REDCAT hosts a world premiere of the experimental filmmaker's latest hand-crafted oeuvres.
Body and Flesh: The Tactile Cinema of Luther Price - World PremiereREDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA) Map it $10
Luther Price, a filmmaker whose unique handcrafted process involves the torturous treatment of film, is known for manipulating footage—both found and his own—in novel and unexpected ways. From deconstructing, distressing, and dyeing it to inserting organic matter like dirt and other detritus into sliced and spliced segments of found footage, Price's films are of an incredible sensuousness and oppressive, visceral intensity. From the raw to the rapturous, his films span a spectrum of experiences and emotions from the ecstatic to the entropic. Price—who rejects DVD screeners and Vimeo links—is the only one in possession of any copies of his films and only shows them when he's present during the screenings (read: chances to catch his mesmerizing films are few and far between). Following an appearance at the Echo Park Film Center and a screening hosted by Filmforum, REDCAT welcomes the experimental film-crafter to present two slide projection pieces, including Light Fractures (2013), in addition to several Super 8 films and a new 16mm piece.
Luther Price’s painstakingly handcrafted films and slides are truly one of a kind as the artist layers viscerally distressed found film strips with provocative images, anarchic visual patterns, dirt, mold and other detritus in a sensuous, even ecstatic, vision of entropy and mortality—inscribed directly onto the film medium. Price’s uncompromising work has been presented at storefront cinemas, underground performance venues and, in recent years, museums such as MoMA and the Whitney. The program features two slide projection pieces, including Light Fractures (2013), several Super 8 films, and a new 16mm film.