Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Illuminating Lawrence Jordan

I was excited to see the article: "Moments of Illumination: P. Adams Sitney on the Films of Lawrence Jordan" in the April 2009 issue of Artforum. I wrote about Jordan twice last December (Larry Jordan's Collage Animation and Spoiled by Technology?).

Jordan, (b. 1934) has just completed his longest film, a twelve-hour "visual autobiography" titled Circus Savage. His earlier work can be seen on a four-disc collection published by Facets Multimedia called The Lawrence Jordan Album.

Jordan worked with the poet Robert Duncan in 1955, and Duncan's partner, the collage artist Jess, introduced Jordan to the collage novels of Max Ernst. The style was an important influence that contributed to the development of Jordan's cutout animation.

Sitney cites this Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art Oral History Interview with Larry Jordan . He is author of the book Eyes Upside Down: Visionary Filmmakers and the Heritage of Emerson (NY: Oxford U. Press, 2008).

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