Structuring Strategies Presents Charlotte Pryce
CalArts, The Bijou Theater
CHARLOTTE PRYCE will present W.H. HUDSON'S REMARKABLE ARGENTINE ORNITHOLOGY (A lantern performance) and other 16mm films.
W.H. HUDSON'S REMARKABLE ARGENTINE ORNITHOLOGY (Lantern performance, 15 minutes, 2013)
W. H. Hudson's Remarkable Argentine Ornithology is a live performance utilizing authentic refurbished Magic Lanterns with hand made lantern slides. The piece appears to relate the tale of famed naturalist W.H. Hudson's spell-binding recollection of birds seen as a child, from the pampas of his native Argentina, yet hidden with in the exotic views and extraordinary plumage are speculations of a less flighty nature.
CONCERNING FLIGHT (16mm, 8.5min., Color/Sound, 2004)
A kinematographic film comprised of five brief fictions in which is explored the mystery of insect flight. Interpretations of a mythological and fantastical nature illuminated in motion and time.
DISCOVERIES ON THE FOREST FLOOR 1-3 (16mm, 4min, Color/Silent, 2007)
Three Miniature, Illuminated, Heliographic studies of plants, observed and imagined. The individual titles of the films are: 1) Burnt Umber/ pale ochre/ Burnt Umber. 2) The Talk of Lichen on a Lonely Day. 3) Those whose Attachment to the Earth is but Tentative.
THE PARABLE OF THE TULIP PAINTER AND THE FLY (16mm, 3.5min, Color/Silent, 2008)
An intoxicating flower; a metaphorical insect; a longing reach across the centuries. The film is a philosophical search drenched in luminous colors and sparkling light. Having grown the beautiful tulip, I fell deeply under its spell - an affliction shared by an artist from another time and place - yet the dilemma we faced was shared: to fall for such luxurious and temporary beauty raised a fear (a reminder – a fly) of the transience of life.
CURIOUS LIGHT (16mm, 4min., Color/Silent, 2011)
A manuscript illuminated: illustrations retreat into the fiber of the page; a fleeting light dissolves into the emulsion of the film: an elusive story is revisited.
LOOKING GLASS INSECTS (16mm, 4min., Monochrome, 2013)
Looking Glass Insects takes its title from chapter three of Through the Looking Glass and its classic original illustrations by John Tenniel. Delighting in the act and play of observation the film finds a visual metaphor for the cinematic process in the antics of the original story; making use of magnifying glasses as an optical pun, pointing to the instruments used by both entomologists and filmmakers alike. Yet the insects of the story fade away, just as the observations that appear in the film’s magnifying glass dissolve into darkness when tilted to reflect the “natural” world beyond the book.
A STUDY IN NATURAL MAGIC (16mm, 3min., color, , 2013)
Witness an alchemist’s spell: the transmutation of light into substance: a glimpse of gold.
Charlotte Pryce explores proto-cinematic structures of reverie: juxtaposing the real and the imagined to create deeply saturated, fleeting illuminations that hover on the periphery of vision. Her work is infused with an optical and photochemical consciousness that delights in catoptric playfulness and paradox. Charlotte has been making films and optical objects since 1986 and her works have screened throughout the world. She has taught experimental film at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Art Institute, the Academy of Art (San Francisco), Kent Institute of Design (Canterbury, England), and is currently a faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts (Los Angeles). She is a graduate of the Slade School of Art, University College London (BFA) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA).