media City, Windsor, Ontario and Images Film & Video Festival’s Canadian Images Spotlight, Toronto. His films and videos have earned him nine production grants from the Canada Council in the period between 1974 and 1992, and in New York State, from CAPS (1979), NYFA (1995), ETC (1992 & 1994), NYSCA (2007–08) and John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2010–11).

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