SATURDAY, APRIL 30th – 7:30 PM
** ONE NIGHT ONLY! **
A measured rationality forms the spine of the short 8mm works made in the 1970s by Andrea Callard, a cofounding member of both the XFR Collective and Collaborative Projects, Inc. (COLAB.) Callard organized the lobby then photographed the art throughout COLAB’s seminal Times Square Show in 1980. Many of Callard’s short works are unto themselves detours in crystalline clarity, dropping everything to chase seagulls or meditate on the miasma Ailanthus trees populating empty zones of Callard’s home in the 1970s of New York. Probing without piercing, her films combine lush glimmers of celluloid field capture with a wry sensibility; Callard herself features often, rendering many in singsong deadpan, playfully calling the films’ logic of authority into question.
The program on April 30th will feature a mixture of prints and digital restorations. These include (but are not limited to): the new 16mm print of Callard’s 1976 short SOME FOOD MAY BE FOUND IN THE DESERT (originally shot on 8mm), FLUORESCENT/AZALIA, 11 THRU 12, NOTES ON AILANTHUS and FLORA FUNERA (FOR BATTERY PARK CITY), as well as 2013’s digital work SAMPLE MAP #1.
Callard’s films have screened at museums, festivals and symposia around the world. These include DOXA 2013, Ambulante, The Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, The 7th Orphans Film Symposium, and and the 56th Oberhausen Short Film Festival. Artworks by Callard have been exhibited at PS 1/MoMA, Exit Art, Kentler International Drawing Space, White Columns and the Museum of the Chinese in America.