Stan Brakhage
1993 – 2003

A luminary of the American avant-garde cinema, Brakhage made many camerless films, including Mothlight (1963), wherein the images of dead moths, foliage, and Mylar seem to reanimate the dead insects. Brakhage’s virtuosic hand-painted films provide exemplary cases for investigating the delicate balance of artist intention and subjective reception, and productively complicate the act of comprehending the moving image. There is a pronounced tension between what Brakhage’s painted films are putatively “about” and the difficultly in locating specific readings. This tension …

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