This month we're delighted to present a retrospective of films by the great American director Stanley Kubrick, featuring eleven of his thirteen features, including Killer's Kiss, The Killing, Paths of Glory and Spartacus on 35mm prints. Considered one of the great visionaries in cinema, Stanley Kubrick produced a relatively small, yet wildly influential oeuvre that still resonates deeply within popular culture and contemporary visual arts. Starting with dark and gritty noir classics like The Killing, Kubrick began a far-reaching, frequently controversial, career that ambitiously covered several genres, countries and time periods, making films that bore the unmistakable perfectionist signature of their maker.
Elsewhere this month we welcome CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand to Close-Up for two programmes showcasing recent works by New Zealand based artists; and we’re thrilled to welcome American avant-garde filmmaker Larry Gottheim to Close-Up to present the world premiere of his most recent feature, Chants and Dances for Hand. Gottheim will also be in attendance to screen his Elective Affinities series in full, as well as a selection of his early films on 16mm – many of which have never been screened in the UK. Gottheim will be in attendance for all of these screenings to answer questions about his work.
As always advance booking is strongly recommended for all of these screenings.
5 - 28 May 2017
Close-Up on Stanley Kubrick
Rare is the artist who can suffuse his work with so much ambiguity and still intrigue. The known career of Stanley Kubrick encompasses an acknowledged 13 movie features, one withdrawn movie feature, several short documentaries, and a myriad number of photo spreads. Controversy surrounded many of these projects. On a surface level, Kubrick seemed willing to alienate the audience for his desired effects. Yet the constant control and manipulation of all things surrounding his work also freed it up to interpretation. One knows, for the most part, that one is watching a Kubrick movie – its authorship is clear. Easy speculation and interpretation follow suit, but it is more of a challenge to dig beneath the popular veneer and debate the actual man and his deeper meanings. Our speculation is encouraged by Kubrick’s secrecy surrounding both his life and his film projects – a state of control that remains fairly unparalleled among most popular artists. His is a career shrouded in myth and frustrating mystery.
9 May 2017
New Zealand Artists' Film: Apple Pie
Shot on 16mm celluloid across parts of New Zealand and Samoa, interdisciplinary artist Sam Hamilton’s ten-part experimental magnum opus makes thought-provoking connections between life on Earth and the cosmos, and, ultimately, art and science. Structured around the ten most significant celestial bodies of the Milky Way, Apple Pie’s inquiry begins with the furthest point in our solar system, Pluto, as a lens back towards our home planet and the ‘mechanisms by which certain aspects of scientific knowledge are digested, appropriated and subsequently manifest within the general human complex’. Christopher Francis Schiel’s dry, functional narration brings a network of ideas about our existence into focus, while Hamilton’s visual tableaux, as an extension of his multifaceted practice, veer imaginatively between psychedelic imagery and performance art.
10 May 2017
New Zealand Artists' Film: This Is Not Filmmaking
CIRCUIT presents a programme featuring five new works by New Zealand artists Gavin Hipkins, Juliet Carpenter and Gregory Kan, Daniel Malone, Louise Menzies and Nathan Gray. Comissioned by CIRCUIT and curated by George Clark, the project invited each artist to make a single channel work up to ten minutes in length in response to the writings of the late New Zealand conceptual artist Julian Dashper. Centrally focused on the history, theories and popular ideas of abstraction, conceptualism and minimalism as working methodologies, Julian Dashper's work sought to understand the cultural and geographical position of New Zealand globally. His practice considered how this country received and disseminated visual information, and manifested itself in various forms including paintings, photographs, found objects (which he infuses with abstract images), various multiples, limited edition CD and 12" records and a series of conceptually driven videos.
18 May 2017
William Raban: Thames Film
Close-Up and Carroll/Fletcher gallery present a follow up to William Raban’s Making Films Politicaly? programme, with two films exploring transient aspects of our natural and built environments to expose layers of historical, political and mythological meaning. Shot from the low freeboard of a small boat, Thames Film attempts to capture the point of view of the river itself, tracing the 50 mile journey from the heart of London to the open sea. Interspersed with images from Breugel The Elder’s painting the Triumph of Death, this contemporary view is set in an historical context through use of archive film and the words of the travel writer Thomas Pennant, who followed exactly the same route in 1787. Civil Disobedience meanwhile presents a rapid time-lapse journey from the Houses of Parliament to the open sea, offset by David Cunningham's musical score composed from fragments of Margaret Thatcher's Belgrano speech.
19 - 21 May 2017
Close-Up on Larry Gottheim
Close-Up presents an extensive programme celebrating the incredible oeuvre of one of our greatest living avant-garde masters – the New York based artist and filmmaker Larry Gottheim. Considering the theme of nature in art and functions of racial, cultural and personal identity, Gottheim’s practice explores the ways in which time, movement, and becoming are bound up in a complex relation between formal cinematic patterns and pro-filmic subjects. Whist addressing genres of landscape, diary and assemblage filmmaking, Gottheim's work stands alone in its intensive investigations of the paradoxes between direct, sensual experience in collision with complex structures of repetition, anticipation and memory. We’re thrilled to welcome Larry Gottheim to Close-Up to present the world premiere of Chants and Dances for Hand, as well as the full Elective Affinities cycle and a selection of his early films on 16mm.